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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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Leaving Home

Leaving Home

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(p.44) Chapter 2 Leaving Home
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Heart of Buddha, Heart of China
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James Carter (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398854.003.0002

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.

Keywords:   Yingkou, monk, Buddhist Revival, divorce, women, tonsure

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