Progressing Together: Buddhism Localization and Ancient Chinese Legal Resources

Xue WANG, Yin-zhu ZHANG, Peng NAI, Wei-hua XIE


During the process of localization in China, Buddhism collided with the ancient Chinese legal resources such as "courtesy", "virtue" and "law". However, Buddhism eventually became "localized" Buddhism in China. This shows that Buddhism actively absorbs the core of Confucianism, and does not hesitate to "explain the doctrine again and hence the sublimation spirit of the root of traditional Chinese thought, which embodies the broad feelings of the inclusiveness of traditional Chinese culture, and shows the mutual respect, mutual tolerance, and mutual restraint between foreign culture and local culture. In this process, Buddhism always transformed itself from a pluralist and pluralistic structure to a dual structure of Buddhism and China. Ancient Chinese legal resources also use Buddhist motivation and access to new vitality, with a new value system, to solve the reality of social problems and spiritual contradictions. The guiding significance of this process and result to the current legalization of religion in our country is to embody cultural integration and institutional progress by embracing religious culture and making full use of its positive value function.


Localization, Buddhism, Ancient Chinese legal system, Progressing together


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