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Contents ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ix ABBREVIATIONS xi CONVENTIONS OF USAGE xii Introduction: Prolegomenon to the Study of Medieval Chinese Buddhist Literature 1 Part 1: The Historical and Cosmological Background 1. The Date and Provenance of the Treasure Store Treatise 31 2. Chinese Buddhism and the Cosmology of Sympathetic Resonance 77 Part 2: Annotated Translation of the Treasure Store Treatise Introduction to the Translation 137 3. The Treasure Store Treatise/Chapter One The Broad Illumination of Emptiness and Being 143 4. The Treasure Store Treatise/Chapter Two The Essential Purity of Transcendence and Subtlety 193 5. The Treasure Store Treatise/Chapter Three The Empty Mystery of the Point of Genesis 228 Appendix 1: On Esoteric Buddhism in China 263 Appendix 2: Scriptural Quotations in the Treasure Store Treatise 279 NOTES 287 WORKS CITED 345 INDEX 379 vii.
Acknowledgments This book grew out of a Ph.D. dissertation I submitted to the Depart- ment of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan almost ten years ago. The passage of time has not diminished my debt to two exemplary scholars who supervised my training in Buddhist studies and sinology, Luis Gómez and Kenneth DeWoskin; many of the insights in this volume are the result of working through the im- plications of casual remarks and observations they made during my years of graduate study. I am equally grateful to my friend and senpai T. Grifﬁth Foulk; our innumerable conversations spanning some two decades have profoundly inﬂuenced my approach to all aspects of Ch’an history and doctrine. The generous encouragement and timely suggestions of Shuen-fu Lin and Robert Gimello greatly assisted me in the ﬁnal stages of the dissertation.
Conventions of Usage 1. Texts in the Taoist Canon are referred to by their Harvard- Yenching Index number (“HY.”). This number is followed by the fascicle number(s) (“f.”) of the 1925 Shanghai reprint of the canon of 1445.
Introduction Prolegomenon to the Study of Medieval Chinese Buddhist Literature If atoms are really to explain the origin of color and smell of visible material bodies, then they cannot possess properties like color and smell.