The Unlikely Buddhologist: Tiantai Buddhism in Mou Zongsan's New Confucianism

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BRILL, 2010 - Religion - 279 pages
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Mou Zongsan (1909-1995) was such a seminal, polymathic figure that scholars of Asian philosophy and religion will be absorbing his influence for at least a generation. Drawing on expertise in Confucian, Buddhist, Daoist, and modern Western thought, Mou built a system of New Confucian philosophy aimed at answering one of the great questions: What is the relationship between value and being? However, though Mou acknowledged that he derived his key concepts from Tiantai Buddhist philosophy, it remains unclear exactly how and why he did so. In response, this book investigates Mou s buddhological writings in the context of his larger corpus and explains how and why he incorporated Buddhist ideas selectively into his system. Written extremely accessible, it provides a comprehensive unpacking of Mou s ideas about Buddhism, Confucianism, and metaphysics with the precision needed to make them available for critical appraisal.

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Chapter One Mou Zongsan His Times and His Aims
Chapter Two Philosophy and the Building Blocks
Chapter Three What the Buddha TaughtThe Fable
Chapter Four The Buddhist Philosophers
Chapter Five Where Buddhists Go Wrong
Chapter Six So What Good is Buddhism?
Chapter Seven Toward an Appraisal of Mous Use
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Jason T. Clower, Ph.D. (2008) in the Study of Religion, Harvard University, is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at California State University, Chico. He studies the Buddhist-Confucian relationship in China in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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