Buddhist Transformations and Interactions: Essays in Honor of Antonino Forte

Buddhist Transformations and Interactions: Essays in Honor of Antonino Forte

by Victor H. Mair (Editor)


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One of the greatest scholars of Chinese and Japanese Buddhist history was Antonino Forte (1940–2006), who was Director of the Italian School of Oriental (later East Asian) Studies in Kyoto for many years. Professor Forte's approach to Buddhist Studies was like that of a detective attempting to solve a difficult case. He displayed his investigative skills in a series of important projects such as those in which he addressed the riddle of the origins of The Great Cloud Sutra, the mystery of Empress Wu's massive tower and astronomical clock, and the case of the Iranian prince held hostage at the Tang court. Few Buddhist historians have dedicated so much attention and energy to reading archaeological reports and even going into the field to carry out onsite investigations as Antonino Forte. The same data-driven spirit informs the chapters in this tome dedicated to Professor Forte’s legacy.

This volume is unusual in the way that it assembles the research of distinguished scholars from various fields and regions. One of the main themes that runs through Buddhist Transformations and Interactions is that of borders and their crossing. In very concrete ways, the individual chapters look at how Buddhism passed from India to Central Asia and China and Korea, and from China and Korea to Japan. But crossing is not merely geographical, hence cultural and doctrinal transformations and adaptations are also examined closely.

Offering a rare and rich assortment of cutting-edge Buddhological research on diverse topics, this study examines topics such as nirvana and maya, sacred sites, monastery origins, biographical writing, sectarianism in China and Japan, funeral rituals, miracle tales and strange stories, architecture, and lineage transmission. An attentive reading of Buddhist Transformations and Interactions will provide readers with a much better appreciation and understanding of East Asian Buddhism.

This book is a valuable resource for scholars and students in Asian studies, particularly Buddhist studies, history of religions, the history of East Asian art and archeology, textual analysis, South Asian studies, and Liao/Khitan studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604979718
Publisher: Cambria Press
Publication date: 03/08/2017
Series: Cambria Sinophone World Series
Pages: 598
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.33(d)

About the Author

Victor H. Mair is professor of Chinese language and literature at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a PhD from Harvard University and an MPhil from the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London. Professor Mair is the general editor of the Cambria World Sinophone Series, as well as the editor of Sino-Platonic Papers and of the ABC Chinese Dictionary Series at the University of Hawaii Press. He is the coauthor of Sacred Display: Divine and Magical Female Figures of Eurasia and The Tarim Mummies: Ancient China and the Mystery of the Earliest Peoples from the West (2000), the author of The Art of War: Sun Zi's Military Methods (2007), and the editor of The Columbia History of Chinese Literature (2001).

Table of Contents

Foreword (Tansen Sen, Baruch College)

Introduction (Victor Mair, University of Pennsylvania)

Chapter 1. On the Origins of the Great Fuxian Monastery in Luoyang (Antonino Forte)

Chapter 2. Buddhist Nirvana and Its Chinese Interpreters: A Note (Timothy Barrett, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)

Chapter 3. The Borderland Complex and the Construction of Sacred Sites and Lineages in East Asian Buddhism (Jinhua Chen, University of British Columbia)

Chapter 4. Maya in Buddhist Art and in the Buddhist Legend (Hubert Durt, formerly of the International College for Advanced Buddhist Studies Tokyo)

Chapter 5. A Modern Border Crossing: Fakir Mohan Senapati’s Life of the Buddha (Phyllis Granoff, Yale University)

Chapter 6. The Correspondence Between Chinese Tiantai and Japanese Tendai Monks in the Mid-Heian Period (Paul Groner, University of Virginia)

Chapter 7. Glimmerings of India: Nukariya Kaiten and the Transmission of Zen from India to China (John R. McRae [(1947–2011], formerly of Indiana and Cornell Universities)

Chapter 8. Problems of Attribution, Style, and Dating Relating to the “Great Cloud S?tras” in the Chinese Buddhist Canon (T 387, T 388/S.6916) (Michael Radich, Victoria University of Wellington)

Chapter 9. Pre-Mortem Rites in East Asian Buddhism (James Robson, Harvard University)

Chapter 10. Borders and Border Crossing in East Asian Buddhist Historiography (Koichi Shinohara, Yale University)

Chapter 11. Chan Yulu as a Means of Integration across Culture: Reflections on the Fictional Background to Chan’s “Encounter Dialogues” (Yulu) (Albert Welter, University of Arizona)

Chapter 12. A Pavilion for Amitabha: Yorimichi’s Phoenix Hall in Transcultural Perspective (Mimi Yiengpruksawan, Yale University)



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