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The Merging Movement of Buddhist Temples in Early Ming Dynasty
Pages: 100-113
Year: Issue:  5
Journal: Nankai Journal(Philosophy,Literature and Social Science Edition)

Keyword:  Taizu of Ming DynastyChengzu of Ming DynastyBuddhist Temples MergingCategorization of Buddhist TemplesYoga Practice;
Abstract: During the Taizu and Chengzu eras in Ming Dynasty, Buddhist temples had been merged several times successively while they were also categorized at the same time and laymen were prohibited to practice Yoga. Therefore,a massive and successful merging movement of Buddhist temples was launched. This merging movement of Buddhist temple in early Ming Dynasty was an important part of the Buddhist policy at that time. The implementation of the policy had reorganized and confined the Buddhism then, contributed to the existence and development of Buddhism, promoted the accommodation among the various Buddhist denominations and the categorization of monks in temples and established the pattern of Chinese Buddhist denominations in later time; it also contributed to the social and economic recovery and development in early Ming Dynasty and played a role in stabilizing the social order, strengthening the rule of Ming Dynasty and improving the people’s livelihood. From the merging movement of Buddhist temples during the Taizu and Chengzu eras in Ming Dynasty, we can get some idea about the trend of national development in Ming Dynasty.
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