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Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series 38

Praying for Power

Buddhism and the Formation of Gentry Society in Late-Ming China

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$45.00 • £39.95 • €40.95

ISBN 9780674697751

Publication Date: 01/01/1994

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412 pages

6 x 9 inches

10 halftones, 3 maps

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  • List of Tables
    • 1. Local Gentry Patrons of Guangming Monastery
    • 2. Patronal Activities of Elite Gentry Lineages of Yin County: 1500–1644
    • 3. Gentry Patronage of Yuquan Monastery in the Seventeenth Century
  • List of Maps
    • 1. Zhucheng County
    • 2. Yin County
    • 3. Dangyang County
  • List of Figures
    • 1a. The front monastery of Putuo Island in the 1930s
    • 1b. The back monastery of Putuo Island in the 1930s
    • 2–7. A Pilgrim’s Progress: Approaching Tiantong Monastery
    • 8. The reliquary at King Asoka Monastery
    • 9. King Asoka Monastery in the 1930s
    • 10. Yuquan Monastery
  • Preface
  • Translation Conventions
  • Introduction. Monastic Patronage and the Gentry: The Problem
      • The Historiography of Gentry Studies
      • Buddhism and the Gentry
      • Gentry Society and the Public Sphere
      • The Changing Social Context of the Buddhist Monastery
  • I. The Culture of Buddhism
    • 1. The Passionate Life of Zhang Dai
    • 2. Like a Lid to a Box, Like Ice to Ash: Accommodating Buddhism
      • The Relationship of Buddhism to Neo-Confucianism
      • The Neo-Confucian Absorption
      • The Neo-Confucian Reaction
      • Accommodation
    • 3. Holding a Cup of New Tea and Listening to Sutras: Buddhism in Gentry Culture
      • Assessing Buddhism’s Presence in Gentry Society
      • Buddhist Observances and Rituals
      • The Organization of Lay Associations
      • Tourism and Cultural Pursuits
      • Gentry Uses of Monastic Space
      • Gentry Becoming Monks
  • II. Monastic Patronage
    • 4. The Patrons of Dinghu Mountain
    • 5. How the Gentry Patronized Monasteries
      • Financial Patronage
      • The Acquisition of Land
      • Gentry Supervision of Monastic Affairs
      • Literary Patronage
      • Temporal Trends of Patronage
    • 6. Why the Gentry Patronized Monasteries
      • Gender-Based Patronage
      • Kinship-Based Patronage
      • Religious Appeals
      • Social Appeals
      • Cultural Appeals
      • Social Networks
      • Publicizing Gentry Identity
      • Merchant Philanthropy in Contrast
  • III. Patronage in Context
    • 7. The Patronage of Gentry in a Small County: Zhucheng County, Shandong
      • Zhucheng Environment and Social Structure
      • The Zhucheng Gentry
      • Zhucheng Religious Institutions
      • Zhucheng Monastic Patronage
    • 8. The Patronage of Gentry in a Large County: Yin County (Ningbo), Zhejiang
      • Yin Environment and Social Structure
      • Yin Religious Institutions
      • The Great Monasteries of Yin
      • The Yin Gentry
      • Buddhism and the Yin Gentry
      • Yin Monastic Patronage
    • 9. Patronage and the County Magistrate: Dangyang County, Hubei
      • Buddhist Patronage and the State
      • Dangyang Environment and Social Structure
      • Dangyang Religious Institutions
      • Buddhism and the Dangyang Gentry
      • The Patronage of Yuquan Monastery
      • Gentry Patronage and the Magistrate
  • Conclusion. The Separation of State and Society
      • The Ideal of Withdrawal in the Late Ming
      • Buddhism and the Late-Ming Gentry
      • The Late Ming and the Late Song
      • The Late Ming and the Late Qing
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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