Buddhism in China

Collected Papers of Erik Zürcher


Buddhism in China gathers together for the first time the most central and influential papers of the great scholar of Chinese Buddhism, Erik Zürcher, presenting the results of his career-long profound studies following on the 1959 publication of his landmark The Buddhist Conquest of China. The translation and language of Buddhist scriptures in China, Buddhist interactions with Daoist traditions, the activities of Buddhists below elite social levels, continued interactions with Central Asia and lands to the west, and typological comparisons with Christianity are only some of the themes explored here. Presenting some of the most important studies on Buddhism in China, especially in the earlier periods, ever published, it will thus be of interest to a wide variety of readers.

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Erik Zürcher (1928-2008), studied Sinology and Buddhology in Leiden and Paris and received his Ph.D. in 1959. From 1962 to 1993, Zürcher was Professor of History of East Asia at Leiden University and was Director of the Sinological Institute, between 1975 and 1990. He published extensively on early Chinese Buddhism, Daoism, and the reception of Christianity in seventeenth-century China.
Jonathan A. Silk, PhD (1994), University of Michigan, is Professor in the study of Buddhism at Leiden University. He publishes primarily on Mahāyāna Buddhism, especially its textual traditions from India onward to China and Tibet.
All interested in Buddhism, Sinology, history of religions, Chinese linguistics, religious studies and cultural interactions.
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