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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Runcie Room, Faculty of Divinity
Event date: 
Monday, 29 April, 2024 - 14:00
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Book Culture in Buddhism and Beyond lecture given by Gregory Scott 史瑞戈, University of Manchester

Donations of materials, labour, and/or money in exchange for religious merit have been cornerstones of Buddhism in China since its arrival. In the Republican era (1912-1949), when thousands of Buddhist publications were circulating in China, donations for merit continued to help support the production of some Buddhist books, but many others were funded by fixed and circulating capital from for-profit commercial publishers or (mostly) not-for-profit Buddhist organisations. My presentation will examine evidence from Buddhist publications of the Republican era on how they made use of donations to help fund their work, how donors were recognised and recorded, and how the discourse surrounding merit transformed over this period. My hypothesis is that the longstanding core belief in the merit of publishing Buddhist books was augmented and enhanced by a number of new approaches, made possible by the print technology and social environment of the modern era.

Gregory Adam Scott is Senior Lecturer in Chinese Culture and History at the University of Manchester. His research examines Buddhism in China in the late Qing and Republican eras, especially print culture and publishing.




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