Det humanistiske fakultet (kart)
Niels Henrik Abels vei 36
When the Saints Come Marching In: Modern Day Zen Hagiography.
Recently the popular Buddhist magazine Tricycle presented biographical articles about two modern day Zen teachers: the American Zen teacher Walter Nowick coming from the Japanese tradition and the recently deceased Taiwanese Chan Master Sheng Yen. Both are presented as iconic, fully enlightened Chan/Zen Masters, following the model of the classical ideal from the Sung dynasty (960-1279). In examining their actual lived lives, it can be shown how real people are sanitized and transformed into hagiographic figures. Mechanisms very similar to those that created iconic Chan Masters during the Sung dynasty continue to be at work today, creating modern day fully perfected Masters. This talk will only examine the Tricycle case of Master Sheng Yen.