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Spreading Buddha's Word in East Asia

Wu, Jiang, Chia, Lucille

Published by Columbia University Press
ISBN 10: 0231171609 / ISBN 13: 9780231171601
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Title: Spreading Buddha's Word in East Asia

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Binding: Hardcover

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Editor(s): Wu, Jiang; Chia, Lucille. Series: The Sheng Yen Series in Chinese Buddhist Studies. Num Pages: 432 pages, 30 black & white illustrations. BIC Classification: 1FP; HRE. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 229 x 152. Weight in Grams: 454. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780231171601

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A monumental work in the history of religion, the history of the book, the study of politics, and bibliographical research, this volume follows the making of the Chinese Buddhist canon from the fourth century to the digital era. Approaching the subject from a historical perspective, the book ties the religious, social, and textual practices of canon formation to the development of East Asian Buddhist culture and opens up the study of Chinese Buddhist texts to readers interested in the evolution of Chinese writing in general and the Confucian and Daoist traditions in particular.

The collection undertakes extensive readings of major scriptural catalogs from the early manuscript era as well as major printed editions, including the Kaibao Canon, Qisha Canon, Goryeo Canon, and Taisho Canon. Contributors add fascinating depth to such understudied issues as the historical process of compilation, textual manipulation, physical production and management, sponsorship, the dissemination of various editions, cultic activities surrounding the canon, and the canon's reception in different East Asian societies. The Chinese Buddhist canon is one of the most enduring textual traditions in East Asian religion and culture, and through this exhaustive, multifaceted effort, an essential body of work becomes part of a new, versatile narrative of East Asian Buddhism that has far-reaching implications for world history.

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Jiang Wu is an associate professor in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona. His research interests include Chinese Buddhism, especially Chan/Zen Buddhism and the Chinese Buddhist canon, Sino-Japanese Buddhist exchanges, and the application of GIS tools in the study of Chinese culture and religion.

Lucille Chia is professor of history at the University of California at Riverside. Her research interests include Chinese book culture, most recently the history of Buddhist publishing in imperial China. She is the author of Printing for Profit: The Commercial Publishers of Jianyang, Song-Ming (960-1644) and coeditor of Knowledge and Text Production in an Age of Print: China, 900-1400.

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