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The Power of the Buddhas: The Politics of Buddhism During the Koryŏ Dynasty (918–1392) (review)

The Power of the Buddhas: The Politics of Buddhism During the Koryŏ Dynasty (918–1392) (review) Book Reviews 109 this way, ‘‘geomancy is a unique and comprehensive system of conceptualizing the physical environment that regulates human ecology by influencing man to select auspicious environments and to build harmonious structures such as graves, houses and cities on them’’. This is obviously open for debate and Yoon’s book makes a strong argument for his case. The Culture of Fengshui in Korea deserves the best of recommendations as a very timely and scholarly work. Ole Bruun Associate Professor, Department of Society and Globalisation Roskilde University, Denmark The Power of the Buddhas: The Politics of Buddhism During the Koryŏ Dynasty (918–1392). By Sem Vermeersch, Cambridge, MA: Harvard Uni- versity Asia Center, 2008, 485p. In the study of Korean Buddhism, two sweeping but interrelated meta-narratives have dominated as hermeneutic paradigms: ‘‘syncretic Buddhism’’ (t’ong Pulgyo) and ‘‘State-protection Buddhism’’ (hoguk Pulgyo) arose from ideological scholar- ship during the colonial era (1910–1945) and were further codified by scholars of the post-colonial military regimes (1970s). A growing number of Western and Korean language scholars, led by Shim Chaeryong, Robert Buswell, Henrik Sk rensen, and Kim Jongmyung, among others, have detailed the dis- cursive origins of these concepts and shown how they are problematic in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Korean Religions University of Hawai'I Press

The Power of the Buddhas: The Politics of Buddhism During the Koryŏ Dynasty (918–1392) (review)

Journal of Korean Religions , Volume 2 (1) – Jun 6, 2012

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Abstract

Book Reviews 109 this way, ‘‘geomancy is a unique and comprehensive system of conceptualizing the physical environment that regulates human ecology by influencing man to select auspicious environments and to build harmonious structures such as graves, houses and cities on them’’. This is obviously open for debate and Yoon’s book makes a strong argument for his case. The Culture of Fengshui in Korea deserves the best of recommendations as a very timely and scholarly work. Ole Bruun Associate Professor, Department of Society and Globalisation Roskilde University, Denmark The Power of the Buddhas: The Politics of Buddhism During the Koryŏ Dynasty (918–1392). By Sem Vermeersch, Cambridge, MA: Harvard Uni- versity Asia Center, 2008, 485p. In the study of Korean Buddhism, two sweeping but interrelated meta-narratives have dominated as hermeneutic paradigms: ‘‘syncretic Buddhism’’ (t’ong Pulgyo) and ‘‘State-protection Buddhism’’ (hoguk Pulgyo) arose from ideological scholar- ship during the colonial era (1910–1945) and were further codified by scholars of the post-colonial military regimes (1970s). A growing number of Western and Korean language scholars, led by Shim Chaeryong, Robert Buswell, Henrik Sk rensen, and Kim Jongmyung, among others, have detailed the dis- cursive origins of these concepts and shown how they are problematic in

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Journal of Korean ReligionsUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jun 6, 2012

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