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By Paul Williams

From a box essentially of curiosity to expert orientalists, the research of Buddhism has built to embody inter alia, theology and spiritual experiences, philosophy, cultural reports, anthropology and comparative reports. there's now larger direct entry to Buddhism within the West than ever sooner than, and Buddhist experiences are attracting expanding numbers of students.

This eight-volume set brings jointly seminal papers in Buddhist stories from an enormous diversity of educational disciplines, released during the last 40 years. With a brand new advent by way of the editor, this assortment is a distinct and unrivalled examine source for either scholar and scholar.

VOLUME VIII BUDDHISM IN CHINA, EAST ASIA AND
JAPAN
Acknowledgements
97 Did 1-ching visit India? difficulties in utilizing 1-ching as a
source on South Asian Buddhism
T.H. BARRETT
98 Stiipa, siitra and sarira in China, c.656-706 CE
T.H. BARRETT
99 The lifetime of Shinran Shonin: the adventure to self-acceptance
ALFRED BLOOM
100 Cliches canoniques bouddhiques dans les legendes sur les
debuts du bouddhisme au Japon
HUBERT DURT
101 Interpretations of human-flesh providing: misdeed or
supreme sacrifice
HUBERT DURT
102 Flying mountains and walkers of vacancy: towards a
definition of sacred house in eastern religions
ALLAN G. GRAPARD
103 where of the unexpected instructing in the Hua-yen
tradition: an research of the method of doctrinal switch 161
PETER N. GREGORY
104 at the proposal of the hijiri (holy man)
ICHIRO HORI
105 Buddhist self-immolation in medieval China
YUN-HUA JAN
106 the improvement of the kenmitsu process as Japan's
medieval orthodoxy
TOSHIO KURODA
107 The dragon woman and the abbess of Mo-shan: gender and
status within the Ch'an Buddhist tradition
MIRIAM L. LEVERING
108 ancient and historiographical matters within the research of
pre-modern eastern religions
NEIL McMULLIN
109 The idolization of enlightenment: at the mummification of
Ch'an masters in medieval China
ROBERT H. SHARF
110 Buddhist impact on early Taoism: a survey of scriptural
evidence 367
ERIK ZURCHER

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106 We need not take such rhetoric at face value, but it does suggest that the empress had made a good job of keeping up messianic appearances in terms of the goals that had earlier been set for her. 32 STOPA, S0TRA AND SARJRA IN CHINA 15. Old age and mountains: Wutaishan and Taishan But by this stage we also get hints of another agenda beyond appearances, an agenda yet closer to her heart that we cannot discern in her earlier years. What it was emerges most clearly from a contrast between the attitudes she displayed in her later years towards three of China's most sacred mountains.

This last information, moreover, she may well have picked up already in any case, for the former rulers of the Sui, the Yang family, had married one of their lesser female family members to a military man who had been one of the first to abandon the dynasty when it failed and support the nascent power of the Tang dynasty. This man's reward was to see his own daughter received into the imperial harem, the very same daring young woman who was to become the Empress Wu-and, ironically, to break the power of the narrow elite that had dominated China through several changes of regime.

In the light of what has been said, however, concerning the particular anxieties over the loss of text and the prophetic messages promising messianic renewal of the textual resources available, it is absurd to do as some have done and imagine her to be the victim of some peculiarly anile form of religious fervour, preoccupied with doubtful tokens of sanctity. As we have discovered already, in the apocalyptic atmosphere that had prevailed since the sixth century it was vital for any ruler to be able to preempt the messianic longings of the masses and pose as the very embodiment of utopian prophecies-as Asoka redivivus, Maitreya, or anyone else, all at the same time, the more the merrier, in accordance with the same 'belt and braces' principle that suggested, as we have just noted, the use of both textual and solid relics at the same time 87 • So pious in her way the empress may have been, but it was power that she really understood-power, and the role of propaganda in securing and diligently upholding it.

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