Numen Book Series: Studies in the History of Religions
Christoph Anderl, Ph.D. (2005), is Professor of Chinese Language and Culture at Ghent University. He has published in the fields of Chinese Historical Linguistics, Dūnhuáng manuscript studies, Chán Buddhism, and Digital Humanities.
Christian Wittern, Ph.D. (1996), is Professor at the Institute of Research in Humanities, Kyoto University. He has published in the fields of Chán Buddhist historical works and Digital Humanities, in addition of being the director of several large database projects.
Contributors are Christoph Anderl, Friederike Assandri, John Jorgensen, Sam van Schaik, Kirill Solonin, Henrik Sørensen, Christian Wittern, Peter Zieme
Chán Buddhism in Dūnhuáng and Beyond: A Study of Manuscripts, Texts, and Contexts in Memory of John R. McRae is dedicated to the memory of the eminent Chán scholar John McRae and investigates the spread of early Chán in a historical, multi-lingual, and interreligious context. Combining the expertise of scholars of Chinese, Tibetan, Uighur, and Tangut Buddhism, the edited volume is based on a thorough study of manuscripts from Dūnhuáng, Turfan, and Karakhoto, tracing the particular features of Chán in the Northwestern and Northern regions of late medieval China.
Preface Acknowledgements Abbreviations List of Figures and Tables Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Chán Buddhism in an Inter-religious and Cross-linguistic perspective
Part 1 Early Chán History Revisited 1 Early Chán Revisited: A Critical Reading of Dàoxuán’s Hagiographies of Bodhidharma, Huìkě and Their Associates 2 Northern Chán and the Siddhaṃ Songs
Part 2 The Spread of Chán in the Northwestern Region 3 The Old Uigur Translation of the Siddhaṃ Songs 4 Reconsidering Tibetan Chán 5 The Great Master Tōnglǐ: The Texts by a Liáo Buddhist Master among the Khara-Khoto Findings
Part 3 Chán in an Interreligious Perspective 6 The Meeting and Conflation of Chán and Esoteric Buddhism during the Táng 7 Buddho–Daoist Interaction as Creative Dialogue: The Mind and Dào in Twofold Mystery Teaching John R. McRae: A Bibliography Index