Chinese Literature Podcast

The Great Maudgalyayana1 min read

Rob Moore and Lee Moore dust off a Buddhist classic 

 

In a tale for the ages, Mulian, an Indian Buddhist monk, uses his spiritual currency in order to rescue his mother from one of the worst of the Buddhist hells. Not only is the story one of the first examples of vernacular Chinese fiction available, it is also one of the best examples of the cross-current of cultures that was China during the period when Buddhism was expanding. Rob and Lee discuss the shady dealings that led to the earliest version of this story being uncovered in the Dunhuang caves, debate the possible influence of not only Confucian but also Christian morality, and draw comparisons to Dante’s Divine Comedy as a point of reference for unfamiliar Western readers.

 

The Chinese Literature Podcast is recorded on the not so-sunny Eugene, Oregon, campus of the University of Oregon, with the generous support of the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies.

Rob Moore

Rob Moore is a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Oregon and co-host of the Chinese Literature Podcast. His current research focuses on translation practices in early modern China.

Lee Moore

Lee Moore is a PhD candidate at the University of Oregon in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. Lee’s research focuses on how museums in the Chinese-speaking world create national and ethnic identities. Lee is also the co-host of the Chinese Literature Podcast and has written for The Economist.