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Intro -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Abbreviations -- Chapter One Mou Zongsan, His Times, and His Aims -- The Problem of the Unlikely Buddhologist -- Why Mou Matters -- Interpreting Mou -- The Cultural Context-China's National Crisis and Mou's Generation -- The New Culture and the Attack on Confucianism -- Progress -- Public-Mindedness -- Governing by Educating -- Crisis in the New Culture -- Marxism -- Cultural Conservatives -- Mou and the New Confucians -- The New Confucian Agenda -- The On-Going Life of the Confucian Tradition -- Moral Realism -- Synthesizing Chinese and Western Philosophy -- Science and Democracy -- Mou's Mature Writings -- Goals of Mou's Philosophy -- Vindicate Chinese Philosophy -- Join Chinese and Western Philosophy in Common Enterprise -- Assert Morality in Matter and the Moral Mission of Science -- Help Regenerate China Morally and Politically -- Proclaim Metaphysical Optimism -- Chapter Two "Philosophy" and the Building Blocks of Mou's Universe -- Mou's Notion of "Philosophy" -- Mou the Theologian -- The Building Blocks of Mou's Universe: The "Two-Level Ontology" -- Chapter Three What the Buddha Taught-The Fable of the Five Periods -- The Canonic Buddha and the Canon -- The Buddha's Teaching -- How the Buddha Unveiled His Teaching Progressively -- First Period: Flower Garland Sutra -- Second Period: Hīnayāna Scriptures -- Third Period: Mahāyāna Scriptures -- Fourth Period: The Perfection of Prajñā Scriptures -- Fifth Period: Lotus and Nirvana Sutras -- Chapter Four The Buddhist Philosophers -- Hīnayāna, the Tripitaka Theory -- Nāgārjuna and the "Common Theory" -- Nāgārjuna's Flaws -- The Common Theory as a Formal Type -- The Two "Separation Theories" -- Yogācāra: The Beginning or "Deluded Mind" Separation Theory -- The Mature Separation Theory -- Paramārtha and the History of the Mature Separation Theory.
Buddhas and Buddha-Nature in the Mature Separation Theory -- The Theory's Advances and Failings -- Huayan Representatives of the Mature Separation Theory -- The Complete or Perfect Theory -- Spiritual Progress according to the Perfect Theory -- The Two Topics of Buddhist Philosophy: Buddha-Nature and Prajñā -- The Inclusiveness of the Perfect Theory -- The Chan Tradition -- Chapter Five Where Buddhists Go Wrong -- The Orthodox Confucian Tradition according to Mou -- Heaven "Creates" the Universe -- Heaven Also Dwells in Us -- Where Buddhism Falls Short -- Chapter Six So What Good is Buddhism? -- Separation Theory and Perfect Theory as Formal Types -- How Buddhists Led the Way -- Confucian Perfect Theory and Separation Theories -- What Good is a Perfect Theory? -- Chapter Seven Toward an Appraisal of Mou's Use of Buddhist Philosophy -- Mou as Historian of Philosophy -- Mou the Dogmatic -- Mou's Interpretation of Buddhism -- The Mystery of Variegated Dharmas -- Guaranteeing the Existence of All Things -- Universal Buddhahood and the Beginning Separation Theory -- Mou's General Criticisms of Buddhism -- Ontological Substance and Moral Law -- The Socio-Political Criticism -- Mou's Ambivalent Ecumenism -- Mou's Perfect Theory Model -- Coherence -- Fung's First Argument: On Non-Discriminating Statements -- Fung's Second Argument: On Critique -- Fung's Third Argument: Linguistic Contortion -- Fung's Interpretation: Non-Rationality or Mystagogy -- Obscurantism and Esotericism in the Perfect Theory -- The Door to Antinomianism -- Is Mou Worth the Trouble? -- Works Cited -- Index.
This highly accessible book provides a comprehensive unpacking and interpretation, suitable for students and scholars in all fields, of towering philosopher Mou Zongsan's understanding of Buddhist thought and his Confucian appropriation of Tiantai Buddhist ideas.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2019. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.