Buddhist philosophy, Chinese

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-G002-1
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References and further reading

  • Buswell, R. (1990) Chinese Buddhist Apocrypha, Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press.

    (An important collection of essays detailing the impact of apocryphal texts – Chinese creations purporting to represent Indian originals – on the development of Chinese Buddhism.)

  • Ch’en, K. (1964) Buddhism in China, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    (Though somewhat dated, still a classic overview of the early history of Buddhism in China.)

  • Ch’en, K. (1973) The Chinese Transformation of Buddhism, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    (Another dated classic.)

  • Cook, F. (1977) Hua-yen Buddhism: The Jewel Net of Indra, University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.

    (A good introduction to basic Huayan doctrine.)

  • Gimello, R. (1976) ‘Chih-yen (602–668) and the Foundations of Hua-yen Buddhism’, Ph.D. dissertation, Columbia University.

    (Though unpublished, this remains the best historical analysis available in English of Chinese Buddhism in the sixth and seventh centuries.)

  • Gregory, P. (1995) Inquiry Into the Origin of Humanity: An Annotated Translation of Tsung-mi’s Yüan-jen lun with a Modern Commentary, Honolulu, HI: Kuroda Institute and University of Hawaii Press.

    (A translation of an important Chinese text, richly annotated by Gregory, who intends this book as a survey and primer of Chinese Buddhist thought for intermediate students.)

  • Hurvitz, L. (1960–2) Chih-I (538–597): An Introduction to the Life and Ideas of a Chinese Buddhist Monk, Mélanges chinois et bouddhiques vol. 12.

    (A thorough overview of the foundational Tiantai thinker, Zhiyi.)

  • Liu Ming-wood (1994) Madhyamaka Thought in China, Leiden: Brill.

    (Useful discussion of the key developments in Chinese Madhyamaka, especially Liu’s treatment of Jizang.)

  • Robinson, R. (1967) Early Mādhyamika in India and China, Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.

    (Classic work, detailing the efforts of Kumārajīva and his contemporaries.)

  • Swanson, P. (1989) The Philosophy of T’ien-t’ai, Berkeley, CA: Asian Humanities Press.

    (Important historical overview of the texts and issues that lead to Zhiyi’s distinctive philosophy, with a partial translation of one of Zhiyi’s discussions of the Lotus Sutra that serves as a good example of the dense textual style of this form of Buddhism.)

  • Wright, A. (1990) Studies in Chinese Buddhism, ed. R. Somers, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

    (Essays dealing with important people and issues during the formative years of Buddhism in China.)

  • Yampolsky, P. (1967) The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch, New York: Columbia University Press.

    (Yampolsky’s translation of this Chan sutra is somewhat problematic, but his introductory essays demonstrate the importance of critical historical methods for approaching this material.)

  • Zürcher, E. (1959) The Buddhist Conquest of China, Leiden: Brill, 2 vols.

    (Another classic, dealing with the formative periods of Chinese Buddhism.)

Citing this article:
Lusthaus, Dan. Bibliography. Buddhist philosophy, Chinese, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-G002-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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