Politics and Transcendent Wisdom: The Scripture for Humane Kings in the Creation of Chinese Buddhism

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Politics and Transcendent Wisdom presents a systematic theoretical framework for understanding the relationship between politics and religion in a variety of contexts. This book examines the formation of "national protection" Buddhism in China and translates the key text of this important movement. Showing that Buddhist notions of sovereignty were meant and were taken as more than mere metaphor, Orzech examines the profound link between Buddhist notions of transcendence and the deployment of political authority in East Asia. To this integration of philosophical tradition and political history is brought a new understanding of Buddhist cosmology.

The contexts of Buddhism as state religion in fifth- and eighth-century China are examined in detail, through extended consideration of the Transcendent Wisdom Scripture for Humane Kings Who Wish to Protect Their States, the text that was the charter for Buddhist state cults in China, Korea, and Japan into the twentieth century. The text first appeared during the fifth century as Buddhists were struggling to understand how their "foreign" religion and the "foreign" rulers of north China might be adapted to Chinese religious and political culture. The Scripture for Humane Kings and the rites enjoined by it were one answer to these questions. Three centuries later, in the context of a fully sinified Buddhism, the T'ang dynasty Tantric master Pu-k'ung produced a new version of the text with new rites that served as the centerpiece of his vision of a Chinese Buddhist state modeled on esoteric lines. The final section of this volume presents for the first time a full, annotated translation of this important East Asian Buddhist text.

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“An ambitious work on one of the most influential of the Chinese apocrypha or indigenous scriptures.”

—Wendi Adamek, History of Religions

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Presents a systematic theoretical framework for understanding the relationship between politics and religion in a variety of contexts. Examines the formation of "national protection" Buddhism in China, looks at the link between Buddhist notions of transcendence and the deployment of political authority in East Asia, and offers a translation of a text that acted as charter for Buddhist state cults in China, Korea, and Japan from the fifth through 20th centuries. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Meet the Author

Charles D. Orzech is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at The University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He is co-chair of the Tantric Studies Seminar of the American Academy of Religion and a founding member of the Society for Tantric Studies.

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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Note on Orthography, Conventions, and Translation Selection
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Cosmology, Authority, and the Politics of Transcendence
1 Locating Authority: Cosmology and Complex Systems 13
2 World, Path, and Authority in Buddhism 33
Pt. 2 The Transcendent Wisdom Scripture for Humane Kings and the Creation of National Protection Buddhism
3 The Genealogy of Humane Kings 67
4 The End of the Teaching and the Creation of Chinese Buddhism 99
5 Esoteric Turns 135
6 The Lords of Light: The Scripture for Humane Kings in Esoteric Practice and Esoteric Polity 169
Pt. 3 The Transcendent Wisdom Scripture for Humane Kings Who Wish to Protect Their States T 246
1 Prologue 209
2 Contemplating the Thus-come One 215
3 The Bodhisattva Path 223
4 The Two Truths 239
5 Protecting the State 245
6 The Inconceivable 251
7 Receiving and Keeping This Scripture 255
8 The Charge 271
App. A Major Variants from the Fifth-Century Scripture T 245 275
App. B The Chinese Provenance of the Scripture for Humane Kings 289
App. C The Path in the Eighth-Century Scripture 293
App. D Boilerplate Sequences in Pu-k'ung's Teachings 295
Glossary of Numerical Terms 299
Logographs 309
Works Cited 323
Index 343
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