Mothers and Sons in Chinese Buddhism

Cole, Alan

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Synopsis: Taking a new approach to the history of Buddhism, this book describes how Buddhist authors reorganized family values in China. Close readings of more than twenty Buddhist texts written in China from the fifth to the thirteenth century demonstrate that Buddhist authors crafted new models for family reproduction based on a mother-son style of filial piety, in contrast to the traditional father-son model. Building on itself century after century, Buddhist propaganda sought to produce three elemental responses: (1) guilt and a sense of indebtedness to one s mother, (2) suspicion regarding the mother s sexual and sinful nature, and (3) faith that the Buddhist monastic institution could, if correctly patronized, cancel the debts and expiate the sins that it so painstakingly promulgated. Emerging at the end of this arc of Buddhist ideology is something resembling original sin, or, better, the sin of birth, in which all mothers are threatened with infernal punishment simply for their role in procreation.

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Title: Mothers and Sons in Chinese Buddhism
Publisher: Stanford University Press
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Book Description Stanford University Press, Standford, California, 1998. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Crisp and clean as new with one odd defect -- a six digit number written on the title page (see photo) . The orignal publisher material is still laid in and other than the defect stated the book is pristine inside and out. Dustjacket will arrive in brand new mylar cover. Close readings of more than 20 Buddhist texts shined a light on a "mother-son filial piety, in contrast to the traditional father-son model." Chapters as follows: Buddhist Propaganda; Confucian Complexes; Nascient Buddhist Filal Piety; Mothers and Sons in the Beginning; Mothers and Sons in the Ghost Festival; The Buddhist Elite Talk About Mothers and Sons; The Sutra on the Porfound Kindess of Parents; Mu Lian and the Ten Kindnesses of the Mother; Buddhist Biology; and Bifurcated Mothers and Other Concluisons." 303 pages including index. Bookseller Inventory # 27977

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