Understanding Prajñā: Sengzhao's "wild Words" and the Search for Wisdom

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Peter Lang, 2008 - Всего страниц: 322
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Can enlightenment be attained through words? Understanding Prajñā addresses this perennial issue in the study of mysticism through the work of Sengzhao (374-414), a Buddhist scholar-monk whose essay on prajñā («wisdom») created a sensation in early medieval China. Drawing on contemporary hermeneutic theory, this book presents a close reading of Sengzhao's work, placing it in proper context while highlighting his masterful techniques for conveying «wisdom» beyond ordinary language. Understanding Prajñā includes translations of Sengzhao's essay and his correspondence with Liu Yimin, a «hermit-scholar» who yearned to grasp the Buddha's sage wisdom.
 

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Hermeneutics and the Question of Understanding
9
Prajñā Before Sengzhao
47
Prajñā is Notknowing and Sengzhaos Wild Words
87
Liu Yimins Failure to Understand
127
What Can We Say About Prajñā?
171
Note on Translation
215
Prajñā is Notknowing Zhaolun Part III
221
Sengzhaos Correspondence with Liu Yimin Appended to Zhaolun Part III
233
Notes
247
Glossary
299
Works Cited
305
Index
319
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The Author: John M. Thompson is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. He earned his Ph.D. in the historical and cultural study of religions from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Although specializing in Buddhism and Chinese traditions, Dr. Thompson has broad interests in the fields of religion, theology, and philosophy, and has published widely in both scholarly and popular venues. His most recent book, a basic introduction to Buddhism, is part of a six-volume set on the world's religions.

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