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The Science of Chinese Buddhism: Early Twentieth-Century Engagements

Erik Hammerstrom


Kexue, or science, captured the Chinese imagination in the early twentieth century, promising new knowledge about the world and a dynamic path to prosperity. Chinese Buddhists embraced scientific language and ideas to carve out a place for their religion within a rapidly modernizing society. Examining dozens of previously unstudied writings from the Chinese Buddhist press, this book maps Buddhists’ efforts to rethink their traditions through science in the initial decades of the twentieth century. Buddhists believed science offered an exciting, alternative route to knowledge grounded in empiri ... More

Keywords: Buddhism and science, Chinese Buddhism, science and religion, scientism, Taixu, Yogacara

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231170345
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231170345.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erik Hammerstrom, author
Pacific Lutheran University