Toward a Modern Chinese Buddhism: Taixu’s Reforms by Don A. Pittman

By Don A. Pittman

The Venerable grasp Taixu (1890-1947) is crucial and debatable chinese language Buddhist reformer of the 20th century. this can be the 1st significant examine in English to target the charismatic reformer and his teachings and gives a entire and soaking up interpretation of Taixu's goals and the divisive controversies that surrounded him. This nuanced paintings is richly documented with quotations from Taixu's personal writings and from a number of chinese language intellectuals and evangelists of the interval.

Show description

Read or Download Toward a Modern Chinese Buddhism: Taixu’s Reforms PDF

Best modern books

Modern British Farce: A Selective Study of British Farce from Pinero to the Present Day

A research of the preferred glossy dramatists and the continuity of the farce culture from Pinero to Travers, the Whitehall group and Orton which examines and questions a number of the universal assumptions approximately its nature. Farce innovations are proven to be more and more utilized in severe drama.

Acquiring, Adapting and Developing Technologies: Lessons from the Japanese Experience

Financial growth calls for technological improvement, which in flip is determined by a country's social ability to obtain, assimilate, and boost new applied sciences. targeting the evolution of Japan's economic climate from the Meiji recovery to the current day, this quantity presents an authoritative account, firmly grounded in theoretical and empirical research, of the country's makes an attempt to generate the required social means for technological innovation and absorption.

Extra info for Toward a Modern Chinese Buddhism: Taixu’s Reforms

Sample text

61 Only a very few Christian missionaries in the 1800s, like the English Baptist Timothy Richard (1845–1919), articulated a more inclusive theology. Arriving in China in 1869, Richard sought to define an approach to mission that was based more on the striking continuities between Buddhism and Christianity than on their often highlighted discontinuities. ” 62 Richard once stated: Let no man conclude . . that I think lightly of Buddhism. On the contrary I hold it to be one of the noblest efforts, on one of the grandest scales the world has ever seen, of men trying to solve some of the greatest problems of human existence.

It is a science without inspiration, a religion with- 40 D E F E N D I NG TH E D H A R M A out God, a body without a spirit, unable to regenerate, cheerless, cold, dead and deplorably barren of results. Can these dry bones live? 67 Among the more widely respected of the many Christian mission leaders who concurred with the negative answer implied in Eitel’s rhetorical question was Joseph Edkins, a missionary-scholar first associated with the Evangelical Missionary Society of Basel and later with the London Missionary Society.

46 In the Ming and Qing dynasties, while large numbers of Buddhists explored doctrine and ritual practice within these lay associations, many other Chinese became familiar with elements of the religion through popular literature, syncretic religious traditions, or millenarian sects and secret societies. Chinese novels such as Jin Ping Mei (Golden Lotus), Xiyou ji ( Journey to the West), and Shuihu zhuan (Water Margin) gave both readers and illiterate listeners opportunities to learn about Buddhist values, practices, and personalities.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.07 of 5 – based on 14 votes