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- “Attributed to Bodhidharma is a saying which characterizes the approach of Ch ʼ an and also indicates a certain inFuence of Buddha-nature thought” - despite that rhetoric, Chan monks were often very learned and operated in an environment with a sophisticated understanding of Buddhist doctrine - in order to draw attention to the traps of conceptualization there has been rhetorically a strong aversion in some Chan and Zen traditions to traditional religion and philosophical thought: they become lazy, stupid and Buddhists are often their own critic - this is combined with stories of apparently eccentric behavior both in order to awaken others to their own True nature and also as a reFection of the spontaneous unrestricted bene±cial activity of the perfectly empty and clear Mind. .. - soto: the soto (Chinese, Caodong) school believed that as one is already Buddha, anybody can allow that status to emerge by a “quietest” sitting in meditation without striving to become buddha. Doge, venerated as the founder of soto, introduced the Caodong Chan of Ruquing but the practice soon became more complex and added koan to its repetoire - Rinzai: rinzai (Chinese, Linji) used the koan as the
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course RLG 206Y1 taught by Professor Professorb.wood during the Fall '10 term at University of Toronto.

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