July 14, 2008 at 6:08 pm #28750
Hi everyone, does anyone know of a good book that specifically treats of the relations between Buddhism and Taoism over the course of Chinese history? Thanks, NNJuly 16, 2008 at 1:16 am #28751July 16, 2008 at 5:39 am #28753July 16, 2008 at 10:42 am #28755July 16, 2008 at 11:46 am #28757July 17, 2008 at 12:52 am #28759
Fantastic . . .
Lots of big news to come soon in an updated Practice Log . . .
How about you?
SJuly 17, 2008 at 1:51 am #28761July 17, 2008 at 4:58 am #28763July 17, 2008 at 2:01 pm #28765
Hi NN, just happened to stop in here between retreats and happy to see you still playing in this field…..
I would check the Daoism Handbook, which I thought was now in paperback but Amazon only has the hardcover for sale, maybe dig deeper than i quickly did.
A text with narrow focus, i.e. pre-Tang dynasty debates, is another of livia’s books: Shows how politicized this history started off. Are you interested in the heart of the practical spiritual differences, or a cultural political history?
Laughing At the Dao by Livia Kohn
In the early centuries after the introduction of Buddhism to China, the new religion had to come to terms with the worldview of the Confucian elite, the inherent Chinese sense of ethnic superiority, and China’s indigenous higher religion of Taoism. The Xiaodao lun (Laughing at the Tao) is an important document of the debates among Buddhists and Taoists, debates that contributed to the process of cultural adaptation. Written by the Taoist renegade Zhen Luan in the year 570, this text aims to expose the absurdity and inconsistency of Taoist doctrine, mythology, ritual, and religious practice. In a complete and fully annotated translation of the Xiaodao lun, Livia Kohn draws on rich Japanese scholarship to place the work within the context of the debates and expose the political schemes behind the apparently religious disputes. Kohn’s work offers rare insight into an important and hitherto largely unexplored episode in Chinese intellectual history. She examines the complexities of medieval Buddhism’s relationship to Chinese statecraft and society and shows how the shifting fortunes of varying factions and values figured in this polemical confrontation. Three appendices complete the work, summarizing materials of both earlier and later debates and analyzing the Taoist sources cited in the Xiaodao lun, which brings together many Taoist materials that would otherwise be lost. Richly informed and highly relevant to an understanding of medieval China, Kohn’s work greatly enhances the study of medieval Buddhist and Taoist myth, rhetoric, and ideology.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: ChineseJuly 17, 2008 at 2:32 pm #28767
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