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Living Karma: The Religious Practices of Ouyi Zhixu

Beverley McGuire


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, this text reasserts the significance of an overlooked individual in the modern development of Chinese Buddhism. While Buddhist studies scholarship tends to privilege textual analysis, Living Karma promotes a balanced study of ritua ... More

Keywords: Ouyi Zhixu, Chinese Buddhist monk, karma, divination, repentance, ascetic acts, burning, blood writing, Chinese Buddhism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231168021
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231168021.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Beverley McGuire, author
University of North Carolina Wilmington