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Buddhist Rhetoric: The Persuasion of Sinitic Buddhist Tales
Chiew Hui Ho

Last modified: 2015-09-02


The rhetoric of persuasion is an important element of religious discourse and an indispensable aspect of the propagation of religion. This paper examines the unique rhetoric of persuasion of a huge corpus of Sinitic Buddhist narratives of the Diamond Sutra that were produced in Tang China from the seventh to the tenth centuries. Told and circulated for the express purpose of encouraging faith, these narratives are underpinned by ingenious rhetorical devices that illustrate the wonders and benefits experienced by devotees of the Diamond Sutra as constituting proofs of the efficacy of the scripture.


rhetoric, Buddhist narrative, religious discourse, Chinese Buddhism, Tang dynasty