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By Wendi L. Adamek

The checklist of the Dharma-Jewel during the Generations (Lidai fabao ji) is a little-known Chan/Zen Buddhist textual content of the 8th century, rediscovered in 1900 on the Silk highway oasis of Dunhuang. the single ultimate artifact of the Bao Tang Chan institution of Sichuan, the textual content presents a desirable sectarian background of chinese language Buddhism meant to show off the iconoclastic teachings of Bao Tang founder Chan grasp Wuzhu (714–774). Wendi Adamek not just brings grasp Wuzhu's experimental group to lifestyles but in addition situates his paradigm-shifting teachings in the heritage of Buddhist proposal. Having released the 1st translation of the Lidai fabao ji in a Western language, she revises and provides it right here for vast readership.

Written via disciples of grasp Wuzhu, the Lidai fabao ji is without doubt one of the earliest makes an attempt to enforce a "religion of no-religion," removing ritual and devotionalism in want of "formless practice." grasp Wuzhu additionally challenged the differences among lay and ordained worshippers and female and male practitioners. The Lidai fabao ji captures his radical teachings via his reinterpretation of the chinese language practices of advantage, repentance, precepts, and Dharma transmission. those points of conventional Buddhism stay issues of dialogue in modern perform teams, making the Lidai fabao ji an essential record of the struggles, compromises, and insights of an previous period. Adamek's quantity opens with a vibrant creation animating grasp Wuzhu's cultural setting and evaluating his teachings to different Buddhist and ancient sources.

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