Tsung-mi and the Sinification of Buddhism
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384pp. April 2002
Tsung-mi and the Sinification of Buddhism
Author: Gregory, Peter N.;
First paper edition

"Kuei-feng Tsung-mi (781–841) is one of the towering figures of T’ang-dynasty Buddhism.... [A] powerful and original intellect, he developed in [his] works a vision of Buddhism that came to have significant impact on the interpretation of the religion in Sung-dynasty China and beyond in Korea and early medieval Japan....”
“Professor Gregory is without a doubt the leading Western authority on Tsung-mi.... As his book’s title suggests, he is particularly concerned here to present Tsung-mi’s vision as a creative Chinese response to and reformulation of some of the central tenets of Mahayana Buddhist thought. In this [Gregory’s] book not only represents a major advance in the study of Tsung-mi, surpassing in scope of vision anything hitherto attempted, it also has much to say to those with interest in the intellectual life of the T’ang dynasty and, more broadly, in the history of Chinese philosophy and religious thought. It is a masterful piece of work, sure to be standard reading in Chinese Buddhist studies for years to come." —Cahiers d’Extreme Asie

"Gregory deserves the highest praise for having produced a superlative study of a most involved topic, and for having done so in an elegant and lucid prose style. His scholarship is impeccable; his exhaustive use of the extensive Japanese secondary literature complements his facility with the extremely abstruse and difficult Chinese materials that form the basis of his study.... [A] splendid academic accomplishment." —Journal of Asian Studies

Author: Gregory, Peter N.;
Peter N. Gregory is Jill Ker Conway Professor of Religion and East Asian Studies at Smith College.



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