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A New Preface to The Buddhist Conquest of China [2a]

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This chapter presents a new preface to The Buddhist Conquest of China. The Buddhist Conquest treats "the formative period" of Chinese Buddhism, starting in the first century CE, and with the first decades of the fifth century as its lower limit. In that context, some attention still had to be paid to the contacts with Kumārajīva and other masters at Chang'an. In view of the very close connections between Buddhism in the Lower Yangzi region and the court at present-day Nanjing, it seemed logical to let the lower limit for that region coincide with the fall of the Eastern Qin dynasty in 420 CE. Finally, in the The Buddhist Conquest no attempt has been made to treat the introduction and acculturation of Buddhism in early medieval China in a comparative way, as one case of the incorporation of a foreign religion into Chinese culture.

Keywords: Chang'an; Chinese Buddhism; early medieval China; Eastern Qin dynasty; Kumārajīva; Nanjing; The Buddhist Conquest of China



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