Does the Chan School have Some Specific Suttas as Its Theoretical Basis?

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It is believed that the meditation practice of this school was introduced into China by Bodhidharma from India in the early 6th century. It used to be said that the Chan School was passed on through mind to mind and transmission one by one, without recourse of language, speech and writing. Thus it was known as “a special transmission without use of the scriptures”. However, the first Patriarch of the School, Bodhidharma, handed down the 4-volume Lankavatara-turtra to the second Patriarch Hui Ke as the criterion of its seal or essential idea. Besides, Hong Ren and Hui Neng taught their followers to uphold and preach the Vajracchedika-prajnaparamita-sutra. Thus the Vajracchedika and the Lankavatara sutras became the canonical basis of the Shool, and subsequent to this, appeared the Platform Sutra of the 6th Patriarch and many other recorded quotations. So it is impossible to say that the Chan School is without canonical basis. (From Essentials of Buddhism: Questions and Answers)