Short-term visiting scholar (April 16-April 30, 2018): Prof. Dr. Hong Xiuping 洪修平 (Nanjing University, PRC)

Prof. Dr. Hong Xiuping 洪修平 received his MA degree from the Department of Philosophy of Nanjing University (南京大学) in 1985 and his PhD degree from Fudan University in Shanghai (复旦大学) in 1988. He was senior visiting scholar in the United States (1994-1995), visiting professor at Freiburg University (2000) and in 2004-2005 Fulbright scholar at Harvard University. Hong Xiuping is currently professor at the Department of Philosophy (Religious Studies) at Nanjing University. Moreover, he holds a number of other positions such as Distinguished Professor of the Changjiang 长江 Scholars of the Ministry of Education, member of the Nanjing University Council, director of Nanjing University Library and director of the Institute of Chinese Philosophy and Religious Culture. Hong Xiuping is the author of numerous publications about Chinese philosophy and religious culture, such as 禅宗思想的形成与发展 (Formation and Development of Chan Buddhist Thought, 2011), 中国禅学思想史 (History of Chinese Chan Buddhist Thought, 2007) and 中国佛教文化历程 (The Course of Chinese Buddhist Culture, 2005).

Lecture (in Mandarin) on April 27th:

“从‘心’义种种看南宗禅的特色” [A variety of perspectives on the Southern Chan school’s specificity, departing from the meanings of the character “Mind”]

After Buddhism spread from ancient India to China, it underwent an unceasing process of change. From the perspective of ideas and discourse, it is essential to look at the development of how Buddhism mixed with native Confucianist and Daoist ideas to form a Chinese Buddhism with Chinese characteristics. The Southern school of Chan Buddhism, founded by the Sixth Patriarch Huineng, is a representative case of this Chinese Buddhism. The Southern school of Chan took shape in the middle of the sinification of Buddhism and in the middle of the development of Chan. From the Chan doctrines of the “Five Chinese Patriarchs,” the Chan lineage of Bodhidharma to Hongren, the meaning of the character “mind” continuously changed, exhibiting two tendencies. From the poems of Huineng and Shenxiu, we can discover the differences between the Northern and Southern Schools of Chan.





This visit was made possible due to the generous support of the Tianzhu Foundation.