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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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From Hengzhou to Hangzhou

From Hengzhou to Hangzhou

Jizong Xingche

(p.107) Chapter Six From Hengzhou to Hangzhou
Eminent Nuns

Beata Grant

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter studies Chan master Jizong Xingche (b. 1606). Jizong Xingche—as seems to have been the case with many seventeenth-century abbesses—was not content to simply engage in Buddha recitation as would benefit a pious woman, and in particular a pious and loyal widow, of her times. Rather, the taste of joy and freedom impelled her not only to make a more radical break with the domestic sphere but also to actively seek out instruction from qualified teachers. Jizong Xingche’s immersion in religious texts, such as Yunqi Zhuhong’s Progress on the Chan Path, led her to an overly intellectual understanding of enlightenment.

Keywords:   Jizong Xingche, abbesses, Buddha recitations, domestic sphere, religious texts, enlightenment

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