Hanshan Deqing

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This article is about the Ming Dynasty Buddhist monk. For the Tang Dynasty poet, see Hanshan (poet).
Chinese woodblock illustration of Hanshan Deqing

Hanshan Deqing (traditional Chinese: 憨山德清; pinyin: Hānshān Déqīng) (1546–1623) was a leading Buddhist monk of Ming Dynasty China who widely propagated the teachings of Chán and Pure Land Buddhism.

Overview[edit]

Hanshan Deqing is regarded as one of the great reformers of Chinese Buddhism during the Ming Dynasty.[1] Like many of his contemporaries, he advocated the dual practice of the Chán and Pure Land methods, and advocated the use of the niànfó (念佛) technique to purify the mind for the attainment of self-realization.[2] He also directed practitioners in the use of mantras, as well as scripture reading. He was also renowned as a lecturer and commentator, and admired for his strict adherence to the precepts.[3]

Teachings[edit]

Regarding the use of meditation cases, or gōng'àn (公案; Jp. koan), Hanshan taught:[4]

This method is not meant for you to think about the meaning of a gong-an as if the gong-an were a question for intellectual solution. Speaking of the hua-tou method, Dahui taught his disciples to kill the "sneaky mind" with a cold-blooded hand.

According to Jiang Wu, for Chan masters such as Hanshan Deqing, training through self-cultivation was encouraged, and clichéd or formulaic instructions were despised.[5] Eminent monks who practiced meditation and asceticism without proper Dharma transmission were acclaimed as acquiring "wisdom without teacher."[6] Jiang Wu writes that Hanshan questioned the value of Dharma transmission, and believed that the enlightenment of the mind was more important than nominal claims of transmission.[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Keown, Damien. A Dictionary of Buddhism. 2003. p. 104
  2. ^ Keown, Damien. A Dictionary of Buddhism. 2003. p. 104
  3. ^ Keown, Damien. A Dictionary of Buddhism. 2003. p. 104
  4. ^ Jiang Wu. Enlightenment in Dispute. 2008. p. 41
  5. ^ Jiang Wu. Enlightenment in Dispute. 2008. p. 41
  6. ^ Jiang Wu. Enlightenment in Dispute. 2008. p. 41
  7. ^ Jiang Wu. Enlightenment in Dispute. 2008. p. 41

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