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Repositioning Xinxing 信行 (540–594) in the Chinese Meditation Tradition
Author Lin, Pei-ying (著)
Source Journal of Chan Buddhism=禪學案
Volumev.1 n.1-2
Pages55 - 76
Publisher Url
LocationLeiden, the Netherlands [萊登, 荷蘭]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
KeywordXinxing (540–594); Huisi (515–577); Sanjiejiao; Three Levels; Formless samādhi
AbstractThis paper aims to bring out an alternative perspective on the life and work of the alleged founder of the Sanjiejiao 三階教 school, Xinxing. The current study discusses a different aspect of Xinxing’s influence, namely, his impact as a chan master. As the prominent Chan School went through different phases of development, the influence of Xinxing’s meditational teaching waxed and waned in the Chan cycle. Focusing on the texts titled Duigen qixingfa 對根起行法 and Zhizhongshi zhufa 制眾事諸法, I will explore the connotation of sanmei 三昧 (samādhi) in his teaching. In particular, I will explore the term “formless samādhi” (wuxiang sanmei 無相三昧) in Xinxing’s work and in other contemporary texts on meditation by meditation masters, such as Huisi 慧思 (515–577). In this way, this study situates Xinxing in the larger context of meditation teachings which emerged during the sixth century.
Table of contentsAbstract 55
Keywords 55
1 Introduction 55
2 Xinxing, a Meditation Master 58
2.1 The Three Levels 59
2.2 Formless Samādhi 60
2.3 The tathāgatagarbha Thought 64
2.4 Cessation of Thought 67
3 Contemporaneous Meditation Masters 67
3.1 Meditation Master Huisi 68
3.2 Sengchou and Bodhidharma, the Meditation Masters 71
3.3 Huisi and Xinxing’s Influence on Chan Buddhism 71
4 Concluding Remarks 73
Bibliography 74
Primary Sources 74
Dictionary 74
Secondary Sources 74
ISSN25897160 (P); 25897179 (E)
Created date2023.04.28
Modified date2023.04.28

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