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By Michel Strickmann

This booklet argues that the main profound and far-reaching results of Buddhism on chinese language tradition happened on the point of perform, in particular in non secular rituals designed to treatment humans of ailment, demonic ownership, and undesirable success. this custom would depart its longest lasting imprint at the liturgical culture of Taoism. In targeting spiritual perform, it presents a corrective to conventional reviews of chinese language faith, which overemphasize metaphysics and spirituality.

A uncomplicated drawback with therapeutic characterizes the whole gamut of spiritual expression in East Asia. via focusing on the medieval improvement of chinese language healing ritual, the writer discovers the germinal middle of many still-current rituals around the social and doctrinal frontiers of Buddhism and Taoism, in addition to outdoors the Buddhist or Taoist fold.

The ebook is predicated on shut readings of liturgies written in classical chinese language. the writer describes and interprets a lot of them, analyzes their constitution, and seeks out nonliturgical resources to shed additional mild at the politics occupied with particular performances. in contrast to the few prior reports of comparable rituals, this publication combines a scholar’s realizing of the constitution and targets of those rites with a fit suspicion of the practitioners’ claims to uniqueness.

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R602 . s83 2002 285 Bibliography 339 Index 6m' . 951-dcu I 409 200102037 6 eighty one This publication is prinred on acid-free paper. unique printing 2002 Lasr 6gure lower than indicares yr of rhis printing: II 10 09 08 07 06 zero) 04 OJ 02 Designed by means of james P. Brommer Typeset through Tseng details Sysrems, Inc. in 10/14. ) Sabon Vll FOREWORD ILLUSTRATIONS I. 131 2. A talisman and a spirit-seal from the DhiiraT_li e-book of Aravaka, basic of the Demons three· The demon-general A~avaka's seal four· A "lunar disk of the asuras" and a "golden disk" seal five· 6. The seal named "the sword" 147 q8 cartoon outlining a fancy iconographic seal 149 7· sq. seals to be used opposed to snakebite, from the booklet of the Incantations and DhiiraT_li of the ]anguli \"Voman 153 eight. extra illustrations of healing seals 154 nine· Seals and talismans from the Rites of Ucchz~ma (the VajraBeing of Impure strains) for Exorcising the Hundred Weirds r6o 10. a chain of written talismans for prolonging lifestyles 162 II. Seal from an untitled fragment of chinese language Buddhist scripture recovered from Tun-huang 164 12. seals from Niigiirjuna's Treatise at the 5 Sciences 172 thirteen. extra seals from Niigiirjuna's Treatise at the 5 Sciences 14. VUI The disease-curing seal from necessities of the perform of Perfection 3 figures to be burned on the end of a Tanrric Buddhist demon-dispelling hearth ritual a hundred forty five 146 173 266 whilst Michel Strickmann died upfront in August 1994, he left 3 book-length manuscripts. the one one who he had revised in its entirety ahead of his loss of life used to be "Mantras et mandarins: Le bouddhisme tantrique en Chine," released by way of Gallimard in 1996. An English translation (or quite, retranslation) is drawing close from Princeton college Press. the 2 different manuscripts have been entitled "Chinese Magical drugs" and "Chinese Poetry and Prophecy. " i've got undertaken the duty of modifying "Chinese Magical drugs" for ebook. Had Strickmann lived longer, he sincerely might have endured to paintings on it, specifically after the book of Mantras et mandarins. moreover, because of the delays in e-book, a number of the issues first made via Strickmann have now turn into a part of the authorized physique of data within the box, whereas different rules were sophisticated or nuanced in contemporary scholarship. however, nobody else within the box (with the exception of Anna Seidel, one other student and good friend whose untimely dying is way regreted) has been capable of retrieve any such extensive spectrum of spiritual phenomena and lead them to available to the nonspecialist. Strickmann's unmistakable voice resonates within the pages of this publication, and this on my own justifies its ebook. even supposing the textual content of "Chinese Magical medication" were revised by means of Strickrnann, the serious equipment (notes and bibliography) was once lacking. i've got attempted to treatment this lack with the aid of a number of neighbors of the writer. Ursula-Angelika Cedzich used to be type sufficient to supply many of the armotation for the 1st chapters facing Taoism.

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