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Title: Zen Buddhist Rhetoric in China, Korea, and Japan
Edited By: Christoph Anderl
URL: http://www.brill.nl/zen-buddhist-rhetoric-china-korea-and-japan
Series Title: Conceptual History and Chinese Linguistics
Description:

One of the key factors for the success of the Chán/Sǒn/Zen schools in East
Asia was the creativity of their adherents concerning the development of
innovative literary genres and the skillful application of linguistic and
rhetorical devices in their textual products. From the very beginning, Zen
Buddhists used literature in order to attract the attention and support of
influential lay Buddhists, such as literati, officials, and members of the
aristocracy. Consequently, Zen Buddhist texts had a deep and lasting impact
on the development of East Asian languages, literary genres, and rhetorical
devices, and more generally, on East Asian culture.

In this volume, leading specialists in East Asian Buddhism and linguistics
analyze the interplay of language and doctrine/ideology in Chinese Chán,
Korean Sŏn, and Japanese Zen, as well as tracing developments triggered by
changes in the respective sociopolitical and socio-religious contexts.
As a special focus, Zen rhetoric will be related to pre-Chán Buddhist literary
developments in India and China, in order to trace continuities and changes in
the application of rhetorical strategies in the overall framework of Buddhist
literary production. Through this diachronic and comparative approach, the
great complexity and the multifaceted features of Chán/Sŏn/Zen literature is
revealed.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Brill
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Ling & Literature
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789004185562
Pages: 490
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