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Taoism Under the T'ang: Religion and Empire During a Golden by T. H. Barrett

By T. H. Barrett

Wisdom of the heritage of faith below the T`ang Dynasty (A.D. 618-907) has earlier been constrained at most sensible. This scholarly paintings fills vital gaps ordinarily wisdom of Taoism ("China's personal better religion"), and its roles in China's social and political lifestyles throughout the T'ang Dynasty interval, the golden age of chinese language historical past.

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859. 107 THY50, p. 879. 59 T A O I S M I N T H E T ' I E N - P A O E R A , 742 - 5 6 The total abandonment of the cautious religious policy o f the earlier part of the dynasty that took place during the Tien-pao period is quite apparent even from a cursoty glance at the mea­ sures taken at this time towards the religious communities. In 7 4 1 a request that both Buddhist and Taoist clergy should in cases of criminal conduct be tried in accordance with regula­ tions appropriate to them without interference from the civil authorities was granted, 108 but thereafter any attempt to pursue an equitable policy towards both religious communities seems to have been entirely relinquished.

In 7 4 1 a request that both Buddhist and Taoist clergy should in cases of criminal conduct be tried in accordance with regula­ tions appropriate to them without interference from the civil authorities was granted, 108 but thereafter any attempt to pursue an equitable policy towards both religious communities seems to have been entirely relinquished. I IO I n neither case do we hear of similar measures being taken to appease the B uddhists, nor yet in the following year, when up to fifteen Taoists were ordered to be ordained for each place in the empire where a cave, palace or mountain indicated a site numinous enough to require an altar.

53. 59 For such portents see WYYH 56 1 : 1 b-2a, 564:6b-7b. The former portent had been completely reinterpreted by 74 1 (see TFYK 53: 1 8b1 9a). Tu Kuang-t'ing, Li-tai ch 'ung-tao chi (in CTW 933:5a-b), suggests that this reinterpretation and another besides were already incorporated in the official historical records of the reign. 60 Forte, Political Propaganda, pp. 123-4, note 3. , 43 T A O I S M U N D E R T H E T 'A N G also known through his one surviving treatise in the Taoist Canon as a thinker particularly influenced by Buddhism.

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