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Reawakening Maitreya

Justin R. Ritzinger

in Anarchy in the Pure Land

Published in print July 2017 | ISBN: 9780190491161
Published online October 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190491185 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190491161.003.0007
Reawakening Maitreya

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The final chapter examines the legacy of the reformist cult of Maitreya in the contemporary period. In the People’s Republic of China, state interests and heavy regulation of religion has accelerated some developments and inhibited others. Xuedou shan has developed rapidly into a large and powerful institution, while a new wave of Maitreya Study Associations in China has faltered. In Taiwan, full liberalization has allowed new organizations to spring up, pursuing novel modes of propagation. These include Daci shan, the Taiwan Maitreya Study Association, and the Bade Maitreya Lodge. The chapter argues, however, that the greatest impact may actually be seen outside of Buddhism in Yiguan dao and its offshoot Maitreya Great Way.

Keywords: Maitreya; Buddhism; Taiwan; People’s Republic; contemporary period; Yiguan dao; Maitreya Great Way

Chapter.  16993 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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