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Don Baker

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832339

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832339.001.0001

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China’s Three Teachings in Korea

China’s Three Teachings in Korea

(p.30) Chapter 3 China’s Three Teachings in Korea
Korean Spirituality

Don Baker

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the three teachings or religions—Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism—that China brought to Korea. The three religions function more as broad umbrella terms for clusters of philosophical and religious teachings, techniques, and practices than as designations for narrowly defined philosophical or religious orientations. The term “Buddhism,” for example, is used to refer to both a nontheistic philosophical Buddhism and a polytheistic popular Buddhism. The Confucian community included men devoted to self-cultivation as well as men primarily interested in political issues. Meanwhile, Daoism ranges from the iconoclastic sayings of Laozi and Zhuangzi to the pursuit of immortality by “internal alchemists.”

Keywords:   Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Korea, China, religious teachings, Laozi, Zhuangzi, internal alchemists

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