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"The Conversion Of The Barbarians", The Early History Of A Buddho-Daoist Conflict

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This chapter proposes to treat the early development of a very peculiar theory which, if not from the very beginning, then at least from the early fourth century AD onward became permeated with strong anti-Buddhist, anti-foreign and nationalistic sentiments, and which, once forged into a weapon against the foreign doctrine, came to play a very important role in the later debates and controversies about Buddhism right down to the beginning of the Mongol dynasty. The fundamental difference between this theory and the other anti-Buddhist arguments which we have discussed in the foregoing chapter is that it originated and was transmitted in a particular intellectual milieu to which only a relatively small part of the gentry belonged: that of the Daoists.

Keywords: barbarians; Buddhism; Buddho-Daoist conflict; Daoism



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