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a rare and serious approach to Chinese Buddhism as philosophy
an examination of the process whereby Buddhism became grounded in China’s intellectual culture
reading and assessing the texts of Chinese Buddhism within the Chinese cultural context
highlights philosophical topics of interest to students western philosophical tradition
addresses a growing need for both Chinese and non-Chinese to understand China’s rich thought and culture as a key player in global politics and economics
Too often Buddhism has been subjected to the Procrustean box of western thought, whereby it is stretched to fit fixed categories or had essential aspects lopped off to accommodate vastly different cultural norms and aims. After several generations of scholarly discussion in English-speaking communities, it is time to move to the next hermeneutical stage. Buddhist philosophy must be liberated from the confines of a quasi-religious stereotype and judged on its own merits. Hence this work will approach Chinese Buddhism as a philosophical tradition in its own right, not as an historical after-thought nor as an occasion for comparative discussions that assume the west alone sets the standards for or is the origin of philosophy and its methodologies. Viewed within their own context, Chinese Buddhist philosophers have much to contribute to a wide range of philosophical concerns, including metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language, and perhaps most especially philosophy of mind. Moreover they have been enormously influential in the development of Buddhist philosophy in Korea, Vietnam, and Japan.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »AAR - Buddhism - Buddhist philosophy - Chinese philosophy - Chinese thought - Dao - Daoism - Tao - Taoism
Introduction: The Acculturation of Buddhism in China.- Early Chinese Buddhists.- 1. Daoan (312-385), Huiyuan (334-426), Faxian; Whalen Lai.- Madhyamaka in the Three Treatises School (San-Lun).- 2. Sengzhao ; Kenneth Inada.- 3. Jizang; Ming-wood Liu.- The Yogacara School (Fa-xiang).- 4. Xuanzang and His Successors; Dan Lusthaus.- 5. "Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana"; Dale Wright.- The Tian-tai or White Lotus School (Fa-hua).- 6. Dacheng Zhiguan Famen (Method of Concentration and Insight); (Contributor: TBA).- 7. Zhiyi; Hans-Rudolf Kantor.- 8. Guanding (561-632) and Zhanran (711-782); David R. Loy.- The Avatamsaka or Flower Adornment School (Hua-yan).- 9. Fazang; Tao Jiang.- 10. Zongmi; Brook Ziporyn.- 11. Li Tongxuan; Jin Park.- The Dhyana School (Chan).- 12. The Northern School of Chan: Shenxiu and His legacy; John MacRae.- The Southern School of Chan.- 13. Hui-neng’s Revolution; (Contributor: TBA).- 14. Hongzhou school (Mazu Daoyi and Caoxi); Charles Muller.- 15. Linji School (Huangpo Xiyun and Linji Yixuan); Youru Wang.- 16. "Chan Epistemology in the Lankavatara Sutra: Laugh Once and See"; Sandra A. Wawrytko.- 17. The Pure Land School (Jing tu); Charles Wei-hsun Fu.- Later Developments.- 18. Neo-Confucianism and Buddhist Philosophy; Bryan W. Van Norden.- 19. Zhenke (1543-1603), Deqing (1546-1623), Zhixu (1599-1655); Jiang Wu.- Contributors.- Chinese/English Glossary.- Index.