Doing by OEM or OBM? Reflection on the Study of Shih Hu on the Ch'an History
Among the studies undertaken by Shih Hu, that of the history of Ch’an is a contribution little obvious but qualified by him of original. His research consists in launching fearless hypotheses, by comparing Platform Sutra’s Song version with the version of Dung-Huang, to question the credibility known by the traditional Buddhist history. It is not only about the difference between sudden and gradual, but also about the opposition between the Northern school and Southern school. Unfortunately, its proposals are always blamed for having treated inequitably this history because of his anti-religious mentality. However, we think that it is at first necessary to enlighten the context of his research. Because we cannot judging by certain themes of Ch’an that the ultimate object of his study is the Ch’an history. In this perspective, we try to show that there is, within the Ch’an history described by Hu, a break neglected between the Indian tradition and the one who is Chinese. Besides, by the explanation of this break appeared in Hu’s writing, we shall indicate even more that continuity does not characterize the process from a tradition to the other one, more exactly, the Chinese Buddhism, compared with a manufacturing industry, and passes little by little the representation of the Indian doctrines (OEM) to the creation of Ch’an schools (OBM).