Living Karma: The Religious Practices of Ouyi Zhixu

Living Karma: The Religious Practices of Ouyi Zhixu

Ouyi Zhixu (1599–1655) was an eminent Chinese Buddhist monk who, contrary to his contemporaries, believed karma could be changed. Through vows, divination, repentance rituals, and ascetic acts such as burning and blood writing, he sought to alter what others understood as inevitable and inescapable. Drawing attention to Ouyi’s unique reshaping of religious practice, Living Karma reasserts the significance of an overlooked individual in the modern development of… (more)

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Publisher: Columbia University Press (August 26, 2014)

Parent ISBN: 9780231168021

Language: English


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