Religions of China in Practice

Religions of China in Practice

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by Donald S. Lopez
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691021430

ISBN-13: 9780691021430

Pub. Date: 03/18/1996

Publisher: Princeton University Press

This third volume of Princeton Readings in Religions demonstrates that the "three religions" of China--Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism (with a fourth, folk religion, sometimes added)--are not mutually exclusive: they overlap and interact with each other in a rich variety of ways. The volume also illustrates some of the many interactions between Han

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This third volume of Princeton Readings in Religions demonstrates that the "three religions" of China--Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism (with a fourth, folk religion, sometimes added)--are not mutually exclusive: they overlap and interact with each other in a rich variety of ways. The volume also illustrates some of the many interactions between Han culture and the cultures designated by the current government as "minorities." Selections from minority cultures here, for instance, are the folktale of Ny Dan the Manchu Shamaness and a funeral chant of the Yi nationality collected by local researchers in the early 1980s. Each of the forty unusual selections, from ancient oracle bones to stirring accounts of mystic visions, is preceded by a substantial introduction. As with the other volumes, most of the selections here have never been translated before.

Stephen Teiser provides a general introduction in which the major themes and categories of the religions of China are analyzed. The book represents an attempt to move from one conception of the "Chinese spirit" to a picture of many spirits, including a Laozi who acquires magical powers and eventually ascends to heaven in broad daylight; the white-robed Guanyin, one of the most beloved Buddhist deities in China; and the burning-mouth hungry ghost. The book concludes with a section on "earthly conduct."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691021430
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/18/1996
Series:
Princeton Readings in Religions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
472
Sales rank:
988,980
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.16(h) x 1.11(d)

Table of Contents

Princeton Readings in Religions
Note on Transliteration
Contents by Tradition
Contents by Chronology
Contributors
Introduction3
1Deities and Ancestors in Early Oracle Inscriptions41
2Laozi: Ancient Philosopher, Master of Immortality, and God52
3The Lives and Teachings of the Divine Lord of Zitong64
4City Gods and Their Magistrates72
5The Earliest Tales of the Bodhisattva Guanshiyin82
6A Sutra Promoting the White-robed Guanyin as Giver of Sons97
7Zhu Xi on Spirit Beings106
8The Inner Cultivation Tradition of Early Daoism123
9Body Gods and Inner Vision: The Scripture of the Yellow Court149
10An Early Poem of Mystical Excursion156
11Declarations of the Perfected166
12Seduction Songs of One of the Perfected180
13Answering a Summons188
14Visions of Manjusri on Mount Wutai203
15Ny Dan the Manchu Shamaness223
16Teachings of a Spirit Medium229
17Spellbinding241
18Record of the Feng and Shan Sacrifices251
19The Scripture on the Production of Buddha Images261
20The Purification Ritual of the Luminous Perfected268
21Saving the Burning-Mouth Hungry Ghost278
22The Law of the Spirits284
23Shrines to Local Former Worthies293
24Daoist Ritual in Contemporary Southeast China306
25Calling on Souls and Dealing with Spirits: Three Lahu Ritual Texts327
26A Funeral Chant of the Yi Nationality337
27Abridged Codes of Master Lu for the Daoist Community347
28The Scripture in Forty-two Sections360
29The Scripture on Perfect Wisdom for Humane Kings Who Wish to Protect Their States372
30The Buddhism of the Cultured Elite381
31Buddhist Ritual and the State390
32Biography of a Buddhist Layman397
33The Book of Good Deeds: A Scripture of the Ne People405
34Supernatural Retribution and Human Destiny423
35Stories from an Illustrated Explanation of the Tract of the Most Exalted on Action and Response437
36Record of Occultists446
37Imperial Guest Ritual471
Index489

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Religions of China in Practice 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
BrianGriffith More than 1 year ago
The authors present texts of local, popular, or heterodox sects from all over China. We have prayers for the welfare of animals, rites for the burning mouth hungry ghost, commemorations of departed worthies, gnostic-sounding instructions on inner alchemy, spirit-calling formulas, and tales of how Laozi (Lao Tzu) grew from man to god. The book avoids abstractions or generalities, and deals with the actual practices of local people. And however quirky these texts or traditions sound, they seem to vibrate with earnest passion. --author of A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization