Set in the treaty-port city of Yingkou, this chapter describes and analyzes Tanxu’s spiritual quest that led him away from his wife and children and toward a career as a Buddhist monk. Tanxu finds himself part of the Buddhist Revival that swept across China in the early 20th-century, and his ongoing spiritual quest—that included studies of Daoism, Christianity, and other religions—brought him to the decision to become a monk. The chapter also assesses the options left to Tanxu’s wife, highlighting the place of women in traditional Chinese society.
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