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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 research of Buddhist obeisance in China. In Confucian ritual, everyone seems to be alleged 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 research 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 center principles of Buddhism and imperial energy: How can one in attaining nirvana by means of bowing? what's a Buddha photograph? who's it that bows? Is there any ritual which can exempt a topic of the emperor? What are the bounds of the state's energy 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 situations of refusing to bow, discusses sleek theories of obeisance, and eventually strikes to check a few modern analogies comparable to refusing to salute the yankee flag.

Contributing drastically to the learn of the physique and gear, ritual, faith and fabric tradition, this quantity is of curiosity to students and scholars of spiritual reports, Buddhism, chinese language historical past and fabric culture.

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