Skip to main content

Transmission of Law and Merit: A Comparative Study of Daoist Ordination Rite and Esoteric Buddhist abhiṣeka in Medieval China (400–907)

Abstract This is a comparative study of two advanced ordination rituals, Daoist chuanshou (conferral of ordination rank) and Buddhist abhiṣeka (guanding) in the mid-late Tang and Five Dynasties (763-979). I analyzed a number of not-well-studied Daoist ritual protocols in the early medieval period, and revealed that rituals recast gender and fostered monastic relations. On the other hand, relying on both canonical materials and a manuscript preserved in Japan that recorded an abhiṣeka performed during the Tang dynasty in 839 C.E., I demonstrated how the canonical prescriptions of Indian origin, with modified actions and reinterpreted meaning, were transformed to respond to the Chinese religious and social environment. Having examined the language of ... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Wu, Yang (Author) / Bokenkamp, Stephen (Advisor) / Tillman, Hoyt (Advisor) / Cutter, Robert Joe (Committee member) / Chen, Huaiyu (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Regional studies / abhiṣeka / China / Daoism / Esoteric Buddhism / Ordination / Tang
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 468 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation East Asian Languages and Civilizations 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

  Full Text
14.0 MB application/pdf
Download Count: 50

Description Dissertation/Thesis