New York: Columbia University Press, 1980. First Edition (presumed), First Printing. Hardcover. Used - Fine. Yellow cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine. Corners sharp. Binding tight and square. Clean, unmarked. 16 x 23.5 cm. Appendices. Selected bibliography. Index. 348 pp. / Very Good/Fine. Light scuffing and rubbing. Brodart protective cover applied. Item #13072
Thinkers in Ming China turned to syncretism in their restlessness for new religious forms. A leader in this new trend was Lin Chao-en, a religious teacher of the sixteenth century, whose syncretic doctrine of the true Way was a synthesis of China's three main religious forms: Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. By combining the Three Teachings into one, Lin believed he had found a way to realize the truths of the sages in actual life.