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ISBN-13: 978-0691000152 ISBN-10: 0691000158 Edition: New Ed

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"A precious contribution to Buddhistic studies . . . The first true history of Chinese Buddhism written in a Western language. Not only does it till an important gap in research, but it is composed and written in a masterly manner."--Pacific Affairs
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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; New Ed edition (April 1, 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691000158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691000152
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Prince Roy on June 30, 2003
I checked this book out from the library on a whim and I've been very pleasantly surprised. Professor Chen offers a highly readable account of historical buddhism in China and does a fine job introducing the most important figures and schools. This book will be of interest to anyone who would like to learn how buddhism developed in China and how it both influenced and received the influence of the other important Chinese philosophies, especially Daoism and Confucianism. I haven't finished it yet but I can already offer my almost unconditional recommendation. There are a few minor drawbacks of note:
1) he wrote the book in 1964 and this is the 1973 printing. The historical information is still valid, as far aas I know, but unfortunately romanization has passed him by--the book uses the now largely defunct Wade-Giles romanization system.
2) More maps would be helpful, especially since early dynastic kingdoms played such an important role in the integration of Buddhism into Chinese culture.
3) thankfully, he does provide the Chinese characters for the Chinese language sources, but these are buried in an appendix and it is distracting flipping back and forth. It would be far more user-friendly if he would provide this information in the text, or at least in a footnote, for the first time he cites it.
But these are minor complaints--I have truly enjoyed reading this and urge any others interested int his topic to dot he same. I will definitely read his other book: The Chinese Transformation of Buddhism.
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5 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 1998
very good.
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