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Persecuted Practice: Neichi Toyin's Way of Conducting Missionary Work

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This article re-evaluates the missionary work of the Mongolian monk Neichi Toyin, amongst the eastern Mongols, to explore the significance of his methods of spreading buddhism and the ways in which he was able to win the strong and lasting faith of the adherent community. It argues that the most important factor for his success was his ability to emulate the buddha's method of teaching rather than focusing on the accounts of his miracles. Furthermore, this article will argue that it is this, and not Neichi Toyin's suppression of shamans or the promise of material rewards, which played the central role in gaining the respect of the people he encountered.


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