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Practicing Scripture: A Lay Buddhist Movement in Late Imperial China

Barend ter Haar


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


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barend ter Haar, author
University of Oxford