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Harvard East Asian Monographs 303

The Power of the Buddhas

The Politics of Buddhism during the Koryo Dynasty (918 - 1392)

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$49.95 • £39.95 • €45.00

ISBN 9780674031883

Publication Date: 09/30/2008


486 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

2 maps, 3 line illustrations, 11 tables

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  • Tables, Maps, and Figures
  • Kings of Unified Silla and Koryo
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • Part I: Historical and Ideological Background
    • 1. Buddhism and the State in Late Silla
    • 2. Foundations of a New Buddhist Policy: T’aejo and Buddhism
  • Part II: The Official Institution of Buddhism
    • 3. Legal Provisions on the Status of Monks
    • 4. The Sangha Examination, Ranking, and Administration
    • 5. The Royal and State Preceptors
  • Part III: The Ritual and Economic Roles of Buddhism
    • 6. The Buddhist Temple Economy in Early Koryo
    • 7. Buddhist State Rituals
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix: Biographical Abstracts of Koryo Monks
  • Character List
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • 2010 James B. Palais Prize, Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies
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