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The Tendai Use of Official Documents in the Ninth Century: Revisiting the Case of Monk Daosui
Author Lin, Pei-ying (著)=林佩瑩 (au.)
Source Hualin International Journal of Buddhist Studies
Volumev.4 n.1 Special Issue: Buddhist Worldmaking Programs & Tiantai/Chontae/Tendai Buddhism
Pages256 - 286
PublisherCambria Press
Publisher Url
LocationNew York, US [紐約州, 美國]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
NotePei-ying Lin 林佩瑩 is currently an Assistant Professor at Chengchi University. Her research interests are Chan Buddhism, ordination rituals, Bodhisattva precepts, and Buddhist discourse on cultural identity.
KeywordSaichō (767–822); Daosui; Tendai Buddhism; Fozu tongji; Taizhou
AbstractThis article looks into ninth-century Japanese Tendai manuscripts, including official letters and certificates concerning Saichō’s 最澄 (767–822) trip to China. A particular focus is on the Kanjō Ajari senji kanchō 灌頂阿闍梨宣旨官牒 [Official Documents of the Edicts for Abhiṣeka-ācārya], a small collection of the official letters between the court and Tendai monks including Saichō and Ennin 圓仁 (794–864), which was appended to the Bukong biaozhi ji (Jp. Fukū Sanzō hyōseishū) 不空三蔵表制集, originally copied in 1087 or 1088, and is currently stored in Kyoto Shōren’in 青蓮院. These sources concentrate on the narratives about the Chinese Monk Daosui 道邃 (fl. 805). These display how the Tendai monks vindicated their rightful lineage from China. By twisting the transmission line, Monk Daosui, an obscure figure to Chinese Buddhists, was elevated to a prominent representative of the Chinese Tiantai school. These official documents from the Tendai circle illustrate a captivating story of Buddhist use of official documents in a Sino-Japan context during the ninth century.
Table of contentsIntroduction 257

1. Sources 257
1.1. Kenkairon 257
1.2. Naishō Buppō Kechimyakufu 258
1.3. Kenkairon Engi 259
1.4. Kanjō Ajari Senji Kanchō 259
1.5. Catalogues 260

2. Historical Context 261
2.1. Saichō’s Landing in Southern China 261
2.2. Buddhist Networks in Taizhou 262
2.3. Biography of Daosui 265
2.4. Qianshu’s Ethnicity 270
2.5. Daosui’s Title 273

3. Saichō’s Representation of Daosui 278
3.1. Domestic Competition in Japan 278
3.2. Integration of Precepts 279

Conclusion 280
Bibliography 281
ISSN25762923 (P); 25762931 (E)
Created date2022.05.13
Modified date2022.05.13

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