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Buddhism and Material Culture in China Reading: John Kieschnick, The Impact of Buddhism on Chinese Material Culture
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Kieschnicks’ argument: Buddhism changed the Chinese material world New things New ways of thinking about things
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Defining Material Culture in the Context of Religion Study of things made by people related to religion Artifacts = things produced by human means The study of material culture assumes relation Can’t see ideas: Things mediate ideas, including religious ideas Here focus on history and use of, and attitudes towards things in Buddhist religion Things have, carry, & influence history, including religious history Things……………………………religious meaning
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Questions Before We Turn to Buddhist Things 1. What do we mean when we say religion?
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Religion Derived from latin “tie together” or “read over and over” CASS “recipe”: believers, clergy, buildings, rituals, doctrine, text Functional: answer questions, provide services Cultural systems: Anthropologist Clifford Geertz: religion includes beliefs, values, ethos
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Second Question 2. What is or should be the relation (Question asked within every major religious tradition)
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Neglected, ignored, disdained: why? Disturbing Spirit/ matter dichotomy Assumption that things = decadence But all people need things Food, shelter, clothing Some things intimately related to religion Buildings Ritual objects, images, clothing, instruments Primary source to compare to texts
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Things Can have Sacred Power Old belief in China Things have spirits, qi Feng shui Debate also old Are “spiritual things” fakes? Are people who make claims about them frauds? Type of things changes with Buddhism Worshipping images & venerating relics new Types of object new Big apparatus propagating Buddhist objects
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Buddhist Teachings Three Fundamental Elements: Life and career in India 560s - 480s BCE Body of his teachings Solve problem of human suffering Through path of ethical behavior & religious practice: “The Middle Way” Buddhist community Monks & lay people
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Buddhist Understanding of Material World Things pose problems Things are not fully real: they are impermanent & not independent But Buddhism also teaches that distinctions are illusory Problem for Buddhists: How to find a Middle Way between indulgence & extreme denial?
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But Things Can Serve Buddhism All humans have material needs
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