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Scientific Analysis of Buddhism and a Comparative Study of Buddhism and Science

Tianxiang Ma, Xiangzhen Kong and Andrew Herron
Frontiers of Philosophy in China
Vol. 1, No. 4 (Dec., 2006), pp. 594-629
Published by: Brill
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30209878
Page Count: 36
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Scientific Analysis of Buddhism and a Comparative Study of Buddhism and Science
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Abstract

As Buddhism spread into China, the Mahayana (Dacheng) and Hinayana (Xiaocheng) schools, as well as the kong 空 (empty) or you 有 (being) schools, each developed separately, with all sorts of competing theories emerging. While Chinese Buddhism saw a revival in modern times, Western science also gained ground all over the country, and many scholars, technologists and monks sought to interpret the meaning of kong according the achievements and method of the natural sciences. They used science to interpret the content and methods of Buddhist teachings, ontology, and outlook on life. Of the scholars who did so, Wang Jitong (王季同) and You Zhibiao (尤智表) are the most excellent.

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