Sensibility of the insensible : the genealogy of a Ch'an aesthetic and the passionate dream of poetic creation
Ch'an Buddhism as an analogy for poetic creation has been a major feature of Chinese poetics from medieval times to the present. The comparison was made either between the techniques for or the contents of Ch'an and poetic "enlightenment." On these bases Sung dynasty critics formulated genealogies of poets couched in the terms of Ch'an lineages. While such comparisons have some merit, the deeper reason lies in the theory of the Buddhanature(fo-hsing) of the insentient (wu-ch'ing) that was...[Show more]
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