Religions of China in Practice

ISBN-10: 0691021430
ISBN-13: 9780691021430
Edition: 1996
Authors: Donald S. Lopez
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Description: This third volume ofPrinceton Readings in Religionsdemonstrates 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 4/7/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 520
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

This third volume ofPrinceton Readings in Religionsdemonstrates 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."

Princeton Readings in Religions
Note on Transliteration
Contents by Tradition
Contents by Chronology
Contributors
Introduction
Deities and Ancestors in Early Oracle Inscriptions
Laozi: Ancient Philosopher, Master of Immortality, and God
The Lives and Teachings of the Divine Lord of Zitong
City Gods and Their Magistrates
The Earliest Tales of the Bodhisattva Guanshiyin
A Sutra Promoting the White-robed Guanyin as Giver of Sons
Zhu Xi on Spirit Beings
The Inner Cultivation Tradition of Early Daoism
Body Gods and Inner Vision: The Scripture of the Yellow Court
An Early Poem of Mystical Excursion
Declarations of the Perfected
Seduction Songs of One of the Perfected
Answering a Summons
Visions of Manjusri on Mount Wutai
Ny Dan the Manchu Shamaness
Teachings of a Spirit Medium
Spellbinding
Record of the Feng and Shan Sacrifices
The Scripture on the Production of Buddha Images
The Purification Ritual of the Luminous Perfected
Saving the Burning-Mouth Hungry Ghost
The Law of the Spirits
Shrines to Local Former Worthies
Daoist Ritual in Contemporary Southeast China
Calling on Souls and Dealing with Spirits: Three Lahu Ritual Texts
A Funeral Chant of the Yi Nationality
Abridged Codes of Master Lu for the Daoist Community
The Scripture in Forty-two Sections
The Scripture on Perfect Wisdom for Humane Kings Who Wish to Protect Their States
The Buddhism of the Cultured Elite
Buddhist Ritual and the State
Biography of a Buddhist Layman
The Book of Good Deeds: A Scripture of the Ne People
Supernatural Retribution and Human Destiny
Stories from an Illustrated Explanation of the Tract of the Most Exalted on Action and Response
Record of Occultists
Imperial Guest Ritual
Index

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