The Impossibility of the Given: Representations of Merit and Emptiness in Medieval Chinese Buddhism

  title={The Impossibility of the Given: Representations of Merit and Emptiness in Medieval Chinese Buddhism},
  author={Wendi Leigh Adamek},
  journal={History of Religions},
  pages={135 - 180}
  • W. Adamek
  • Published 1 November 2005
  • Philosophy
  • History of Religions
ç 2005 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved. 0018-2710/2005/4502-0003$10.00 Medieval Chinese Buddhist merit discourse and donor practices constitute a diverse and fertile field that awaits comprehensive study. In this article, I take up several quite different examples of representations of merit in order to elucidate relationships among notions of gift, emptiness, salvific images, and commemoration of the deceased. Let me first summarize the Buddhist soteriology linking these… 
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