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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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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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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.

Jülch, Thomas and Mittag, Achim