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Author Orzech, Charles D., 1952-

Title Politics and transcendent wisdom : the Scripture for humane kings in the creation of Chinese Buddhism / Charles D. Orzech
Published University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, [1998]
©1998

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Description xv, 351 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Series Hermeneutics, studies in the history of religions
Hermeneutics, studies in the history of religions (University Park, Pa.)
Contents Pt. 1. Cosmology, Authority, and the Politics of Transcendence. 1. Locating Authority: Cosmology and Complex Systems. 2. World, Path, and Authority in Buddhism -- Pt. 2. The Transcendent Wisdom Scripture for Humane Kings and the Creation of National Protection Buddhism. 3. The Genealogy of Humane Kings. 4. The End of the Teaching and the Creation of Chinese Buddhism. 5. Esoteric Turns. 6. The Lords of Light: The Scripture for Humane Kings in Esoteric Practice and Esoteric Polity -- Pt. 3. The Transcendent Wisdom Scripture for Humane Kings Who Wish to Protect Their States (T 246). 1. Prologue. 2. Contemplating the Thus-come One. 3. The Bodhisattva Path. 4. The Two Truths. 5. Protecting the State. 6. The Inconceivable. 7. Receiving and Keeping This Scripture. 8. The Charge -- App. A. Major Variants from the Fifth-Century Scripture (T 245) -- App. B. The Chinese Provenance of the Scripture for Humane Kings -- App. C. The Path in the Eighth-Century Scripture
App. D. Boilerplate Sequences in Pu-k'ung's Teachings
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [323]-342) and index
Subject Ren wang bo re jing -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
LC no. 96052407
ISBN 0271017155 (alk. paper)
Other Titles Scripture for humane kings in the creation of Chinese Buddhism