Chan Buddhism

[New Entry by Peter Hershock on April 1, 2015.] The Chan School (Chan zong, 禪宗) is an indigenous form of Chinese Buddhism that developed beginning in the sixth century CE and subsequently spread to
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[New Entry by Peter Hershock on April 1, 2015.] The Chan School (Chan zong, 禪宗) is an indigenous form of Chinese Buddhism that developed beginning in the sixth century CE and subsequently spread to the rest of East Asia (Japanese: Zen; Korean: Son; Vietnamese; Thiền). Although the Sinograph "chan" (禪) transliterates the Sanskrit dhyāna or "meditation", and Chan zong can thus be translated as the "Meditation School", Chan was not distinctive within Chinese Buddhism in its use of meditative techniques. What distinguished Chan were its novel...

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