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|Other Titles:||Jeong Sambong’s Refutation of Buddhism|
National Taiwan Normal University
Jeong Dojeon (pen name: Sambong) was a noble Confucian in the early Joseon Dynasty. He was also a major advisor to King Taejo, the founder and first king of the Joseon Dynasty. Asa Confucian, Sambong was a strict critic of Buddhism. The base of his criticism was Chu Hsi’s philosophy. Sambong used the Chinese neo-Confucian philosophers’ theories in the Song Dynasty, such as Chou Lien-his, Chang Tsai, and Cheng brothers (Cheng Hao and Cheng Yi), to refute the Buddhism. His representative work is “Bulsijapbyeon,” which has 20 sections. Six critical sections of “Bulsijapbyeon,” were analyzed. I attempt to show that Sambong profoundly understood the difference between Confucianism and Buddhism. His critical standpoint toward Buddhism was based on a crucial contention regarding Confucianism: what a person morally ought to do is only for the sake of morality itself but not for the sake of any interests or other purpose.
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