Understanding Prajñā

Understanding Prajñā

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Can enlightenment be attained through words? qUnderstanding PrajnAq addresses this perennial issue in the study of mysticism through the work of Sengzhao (374-414), a Buddhist scholar-monk whose essay on qprajnAq (-wisdom-) created a sensation in early medieval China. Drawing on contemporary hermeneutic theory, this book presents a close reading of Sengzhao's work, placing it in proper context while highlighting his masterful techniques for conveying -wisdom- beyond ordinary language. qUnderstanding PrajnAq includes translations of Sengzhao's essay and his correspondence with Liu Yimin, a -hermit-scholar- who yearned to grasp the Buddha's sage wisdom.qBy evoking a aquot;Daoistaquot; understanding, aquot;wild wordsaquot; transform the readera#39;s ordinary mind into the Mind of Prajhd. Questions ... This is an interesting question, for the term aquot;wild wordsaquot; (kuangyan) does not occur in the other essays in the Zhaolun.

Title:Understanding Prajñā
Author:John M. Thompson
Publisher:Peter Lang - 2008


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