Transforming Consciousness: Yogacara Thought in Modern China

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Transforming Consciousness forces us to rethink the entire project in modern China of the "translation of the West." Taken together, the chapters develop a wide-ranging and deeply sourced argument that Yogacara Buddhism played a much more important role in the development of modern Chinesethought (including philosophy, religion, scientific thinking, social, thought, and more) than has previously been recognized. They show that Yogacara Buddhism enabled key intellectuals of the late Qing and early Republic to understand, accept, modify, and critique central elements of Western social,political, and scientific thought. The chapters cover the entire period of Yogacara's distinct shaping of modern Chinese intellectual movements, from its roots in Meiji Japan through its impact on New Confucianism. If non-Buddhists found Yogacara useful as an indigenous form of logic and scientific thinking, Buddhists found it usefulin thinking through the fundamental principles of the Mahayana school, textual criticism, and reforming the canon. This is a crucial intervention into contemporary scholarly understandings of China's twentieth century, and it comes at a moment in which increasing attention is being paid to modernChinese thought, both in Western scholarship and within China.

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Transforming Consciousness forces us to rethink the entire project in modern China of the "translation of the West." Taken together, the chapters develop a wide-ranging and deeply sourced argument that Yogacara Buddhism played a much more important role in the development of modern Chinesethought (including philosophy, religion, scien...

John Makeham is Professor of Chinese Studies, School of Culture, History and Language, at The Australian National University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of ContributorsJohn Makeham: IntroductionPart 1: The Indian and Japanese Roots of Yogacara1. John Powers: Yogacara: Indian Buddhist Origins2. John Jorgensen: Indra's Network: Zhang Taiyan's Sino-Japanese Personal Networks and the Rise of Yogacara in Modern ChinaPart 2: Early Appropriations3. Scott Pacey: Tan Sitong's Great Unity: Yogacara in An Exposition of Benevolence4. Viren Murthy: Equality as Reification: Zhang Taiyan's Yogacara Reading of Zhuangzi in the Context of Global ModernityPart 3: Yogacara and Modern Science5. Scott Pacey: Taixu, Yogacara, and the Buddhist Approach to Modernity6. Erik Hammerstrom: Yogacara and Science in the 1920s: The Wuchang School's Approach to Modern Mind SciencePart 4: Yogacara and Confucian Thought7. Thierry Meynard: Liang Shuming and His Confucianized Version of Yogacara8. John Makeham: Xiong Shili's Critique of Yogacara Thought in the Context of his Constructive PhilosophyPart 5: The Return to "Genuine Buddhism"9. Eyal Aviv: Ouyang Jingwu: From Yogacara Scholasticism to Soteriology10. Dan Lusthaus: L Cheng and the Alambana-pariksa: Yogacara, Epistemology and Genuine Buddhism11. Chen-kuo Lin: The Uncompromising Quest for Genuine Buddhism: L Cheng's Critique of Original EnlightenmentPart 6: Denouement12. Jason Clower: Chinese Ressentiment and Why New Confucians Stopped Caring About YogacaraGlossaryBibliography of Works CitedIndex