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The Sage and the PeopleThe Confucian Revival in China$
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Sebastien Billioud and Joel Thoraval

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190258139

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190258139.001.0001

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“The Varieties of Religious Experience”

“The Varieties of Religious Experience”

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(p.111) 4 “The Varieties of Religious Experience”
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The Sage and the People
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Sébastien Billioud

Joël Thoraval

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190258139.003.0005

Chapter 4 introduces the second part of the book, focusing on the Chinese notion of anshen liming that points both to the search for inner peace and the concern for a destiny, whether personal or collective. The chapter itself starts with the story of the “conversion” to Confucianism of a businesswoman and compares it with other cases to give some insight into “the varieties of religious experiences” leading today to Confucianism. The chapter emphasizes both the role of Buddhism and the role of the master in this process. The reactivation of master-disciple links constitutes one of the remarkable aspects of the current Confucian revival.

Keywords:   anshen liming, religious Confucianism, Buddhism, master, disciple

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