FAH/PHIL Guest Lecture – “Between the Internal and External: On the Advantages of Reading Monastic Sources against the Secular Sources for the Study of Sui-Tang Religious and Political History” by Prof. Chen Jinhua, University of British Columbia, Canada
|18 Jan 2016|
Secular and monastic sources for are flawed because of different reasons, particularly the peculiar perspectives and agendas of their compilers. By resorting to several case studies, this lecture argues that an appropriate understanding of certain events and figures important in certain aspects of Chinese Buddhism can hinge on apparently unrelated secular sources; or that, vice versa, some monastic sources, creatively used, may contribute to the unraveling of some historical conundrums deeply embedded in secular sources. Scholars of Sui-Tang religious and political history need to prepare themselves to read monastic materials against secular ones—like dynastic histories, epigraphy, and so on—when they are up to address issues that may appear purely monastic or secular at first glance.
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