The Practice of Chinese Buddhism, 1900-1950

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Harvard University Press, 1967 - Religion - 592 pages
Based partly on unpublished documents and oral information obtained from monks who headed major monasteries on mainland China, Holmes Welch presents a detailed description of the modern practice of Chinese Buddhism. Focusing on the actual rather than the theoretical observances of the religion, he gives an exhaustive account of the monastic system and the style of life of both monk and layman. His study makes new information available for the Western reader and calls into question the whole concept of the moribund state of Chinese Buddhism.
 

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Contents

The People of the Monastery
3
The Meditation Hall
47
The Buddha Recitation Hall
89
Observance of the Rules
105
Contents
106
Hereditary and Branch Temples
129
CHAPTER v1 The Abbot
143
CHAPTER v11 Rites for the Dead
179
The Size of the Sangha
411
The Fortyeight Positions
421
The Meditation Hall Schedule
426
Meditation Patrols
442
Hereditary Public Monasteries
444
APPENDIX v1 The Dharma of the Tienning Ssu
450
APPENDIX v11 Perpetual Leaseholds
454
Mortgage Loans
456

The Economy of Monasteries
207
THE INDIVIDUAL BUDDHIST
245
The Monastic Career
303
The Lay Buddhist
357
The Nature of the System
395
Calculations of Landed Income
461
Notes
467
Bibliography
527
Glossary Index
531
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