Philosopher, practitioner, politician : the many lives of Fazang (643-712)
The Buddhist master Fazang is regarded as one of the greatest metaphysicians in medieval Asia. This study aims at correcting misinterpretations and shedding light on neglected areas, opening up for discussion the various structures of medieval East Asian monastic biography.
Print Book, English, 2007
Brill, Leiden, 2007
Sinica Leidensia, vol. 75
XVIII, 539 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
CONTENTSIntroductionPart One A Biographical ReconstructionChapter One Primary Sources and Secondary Studies1 Epigraphic Sources2 Textual Sources3 Modern Studies: Contributions and Limitations4 Concluding Remarks: The Nature and Structure of the Primary Sources, and the Problems of Modern StudiesChapter Two Ch’oe Ch’iwŏn’s Biography of Fazang: A Textual Study1 Format and Contents2 Sources of Pŏpjang Hwasang Chŏn3 Values and Limitations4 Concluding RemarksChapter Three Fazang’s Basic Biographical Data: Names, Native Land, Familial and Dharma Backgrounds1 Names2 Places of Origin and Birth3 Family Background4 “Dharma Family”5 Concluding RemarksChapter Four The Eminent Monk Who Wasn’t?: Stories about Fazang’s Full Ordination1 From Yan Chaoyin to Zuxiu: Why Fazang’s Ordination Became an Issue2 The Fictional Nature of the “Ordination Episode”3 Fazang and Śākyamitra: Further Evidence4 Concluding RemarksChapter Five A Man of Many Faces: Fazang’s Life Reconstructed, I1 Becoming a Buddhist Monk: 643-6702 Emergence of a Buddhist Master: 670-6903 Fazang under Empress Wu’s Reign up to 699 Chapter Six A Man of Many Faces: Fazang’s Life Reconstructed, II1 Fazang under the Last Five Years of Empress Wu’s Reign (700-705)2 Under the Reign of Zhongzong: 705-7103 Under the Reign of Ruizong: 710-7124 Concluding RemarksPart Two: Thematic and Hagiographical Studies Chapter Seven Fazang the Philosopher1 Legends Regarding the Composition of the “Treatise on the Golden Lion”2 The Mirror Hall3 Concluding RemarksChapter Eight Fazang the Technical Innovator1 A Great Secret Wrapped in a Small Package2 The Provenance of the Printed Dhāraṇī Text: Korea or China?3 The Promise of Health and Long Life in the Dhāraṇī Text4 Empress Wu and Daoist Immortality5 Fazang’s Role in Printing and Spreading Wugou Jingguang Da Tuoluoni Jing6 Fazang’s Knowledge of Mulberry Paper7 Concluding RemarksChapter Nine Fazang the Translator1 Collaboration with Divākara and Devendraprajña2 Collaboration with Śikṣānanda and Mitrasena3 Collaboration with Yijing and Bodhiruci4 Concluding RemarksChapter Ten Fazang the Court Politician1 Fazang and Empress Wu: 670-6902 Fazang and Empress Wu: 690-7053 Fazang’s Role in the Transition of Power: 700-7054 Fazang under the Reigns of Zhongzong (705-710) and Ruizong (710-712)5 Concluding RemarksChapter Eleven Fazang’s Religious Life1 Esoteric Practices2 Daoist Practices3 Self-immolation and Relic-veneration4 Concluding RemarksChapter Twelve Fazang the Wonderworker1 Miracle Stories about Fazang’s Mastery of the Avataṃsaka Teachings2 Fazang the Rain-maker and Disciplinarian3 The Magician as Warrior?: Fazang and the Suppression of a Khitan Rebellion (696-697)4 Concluding RemarksConclusionPart Three: AppendixesBibliographyIndex