By Robert H. Sharf
"The fabrics produced by means of the interplay of the mature varieties of chinese language Buddhism and Taoism represent probably the most refined and intricate examples of the assembly of chinese language and non-Chinese notion ever written. In his paintings at the Treasure shop Treatise Robert Sharf has eventually confirmed their amazing price and defended them conclusively opposed to the cost that they lack highbrow integrity. This research will stay a easy resource of theoretical counsel and sensible aid for any pupil or scholar wishing to confront the multifaceted and interactive nature of China's significant philosophical and non secular traditions for a few years to come." —Timothy Barrett, university of Oriental and African reports, college of London
"Sharf has produced a sublime and impeccably researched learn of medieval chinese language Buddhist notion, focussed on a Buddho-Taoist textual content of substantial intrinsic curiosity. The argument is persuasive and important, and the e-book may have a profound influence at the means that Sinologists and Buddhologists technique chinese language Buddhist literature." —Stephen F. Teiser, Princeton college
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38 Historical and Cosmological Background There is abundant evidence of Seng-chao’s continued importance in T’ang Buddhist literary circles. 30 This latter comk’ang (ca. 627–650),29 and Hui-cheng mentary is one of four works on the Chao lun brought back to Japan by the pilgrim Ennin (794–864) in 847. 31 Hui-cheng, who authored two of the works accompanying Ennin, is associated with the monastic community at Ox Head Mountain (Niu-t’ou-shan ), while a third work emerged from the Buddhist center at East Mountain (Tung-shan ).
At least one teacher associated with this school, Fo-k’u I-tse ! (751–830), was in residence on Mount T’ien-t’ai; it is (538– said that his teaching rivaled that of T’ien-t’ai Chih-i 46 597), although little corroborating evidence is available. The fame of the Ox Head line spread to the capital as well, and one of the patriarchs, Ching-shan Fa-ch’in ! (714–792), became prominent at the court of T’ai-tsung and may have been the bridge to the lines of Ma-tsu Tao-i and Shih-t’ou Hsi-ch’ien ! 48 There is also a suspicion, again advanced by Yanagida, that Ox Head Ch’an served as the link between the main current of early Ch’an— the derided Northern lineage—and the Hung-chou school of Ma-tsu Tao-i, which supposedly gave rise to the so-called golden age of Chinese Ch’an.
Perhaps we might draw a lesson from the biological and evolutionary sciences. The classical taxonomic enterprise, which attempted to discover the order that lay behind the diversity of biological life forms, took recourse in static taxonomic categories and concepts—families, genera, species, differentiae, and so on. Scientists eventually came to recognize that attempts to represent the development of and natural relationships between manifold life forms in terms of such reiﬁed Introduction 25 categories failed to capture adequately the dynamic complexity and structural disequilibrium of evolving biological systems.