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Fathering Your Father: The Zen of Fabrication in Tang Buddhism

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This book offers a provocative rereading of the early history of Chan Buddhism (Zen). Working from a history-of-religions point of view that asks how and why certain literary tropes were chosen to depict the essence of the Buddhist tradition to Chinese readers, this analysis focuses on the narrative logics of the early Chan genealogies—the seventh-and eighth-century lineag ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 9th 2009 by University of California Press
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Feb 25, 2010 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Meet your new daddies," Professor Cole told the Zen student. "Your old daddies ran off with the secretaries of Make-Believe, and you're going to have to get used to some changes around here." He grinned and the daddies collectively plopped down on the sofa, all looking at each other.

The new daddies were as brusque as they were avaricious. All they did all long was watch their own daddies write and then pass off their fathers' writings as their own. Sometimes they stitched together a pretty good
Jessica Zu
I'm only half way through the book but I feel I'm justified to write a half-way review already. Overall, this is a very timely and important work for historians of Chan because it offers a new narrative and is constructing a new tool of textual analysis: namely, the survival tricks in biological self-production of the sutras. That being said, Alan Cole's critique of Faure is a bit unfair: Faure is a theorist not a historian per se. It is true that all philosophies and religions are cultural prod ...more
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