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When Buddhism was introduced into China at about the beginning of the Christian era, the Chinese were captivated at first by its overpowering world view. Consequently, Buddhism in China has usually been discussed in terms of the Indianization of Chinese life and thought, but Kenneth Ch'en shows that as Indian ideas were gaining ground the Chinese were choosing among them and modifying them to fit their situation.
To demonstrate how the Chinese transformed Buddhism the author investigates its role in the ethical, political, literary, educational, and social life of the Chinese. Buddhism was able to gain a wide following by accommodating itself to Chinese ethical practices. The Buddhist monastic community submitted to the jurisdiction of the state and the monasteries also became integrated into the economic life of the empire through their ownership of land and their operation of industrial and commercial enterprises. Through an analysis of the work of a representative Chinese poet the author reveals the ways in which Buddhism came to be reflected in the literary life of China. Finally, he explores the methods used by the Buddhists to popularize their religion.
Originally published in 1973.
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Title: Chinese Transformation of Buddhism
Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr
Publication Date: 1973
Book Condition: New
Book Description Princeton University Press, Princeton, N.J., 1973. hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 1st. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP27615702
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Book Description Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1973. Cloth. Very good hardback copy. Unmarked. No dustjacket. 345pp Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 015930
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Book Description Princeton University Press, 1973. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11069107187X