Evil and/or/as the Good: Omnicentrism, Intersubjectivity, and Value Paradox in Tiantai Buddhist Thought

Evil and/or/as the Good: Omnicentrism, Intersubjectivity, and Value Paradox in Tiantai Buddhist Thought

by Brook Ziporyn
     
 

"Other than the devil, there is no Buddha; other than the Buddha, there is no devil." The Chinese monk Siming Zhili (960-1028) uttered this remark as part of his justification for his self-immolation. An exposition of the intent, implications, and resonances of this one sentence, this book expands and unravels the context in which the seeming paradox of the ultimate… See more details below

Overview

"Other than the devil, there is no Buddha; other than the Buddha, there is no devil." The Chinese monk Siming Zhili (960-1028) uttered this remark as part of his justification for his self-immolation. An exposition of the intent, implications, and resonances of this one sentence, this book expands and unravels the context in which the seeming paradox of the ultimate identity of good and evil is to be understood. In analyzing this idea, Brook Ziporyn provides an overview of the development of Tiantai thought from the fifth through the eleventh centuries in China.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674002487
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Series:
Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series, #51
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Question

2. Value, Intersubjectivity, and Holism: Philosophical Parameters and the Chinese Background

3. Value and Anti-value in Indian Buddhism

4. Tiantai Basics: Omnicentric Holism

5. Intersubjectivity in the Tiantai Tradition as Understood by Zhili

6. Value and Anti-value in Tiantai Thought

7. What's So Good About Evil: Conclusions and Implications

Notes

Bibliography

Glossary

Index

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