David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Asian Philosophy 10 (1):7 – 31 (2000)
This is a philosophical investigation of the linguistic strategy of Chinese Chan Buddhism. First, it examines the underlying structure of Chan communication, which determines the Chan pragmatics of 'never tell too plainly'. The examination of the structural features of Chan communication reveals what the Chan 'special transmission' means. The Chan definition of communication is very different from the Aristotelian conception of communication in the West. The Aristotelian hierarchy of speaker over listener, or the direct over indirect, is absent is Chan communication. Communication in the Chan context is interactive, open-ended and determined by its existentio-practical concern. Second, this essay investigates the different types of the Chan strategies of indirect communication, such as the use of paradoxical, tautological and poetic language, which best demonstrate the principle of 'never tell too plainly'. The whole study indicates that Chan Buddhism provides the resources for our contemporary inquiry into the issue of indirect communication.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Rein Raud (2011). Inside the Concept: Rethinking Dōgen's Language. Asian Philosophy 21 (2):123 - 137.
Similar books and articles
Youru Wang (1997). An Inquiry Into the Liminology of Language in the Zhuangzi and in Chan Buddhism. International Philosophical Quarterly 37 (2):161-178.
Mario Poceski (2011). The Linji Lu and the Creation of Chan Orthodoxy: The Development of Chan's Records of Sayings Literature (Review). Philosophy East and West 61 (2):395-399.
Wing-tsit Chan (1973). Chan Jo-Shui's Influence on Wang Yang-Ming. Philosophy East and West 23 (1/2):9-30.
Youru Wang (2001). Liberating Oneself From the Absolutized Boundary of Language: A Liminological Approach to the Interplay of Speech and Silence in Chan Buddhism. Philosophy East and West 51 (1):83-99.
Weixiang Ding (2011). Zhu Xi's Choice, Historical Criticism and Influence—An Analysis of Zhu Xi's Relationship with Confucianism and Buddhism. Frontiers of Philosophy in China 6 (4):521-548.
Caifang Zhu (2011). The Hermeneutics of Chan Buddhism: Reading Koans From The Blue Cliff Record. Asian Philosophy 21 (4):373 - 393.
Chung-Ying Cheng (1996). Chan Historigraphy and Chan Philosophy. A Review Essay on Bernard Faure's Chan Insights and Oversight. Journal of Chinese Philosophy 23 (4):489-507.
Wing-Shing Chan (2008). Psychological Attachment, No-Self and Chan Buddhist Mind Therapy. Contemporary Buddhism 9 (2):253-264.
Desheng Zong (2005). Three Language-Related Methods in Early Chinese Chan Buddhism. Philosophy East and West 55 (4):584-602.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads20 ( #94,858 of 1,410,159 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #155,015 of 1,410,159 )
How can I increase my downloads?