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

Justin Ritzinger


Anarchy in the Pure Land investigates the cult of Maitreya, the future Buddha, promoted by the Chinese Buddhist reform movement spearheaded by Taixu as an avenue through which to consider the formation of alternative modernities. The cult presents an apparent anomaly: It shows precisely the kind of concern for ritual, supernatural beings, and the afterlife that much scholarship contends the reformers rejected in the name of “modernity.” This book shows that rather than a concession to tradition, the reimagining of ideas and practices associated with Maitreya was an important site for formulati ... More

Keywords: Maitreya, Taixu, Humanistic Buddhism, alternative modernities, Charles Taylor, anarchism, China, Taiwan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190491161
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190491161.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justin Ritzinger, author
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Miami