User talk:Wikijiahao

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Hello, Wikijiahao, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions, especially what you did for Chinese Buddhism. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are a few links to pages you might find helpful:

Please remember to sign your messages on talk pages by typing four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically insert your username and the date. If you need help, check out Wikipedia:Questions, ask me on my talk page, or ask your question on this page and then place {{help me}} before the question. Again, welcome! Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 05:18, 22 December 2013 (UTC)

Chinese Buddhism[edit]

Hi Wikkijiahao. I've reverted your edits on Chinese Buddhism; you've replaced sourced content with unsourced, without any explanation. When removing sourced content, an explanation in the edit-summary, ot at the Talk page, is welcome. And information that you add should containt references to WP:RS. Friendly regards, Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 05:21, 22 December 2013 (UTC)

Excuse me; you did provide some edit-summaries. Nevertheless, when revising the lead, best thing to do is to give a short overview of the article. Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 05:23, 22 December 2013 (UTC)

Your point about sources is well taken. I've added a couple of references to standard works for the introductory comments. The whole entry on Chinese Buddhism is very messy and idiosyncratic. The entry as it stands is well intentioned (there is nothing malicious in it) but it could be much more helpful if it were to incorporate standard scholarship more fully. I will make improvements to the site, but it will take some time. I've started by rewriting the introductory paragraph. The original limited "Chinese Buddhism" to a set of schools. "Schools" in Chinese Buddhism are essentially monastic lineages, and as such only one aspect of a much wider phenomenon. Structurally, the article begins by listing historical periods but then at the end adds other categories, so I thought it best to group the periods under the heading "history." Finally, the first periods listed don't really have anything to do with Chinese Buddhism since there is no evidence for Buddhism in China before the first century. It is clearer to mention legends of the early arrival of Buddhism to China in passing in a later section, since these legends were created in the medieval period. In other words, the legends are useful for understanding medieval Buddhism, but not its origins.Wikijiahao (talk) 18:03, 22 December 2013 (UTC)

Succes! Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 20:26, 22 December 2013 (UTC)