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Passing the Light: The Incense Light Community and Buddhist Nuns in Contemporary Taiwan

Chün-fang Yü


The term “revival” has been used to describe the resurgent vitality of Buddhism in Taiwan. Particularly impressive is the quality and size of the nun's order: Taiwanese nuns today are highly educated and greatly outnumber monks. Both characteristics are unprecedented in the history of Chinese Buddhism and are evident in the Incense Light community (Xiangguang). This book is the first in-depth case study of the community, which was founded in 1974 and remains a small but influential order of highly educated nuns who dedicate themselves to teaching Buddhism to lay adults. It begins with a histor ... More

Keywords: Chinese Buddhism, Taiwan, Taiwanese nuns, Incense Light community, Buddhist nuns, Wuyin, Incense Light Buddhist Seminary, China, Buddhist studies societies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780824836580
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836580.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chün-fang Yü, author
Columbia University