An Introduction to Philosophy through Literature by Robert C. Baldwin, James A. McPeek

By Robert C. Baldwin, James A. McPeek

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This canon probably included Hui-tsung's commentary on the Lao Tzu and some of his liturgical texts. In 1116 the Taoist Lin Ling-su (10761120) was presented at court and was soon directing ritual pageants and giving lectures on the newly revealed scriptures of his Shen-hsiao sect. He identified Hui-tsung as the son of the Jade Emperor and the sovereign of the Divine Empyrean. Hui-tsung's faith in Lin and other Taoist masters led to efforts to curb or transform Buddhism. In order to have Shen-hsiao temples throughout the country, many Buddhist monasteries were forcibly converted to Taoist temples, and their monks urged to become Taoist priests.

Commerce and urbanization had grown spectacularly. Printing had been invented, and the price of books dropped to perhaps one-tenth what it had been. The Confucian classics and the Buddhist and Taoist canons had all been published in their entirety. The size of the educated class had grown manyfold and become more oriented toward civil service examinations. New "sects" of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism had altered the relations among these teachings and their social and political roles. The magnitude of these changes should not so dazzle us that we fail to notice the continuities.

The comparison of these two reigns leaves out much that happened during late T'ang and early Sung, especially the century and more in which military men held center stage and new political institutions were created. Yet it highlights the magnitude of the transformations. The population had doubled. Commerce and urbanization had grown spectacularly. Printing had been invented, and the price of books dropped to perhaps one-tenth what it had been. The Confucian classics and the Buddhist and Taoist canons had all been published in their entirety.

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