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This innovative work on Chinese concepts of the afterlife is the result of Stephen Bokenkamp's groundbreaking study of Chinese scripture and the incorporation of Indic concepts into the Chinese worldview. Here, he explores how Chinese authors, including Daoists and non-Buddhists, received and deployed ideas about rebirth from the third to the sixth centuries C.E. In tracing the antecedents of these scriptures, Bokenkamp uncovers a stunning array of non-Buddhist accounts that provide detail on the realms of the dead, their denizens, and human interactions with them. Bokenkamp demonstrates that the motive for the Daoist acceptance of Buddhist notions of rebirth lay not so much in the power of these ideas as in the work they could be made to do.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520259881
ISBN-10: 0520259882
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 234
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 4-Feb-2009
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Stephen R. Bokenkamp

Stephen R. Bokenkamp is Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Indiana University. He is the author of Early Daoist Scriptures (UC Press).

Books By Author Stephen R. Bokenkamp

Early Daoist Scriptures by Stephen R. Bokenkamp

Early Daoist Scriptures

Paperback, June 1999