When Emperor Wu Met Bodhidharma: A Reading of Mid-Tang Religious Policy
From the early eighth century on, those concerned with the practice and theory of statecraft paid recurring attention to emperor Wu of Liang 梁武帝 (r. 502–549). They cast him as a “Buddhist” ruler and used him as an ideological cipher to debate the imperial religious policy of their own times. Their discourse was dominated by critiques of the Liang ruler, in particular his material and ritual support for the Buddhist church. To counter such critiques, defenders of Buddhism’s role in...[Show more]
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