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Religions and Local Society in the Historical, Comparative, and Theoretical Perspectives: A Conference in Honor of Professor Timothy Brook
In its spread from South Asia, Buddhism arrived first in East Asia and then in the West and, in the course of over two thousand years, its reception has proven mostly voluntary rather than by force, which constitutes a sharp contrast with the history of other world religions. In order to understand the dynamics and mechanisms behind this unique success that has significant religious, cultural, socio-political, and real-life ramifications, scholars have paid a great deal of attention not only to Buddhism itself but also to its complicated interactions with local societies in which it has existed and evolved. This is especially the case with the field of Buddhism in late imperial China, which was comparatively short of doctrinal creativity but rich in social activities and religious practices. Following Professor Chün-fang Yü’s redefinition of late-Ming Buddhism as a major renewal in the monograph on Yunqi Zhuhong 雲棲袾宏 (1535–1615), Professor Timothy Brook, with his Praying for Power published in 1993 that examines gentry patronage of Buddhism in the Jiangnan region against the background of the state-society division, has created a most influential and lasting mode that approaches the field from sociological and regional perspectives.

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Aug 12, 2022 04:30 PM
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