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Illusory Abiding: The Cultural Construction of the Chan Monk Zhongfeng Mingben.

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Illusory Abiding: The Cultural Construction of the Chan Monk Zhongfeng Mingben

Natasha Heller

Harvard University Asia Center

2014

471 pages

$49.95

Hardcover

Harvard East Asian Monographs; 368

BQ9262

Heller presents a study of Chan monk Zhongfeng Mingben (1263-1323), an influential figure in Buddhist history and one of the most prominent monks of the Yuan Dynasty, in his institutional, social, and cultural contexts. She examines how he constructed his own identity, the social networks in which he operated, and the cultural repertoires he employed, and the wider context in which he lived. Eight chapters are: floating light and illusory shadows; places and patrons; beneath thatched roofs and amid waves; to place oneAEs mind in the assembly; raising old expedients; body and mind like an iron wall; brushes and inkstones; capturing charisma. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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