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Practicing ScriptureA Lay Buddhist Movement in Late Imperial China$
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Barend ter Haar

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824839277

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824839277.001.0001

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Patriarch Luo: From Soldier to Religious Teacher

Patriarch Luo: From Soldier to Religious Teacher

(p.12) 2 Patriarch Luo: From Soldier to Religious Teacher
Practicing Scripture

Barend J. ter Haar

University of Hawai'i Press

The figure of Patriarch Luo or Luo Qing has been subject of much mythologizing. Moreover, the most famous myths were developed by the Non-Action Teaching itself. This chapter distinguishes between contemporary information and subsequent myths, followed by an in-depth analysis of these myths as an important source on later beliefs of our movement. Although much remains unclear in the early spread of the teachings, two relatively detailed polemical attacks from the late 16th century allow us to trace their spread to the south. These and other early attacks on the teachings of Patriarch Luo, as well as the Non-Action Teachings, usually originate in unease about their claim of being a Chan tradition. This claim is therefore also discussed in more detail.

Keywords:   Historical myths, Five Books in Six Volumes, Buddhist scripture, Chan, Patriarch Luo, Luo Qing

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