Praying for Power: Buddhism and the Formation of Gentry Society in Late-Ming China

@inproceedings{Brook1994PrayingFP,
  title={Praying for Power: Buddhism and the Formation of Gentry Society in Late-Ming China},
  author={Timothy Brook},
  year={1994}
}
  • Timothy Brook
  • Published 1994
  • History
  • In 17th and 18th century China, Buddhists and Confucians alike flooded local Buddhist monasteries with donations As gentry numbers grew faster than the imperial bureaucracy, traditional Confucian careers were closed to many; but visible philanthropy could publicize elite status outside the state realm. Actively sought by fund-raising abbots, such patronage affected institutional Buddhism. After exploring the relation of Buddhism to Ming Neo-Confucianism, the growth of tourism to Buddhist sites… CONTINUE READING
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