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 Buddhism and Taoism Face to Face: Scripture, Ritual, and Iconographic Exchange in Medieval China

By Christine Mollier

University of Hawai’i Press, 2008

About the author:

Christine Mollier is a research scholar specializing in the history of medieval Taoism at the FrenchNationalCenterfor Scientific Research (CNRS). See also: http://www.crcao.fr/spip.php?article422.

Book Description:

Christine Mollier reveals in this volume previously unexplored dimensions of the interaction between Buddhism and Taoism in medievalChina. While scholars of Chinese religions have long recognized the mutual influences linking the two traditions, Mollier here brings to light their intense contest for hegemony in the domains of scripture and ritual. Drawing on a far-reaching investigation of canonical texts, together with manuscript sources from Dunhuang and the monastic libraries of Japan--many of them studied here for the first time--she demonstrates the competition and complementarity of the two great Chinese religions in their quest to address personal and collective fears of diverse ills, including sorcery, famine, and untimely death. In this context, Buddhist apocrypha and Taoist scriptures were composed through a process of mutual borrowing, yielding parallel texts, Mollier argues, that closely mirrored one another. Life-extending techniques, astrological observances, talismans, spells, and the use of effigies and icons to resolve the fundamental preoccupations of medieval society were similarly incorporated in both religions. In many cases, as a result, one and the same body of material can be found in both Buddhist and Taoist guises.

Among the exorcistic, prophylactic, and therapeutic ritual methods explored here in detail are the “Heavenly Kitchens” that grant divine nutrition to their adepts, incantations that were promoted to counteract bewitchment, as well as talismans for attaining longevity and the protection of stellar deities. The destiny of the Jiuku Tianzun, the Taoist bodhisattva whose salvific mission and iconography were modeled on Guanyin (Avalokitesvara), is examined at length. Through the case-studies set forth here, the patterns whereby medieval Buddhists and Taoists each appropriated and transformed for their own use the rites and scriptures of their rivals are revealed with unprecedented precision.

Buddhism and Taoism Face to Face is abundantly illustrated with drawings and diagrams from canonical and manuscript sources, together with art and artifacts photographed by the author in the course of her field research in China. Sophisticated in its analysis, broad in its synthesis of a variety of difficult material, and original in its interpretations, it will be required reading for those interested in East Asian religions and in the history of the medieval Chinese sciences, including astrology, medicine and divination.

Contents:

List of Illustrations   vii

Acknowledgments   ix

Introduction   1

1. The Heavenly Kitchens   23

2. In Pursuit of the Sorcerers   55

3. Augmenting the Life Account   100

4. Under Stellar Protection   134

5. Guanyin in a Taoist Guise   174

Conclusion   209

Bibliography 213

Index 231

 

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