The History of Chinese Buddhist Bibliography: Censorship and by Tanya Storch

By Tanya Storch

"This basically equipped, well-researched ebook at the medieval catalogs of Buddhist writings in China illuminates the shaky foundations of recent Buddhist study. Storch exposes how the chinese language Buddhist corpus was once shaped-and even censored-by generations of catalogers, the guardians of the canon. even as, Storch probes the catalogs for what they display approximately criteria of authenticity; the project of worth to a few scriptures over others; and the background of books, libraries, and studying in pre-modern China. additionally, Storch argues convincingly that the heritage of chinese language Buddhist catalogs will be integrated into comparative discussions of scripture and canon in global historical past. because the first common learn of chinese language Buddhist bibliography in English by way of an writer who demonstrates an intensive command of the fabric, this ebook is the 1st position students may still flip to for info in regards to the constitution and formation of the chinese language Buddhist canon. This ebook merits a spot at the bookshelf of each professional in pre-modern chinese language, Korean, and eastern Buddhism." - John Kieschnick, Stanford collage "This quantity brings ahead the significance of the cataloging of the numerous models of the chinese language Buddhist canon. provided that those compilations are the resource for a lot of the written heritage of Buddhism in East Asia, they deserve the cautious research that has been given to them by way of Tanya Storch during this e-book. Her study advances the knowledge and offers a lot new info approximately this style of literature and its impression on chinese language faith and culture." - Lewis Lancaster, collage of California, Berkeley "Offers perception into wide-ranging problems with how non secular principles are transmitted among cultures. even though the focal point this is at the ways that Buddhism, in either oral and written types, used to be assimilated into chinese language literary society, Storch's comparative method can also be of curiosity to students focusing on the comparative research of sacred scriptures." - E. Ann topic, college of Pennsylvania "Cataloging is a vital step towards canon formation in East Asian Buddhism. even though, present scholarship has now not but printed the mysteries in the back of the gathering of the big corpus of Buddhist texts, known as the Buddhist canon, not to mention the method of catalog making. Dr. Storch's paintings is pioneering during this path and touches the center of the wealthy textual culture in East Asian Buddhism. additionally, her significant contribution might be of curiosity to researchers of an international heritage of scriptural catalogs simply because she brings in a comparative viewpoint to the subject material and places the chinese language Buddhist catalogs on a par with the Confucian textual culture and Western cataloging practices. This booklet is very steered for students and scholars learning Buddhism, historical past of the chinese language e-book, and comparative religion." - Jiang Wu, college of Arizona "This hugely obtainable ebook is not just worthy to the nonspecialists in Buddhism but in addition to Buddhist students who're attracted to how and why differing models of the Buddhist canon got here into lifestyles. a lot Buddhist sectarianism stems from varied exams of what might be counted as a competent Buddhist scripture. This account of the lengthy and complicated background of chinese language Buddhist principles approximately what can be integrated in a listing of actual Buddhist scriptures sheds a lot mild at the technique of canon formation in Buddhism. It additionally demonstrates that chinese language Buddhists performed a number one position in dividing Buddhism into so-called 'Hinayana' and 'Mahayana,' that is on the root of a lot Buddhist sectarianism. - Rita M. Gross, collage of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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