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How Zen Became Zen: The Dispute over Enlightenment and the Formation of Chan Buddhism in Song-Dynasty China (review)

How Zen Became Zen: The Dispute over Enlightenment and the Formation of Chan Buddhism in... 568 China Review International: Vol. 16, No. 4, 2009 University of Manchester, reviews the work on the topic of scholars from outside of China. Finally, the book ends with a chapter by Zou Keyuan of the EAI in Singapore on South China Sea studies in China. Saw and Wong should be commended for their work in organizing this conference and producing this volume. The chapters in this book clearly suggest that while Chinese scholarship on Southeast Asia has increased and improved over the past three decades, it still has a long way to go. The scholars from outside of China who contributed to this volume are from fields--such as economics and politics--that, arguably, only engage society and culture to a limited degree. However, all the scholars are critical of the lack of depth in cultural and social knowledge about Southeast Asian societies on the part of their Chinese counterparts. Thus, one can only imagine what anthropologists might say. Nonetheless, the contributors to this volume express guarded optimism for the future. If positive developments do take place in the future in China, it will, in part, be because of this volume. By laying bare the weaknesses in the field http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

How Zen Became Zen: The Dispute over Enlightenment and the Formation of Chan Buddhism in Song-Dynasty China (review)

China Review International , Volume 16 (4) – Jul 13, 2009

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568 China Review International: Vol. 16, No. 4, 2009 University of Manchester, reviews the work on the topic of scholars from outside of China. Finally, the book ends with a chapter by Zou Keyuan of the EAI in Singapore on South China Sea studies in China. Saw and Wong should be commended for their work in organizing this conference and producing this volume. The chapters in this book clearly suggest that while Chinese scholarship on Southeast Asia has increased and improved over the past three decades, it still has a long way to go. The scholars from outside of China who contributed to this volume are from fields--such as economics and politics--that, arguably, only engage society and culture to a limited degree. However, all the scholars are critical of the lack of depth in cultural and social knowledge about Southeast Asian societies on the part of their Chinese counterparts. Thus, one can only imagine what anthropologists might say. Nonetheless, the contributors to this volume express guarded optimism for the future. If positive developments do take place in the future in China, it will, in part, be because of this volume. By laying bare the weaknesses in the field

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Published: Jul 13, 2009

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