Chinese Religions: Beliefs and Practices
This book brings together the studies of Jeaneane Fowler in Taoism, Chinese popular religion, and the broader canvas of Chinese cosmogony, and those of Merv Fowler in Confucianism, Zen Buddhism, and Pure Land Buddhism. Chinese Religions requires no previous knowledge and thereby serves as an introduction to the religions of China, and places it in the wider context of Chinese history and philosophy. The facets of Chinese religions are as broad, multilayered, and varied as the geographical vastness of China itself, yet this work shows how many Chinese beliefs have found their way into the West, including the theory of yin and yang, the I Ching, and the Tao Te Ching are good examples. This study ultimately illustrates how one of the greatest characteristics of Chinese religions is that they encompass virtually every avenue of religious thought throughout the long span of Chinese pre-historic and historical pathways.