Asian Wisdom in a Global Age


  • Hu Yeping


This paper examines the process in which wisdom is developed in a culture or civilization, not only through the internal development of its tradition, but by its openness to influences outside of itself. Special emphasis is paid to China and its assimilation of the influence of Buddhism.
It shows how Buddhism was assimilated but transformed into a particularly Chinese character, and Chinese culture was influenced by Buddhism. This suggests that such a process between tradition and openness allows for hermeneutic reflection upon one’s own culture, and opens the possibilities for dialogue between cultures.

Author Biography

Hu Yeping

The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Washington D.C., USA