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What The Buddha Taught—The Fable Of The Five Periods

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Mou assembles Buddha-Nature and Prajñā more as an anthology of essays than a linear work, but he does arrange them according to a discernible plan. He explains and criticizes each of what he reckons as the major interpretations of the Buddhas' message. This chapter reconstructs and spells out the notions about the canonic Buddha that underlie Mou's buddhology. In Mou's opinion, the Buddha teaches the same basic metaphysical truths under a different set of terms. Mou also decides that he will play along with Zhiyi's elaborate story about the architectonic design of the Buddha's teachings, at least as an exegetically useful fiction.

Keywords: Buddha; Mou; Zhiyi



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