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Eminent NunsWomen Chan Masters of Seventeenth-Century China$
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Beata Grant

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832025

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832025.001.0001

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The Making of a Woman Chan Master

The Making of a Woman Chan Master

Qiyuan Xinggang

(p.37) Chapter Three The Making of a Woman Chan Master
Eminent Nuns

Beata Grant

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on Chan master Qiyuan Xinggang (1597–1654). Qiyuan Xinggang can be considered the matriarch of seventeenth-century women Chan masters, not only because she was one of the first to set foot on the stage in that century but also because she left seven women Dharma successors, one of whom wrote a relatively detailed biographical account of her teacher’s life. Much like European vitae of the saints, that account was written not primarily as self-revelation but rather as a record of character and deeds that might serve as a model for later generations. This is true of much of traditional Chinese biographical writing, particularly as related to women.

Keywords:   Qiyuan Xinggang, women, Chan masters, Dharma successors

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