Huayan Numismatics as Metaphysics: Explicating Fazang's Coin-Counting Metaphor

Philosophy East and West 68 (4):1155-1177 (2019)

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Nicholaos Jones
University of Alabama, Huntsville
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This paper explicates the counting ten coins metaphor as it appears in Fazang’s Treatise on the Five Teachings of Huayan. The goal is to transform Fazang’s inexact and obscure mentions of the metaphor into something that is clearer and more precise. The method for achieving this goal is threefold: first, presenting Fazang’s version of the metaphor as improving upon prior efforts by Zhiyan and Ŭisang to interpret a brief stanza in the Avataṁsaka sutra; second, providing textual evidence to support this interpretation; third, contrasting this interpretation with alternatives from Francis Cook as well as Yasuo Deguchi and Katsuhiko Sano.
Keywords Fazang  Zhiyan  Uisang  metaphor
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DOI 10.1353/pew.2018.0101
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