By Justin Ritzinger
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 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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