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Practicing ScriptureA Lay Buddhist Movement in Late Imperial China$
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Barend ter Haar

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824839277

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824839277.001.0001

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Spirited Debates and Sudden Conversions

Spirited Debates and Sudden Conversions

(p.85) 4 Spirited Debates and Sudden Conversions
Practicing Scripture

Barend J. ter Haar

University of Hawai'i Press

One of the most remarkable sources on the Non-Action Teachings in the late Ming and early Qing period is the Causes and Fruits of the Seven Branches. This is a collection of conversion accounts that argues the strength of the movements Buddhist teachings on doctrinal grounds, rather than the much more common supernatural miracles. We get to know the heady religious atmosphere of the early movement, but also obtain glimpses of the social life of its members and their ideas on a variety of topics, such as literacy and education, the underworld, and others. Finally, this unique source even provides a rare look in the lives of non-elite women at a local level.

Keywords:   Chan, education, literacy, gender, religious polemics

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