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The Essentials of Chinese Buddhist Philosophy (Volume II)

By Fang Litian

Cloth • 592 pages • 178 × 254 mm • English
Sep 2024 • US$79.95 • CA$107.95
ISBN: 9781487812294

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 II delves into the complex philosophies of cosmology and practice, further dissecting the rich tapestry of ideas and practices that form the core of Chinese Buddhist philosophy. It examines the relationship between the cosmos and human liberation, showcasing the profound connection and the importance of understanding the cosmos in Buddhist thought. The chapters are dedicated to discussing ethical practices, meditation, intuitive thinking, language perspective, and the concept of truth. Through this exploration, Prof. Fang reveals the multifaceted nature of Chinese Buddhist philosophy, emphasizing the significance of practical application in achieving enlightenment. The intricate analysis of these themes not only aligns with the historical development of Chinese Buddhism but also correlates logically with its philosophical evolution, offering a complete and nuanced understanding to readers fascinated by this profound tradition.

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.