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Famine and Flight

James Carter

in Heart of Buddha, Heart of China

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780195398854
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894413 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398854.003.0007
Famine and Flight

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In Xi’an, Tanxu worked to revive the famous Maternal Grace Temple (da ci’en si) in Xi’an, home to the Great Wild Goose Pagoda, which housed the first Buddhist scriptures brought from India to China, in the 7th century. Xi’an, and all of Shaanxi province, was in the midst of famine, exacerbated by the effects of warlordism and banditry, and Tanxu worked to bring relief to the victims of the famine as well. Tanxu’s time in Xi’an was short, for he received word that his master, Dixian, had died in Ningbo, and traveled back for the funeral. En route, Tanxu himself became a victim of banditry when his boat on the Wei River was attacked by pirates. Eventually arriving back in Ningbo, Tanxu accepted a new project to travel to Qingdao, to found another temple.

Keywords: Xi’an; Great Wild Goose Pagoda; warlords; famine; banditry

Chapter.  5691 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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