Buddhist and Christian Responses to the Kowtow Problem in by Eric Reinders PDF

By Eric Reinders

ISBN-10: 1350007994

ISBN-13: 9781350007994

ISBN-10: 1474227287

ISBN-13: 9781474227285

the commonest Buddhist perform in Asia is bowing, yet Buddhist and Christian Responses to the Kowtow Problem is the 1st examine of Buddhist obeisance in China. In Confucian ritual, everyone seems to be purported to kowtow, or bow, to the chinese language emperor. yet Buddhists claimed exemption from bowing to any layperson, even to their very own mom and dad or the emperor. This pressure erupted in an imperial debate in 662.

This examine first asks how and why Buddhists should still bow (to the Buddha, and to monks), after which explores the arguments over their refusing to bow to the emperor. those arguments take us into the middle principles of Buddhism and imperial energy: How can one in attaining nirvana by means of bowing? what's a Buddha snapshot? who's it that bows? Is there any ritual which may exempt a topic of the emperor? What are the boundaries of the state's strength over human our bodies? Centuries later, Christians had a brand new set of issues of bowing in China, to the emperor and to "idols.” Buddhist and Christian Responses to the Kowtow challenge compares those instances of refusing to bow, discusses glossy theories of obeisance, and at last strikes to envision a few modern analogies comparable to refusing to salute the yankee flag.

Contributing tremendously to the research of the physique and tool, ritual, faith and fabric tradition, this quantity is of curiosity to students and scholars of spiritual reviews, Buddhism, chinese language background and fabric culture.

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