Leaving Home

James Carter

in Heart of Buddha, Heart of China

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780195398854
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894413 | DOI:
Leaving Home

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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

Chapter.  9397 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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