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Bailian Jiao
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(Pai-lien chiao), lit. “White Lotus teaching,” is the common term used by most Chinese sources to designate a popular sectarian tradition that attained great social and religious significance in China from the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) onward. Traditionally, the name Pai-lien (“White Lotus”) is traced back to a society founded by the Buddhist monk Hui-yüan (334–416) in the year 402. In the 12th century, the monk Mao Ziyuan (1086–1166) founded a lay Buddhist movement bearing the sam…

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Seiwert, Hubert, “Bailian Jiao”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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