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Lecture 28

RLG100Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 28: Buddhist Philosophy, Madhyamaka, Silk Road

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Andre Maintenay

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- Test postponed to 24th February -.-
- Hinduism included -.-
Upaya different way of conceptualizing the idea of Buddhism
- Bodhisattva
o REconceptualizing the idea of the Buddha
o The Mahayana has a more extensive and elaborate interpretation of what the
Buddha is
o 3 bodies doctrine
o Great intellectual developments in Buddhism
o Tremendous schools of Buddhist philosophy emerge in the millennium
o Very influential schools of Buddhist philosophy emerge
o These schools are what give influence to Buddhism philosophically
o The logical platforms go on to ground Buddhism henceforth
o So very elaborate, sophisticated theories and ideas in all the different strands of
o Some of the very famous schools include
Madhyamika school
Yogacara school
- Movement of Buddhism into other cultural areas (India, Sri Lanka, East Asia)
o China
Buddhism first entrers china in first century CE
Arrives with merchants around an ancient trade route that developed over many
Referred to as the silk road or route
This is an ancient trade route that spanned a big chunk of East Asia and
facilitatd the movement of people goods and ideas
Buddhism initially confined to non ethnic China
Soon starts to find its foothold in Chinese society
Especially northern China, controlled on and off by various central Asian
Eventually it also starts to enter into southern China
Northern or southern parts of China achieved unification
Land becomes more integrated
Buddhism really develops a lot
Becomes very accepted into Chinese society
After the unification of China where it evolves culturally, intellectually,
scholastically, etc
Buddhism accepted challenges into being accepted into Chinese cultural domain
Buddhism, in its core ideology as a Sramana tradition, represented an almost
direct antithesis to the values that were cherished in Chinese society
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