First issue of Journal of Chan Buddhism

First issue of Journal of Chan Buddhism

We are pleased to announce the release of the first issue of Journal of Chan Buddhism, edited by Jinhua Chen, George Keyworth, and Steffen Döll. For more information, please visit

The peer-reviewed Journal of Chan Buddhism: East Asian and Global Perspectives is the first of its kind in English to specifically present academic research about Chinese Chan, Korean Sŏn, Vietnamese Thìên, and Japanese Zen Buddhism. The Journal of Chan Buddhism is an interdisciplinary or cross-disciplinary journal and will accept submissions from all academic disciplines related to the study of Chan/Sŏn/Zen Buddhism, including, but not limited to: the history of religions, literary studies, Dunhuang Chan studies, Tibetan and Tangut language Chan studies, doctrinal studies, art historical perspectives, institutional history, anthropological research, and comparative, philosophical studies. The journal will also offer book reviews and translations into English of innovative research articles by eminent scholars in East Asia. The Journal of Chan Buddhism has separate area editors (e.g., Chan, Sŏn, Zen) to facilitate broad but still multifaceted coverage of Chinese Chan Studies, Korean Sŏn Studies, Vietnamese Thìên Studies, and Japanese Zen Studies. The journal is hosted by the Buddhist Studies Forum at the University of British Columbia (UBC), funded by the Tianzhu Charitable Foundation of Guangdong Province, China, and facilitated by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) project on Buddhism and East Asian Religions ( at the University of British Columbia (UBC).


Table of Contents

Introduction to the First Issue of the Journal of Chan Buddhism: East Asian and Global Perspectives
Author: The editors
Pages:    1–2

Zen and the Art of Librarianship
Author: T. H. Barrett
Pages:    3–16

The White Lotus Movement and the Use of Chan
Author: Barend J. ter Haar
Pages:     17–54

Repositioning Xinxing 信行 (540–594) in the Chinese Meditation Tradition Xinxing’s Teaching on the Formless Samādhi
Author: Pei-ying Lin
Pages:     55–76

Yulu Formation in Chinese Chan: The Records of Qingyuan Xingsi and Nanyue Huairang
Author: Albert Welter
Pages:     77–145

The Prevalence of Huayan-Chan 華嚴禪 Buddhism in the Regions of Northern China during the 11th Century Focusing on Chinese Language Texts from the Song, Liao and Xixia (Tangut) Kingdoms
Author: Song Wang (王頌)
Pages:     146–177

Have a Korean Lineage and Transmit a Chinese One Too: Lineage Practices in Seon Buddhism
Author: Juhn Y. Ahn
Pages:     178–209