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Chinese Buddhist Texts An Introductory Reader Synopsis

The influence of Buddhism on the Chinese language, on Chinese literature and on Chinese culture in general cannot be overstated, and the language of most Chinese Buddhist texts differs considerably from both Classical and Modern Chinese. This reader aims to help students develop familiarity with features of Buddhist texts in Chinese, including patterns of organization, grammatical features and specialized vocabulary. It also aims to familiarize students with the use of a range of resources necessary for becoming independent readers of such texts. Chinese Buddhist Texts is suitable for students who have completed the equivalent of at least one year's college level study of Modern Chinese and are familiar with roughly one thousand of the commonest Chinese characters. Previous study of Classical Chinese would be an advantage, but is not assumed. It is an ideal textbook for students taking relevant courses in Chinese studies programs and in Buddhist studies programs. However, it is also possible for a student to work through the reader on his or her own. Further online resources are available at:

Chinese Buddhist Texts An Introductory Reader Press Reviews

Graham Lock and Gary S. Linebarger have now introduced the first textbook for Chinese Buddhist writings to be published by a major press, complete with a sampling of a variety of types of texts, glossaries, and explanations of difficult terms and grammar ... overall the material is admirably clear and accessible. -- John Kieschnick, Stanford University Chinese Buddhist Texts: An Introductory Reader (hereafter CBT) is an excellent resource that will serve anyone committed to studying Chinese classical language, and especially those interested in the vast literature of Chinese Buddhism. With a dozen selections from a wide range of texts, unique vocabulary lists, and extensive notes that will help a student understand both the language of literary Chinese and the content of Chinese Buddhism ... it provides clear and effective tools for improving one's Chinese language capacities. -- Joshua Mason in Chinese as a Second Language | - 54:1 (2019), pp. 79-83

Book Information

ISBN: 9781138953321
Publication date: 27th February 2018
Author: Graham (Chinese University of Hong Kong) Lock, Gary S. (Beijing Normal University - Hong Kong Baptist) Linebarger
Publisher: Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 176 pages
Categories: Buddhist sacred texts, Language teaching & learning material & coursework,

About Graham (Chinese University of Hong Kong) Lock, Gary S. (Beijing Normal University - Hong Kong Baptist) Linebarger

Graham Lock has a BA in Chinese from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University, and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Sydney. He taught for many years at the City University of Hong Kong and is currently retired. Gary S. Linebarger has a BA and MA in Chinese language and literature from San Francisco State University, a MA in translation from the University of Birmingham, UK, and a PhD in Buddhist Studies and Practices from Dharma Realm Buddhist University. He is a founding member of the Buddhist Text Translation Society and currently is the assistant ...

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