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【Special issue: Confucian ethos: Etiquette & Vernacular life】Jeong Sambong’s Refutation of Buddhism Author: Cho-Hon Yang (Department of Chinese Literature, National Central University)

Vol.&No.:Vol. 59, No. 1
Date:March 2014


Jeong Dojeon (pen name: Sambong) was a noble Confucian in the early Joseon Dynasty. He was also a major advisor to King Taejo, the founder and first king of the Joseon Dynasty. As a Confucian, Sambong was a strict critic of Buddhism. The base of his criticism was Chu Hsi’s philosophy. Sambong used the Chinese neo-Confucian philosophers’ theories in the Song Dynasty, such as Chou Lien-his, Chang Tsai, and Cheng brothers (Cheng Hao and Cheng Yi), to refute the Buddhism. His representative work is “Bulsijapbyeon,” which has 20 sections. Six critical sections of “Bulsijapbyeon,” were analyzed. I attempt to show that Sambong profoundly understood the difference between Confucianism and Buddhism. His critical tandpoint toward Buddhism was based on a crucial contention regarding Confucianism: what a person morally ought to do is only for the sake of morality itself but not for the sake of any interests or other purpose.

Keywords:Joseon Dynasty, moral consciousness, Korean Confucianism, to refute Buddhism

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APA FormatYang, C.-H. (2014). Jeong Sambong’s Refutation of Buddhism. Journal of National Taiwan Normal University: Linguistics & Literature, 59(1), 43-62.