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The Emptiness of Nature--Examination by Chu Shi's Notion of Buddhism
Confucians in the Sung Dynasty had intense study on the Buddhism and Taoism, and so they had profound conversation about Buddhology. Chu Shi, among scholars in that period who studied philosophies, was the master of the classic school. However, his notion of Buddhology did not correspond to the Buddhism beliefs. According to the classic school, the quality of nature is within reason. However, from the Buddhist's point of view, wisdom is nothing to do with reason. A Buddhist's practice is to eliminate the attachment to external form and to gain an insight into the quality of emptiness. That was the reason Chu Shi misunderstood "the emptiness of nature" as "nonexistence of the natural law.". Chu Shi had concentrated on the study and practice of Confucianism for life. He took Confucianism as practical and Buddhism as vacuous. As a model of Confucians who devoted his knowledge to benefit people, Chu Shi's notion was adequate to support his beliefs.
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