Silent Accord : Qi 契 as a Metaphor for Enlightenment and Transmission in Chan Buddhist Discourse

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dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Doctoral Programme in History and Cultural Heritage en
dc.contributor.author Järvelä, Aleksi
dc.contributor.author Tahtinen, Tero
dc.date.accessioned 2021-09-09T07:40:01Z
dc.date.available 2021-09-09T07:40:01Z
dc.date.issued 2021-04
dc.identifier.citation Järvelä , A & Tahtinen , T 2021 , ' Silent Accord : Qi 契 as a Metaphor for Enlightenment and Transmission in Chan Buddhist Discourse ' , Religions , vol. 12 , no. 4 , 279 . https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12040279 en
dc.identifier.issn 2077-1444
dc.identifier.other PURE: 167822509
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dc.identifier.other WOS: 000643605600001
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/334189
dc.description.abstract In this paper, we explore the historical background and the semantic underpinnings of a central, if marginally treated, metaphor of enlightenment and transmission in Chan discourse, "silent accord" . It features centrally in Essentials of the Transmission of Mind (sic)(sic)(sic), a text that gathers the teachings of Chan master Huangbo Xiyun (d. ca. 850), a major Tang dynasty figure. "Silent accord" is related to the concept of mind-to-mind transmission, which lies at the very core of Chan Buddhist self-understanding. However, Chan historiography has shown that this self-understanding was partially a product of the Song dynasty lineage records, historically retroactive syncretic constructs produced by monks and literati as efforts towards doctrinal and political recognition and orthodoxy. There are thus lacunae in the history of Chan thought opened up by the retrospective fictions of Song dynasty, and a lack of reliable, dateable documents from the preceding Tang dynasty era, possibly fraught with later additions. We situate the metaphor "silent accord" in the history of Chan thought by searching for its origins, mapping its functions in Chan literature, arguing for its influence and thereby its role in helping to bridge the ninth century gap. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Religions
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dc.subject Chan (Zen) Buddhism en
dc.subject transmission en
dc.subject enlightenment en
dc.subject Huangbo Xiyun en
dc.subject Pei Xiu en
dc.subject silent accord en
dc.subject 614 Theology en
dc.title Silent Accord : Qi 契 as a Metaphor for Enlightenment and Transmission in Chan Buddhist Discourse en
dc.type Article
dc.description.version Peer reviewed
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12040279
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