Interpreting Fazun (1902-1980) in the Context of the Chinese Buddhist Reform during the Early 20th Century
Wang, Xianyue, Religious Studies - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
Schaeffer, Kurtis, AS-Religious Studies, University of Virginia
Fazun (法尊 1902-1980) was one of the first Chinese monks dedicated to introducing Tibetan Buddhism into China proper during the early 20th century, a time when Chinese Buddhism itself was undergoing a thorough reform. Past academic works examine Fazun primarily through the lens of the dissemination of Tibetan esotericism in China proper at the time, while leaving his thoughts regarding the on-going Chinese Buddhist Reform led by Taixu largely unexamined. This thesis explores Fazun’s roles and thoughts in this regard by examining a selection of his writings previously untranslated.
MA (Master of Arts)
Fazun, Sino-Tibetan Buddhist Exchange, Early 20th Century , Taixu