ISBN-10: 1375005537

ISBN-13: 9781375005531

ISBN-10: 3849672069

ISBN-13: 9783849672065

Edkins' booklet is a finished survey of chinese language Buddhism. He supplies the old heritage of the advent of Buddhism into China, and its next evolution, together with biographies of the Buddhist Patriarchs. There are wide descriptions of chinese language Buddhist geography and cosmology, the calendar of fairs, temple structure, and the big array of entities that are represented in sacred areas. Of curiosity is his dialogue of Kwan-yin, the chinese language Madonna, who all started as a male Buddha and developed right into a goddess determine. there's a serious essay on Feng-shui, with information of this kind of chinese language geomancy and the way it built. He enumerates dozens of chinese language Buddhist sacred texts, and gives translations of a few excerpts. Edkins was once a talented linguist and explains how Sanskrit phrases have been transferred into chinese language. He additionally discusses Confucian, Taoist and different chinese language trust systems.

Edkins was once a Christian missionary, and his fundamental trouble every now and then seems to be the best way to convert chinese language Buddhists. however the sheer quantity of proof which he comprises right here a long way outweigh the occasional polemic sidebar. This quantity, that is nonetheless in print over a century later, is a necessary reference paintings for somebody learning chinese language Buddhism, in addition to a photo of China within the overdue nineteenth century.--J.B. Hare

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