After the mid-Ming Dynasty, Chinese intellectuals were fond of discussing dreams. Chinese Buddhist monks especially contributed a lot to such discussions; the Discourse of Dream of Clouds and Mountains, a work of Cheyong Zhouli, a Chan monk from
This article begins with Late-Ming Buddhist intellectual history but centers on Collection of the Valley’s Echo, endeavoring to explore the inspiration of Zhouli’s thought and his spiritual world, which have not been closely studied by scholars to date. A still more specific consideration is an exploration of the various influences he received from Huayan, Pure Land, Chan, and indigenous Yunnan Buddhism, so as to locate his intellectual significance in the context of Buddhist intellectual history in the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
Cheyong Zhouli; Collection of the Valley’s Echo; Taoting;