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This front matter section of the book Philosopher, Practitioner, Politician: The Many Lives of Fazang (643-712) contains table of contents, list of figures, tables, and charts, preface and conventions. The Buddhist monk Fazang, regarded today mainly as a scholastic monk, was in fact one of the greatest metaphysicians in Asia. This biographical - and hagiographical - study of Fazang seeks to explore his other contributions and in so doing to correct some major mis-presentations and misinterpretations existing in modern scholarship.

Keywords: Buddhist monk Fazang; monastic hagio-biography



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