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The Essentials of Chinese Buddhist Philosophy (Volume I)

By Fang Litian

Cloth • 592 pages • 178 × 254 mm • English
Sep 2024 • US$79.95 • CA$107.95
ISBN: 9781487812287

About the Book

The Essentials of Chinese Buddhist Philosophy by Prof. Fang Litian presents an in-depth, systematic study of the philosophical thoughts within Chinese Buddhism. Reflecting on the Chinese Buddhist scholars’ perspectives on the cosmos, human life, and practical cultivation, this comprehensive work is rooted in Chinese Buddhist writings.

Volume I, encompassing general discussions, philosophy of life, and mind-nature, meticulously traces the origins, debates, and evolutions of key philosophical issues within Chinese Buddhism. It intertwines the rich Buddhist philosophy from India with China’s indigenous Confucian and Daoist thoughts, offering a vivid comparison and showcasing the interactive progress of various viewpoints. This volume delves deep into the realms of general theory, human life philosophy, and mind-nature. It explores the composition, essence, and intrinsic nature of humans, along with their place and value in life, unfolding a vast ideological system. Here, the focus is on the doctrines of karma and retribution, the relationship between the physical body and spirit, and the Buddhist aspirations for enlightenment. By elaborating on these intricate topics, this volume lays a foundational understanding of Chinese Buddhist philosophical thought, highlighting its unique characteristics and significant meanings.

About the Author

Fang Litian is a renowned authority in the realm of Buddhist studies in China. His career encompasses a series of prestigious roles, marking him as a leading figure in his field. Prof. Fang’s scholarly works, including Buddhist Philosophy during the Wei, Jin, and Northern and Southern Dynasties, Buddhist Philosophy, Chinese Buddhism and Traditional Culture, and the award-winning The Essentials of Chinese Buddhist Philosophy, highlight his profound understanding and expertise. His contributions to the field were recognized in 2005 when he was honored with the National Advanced Worker title, underscoring his significant impact and enduring legacy in the study of Buddhism.