What do East Asian Buddhists call their books and why?

C. K. Choi Building for the Institute of Asian Research 1855 West Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia

Almost all scholars of East Asian Buddhism refer to Buddhists’ books as either the “Three Baskets” or the “canon”. But either term denotes a collection of thousands of individual books, whether in manuscript or printed form. Many premodern Japanese Buddhist temple librarians used another term, shōgyō 聖教 (shengjiao), possibly meaning the noble teachings. This presentation will explore […]