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Shih, Heng-ching

The Syncretism of Ch'an and Pure Land Buddhism

Series: Asian Thought and Culture - Volume 9

Year of Publication: 1992

New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Paris, Wien, 1992. IX, 279 pp.
ISBN 978-0-8204-1681-6 hardback  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.560 kg, 1.235 lbs

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Book synopsis

This fascinating book examines the syncretism of Ch'an (Zen) and Pure Land Buddhism in China. It discusses the syncretic character of Chinese culture and Buddhism. The doctrinal basis of the Ch'an-Pure Land syncretism is thoroughly investigated. As Yung-ming Yen-shou (905-975) is the instrumental figure for the promotion and popularization of the syncretism, the book fully examines his thought and influence. Analyzing the two distinctive types of Buddhist experiences, this book is the first on this subject ever published in English.


Contents: The book deals with the syncretism of Ch'an and Pure Land Buddhism in China. It discusses the doctrinal basis of the syncretism. The book also focuses on the thought and influence of Yung-ming Yen-sho, the most instrumental figure of the Ch'an-Pure Land Syncretism.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: Heng-ching Shih is Professor of Buddhist Studies in the Department of Philosophy at the National Taiwan University. She received her Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Shih is the Director of the Fa-kuang Institute of Buddhist Studies in Taipei. She has published many journal articles in English and Chinese.


«In this excellent study øHeng-ching Shih! analyses the early history of the Chan-Pure Land synthesis, so characteristic for Chinese Buddhism...It is a valuable contribution to our understanding of the development and nature of Chinese Buddhism since the Tang.» (Livia Köhn, Revue Bibliographique de Sinologie)
«I do not hesitate to recommend Heng-ching Shih's book to anyone interested in Ch'an, in Pure Land Buddhism, or in both.» (Jan Van Bragt, Japanese Journal of Religious Studies)


Asian Thought and Culture. Vol. 9
General Editor: Charles Wei-hsun Fu