Feeding a Scapegoat? The Political Function of Amoghavajra’s Ritual Services in Protecting the Country



The career of the eminent Buddhist monk Amoghavajra (Chinese: Bukongjingang or Bukong, 705–774) is closely connected with the crisis of imperial authority in the years after the An Lushan Rebellion (755–763) that led to a near collapse of the Tang dynasty (618–907). This offers valuable reference points for a rethinking of the relation between politics and Buddhist authority and the respective institutional framework supported by the imperial court.


Tang Dynasty Ritual Practice Political Function Religious System Tactical Position 
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