Gregory Adam Scott 史瑞戈 - Publications

This page contains descriptions and download links for digital copies of my publications to date. Works are made available under a Creative Commons License unless otherwise prohibited by copyright or publication agreements.

The Publishing of Buddhist Books for Beginners in Modern China from Yang Wenhui to Master Sheng Yen
中國近代歷史上的佛學入門書籍出版事業 – 從楊文會居士至聖嚴法師而言.
Shengyan yanjiu 聖嚴研究 (Sheng Yen Studies), Vol. 5 (2014).

Cover of Chan Magazine

"This paper examines three creators of Chinese-language Buddhist introductory texts, each of whom sought to connect their deep knowledge of the Buddhist textual corpus with the interests and needs of the novice student: Yang Wenhui 楊文會 (1837 – 1911), who helped resurrect Buddhist scriptural publishing in the decades following the Taiping rebellion; Ding Fubao 丁福保 (1874 – 1952), a physician and bibliophile who drew upon his extensive personal collection of rare books to provide citations for his annotations; and Master Sheng Yen 聖嚴法師 (1930 – 2009), whose English-language books are presently among the most popular introductory texts to Buddhism."

Portions of this paper are based on chapter four of my 2013 dissertation.

A full-text PDF of this article will be available online shortly.

Chinese Buddhist Publishing and Print Culture, 1900-1950.
In Oxford Bibliographies in Buddhism, edited by Richard Payne. New York: Oxford University Press, March 2013.

Part of Oxford Bibliographies Online, this is an annotated bibliography of primary and secondary sources on the study of Buddhist print culture in early twentieth-century China. Readers need either a personal subscription to the OBO service, or access through an institution with a subscription.

Timothy Richard, World Religion, and Reading Christianity in Buddhist Garb.
Social Sciences and Missions 25 (2012): 53-75.

Timothy Richard in 1884

Timothy Richard 李提摩太 (1845 - 1919) was a Welsh Baptist missionary who spent forty years in China and who wrote extensively in English on Chinese religions, including Buddhism. His published works include Guide to Buddhahood: Being a Standard Manual of Chinese Buddhism (Shanghai: Christian Literature Society, 1907) and New Testament of Higher Buddhism (Edinburgh: T.&T. Clark, 1910).

Download an offprint PDF edition of:
Gregory Adam Scott. "Timothy Richard, World Religion, and Reading Christianity in Buddhist Garb." Social Sciences and Missions 25 (2012), pp. 53-75.
Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2012.

Also available is an additional section on Timothy Richard's political writings in Chinese that was not able to be included in the print version of the article: "Famine and Political Reform in China".

The Buddhist Nationalism of Dai Jitao 戴季陶.
Journal of Chinese Religions, No. 39 (2011): 55-81.

Dai Jitao

Examines the relationship of the revolutionary and politican Dai Jitao 戴季陶 to Buddhism, with a particular focus on the National Salvation rituals on Baohua Mountain 寶華山 that he arranged in 1931 and 1933.

The Dharma Through a Glass Darkly: On the Study of Modern Chinese Buddhism through Protestant Missionary Sources
彷彿對著鏡子觀看的佛法:藉由基督教傳教士的史料研究現代中國佛教.
Shengyan yanjiu 聖嚴研究 (Sheng Yen Studies), Vol. 2 (July, 2011): 47-73.

Illustration from Hampden C. DuBose, The Dragon, Image, and Demon, p. 257

A paper examining issues related to the study of Chinese Buddhism through accounts written by Christian missionaries.

Revised electronic edition available at the Database of Modern Chinese Buddhism:
Gregory Adam Scott, "The Dharma Through a Glass Darkly: On the Study of Modern Chinese Buddhism through Protestant Missionary Sources 彷彿對著鏡子觀看的佛法:藉由基督教傳教士的史料研究現代中國佛教", Shengyan yanjiu 聖嚴研究, Vol. 2 (July, 2011): 47-73.

The DMCB has a small bibliography of mission studies of Buddhism in China.

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