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Ying-shih Yü

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231178587

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231178587.001.0001

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Intellectual Breakthroughs in the Tang-Song Transition

Intellectual Breakthroughs in the Tang-Song Transition

(p.166) 8. Intellectual Breakthroughs in the Tang-Song Transition
Chinese History and Culture

Ying-shih Yü

, Josephine Chiu-Duke, Michael S. Duke
Columbia University Press

Describing the rise and development of Neo-Confucianism as the third and last major intellectual breakthrough in traditional China, this essay demonstrates the “prime mover” behind the breakthrough to be the new Chan Buddhism. It suggests that we can understand Neo-Confucianism better if we view it as the culmination of the long-lasting spiritual movement initially activated by the new Chan Buddhism in the eighth century. That is, Neo-Confucianism developed a metaphysical vision of transcendent reality in response to Chan Buddhism.

Keywords:   Chan, Confucian Dao, Dao, daotong, ransmission of the Dao, Tianli, Neo-Confucianism, Chan Buddhism

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