CB402 - School of Chinese Buddhism: Chan

This course is a historical survey of the Chan or Ch'an (Dhyāna) school of Chinese Buddhism, one of the most influential Buddhist schools in China. The survey includes the most important periods in the development of this school, such as the introduction of Patriarch Chan into China for the first time, the establishment of Patriarch Chan as a separate School, and the divisions of Patriarch Chan over time. It will also outline the special features of the Patriarch Chan of each different major sub-school or lineage. Representative Chan masters or Patriarchs (including their biography, doctrines, method of teaching, influences etc.) of each important period will be discussed with reference to the historical background.