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

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University of Helsinki, 00014 Helsinki, Finland
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Tampere University, 33100 Tampere, Finland
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Religions 2021, 12(4), 279; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12040279
Received: 19 February 2021 / Revised: 7 April 2021 / Accepted: 12 April 2021 / Published: 16 April 2021
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” 默契. It features centrally in Essentials of the Transmission of Mind 傳心法要, 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. View Full-Text
Keywords: Chan (Zen) Buddhism; transmission; enlightenment; Huangbo Xiyun; Pei Xiu; silent accord Chan (Zen) Buddhism; transmission; enlightenment; Huangbo Xiyun; Pei Xiu; silent accord
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Järvelä, A.; Tähtinen, T. Silent Accord: Qi 契 as a Metaphor for Enlightenment and Transmission in Chan Buddhist Discourse. Religions 2021, 12, 279. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12040279

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Järvelä A, Tähtinen T. Silent Accord: Qi 契 as a Metaphor for Enlightenment and Transmission in Chan Buddhist Discourse. Religions. 2021; 12(4):279. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12040279

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Järvelä, Aleksi, and Tero Tähtinen. 2021. "Silent Accord: Qi 契 as a Metaphor for Enlightenment and Transmission in Chan Buddhist Discourse" Religions 12, no. 4: 279. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12040279

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