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Anarchy in the Pure LandReinventing the Cult of Maitreya in Modern Chinese Buddhism$
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Justin Ritzinger

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190491161

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190491161.001.0001

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Portrait of the Master as a Young Anarchist

Portrait of the Master as a Young Anarchist

(p.27) 1 Portrait of the Master as a Young Anarchist
Anarchy in the Pure Land

Justin R. Ritzinger

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Taixu’s youthful career as an anarchist, arguing that this was a more extended and important period of his life than has been commonly recognized. Framing him within the context of earlier reformist and radical thought, it traces his development from an associate of revolutionaries prior to the 1911 Wuchang Uprising to a leader of the anarchist Socialist Party in the early Republic. It closes with a consideration of the reasons for his retirement from radicalism in the wake of the failure of the Second Revolution. Although Taixu ultimately left anarchism, anarchism never entirely left him and this engagement with radical movements would prove formative.

Keywords:   Taixu, Buddhism, anarchism, Chinese Socialist Party, Socialist Party, 1911 Revolution

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