Sanskrit in China (was No incoming Sanskrit students..)

McComas Taylor McComas.Taylor at ANU.EDU.AU
Fri Jul 1 02:20:36 UTC 2011

On Sanskrit in China, colleagues might be interested in reading selections from the autobiography of China's premier Sanskritist, Prof. Ji Xianlin (1911-2009):

On 30/06/11, mkapstei at UCHICAGO.EDU wrote:
> It is of some interest to compare the current lamentable situation in regard to Sanskrit education in India with the 
> considerable flourishing of interest at major Chinese
> universities, including Beijing University, Renmin
> University, and Fudan University, among others. I have heard of introductory enrollments topping 60 in some cases.
> And the interest of Chinese students of Sanskrit is
> by no means limited to Buddhism, as one might have
> predicted, but now embraces kaavya, epic, and philosophical
> subjects. Although it is only tangentially related, as in
> the West, one may note that China is in the midst
> of a burgeoning yoga-craze as well.
> Matthew T. Kapstein
> Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies
> The University of Chicago Divinity School
> Directeur d'études
> Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris

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