Chinese Philosophy: The Buddhist Conquest of China

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Chinese Philosophy: The Buddhist Conquest of China
The book I have chosen, The Buddhist Conquest of China (Zurcher), is one of the earliest definitive works about the development of the Buddhist way of life and philosophy in the region. At the same time, interestingly, the book is written by a professor of Chinese history who is himself from the Netherlands. One of the reasons I chose this book is that it is an interesting concept to explore the point of view of someone who is an expert on the subject, but coincidentally has an external viewpoint drawn from his own observations rather than from inside the Chinese culture. Overall, Zurcher takes a unique sociological perspective on the advent of Buddhism and the context in which its tenets...
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.....uences it became richer, but ultimately did not lose any of its original cultural ideas and values in the process. The fundamental philosophy that represents Chinese thought, family life, and focus on goals that benefit the community as a whole was retained, but with a more developed sense of the universal path to enlightenment.
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