Anarchy in the Pure Land: Reinventing the Cult of Maitreya - download pdf or read online

Anarchy in the Pure Land: Reinventing the Cult of Maitreya - download pdf or read online

By Justin Ritzinger

Anarchy within the natural Land investigates the twentieth-century reinvention of the cult of Maitreya, the long run Buddha, conceived through the reformer Taixu and promoted by way of the chinese language Buddhist reform circulation. The cult offers an obvious anomaly: It indicates exactly the form of obstacle 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 web site 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 sleek visions of utopia, with the principal Buddhist objective of Buddhahood. partially One he lines the roots of this constellation to Taixu's younger profession 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 of and past orthodox Buddhism. via those investigations, Anarchy within the natural Land develops a brand new framework for substitute understandings of modernity in Buddhism.

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