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Transforming ConsciousnessYogacara Thought in Modern China$
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John Makeham

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199358120

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199358120.001.0001

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Chinese Ressentiment and Why New Confucians Stopped Caring about Yogācāra

Chinese Ressentiment and Why New Confucians Stopped Caring about Yogācāra

(p.377) 12 Chinese Ressentiment and Why New Confucians Stopped Caring about Yogācāra
Transforming Consciousness

Jason Clower

Oxford University Press

This chapter explains why New Confucians have lost interest in Yogācāra. The first part details the philosophical critique of Yogācāra by Mou Zongsan牟宗 三 (1909–1995), the New Confucians’ most prolific scholar of Buddhism and their most influential figure, with supplementary remarks on Tang Junyi唐君毅 (1909–1978). Together, Mou and Tang will serve as a case study for New Confucians’ philosophical opinions about Yogācāra and the relative obscurity of Yogācāra in recent decades. The second part of the essay explains the emotional reasons that New Confucians have stopped engaging with Yogācāra, arguing that the New Confucian project is based partly on national ressentiment directed toward the West, and that to the considerable extent that New Confucians are also cultural nationalists, they wish to match Chinese cultural products against those specifically from the West rather than from one of its former colonies.

Keywords:   Yogācāra, Mou Zongsan, Tang Junyi, cultural nationalism, ressentiment, New Confucians, ressentiment

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