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Philosopher, Practitioner, Politician

The Many Lives of Fazang (643-712)

Philosopher, Practitioner, Politician by Jinhua Chen
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The Buddhist monk Fazang (643-712), regarded today mainly as a scholastic monk, was in fact one of the greatest metaphysicians in Asia. This biographical - and hagiographical - study of Fazang seeks to explore his other contributions and in doing so, it corrects some major mis-presentations and misinterpretations existing in modern scholarship. It highlights and uncovers aspects of Fazang's complicated life which have been neglected or ignored until now. By experimenting with some methodological innovations in reading medieval Chinese monastic hagio-biography, this study reveals general features, structures and overall governing laws of medieval East Asian monastic hagio-biographic literature. In doing so, it is a major contribution to the ongoing discussion among scholars of hagiography in other contexts as well.
BRILL; January 2007
560 pages; ISBN 9789047420002
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Title: Philosopher, Practitioner, Politician
Author: Jinhua Chen
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