The mind as the essence of words: A linguistic philosophical analysis of the classification teaching of Yongming Yanshou

in Frontiers of Philosophy in China
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Along with the Chan’s “linguistic turn”, the significance of sutras, which were despised and even regarded as the obstacle to complete enlightenment, became accepted by the Chan. Due to Yanshou’s contributions, the principle that emphasized the diversity of teaching in terms of the relationship between meaning and expression in the Sui and Tang Dynasties has been changed into a system which stressed the importance of the root/branches relationship of the mind and words. According to Yanshou, the conflict between the Chan and doctrinal teachings is resolved by highlighting the significance of words. Yanshou’s work greatly inspired the Chan’s interest in words in the Song Dynasty.

The mind as the essence of words: A linguistic philosophical analysis of the classification teaching of Yongming Yanshou

in Frontiers of Philosophy in China

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