By Barend ter Haar
Ter Haar convincingly demonstrates that the Non-Action Teachings used to be now not messianic or millenarian in orientation and had not anything to do with different new spiritual teams and networks routinely labelled as White Lotus Teachings. It mixed Chan and natural Land practices with a robust self-identity and vegetarianism and actively insisted at the correct of unfastened perform. participants of the move created a starting place fable during which Ming (1368–1644) emperor Zhengde bestowed the ideal upon their legendary forefather. additionally, they produced an imperial proclamation wherein Emperor Kangxi of the Qing (1645–1911) granted the crowd related privileges.
Thanks to its specialist dealing with of a good quantity and diversity of extant resources, practising Scripture depicts one of many few lay events in conventional China that may be understood in a few intensity, either by way of its spiritual content material and background and its social setting. The paintings should be welcomed through China experts in spiritual and Buddhist stories and social history.
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Practicing Scripture: A Lay Buddhist Movement in Late Imperial China by Barend ter Haar