Religions of China in Practice

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Princeton University Press, Apr 7, 1996 - Religion - 499 pages

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."

 

Contents

Introduction Stephen F Teiser
3
Deities and Ancestors in Early Oracle Inscriptions Robert Eno
41
Ancient Philosopher Master of Immortality and
52
The Lives and Teachings of the Divine Lord of Zitong
64
City Gods and Their Magistrates Angela Zito
72
The Earliest Tales of the Bodhisattva Guanshiyin
82
A Sūtra Promoting the Whiterobed Guanyin as Giver of Sons
97
Zhu Xi on Spirit Beings Daniel K Gardner
106
Saving the BurningMouth Hungry Ghost Charles Orzech
278
The Law of the Spirits Valerie Hansen
284
Shrines to Local Former Worthies
293
Daoist Ritual in Contemporary Southeast China Kenneth Dean
306
Three Lahu Ritual Texts
327
A Funeral Chant of the Yi Nationality Mark Bender
337
Abridged Codes of Master Lu for the Daoist Community
347
The Scripture in Fortytwo Sections Robert H Sharf
360

The Inner Cultivation Tradition of Early Daoism Harold D Roth
123
The Scripture of the Yellow Court
149
An Early Poem of Mystical Excursion Paul W Kroll
156
Declarations of the Perfected Stephen Bokenkamp
166
Seduction Songs of One of the Perfected Paul W Kroll
180
Answering a Summons Stephen Bokenkamp
188
Visions of Ma˝juśrī on Mount Wutai Daniel Stevenson
203
Ny Dan the Manchu Shamaness Kun
223
Teachings of a Spirit Medium Jean DeBernardi
229
Spellbinding Donald Harper
241
Record of the Feng and Shan Sacrifices Stephen Bokenkamp
251
The Scripture on the Production of Buddha Images Robert H Sharf
261
The Purification Ritual of the Luminous Perfected
268
The Scripture on Perfect Wisdom for Humane Kings Who Wish
372
The Buddhism of the Cultured Elite
381
Buddhist Ritual and the State
390
Biography of a Buddhist Layman Alan J Berkowitz
397
Daoism
399
A Scripture of the Ne People
405
Supernatural Retribution and Human Destiny
423
Stories from an Illustrated Explanation of the Tract of the Most
437
Record of Occultists Alan J Berkowitz
446
Imperial Guest Ritual
471
Cynthia Brokaw
490
The Inner Cultivation Tradition of Early Daoism 123
491
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Donald S. Lopez, Jr., is Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan. Donald S. Lopez, Jr., is Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan

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