Dr. Reichelt was known in missionary circles as probably the greatest foreign authority on Chinese Buddhism, and certainly its greatest interpreter to the West. In 1922 he founded the Christian Mission to Buddhists. For years Buddhist priests lived with him in the Mission at Tao Feng Shan, Hong Kong where he got to know them intimately. The author's study is based on his extensive experience and depth of knowledge of Buddhism. He also extends his scope to include Confucianism, Taoism and Chinese Islam as well as the indigenous religions of animism and ancestor worship. Dr. Reichelt meditated deeply on the prologue to the Fourth Gospel and was a firm believer in the conception of the Logos Spermatikos. Hence his sympathetic, though critical treatment of these religions which are still relatively unknown in the West. Religion In Chinese Garment provides an unparalleled insight into Chinese religious life before the onset of communism.
Dr. Karl Reichelt of Oslo, who died in 1952, was the greatest non-Buddhist authority on Chinese Buddhism and in 1922 founded the Christian Mission to Buddhists. He is also the author of Meditation and Piety in the Far East, also published by The Lutterworth Press.
Translator's Preface I. Animism and Its Philosophic Background II. Confucianism III. The Cult of Ancestors VI. Taoism V. Chinese Buddhism VI. Chinese Mohammedanism VII. The Various Sects in China Index of Subjects Index of Names and Places Index of Sacred Writings