Buddhism, Critical Concepts in Religious Studies, Volume 8 by Paul Williams

By Paul Williams

From a box essentially of curiosity to professional orientalists, the learn of Buddhism has built to embody inter alia, theology and spiritual reports, philosophy, cultural experiences, anthropology and comparative reviews. there's now larger direct entry to Buddhism within the West than ever sooner than, and Buddhist reviews are attracting expanding numbers of students.

This eight-volume set brings jointly seminal papers in Buddhist reports from an enormous variety of educational disciplines, released over the past 40 years. With a brand new creation through the editor, this assortment is a special and unrivalled study source for either scholar and scholar.

VOLUME VIII BUDDHISM IN CHINA, EAST ASIA AND
JAPAN
Acknowledgements
97 Did 1-ching visit India? difficulties in utilizing 1-ching as a
source on South Asian Buddhism
T.H. BARRETT
98 Stiipa, siitra and sarira in China, c.656-706 CE
T.H. BARRETT
99 The lifetime of Shinran Shonin: the adventure to self-acceptance
ALFRED BLOOM
100 Cliches canoniques bouddhiques dans les legendes sur les
debuts du bouddhisme au Japon
HUBERT DURT
101 Interpretations of human-flesh delivering: misdeed or
supreme sacrifice
HUBERT DURT
102 Flying mountains and walkers of vacancy: towards a
definition of sacred area in jap religions
ALLAN G. GRAPARD
103 where of the unexpected educating in the Hua-yen
tradition: an research of the method of doctrinal switch 161
PETER N. GREGORY
104 at the thought of the hijiri (holy man)
ICHIRO HORI
105 Buddhist self-immolation in medieval China
YUN-HUA JAN
106 the advance of the kenmitsu method as Japan's
medieval orthodoxy
TOSHIO KURODA
107 The dragon lady and the abbess of Mo-shan: gender and
status within the Ch'an Buddhist tradition
MIRIAM L. LEVERING
108 historic and historiographical matters within the examine of
pre-modern jap religions
NEIL McMULLIN
109 The idolization of enlightenment: at the mummification of
Ch'an masters in medieval China
ROBERT H. SHARF
110 Buddhist impression on early Taoism: a survey of scriptural
evidence 367
ERIK ZURCHER

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By Paul Williams

From a box essentially of curiosity to professional orientalists, the learn of Buddhism has built to embody inter alia, theology and spiritual reports, philosophy, cultural experiences, anthropology and comparative reviews. there's now larger direct entry to Buddhism within the West than ever sooner than, and Buddhist reviews are attracting expanding numbers of students.

This eight-volume set brings jointly seminal papers in Buddhist reports from an enormous variety of educational disciplines, released over the past 40 years. With a brand new creation through the editor, this assortment is a special and unrivalled study source for either scholar and scholar.

VOLUME VIII BUDDHISM IN CHINA, EAST ASIA AND
JAPAN
Acknowledgements
97 Did 1-ching visit India? difficulties in utilizing 1-ching as a
source on South Asian Buddhism
T.H. BARRETT
98 Stiipa, siitra and sarira in China, c.656-706 CE
T.H. BARRETT
99 The lifetime of Shinran Shonin: the adventure to self-acceptance
ALFRED BLOOM
100 Cliches canoniques bouddhiques dans les legendes sur les
debuts du bouddhisme au Japon
HUBERT DURT
101 Interpretations of human-flesh delivering: misdeed or
supreme sacrifice
HUBERT DURT
102 Flying mountains and walkers of vacancy: towards a
definition of sacred area in jap religions
ALLAN G. GRAPARD
103 where of the unexpected educating in the Hua-yen
tradition: an research of the method of doctrinal switch 161
PETER N. GREGORY
104 at the thought of the hijiri (holy man)
ICHIRO HORI
105 Buddhist self-immolation in medieval China
YUN-HUA JAN
106 the advance of the kenmitsu method as Japan's
medieval orthodoxy
TOSHIO KURODA
107 The dragon lady and the abbess of Mo-shan: gender and
status within the Ch'an Buddhist tradition
MIRIAM L. LEVERING
108 historic and historiographical matters within the examine of
pre-modern jap religions
NEIL McMULLIN
109 The idolization of enlightenment: at the mummification of
Ch'an masters in medieval China
ROBERT H. SHARF
110 Buddhist impression on early Taoism: a survey of scriptural
evidence 367
ERIK ZURCHER

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He looks up, of course, to see an old man approaching, who congratulates him on his earnestness, but points out that China is deeply encumbered by bad karma, and that the saitgha there is none too observant; only the 'Crowning Victory' text can overcome these defects. Buddhapali confesses that he has not brought a copy with him, to which the old man replies that in that case there is no point in meeting Mafijusrl; he had better go back and get it, to distribute in China and remedy the situation; only then will his interlocutor tell him the whereabouts of the bodhisattva.

This man's reward was to see his own daughter received into the imperial harem, the very same daring young woman who was to become the Empress Wu-and, ironically, to break the power of the narrow elite that had dominated China through several changes of regime. The members of that elite, of course, hated her and resented her power, so that had she not demonstrated an unrivalled efficiency in using it to the good of the dynasty she would soon have perished at the hands of her enemies. The main task that confronted the dynasty, now in its third reign, was the perpetuation of power won by force of arms, and it was for this reason therefore, as much as because of the unimpressive physical state of her husband already alluded to, that questions of ideology and the more abstract justification of power loomed large.

This consistent pattern may at first sight seem something of a puzzle, but recently Antonino Forte has advanced evidence suggesting that what hostility we may find towards Taoism during the early years of the Zhou dynasty stemmed not from the empress, but from her alleged lover, the popular religious leader Xue Huaiyi, who though important to her assumption of direct rule, was disposed of in 695 120 . The majority of the sources make clear that the ceremony carried out for the empress involved the ritual known as dragon hurling, or 'tossing dragons', in which inscribed messages were attached to small metal dragons and cast from a great height, theoretically so as to wing their way as messengers of the gods.

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