Horizon, Meridian and White Night: Buddhism in Modern Context

Jae-Joong Park, Jie Chen


Based on three metaphors, the article conducts an analysis of the essence, background and limitations of modern Buddhist studies. Horizon metaphor analyzed the hidden boundaries in the context of the world and in the field of vision, showing why the true meaning of Mahayana Buddhism has difficulty in truthfully manifesting in academic research space of modern Buddhism. The meridian metaphor pointed out that the advent of modernity prompts pattern transforms in understanding and interpretation of Buddhism, and that in the context of Western ideology and academic horizons is the true source land and deep undercurrent of modern Buddhist studies. The white night metaphor briefly described the situation and mission of Buddhism’s standard righteousness in the modern context.

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