Eighth volume of Brill Book Series

Eighth volume of Brill Book Series

We are pleased to announce the release of the eighth volume in the series published by Brill: “Take the Vinaya as Your Master”: Monastic Discipline and Practices in Modern Chinese Buddhism. The book is edited by Ester Bianchi and Daniela Campo. For more information or to order, please visit https://brill.com/edcollbook/title/63929


This volume explores the role played by monastic discipline in the emergence and evolution of modern Chinese Buddhism.

A central feature of the Buddhist tradition, monastic discipline has received growing attention in the contemporary Buddhist world, but little from scholars. Adopting a diachronic perspective and a multidisciplinary approach, contributions by leading scholars investigate relevant Vinaya-related practices in twentieth and twenty-first centuries China and Taiwan, including issues of monastic identity and authenticity, updated ordination procedures, recent variations of Mahāyāna precepts and rules, and original perspectives on body movement and related sport activities.

The restoration and renewal of Vinaya practices and standards within Chinese Buddhist practices shed new light on the response of Buddhist leaders and communities to the challenges of modernity.

Contributors are: Ester Bianchi, Raoul Birnbaum, Daniela Campo, Tzu-Lung Chiu, Ann Heirman, Zhe Ji, Yu-chen Li, Pei-ying Lin, and Jiang Wu.


Table of Content:

Preliminary Material (Pages: i–xii)
Editors: Ester Bianchi and Daniela Campo

Copyright Page
Editors: Ester Bianchi and Daniela Campo

Editors: Ester Bianchi and Daniela Campo

Notes on Contributors
Editors: Ester Bianchi and Daniela Campo

Introduction (Pages: 1–20)
Editors: Ester Bianchi and Daniela Campo

Part 1  Questioning Monastic Identity: Vinaya and Authenticity

  1. Chapter 1 Vinaya Master Hongyi’s 弘一 Vinaya Problem (Pages: 23–94)
    Author: Raoul Birnbaum
  2. Chapter 2 Retaking the Monastic Precepts: Shanghai Lay Buddhists’ Struggle for the Authenticity of Monkhood in the 1980s (Pages: 95–130)
    Author: Zhe Ji [汲喆]

Part 2  Adjusting the Vinaya: Ordination Procedures

  1. Chapter 3 Discipline and Enlightenment: Hanyue Fazang 漢月法藏 and the Spread of the Triple Platform Ordination Ceremony in Seventeenth-Century China (Pages: 133–156)
    Author: Jiang Wu [吳疆]
  2. Chapter 4 Authenticity and Authority: Dual Ordination in Post-war Taiwan(157–189)
    Author: Yu-chen Li [李玉珍]

Part 3  Mahāyāna Vinaya: Bodhisattva Precepts and Chinese Monastic Codes

  1. Chapter 5 Yogācāra Bodhisattva Precepts in Twentieth Century China: Reevaluating Rules and Commitments in the Light of Modernity (Pages 193–229)
    Author: Ester Bianchi
  2. Chapter 6 Changing Attitudes to the Precepts in Modern Taiwan: The Debate between Brahmā’s Net Precepts and Yogācāra Precepts (Pages: 230–254)
    Author: Pei-ying Lin [林佩瑩]
  3. Chapter 7 Buddhist Monastic Regulations in Contemporary China: Adapting the Rules to a Changing Social and Political Context (Pages: 255–293)
    Author: Daniela Campo

Part 4 Vinaya Specifics in the Modern World: Body Movement and Sport Activities

  1. Chapter 8 Body Movement and Sport Activities: A Buddhist Normative Perspective from India to China (Pages: 297–324)
    Authors: Ann Heirman and Tzu-Lung Chiu [邱子倫]
  2. Chapter 9 Physical Exercise and Sporting Activities in Contemporary Taiwanese and Mainland Chinese Buddhist Monasteries (Pages: 325–358)
    Authors: Tzu-Lung Chiu [邱子倫] and Ann Heirman

Editors: Ester Bianchi and Daniela Campo

Editors: Ester Bianchi and Daniela Campo


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