Spiritual Discipline, Emotions, and Behavior during the Song Dynasty: Zhu Xi’s and Qisong’s Commentaries on the Zhongyong in Comparative Perspective
- Philosophy East and West
- University of Hawai'i Press
- Volume 70, Number 1, January 2020
- pp. 1-26
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The present study proposes a comparative hermeneutics of two Song-dynasty commentaries on the classic Zhongyong. It also puts forward a new Song perspective on this text, a point of view common to both Neo-Confucian and Chan schools, which focuses on emotions and what I call the “interdependent self.” It thus aims to make two complementary contributions: to illustrate the Confucian impact on the thinking of the Chan monk-scholar Qisong, and to provide evidence of Chan influence on the Cheng-Zhu school.