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Practicing Scripture: A Lay Buddhist Movement in Late Imperial China

Barend ter Haar

Abstract

Practicing Scripture treats the detailed history of one of the most successful religious movements of late imperial China, the Non-Action Teachings, from its beginnings in the late sixteenth century in the Lower Yangzi region to the middle of the twentieth century, when communist repression dealt it a crippling blow. Despite its Daoist-sounding name, this was a deeply devout lay Buddhist movement whose adherents rejected the worship of statues and ancestors while venerating the writings of Patriarch Luo (fl. early sixteenth century), a soldier-turned-lay-Buddhist. These writings, written in ve ... More

Keywords: Buddhism, Buddhist laymen, Chan, Pure Land, religious freedom, ritual, vegetarianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780824839277
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824839277.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barend ter Haar, author
University of Oxford