Chinese Buddhism and the Scholarship of Erik Zürcher


China has a long and complex history of interactions with the world around it. One of the most successful imports—arguably the most successful before modern times and the impact of the West—is Buddhism, which, since the first centuries of the Common Era, has spread into almost every aspect of Chinese life, thought and practice.
Erik Zürcher was one of the most important scholars to study the history of Buddhism in China, and the ways in which Buddhism in China gradually became Chinese Buddhism. More than half a century after the publication of Zürcher's landmark The Buddhist Conquest of China, we now have a collection of essays from the top contemporary specialists exploring aspects of the legacy of Zürcher's investigations, bringing forward new evidence, new ideas and reconsiderations of old theories to present an up-to-date and exciting expansion and revision of what was arguably the single most influential contribution to date on the history of Chinese Buddhism. Contributors are Tim Barrett, Stephen R. Bokenkamp, Funayama Toru, Barend ter Haar, Liu Shufen, Minku Kim, Jan Nattier, Antonello Palumbo, and Nicolas Standaert.

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Jonathan A. Silk is Professor in the study of Buddhism at Leiden University. In addition to numerous publications on Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, he is the editor of Buddhism in China: Collected Papers of Erik Zürcher (Brill, 2013).

Stefano Zacchetti (1968–2020) was Yehan Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies at Oxford University. A specialist in Chinese Buddhism, his most recent book, posthumously published, was The Da zhidu lun 大智度論 (*Mahāprajñāpāramitopadeśa) and the History of the Larger Prajñāpāramitā (Hamburg, 2021).
Scholars of Chinese Buddhism, Chinese history, and Buddhism.
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