The Buddhist monk Tanxu surmounted extraordinary obstacles-poverty, wars, famine, and foreign occupation-to become one of the most prominent monks in China, founding numerous temples and schools and attracting crowds of students and disciples wherever he went. Heart of Buddha, Heart of China traces Tanxu's journey from his birth in 1875 to his death in 1963. Through Tanxu's life we come to know one of the most turbulent periods in Chinese history as it
moved from empire to republic. James Carter draws on archives and interviews to provide a book that is part travelogue, part history, and part biography.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 342 g
Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 15 mm
Jay Carter's new book follows the life of one man as a way of opening a window into the lived history of twentieth-century China. Heart of Buddha, Heart of China: The Life of Tanxu, a Twentieth-Century Monk is less a traditional biography than a life of an emergent modern nation as told through the experiences of a single individual whose relationships embodied the history of that nation in flesh, bones, and blood... Carter's own travels took him from the Bronx (to
meet with a Dharma heir disciple of the monk) through more than a dozen Chinese cities, taking Tanxu's own memoir and itinerary as guidebook and route-map. The resulting book is a beautifully written, historiographically self-reflexive, and humane account of the lived history of modern China. * New Books in East Asian Studies *