Daman Hongren

(Daiman Konin) 601-674  The Fifth Patriarch

Little is known for sure about the fifth Zen patriarch but it is likely that he had a considerable influence on the future unfolding of the Ch’an/Zen tradition.  His students established three of the Zen lineages which became prominent in China at the time and, similarly to Daoxin, he included prajnaparamita teachings in his school in addition to the traditional Lankavatara Sutra. 

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