By Eric Reinders
This learn first asks how and why Buddhists should still bow (to the Buddha, and to monks), after which explores the arguments over their refusing to bow to the emperor. those arguments take us into the center rules of Buddhism and imperial strength: How can one in achieving nirvana through bowing? what's a Buddha snapshot? who's it that bows? Is there any ritual which can exempt a subject matter of the emperor? What are the boundaries of the state's energy over human our bodies? Centuries later, Christians had a brand new set of issues of bowing in China, to the emperor and to "idols.” Buddhist and Christian Responses to the Kowtow challenge compares those situations of refusing to bow, discusses glossy theories of obeisance, and at last strikes to ascertain a few modern analogies reminiscent of refusing to salute the yankee flag.
Contributing significantly to the research of the physique and gear, ritual, faith and fabric tradition, this quantity is of curiosity to students and scholars of spiritual experiences, Buddhism, chinese language heritage and fabric culture.
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Buddhist and Christian Responses to the Kowtow Problem in China by Eric Reinders