Establishing a Pure Land on Earth: The Foguang Buddhist Perspective on Modernization and Globalization

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University of Hawaii Press, 2004 - Philosophy - 371 pages
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With more than 150 temples in thirty countries, Foguangshan has developed over the last thirty-five years into one of the world's largest and most influential Chinese Buddhist movements. Each year millions of devotees participate in the ceremonies, educational programs, and social service projects organized by the disciples of Master Xingyun - a religious leader known not only for his charisma and energy, but also for his close ties to Taiwan's power elite, his positive attitude toward big business, and his involvement in both national and international politics. The result of two years of fieldwork in Foguangshan temples in Taiwan, the U.S., Australia, and South Africa, this volume is an unprecedented examination of the inner workings of a dynamic and innovative religious movement. Based on direct observations, private interviews, and careful textual and historical analysis, Stuart Chandler looks at the challenges faced by Master Xingyun and his followers as they try to adhere to traditional practices and values while tapping into the advantages afforded by modern, global society. Foguangshan's slogans (Humanistic Buddhism and Establishing a Pure Land on Earth) are placed in h
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
A Mountain Monastery in an Urban Society
8
Master Xingyun Foguang Patriarch
28
Foguang Humanistic Buddhism
43
Humanistic Buddhism in Practice
78
Cultivating Talent through Education
118
Cultivating Faith through Discipline
137
Institutionalizing Buddhism
191
Globalizing Chinese Culture Localizing Buddhist Teachings
260
Globalizing and Localizing Three Case Studies
275
Global Homelessness
301
Chronological Table Master Xingyun and Foguangshan
307
Notes
315
Glossary
345
References
353
Index
365

Perpetuating Traditional Modernism
236

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Stuart Chandler is assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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