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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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Reviving the Worlds of Literary Chan

Reviving the Worlds of Literary Chan

Zukui Jifu

(p.146) Chapter Eight Reviving the Worlds of Literary Chan
Eminent Nuns

Beata Grant

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter studies Chan master Zukui Jifu. Of all the woman Chan masters discussed in this study, Zukui Jifu would seem to show the most profound, original, and wide-ranging engagement with the classical Chan textual tradition. Aside from the collection of songgu that she wrote together with Baochi Jizong, Zukui Jifu’s extant collections include a discourse records collection in five fascicles, and a second five-fascicle collection of writings, composed primarily of poems. Songgu constitute a literary genre associated primarily with Chan masters and are basically verses written as an expression of a master’s response to a famous Chan case or story. They were seen as “echoes” of the experience of the great masters of the past as well as immediate expressions of the master’s own experience.

Keywords:   Zukui Jifu, classical Chan, textual tradition, songgu, poems, discourse records, Chan story

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