Sudden and Gradual: Approaches to Enlightenment in Chinese Thought

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Peter N. Gregory
Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1991 - History - 474 pages
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This volume examines the historical basis of the debate over sudden versus gradual approaches to enlightenment in Chinese Buddhism seeing it as part of a recurrent polarity in Chinese history and thought. Sudden and Gradual includes essays by Luis O. Gomez on the philosophical implications of the debate in China and Tibet, Whalen Lai on Taodheng`s theory of sudden enlightenment, Neal Donner on Chih-i`s system of T`ien-t`ai, John R. McRae on Shen-Hui`s sudden enlgihtenment` and its precedents in Northern Ch`an, Peter N. Gregory on Tsung-.i`s theory of sudden enlightenment .
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Sudden and Gradual Debates
11
Remarks
41
The Metaphor of Effort and Intuition in Buddhist
67
Sudden and Gradual Enlightenment in Chinese Buddhism
167
Chihis Tientai
201
Shenhui and the Teaching of Sudden Enlightenment in Early
227
The Evolution
321
Tung Chichangs Southern and Northern Schools in
429
Afterword by Tu Weiming
447
Contributors
457
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