Coming to Terms with Chinese Buddhism: A Reading of the Treasure Store Treatise (Studies in East Asian Buddhism)

By Robert H. Sharf

"The fabrics produced by way of the interplay of the mature kinds of chinese language Buddhism and Taoism represent the most subtle and complicated examples of the assembly of chinese language and non-Chinese notion ever written. In his paintings at the Treasure shop Treatise Robert Sharf has ultimately proven their extraordinary price and defended them conclusively opposed to the cost that they lack highbrow integrity. This research will stay a easy resource of theoretical counsel and sensible support for any pupil or pupil wishing to confront the multifaceted and interactive nature of China's significant philosophical and spiritual traditions for a few years to come." —Timothy Barrett, tuition of Oriental and African reviews, college of London
"Sharf has produced a chic and impeccably researched examine of medieval chinese language Buddhist suggestion, focussed on a Buddho-Taoist textual content of substantial intrinsic curiosity. The argument is persuasive and demanding, and the publication may have a profound impression at the means that Sinologists and Buddhologists procedure chinese language Buddhist literature." —Stephen F. Teiser, Princeton college

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7. Hai-k’ung ching (Scripture of [Master] Hai-k’ung) is attributed to Li Yüan-hsing and Fang Chang within the Chen-cheng lun. 102 As pointed out above, Li Yüan-hsing is linked to the Twofold secret culture. Given the similarities in rhetorical kind, lexicon, and doctrinal content material, Sunayama argues that the above texts has to be the goods of a unmarried tuition. He attributes specific significance to the truth that the time period “twofold secret” happens within the Tao-chiao i-shu, the Hsüan-men ta-i, and the Ta-hsien ching.

This kingdom used to be accomplished via emulating the habit of the ancients; the sages of previous understood the constitution of the cosmos, the styles of swap, and the forces guiding the cycles of heaven and earth. To behavior one’s existence in concord with the underlying rules of ways is to understand li (“holy rite,” in Fingarette’s translation). in line with the “Discussion of the Rites” (Li lun ) bankruptcy of the Hsün-tzu : “ via rites Heaven and earth take part concord, the solar and moon shine, the 4 seasons continue so as, the celebs and constellations march, the rivers flow, and all issues flourish; men’s likes and dislikes are regulated and their joys and hates made acceptable.

Our personal makes an attempt to spot or stipulate the basic tenets, center practices, or maybe “family resemblances” that signify Buddhism do little greater than upload to this unremitting din, whereas while distracting us from the most obvious: the facility of the time period is continued partly through its very indeterminacy, its functionality as a placeholder. The authority of the be aware “Buddhism” lies no longer in its normative signification(s) lots as in its rhetorical deployments. 22 This indeterminacy pressured neighborhood Buddhist ecclesiastics to circumscribe orthodoxy and orthopraxis via juxtaposing Buddhism with the heterodox teachings in their speedy competitors.

Still, this article, identified in simple terms via Tun-huang manuscripts, continues to be an important surviving doctrinal checklist of the lessons of the Ox Head line. This long-forgotten lineage is now famous, because of the stories of Sekiguchi, Yanagida Seizan, and John McRae, to have performed a important position within the early improvement of Ch’an. Ox Head Ch’an traced itself to Niu-t’ou Fa-jung, who's speculated to have acquired transmission from the fourth Ch’an patriarch Taohsin (580–651). forty two despite the fact that, whereas Fa-jung might be associated with the San-lun culture, it really is hugely not likely that he conceived of himself as Date and Provenance of the Treatise forty-one affiliated with any Ch’an lineage whatever, let alone Ox Head.

Consequently, it's referred to as transcendent. That generally known as sophisticated is in essence airy and with out form, shape, and attributes. It capabilities in line with issues and assumes a myriad features, but its countenance isn't saw. It garners 100 abilities, but its labors are by no means printed. glance as you'll, it is going unseen; pay attention as you could, it is going unheard. but it possesses a myriad virtues as a variety of because the sands of the Ganges. it truly is neither everlasting nor temporary, neither cut loose issues nor dispersed inside them, and hence it truly is referred to as refined.

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