The Sinification of Buddhist Philosophy: The Cases of Zhi Dun and The Awakening of Faith in the Mahāyāna (Dasheng Qixin Lun)

  • Sandra A. WawrytkoEmail author
Part of the Dao Companions to Chinese Philosophy book series (DCCP, volume 9)


Discussions of Chinese Buddhism rarely address the crucial period of transition during which a philosophy from India gradually underwent a process of sinification. The historical record for this period of several hundred years between the Han and Tang dynasties, which coincided with social, political, and cultural upheavals, is sparse. Two key sources for consideration are the Chinese monk Zhi Dun (314–366) and The Awakening of Faith in the Mahāyāna (Dasheng Qixin Lun) (550). Liu Yiqing (403–444)’s A New Account of Tales of the World (Shishou Xinyu) provides tantalizing glimpses of the philosophical reconfiguration, including mutations of Confucianism and the emergence of Xuanxue in Daoism.


Dao Epistemology Language Meditation Nondualism Suchness Xuanxue 


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  1. 1.San Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA

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