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Zhipan’s Account of the History of Buddhism in China

Volume 1: Fozu tongji, juan 34-38: From the Times of the Buddha to the Nanbeichao Era

Thomas Jülch

The Fozu tongji by Zhipan (ca. 1220-1275) is a key text of Chinese Buddhist historiography. In the present volume Thomas Jülch presents the translation of the important first five juan of the massive annalistic part. Rich annotations clarify the backgrounds to the historiographic contents, presented by Zhipan in a highly essentialized style. For the historical traditions the sources Zhipan refers to are meticulously identified. In those cases where the accounts presented are inaccurate or imprecise, Jülch points out how the relevant matter is depicted in the sources Zhipan relies on. With his carefully annotated translation of Fozu tongji, juan 34-38, Thomas Jülch enables an indepth understanding of a key text of Chinese Buddhist historiography.
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The Middle Kingdom and the Dharma Wheel

Aspects of the Relationship Between the Buddhist Saṃgha and the State in Chinese History

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Edited by Thomas Jülch

The matter of saṃgha-state relations is of central importance to both the political and the religious history of China. The volume The Middle Kingdom and the Dharma Wheel brings together, for the first time, articles relating to this field covering a time span from the early Tang until the Qing dynasty. In order to portray also the remarkable thematic diversity of the field, each of the articles not only refers to a different time but also discusses a different aspect of the subject.
Contributors include: Chris Atwood, Chen Jinhua, Max Deeg, Barend ter Haar, Thomas Jülch, Albert Welter and Zhang Dewei.
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The Buddhist monk Falin (572–640) is author of a complex apologetic work designed to defend Buddhism in the face of political threats that manifested in the early Tang dynasty. Employing a wide repertoire of arguments, Falin demonstrates that Buddhism could help to stabilize the state, would importantly enhance Confucianism, and would in many respects be superior to Daoism. The present article draws a picture of Falin’s apologetic mission based on Falin’s scriptures Poxie lun and Bianzheng lun, as well as on the hagiographic sources describing Falin’s life. In the analysis of Falin’s apologetic argumentation, particular emphasis is given to pointing out lines of continuity between Falin and previous works of Buddhist apologetic writing. Finally the article discusses in how far the Buddhist apologetic argumentation seen in Falin was further employed in the different ideological climate of the Song dynasty.


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Jülch, Thomas and Mittag, Achim