Handbook on Religion in China
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Handbook on Religion in China

Edited by Stephan Feuchtwang

Informative and eye-opening, the Handbook on Religion in China provides a uniquely broad insight into the contemporary Chinese variations of Buddhism, Islam and Christianity. In turn, China's own religions and transmissions of rites and systems of divination have spread beyond China, a progression that is explored in detail across 19 chapters, written by leading experts in the field.
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Chapter 11: Daoism and Daoist organisations

Stephan Feuchtwang


Monastic Daoists learn disciplines of cultivating sagehood and performing rituals from masters, and now in some temple monasteries they learn from a pedagogy of Daoist culture controlled by the Patriotic Daoist Association. This chapter is concerned with the tensions between these two kinds of teaching and learning. It is an introduction to the range of skills and of services that constitute Daoist ritual, but focuses on the monastic cultivation by nuns and monks of one-ness with the Dao through the realization of inner potential and responsiveness. Of the two main traditions of master_disciple lineages and networks, the Quanzhen is the most state-controlled. But networks of the mastery of the Daoist disciplines of self-cultivation are far-reaching and international, beyond central control, and are more associated _ but not exclusively _ with the other main school, Zhengyi.

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