Coming to Terms with Chinese Buddhism - A Reading of the Treasure Store Treatise - Studies in East Asian Buddhism 14

Robert H. Sharf

Editorial: University of Hawaii Press, 2006
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Sinopsis: Through an analysis of a somewhat obscure, nominally Buddhist, T'ang dynasty text, the Treasure Store Treatise , Sharf (Buddhist studies, U. of Michigan) hopes to challenge the notion that the evolution of Buddhism in China was the story of two discrete and fully formed systems in "dialogue" with each other. Arguing that attempts in other disciplines to conceptualize complexity should inform scholars of the "sinologization" of Buddhism, he argues that the Treatise first seems to be a muddled and syncretic work, but in fact, in teasing out its underlying worldview, it is revealed to be a coherent essay revealing some of the essential "Chineseness" of certain fundamental doctrines of T'ang Buddhist thought. Fully half of the material consists of a translation of the Treatise accompanied by commentary by Sharf. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

From the Inside Flap: The issue of sinification—the manner and extent to which Buddhism and Chinese culture were transformed through their mutual encounter and dialogue—has dominated the study of Chinese Buddhism for much of the past century. Robert Sharf opens this important and far-reaching book by raising a host of historical and hermeneutical problems with the encounter paradigm and the master narrative on which it is based. Coming to Terms with Chinese Buddhism is, among other things, an extended reflection on the theoretical foundations and conceptual categories that undergird the study of medieval Chinese Buddhism.

Sharf draws his argument in part from a meticulous historical, philological, and philosophical analysis of the Treasure Store Treatise (Pao-tsang lun), an eighth-century Buddho-Taoist work apocryphally attributed to the fifth-century master Seng-chao (374–414). In the process of coming to terms with this recondite text, Sharf ventures into all manner of subjects bearing on our understanding of medieval Chinese Buddhism, from the evolution of T'ang "gentry Taoism" and the emergence of early forms of Ch'an, or proto-Ch'an, literature, to the pivotal role of image veneration and the problematic status of Chinese Tantra. Sharf also documents the manner in which eminent Chinese scholiasts explicated seminal Buddhist tenets in terms of classical Chinese cosmology, rendering the alterity of Indian thought largely inaccessible to the Chinese. Thus even in the Sui and T'ang periods fundamental notions such as causation, invocation, liberation, sagehood, and the multiple bodies of the! Buddha, continued to be viewed through the lens of correlative cosmology and the mechanism of sympathetic resonance (kan-ying).

The volume includes a complete annotated translation of the Treasure Store Treatise, accompanied by the detailed exegesis of dozens of key terms and concepts.

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Título: Coming to Terms with Chinese Buddhism - A ...
Editorial: University of Hawaii Press
Año de publicación: 2006
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