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Toward An Appraisal Of Mou's Use Of Buddhist Philosophy

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This chapter takes preliminary steps toward assessing Mou's understanding and appropriation of Buddhist philosophy. It deals first with just a couple of common complaints about Mou's method, followed by some questions about some of his specific interpretations concerning Buddhism and his general critique of Buddhist thought. Mou bills Buddha-Nature and Prajña as a "history of philosophy," and he incurs a good deal of criticism thereby. For Mou's thesis is not only that (a) the Tiantai version of Buddhism captures Śākyamuni's intended meaning best but also that (b) it also comes closest to capturing the truth about metaphysics. There are certain gaps in Mou's presentation of the "ontological" or "buddha-nature" doctrines of the lower teachings.

Keywords: Buddhist philosophy; Mou

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