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Perspectives in the Study of Chinese Buddhism [13]

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The Chinese Buddhist Canon is an enormous collection of all kinds of texts: earlier and later translations of works belonging to various schools and trends; indigenous Chinese commentaries and scholastic treatises; collections of monastic discipline of at least five Indian schools; Chinese polemic treatises; pilgrims' travelogues and geographical works; biographies; bibliographies; the collected sayings of Chan masters. The production of translations and the Chinese interpretation of Buddhism on the basis of such texts have always been regarded as the two main pillars of Chinese Buddhism. In its widest sense, "transformation" refers to the processes of Nature, conceived as regular and continuous change, operated by Heaven and Earth through the various agencies of yin and yang and the Five Elements. The Confucian Sage, at a rational level, has a profound insight into these processes and their consequences, and therefore he knows the ups and downs of Destiny.

Keywords: Chan masters; Chinese Buddhism; Confucian Sage; Five Elements; yang; yin



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