Chán Buddhism in Dūnhuáng and Beyond: A Study of Manuscripts, Texts, and Contexts in Memory of John R. McRae is dedicated to the memory of the eminent Chán scholar John McRae and investigates the spread of early Chán in a historical, multi-lingual, and interreligious context. Combining the expertise of scholars of Chinese, Tibetan, Uighur, and Tangut Buddhism, the edited volume is based on a thorough study of manuscripts from Dūnhuáng, Turfan, and Karakhoto, tracing the particular features of Chán in the Northwestern and Northern regions of late medieval China.
Christoph Anderl, Ph.D. (2005), is Professor of Chinese Language and Culture at Ghent University. He has published in the fields of Chinese Historical Linguistics, Dūnhuáng manuscript studies, Chán Buddhism, and Digital Humanities.
Christian Wittern, Ph.D. (1996), is Professor at the Institute of Research in Humanities, Kyoto University. He has published in the fields of Chán Buddhist historical works and Digital Humanities, in addition of being the director of several large database projects.
Contributors are Christoph Anderl, Friederike Assandri, John Jorgensen, Sam van Schaik, Kirill Solonin, Henrik Sørensen, Christian Wittern, Peter Zieme
Preface Acknowledgements Abbreviations List of Figures and Tables Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Chán Buddhism in an Inter-religious and Cross-linguistic perspective Christoph Anderl
Part 1 Early Chán History Revisited
Early Chán Revisited: A Critical Reading of Dàoxuán’s Hagiographies of Bodhidharma, Huìkě and Their Associates John Jorgensen
Northern Chán and the Siddhaṃ Songs Christoph Anderl and Henrik H. Sørensen
Part 2 The Spread of Chán in the Northwestern Region
The Old Uigur Translation of the Siddhaṃ Songs Peter Zieme
Reconsidering Tibetan Chán Sam van Schaik
The Great Master Tōnglǐ: The Texts by a Liáo Buddhist Master among the Khara-Khoto Findings Kirill Solonin
Part 3 Chán in an Interreligious Perspective
The Meeting and Conflation of Chán and Esoteric Buddhism during the Táng Henrik H. Sørensen
Buddho–Daoist Interaction as Creative Dialogue: The Mind and Dào in Twofold Mystery Teaching Friederike Assandri
John R. McRae: A Bibliography Index
All interested in the history of Chinese Chán/Zen Buddhism, Dūnhuáng Studies, and Buddhist texts in Uighur, Tibetan, and Tangut.