SamchâÅ chÅnsim <i>(Three places of the mind-transmission ä¸èå³å¿) is one of the best-known terms in the Korean Buddhist tradition. It refers to three different events in which the Buddha ÅÄkyamuni transmitted the mind to his successor, MahÄkÄÅyapa. These events include the Buddha sharing his seat, holding up a flower, and sticking his feet out of his coffin. Despite its popularity, the term has hardly attracted serious academic attention. Scholars have assumed that it originated from China to refer to those âhistoricalâ episodes that happened in India. However, textual evidence shows (a) that many mind-transmission episodes developed in medieval China to substantiate the Chan separation from the scriptural tradition and (b) that the term</i> SamchâÅ chÅnsim <i>was first introduced in Korea to treat the three episodes of</i> SamchâÅ chÅnsim <i>collectively and to attempt a new interpretation of the mind-transmission. The term first appears in the KoryÅ SÅn master Kagunâs</i> SÅnmun yÅmsong sÅrhwa ç¦ªéæé èªªè©± <i>to present the idea that the Buddha transmitted to KÄÅyapa different minds or different aspects of the mind in different times and places</i>.
Journal of Korean Religions – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Dec 19, 2014