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This chapter provides summary of the book, which help us to see Fazang as a figure of extraordinary complexity. He was a brilliant man who assumed an enormous variety of roles that were open to religious men and women in medieval China: philosopher, translator, mystic, vinaya expert, self-immolator, miracle-worker, shaman, showman, inventor and promoter of technology, practitioner of body cultivation and Daoist-flavored rituals, and, importantly, an intense reader of Confucian texts who could integrate those Chinese traditions into his Buddhist-dominated discourses. The relationship between philosophical work, religious devotion, and technological innovation displayed in the life of Fazang poses a host of questions with far-reaching implications.

Keywords: Fazang; medieval China



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