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January 29, 2009

Buddhist Studies Lecture, Monday, February 2, 2009

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
presents a lecture by

Benjamin Brose
Stanford University

Enfeebled or Invigorated?
The State of Chinese Buddhism during the
Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (907- 979)

Monday, February 2, 2009
4:00 p.m. 2022 Thayer (2nd floor)

The period of political disunity that spanned the fall of the Tang Dynasty (618–907) and the consolidation of the Chinese
empire under the Northern Song (960–1127) is often characterized as an era of cultural decline. This is particularly true for
Chinese Buddhism, which is thought to have been weakened through a series of persecutions and the withdrawal of political
patronage. This talk will call these conclusions into question with an overview of the state of Chinese Buddhism during the
tenth century. In addition to assessing the relative vitality of traditional Buddhist institutions, we will focus on the rise of the Chan (Japan Zen) movement as one of the defining events of this period.

Posted by zzhu at January 29, 2009 05:17 PM