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Spreading Buddha's Word in East AsiaThe Formation and Transformation of the Chinese Buddhist Canon$
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Jiang Wu and Lucille Chia

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171601

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171601.001.0001

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From the “Cult of the Book” to the “Cult of the Canon”

From the “Cult of the Book” to the “Cult of the Canon”

A Neglected Tradition in Chinese Buddhism

(p.46) 2. From the “Cult of the Book” to the “Cult of the Canon”
Spreading Buddha's Word in East Asia

Jiang Wu

Columbia University Press

Chapter 2 studies the devotional aspect of the canon and suggests a cult of the canon took form in history and greatly shaped Chinese Buddhism. The author argues that the cult of the canon is an extension from the cult of the book and constitutes an important aspect of religious life in Chinese Buddhism.

Keywords:   cult of the canon, imperial patronage, revolving repository, ritual reading and writing, Chan Buddhism, numerology

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