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From Comrades to Bodhisattvas: Moral Dimensions of Lay Buddhist Practice in Contemporary China

Gareth Fisher

Abstract

From Comrades to Bodhisattvas is the first book-length study of Han Chinese Buddhism in post-Mao China. Using an ethnographic approach supported by over a decade of research, it provides an intimate portrait of lay Buddhist practitioners in Beijing who have recently embraced a religion that they were once socialized to see as harmful superstition. The book focuses on the lively discourses and debates that take place among these new practitioners in an unused courtyard of a Beijing temple. In this non-monastic space, laypersons gather to distribute and exchange Buddhist-themed media, listen to ... More

Keywords: Buddhism, China, morality and ethics, social change, cultural anthropology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780824839666
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824839666.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gareth Fisher, author
Syracuse University

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