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Kuo Li-ying, Confession et Contrition dans le bouddhisme chinois du Ve au Xe siècle (1994) [42]

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Dr. Kuo Li-ying's study deals with a complex of beliefs and ritual practices that have come to play an extremely important role in Chinese Buddhism: the confession of sins and transgressions, both collective and individual, as a means to effect moral purity, to remove mental obstacles and to obtain positive karmic retribution. Confession et contrition shows some important lacunas: more attention should have been paid to the non-Buddhist Chinese cultural context; essential typological differences between certain kinds of ritual have sometimes been blurred, and hardly any use has been made of the essential documents preserved in the Guang hongming ji. Another point of criticism concerns the methodology and the way of presentation, which are almost purely philological: the very complicated subject is treated on the basis of individual texts, each of which is described and analyzed.

Keywords: Chinese Buddhism; Confession et contrition; Guang hongming ji; karmic retribution; Kuo Li-ying



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