By Justin Ritzinger

ISBN-10: 0190491167

ISBN-13: 9780190491161

Anarchy within the natural Land investigates the twentieth-century reinvention of the cult of Maitreya, the longer term Buddha, conceived by means of the reformer Taixu and promoted by means of the chinese language Buddhist reform stream. The cult offers an obvious anomaly: It exhibits exactly the form of drawback for ritual, supernatural beings, and the afterlife that the reformers supposedly rejected within the identify of "modernity." This booklet exhibits that, instead of a concession to culture, the reimagining of rules and practices linked to Maitreya used to be a huge website for formulating a Buddhist imaginative and prescient of modernity.

Justin Ritzinger argues that the cult of Maitreya represents an try and articulate a brand new constellation of values, integrating novel understandings of the nice, clustered round smooth visions of utopia, with the critical Buddhist aim of Buddhahood. partially One he strains the roots of this constellation to Taixu's younger occupation as an anarchist. half examines its articulation within the Maitreya School's theology and its social improvement from its inception to international struggle II. half 3 appears to be like at its next decline and modern legacy inside and past orthodox Buddhism. via those investigations, Anarchy within the natural Land develops a brand new framework for substitute understandings of modernity in Buddhism.

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