A Distant Mirror
Articulating Indic Ideas in Sixth and Seventh Century Chinese Buddhism

A Distant Mirror
Articulating Indic Ideas in Sixth and Seventh Century Chinese Buddhism


Chen-kuo Lin (Hrsg.)
National Chengchi University
Victoria University


logic, epistemology, Buddhist “schools”, Buddhismus, sechstes Jahrhundert, siebentes Jahrhundert, Logik, Epistemologie, Schulen des Buddhismus

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In this book, an international team of fourteen scholars investigates the Chinese reception of Indian Buddhist ideas, especially in the sixth and seventh centuries. Topics include Buddhist logic and epistemology (pramāṇa, yinming); commentaries on Indian Buddhist texts; Chinese readings of systems as diverse as Madhyamaka, Yogācāra and tathāgatagarbha; the working out of Indian concepts and problematics in new Chinese works; and previously under-studied Chinese evidence for developments in India. The authors aim to consider the ways that these Chinese materials might furnish evidence of broader Buddhist trends, thereby problematizing a prevalent notion of “sinification”, which has led scholars to consider such materials predominantly in terms of trends ostensibly distinctive to China. The volume also tries to go beyond seeing sixth- and seventh-century China primarily as the age of the formation and establishment of the Chinese Buddhist “schools”. The authors attempt to view the ideas under study on their own terms, as valid Buddhist ideas engendered in a rich, “liminal” space of interchange between two large traditions.


  • Foreword
    Michael Zimmermann
    S. 9–11
  • Acknowledgements
    S. 13–14
  • Introduction
    Chen-kuo Lin , Michael Radich
    S. 15–31
  • Chinese Translations of Pratyakṣa
    Toru Funayama
    S. 33–61
  • Epistemology and Cultivation in Jingying Huiyuan’s Essay on the Three Means of Valid Cognition
    Chen-kuo Lin
    S. 63-99
  • The Theory of Apoha in Kuiji’s Cheng weishi lun Shuji
    Shoryu Katsura
    S. 101–120
  • A Comparison between the Indian and Chinese Interpretations of the Antinomic Reason (Viruddhāvyabhicārin)
    Shinya Moriyama
    S. 121–150
  • The Problem of Self-Refuting Statements in Chinese Buddhist Logic
    Jakub Zamorski
    S. 151–182
  • A Re-examination of the Relationship between the Awakening of Faith and Dilun School Thought, Focusing on the Works of Huiyuan
    Ching Keng
    S. 183–215
  • A Pivotal Text for the Definition of the Two Hindrances in East Asia: Huiyuan’s “Erzhang yi” Chapter
    A. Charles Muller
    S. 217–270
  • On the Notion of Kaidaoyi (*Avakāśadānāśraya) as Discussed in Xuanzang’s Cheng weishi lun
    Junjie Chu
    S. 271–311
  • Yogācāra Critiques of the Two Truths
    Zhihua Yao
    S. 313–335
  • Philosophical Aspects of Sixth-Century Chinese Buddhist Debates on “Mind and Consciousness”
    Hans-Rudolf Kantor
    S. 337–395
  • The Way of Nonacquisition: Jizang’s Philosophy of Ontic Indeterminacy
    Chien-hsing Ho
    S. 397–418
  • Divided Opinion among Chinese Commentators on Indian Interpretations of the Parable of the Raft in the Vajracchedikā
    Yoke Meei Choong
    S. 419–469
  • Ideas about “Consciousness” in Fifth and Sixth Century Chinese Buddhist Debates on the Survival of Death by the Spirit, and the Chinese Background to *Amalavijñāna
    Michael Radich
    S. 471–512
  • The Process of Awakening in Early Texts on Buddha-Nature in India
    Michael Zimmermann
    S. 513–528
  • About the Authors
    S. 529–533
  • Index
    S. 535–565



Gedruckte Ausgabe

ISBN: 978-3-943423-19-8

565 Seiten, Hardcover,
Maße: 155 x 220 mm, 39,80 €




Hamburg Buddhist Studies , Bd. 3, ISSN (print): 2190-6769

Copyright (c) 2014 Autorinnen und Autoren


Lin, C.- kuo, … Radich, M. (Hrsg.). (2014). A Distant Mirror: Articulating Indic Ideas in Sixth and Seventh Century Chinese Buddhism (Bde. 3). Hamburg University Press. https://hup.sub.uni-hamburg.de/oa-pub/catalog/book/79