Anarchy in the Pure Land: Reinventing the Cult of Maitreya by Justin Ritzinger

By Justin Ritzinger

Anarchy within the natural Land investigates the twentieth-century reinvention of the cult of Maitreya, the long run Buddha, conceived by means of the reformer Taixu and promoted by means of the chinese language Buddhist reform stream. The cult offers an obvious anomaly: It exhibits exactly the type of hindrance for ritual, supernatural beings, and the afterlife that the reformers supposedly rejected within the identify of "modernity." This e-book indicates that, instead of a concession to culture, the reimagining of rules and practices linked to Maitreya used to be an immense website for formulating a Buddhist imaginative and prescient of modernity.

Justin Ritzinger argues that the cult of Maitreya represents an try and articulate a brand new constellation of values, integrating novel understandings of the nice, clustered round glossy visions of utopia, with the critical Buddhist target of Buddhahood. partly One he strains the roots of this constellation to Taixu's younger occupation as an anarchist. half examines its articulation within the Maitreya School's theology and its social improvement from its inception to global battle II. half 3 appears at its next decline and modern legacy inside and past orthodox Buddhism. via those investigations, Anarchy within the natural Land develops a brand new framework for replacement understandings of modernity in Buddhism.

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Anarchy in the Pure Land: Reinventing the Cult of Maitreya in Modern Chinese Buddhism

Anarchy within the natural Land investigates the twentieth-century reinvention of the cult of Maitreya, the longer term Buddha, conceived by way of the reformer Taixu and promoted by means of the chinese language Buddhist reform move. The cult offers an obvious anomaly: It exhibits exactly the type of situation for ritual, supernatural beings, and the afterlife that the reformers supposedly rejected within the identify of "modernity.

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