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Heart of Buddha, Heart of ChinaThe Life of Tanxu, a Twentieth-Century Monk$
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James Carter

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195398854

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398854.001.0001

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Prologue: The Present Past

Prologue: The Present Past

(p.1) Prologue: The Present Past
Heart of Buddha, Heart of China

James Carter (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the process by which writing a historical monograph became more biographical and personal through chance encounters with the subject’s colleagues and descendants. Meeting with Tanxu’s dharma-heir, Master Lok To, enabled the author to travel in the footsteps of Tanxu, and bring a personal component to complement the historical research.

Keywords:   microhistory, biography, Bronx, Young Men’s Buddhist Association, Lok To, Hong Kong

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