Forward to the Past

James Carter

in Heart of Buddha, Heart of China

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780195398854
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894413 | DOI:
Forward to the Past

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Tanxu fled Qingdao in an American military plane in 1949, ahead of advancing Communist Armies. Having survived the war with Japan, he and his colleagues feared their fate under an anti-religious Communist regime. Arriving in Hong Kong, Tanxu worked to revive the Buddhist community there, eventually becoming among the colony’s religious elite. To save Buddhist texts from destruction in mainland China, he established a library in Hong Kong to preserve books gathered from mainland temples and libraries. He also gave numerous lectures and presided over important Buddhist ceremonies, in this way continuing his work of promoting Buddhism and a particular Chinese cultural identity until his death in 1963.

Keywords: Hong Kong; South China Buddhist Library; Amidism; Land and Water Rite

Chapter.  6465 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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