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Indra’s Network: Zhang Taiyan’s Sino-Japanese Personal Networks and the Rise of Yogācāra in Modern China

John Jorgensen

in Transforming Consciousness

Published in print April 2014 | ISBN: 9780199358120
Published online April 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780199358205 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199358120.003.0003
Indra’s Network: Zhang Taiyan’s Sino-Japanese Personal Networks and the Rise of Yogācāra in Modern China

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This chapter emphasizes the role Japanese scholars played in the revival of Yogācāra in late-Qing/early Republican China, particularly through the networks around Zhang Taiyan 章太炎 (1869–1936). The first section examines Yogācāra (Faxiang; Hossō) in Tokugawa and Meiji Japan as background before turning the focus onto Zhang Taiyan and his networks. Topics covered include non-Buddhist Indian studies; texts on Buddhist logic that had been preserved in Japan; and the study of Sanskrit. The next section turns to examine Zhang’s networks over the course of his career as a scholar and revolutionary, and demonstrates the key role that Yogācāra came to play in these networks, reflecting the many philosophies, ideas, and political theories that appeared around him like a jewel in Indra’s net.

Keywords: Yogācāra; Japan; China; Hossō; Faxiang; Buddhist logic; Sanskrit

Chapter.  16201 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism ; Philosophy of Religion

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