Hong, Xiuping

April 16–30, 2018. Ghent University

Nanjing University, PRC

  • April 16–30, 2018. Ghent University

On April 27th Dr. Hong Xiuping delivered a lecture (in Mandarin) entitled, “從‘心’義種種看南宗禪的特色” [A variety of perspectives on the Southern Chan school’s specificity, departing from the meanings of the character “Mind”].

Abstract: 創立於古印度的佛教傳入中國以後,經過了一個不斷的中國化過程,從思想理論看,主要是與中國原有的儒家思想和道家思想融合發展,形成了具有中國特色的中國佛教。六祖惠能所創的禪宗南宗就是中國佛教的典型代表。




Translation of the first two paragraphs:

After Buddhism spread from ancient India to China, it underwent an unceasing process of change. From the perspective of ideas and discourse, it is essential to look at the development of how Buddhism mixed with native Confucianist and Daoist ideas to form a Chinese Buddhism with Chinese characteristics. The Southern school of Chan Buddhism, founded by the Sixth Patriarch Huineng, is a representative case of this Chinese Buddhism.

The Southern school of Chan took shape in the middle of the sinification of Buddhism and in the middle of the development of Chan. From the Chan doctrines of the “Five Chinese Patriarchs,” the Chan lineage of Bodhidharma to Hongren, the meaning of the character “mind” continuously changed, exhibiting two tendencies. From the poems of Huineng and Shenxiu, we can discover the differences between the Northern and Southern Schools of Chan.