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From Comrades to BodhisattvasMoral Dimensions of Lay Buddhist Practice in Contemporary China$
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Gareth Fisher

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824839666

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824839666.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
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From Comrades to Bodhisattvas
Author(s):

Gareth Fisher

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824839666.003.0001

The introduction explores the personal ethical dilemmas of Buddhist lay practitioners who present their problems to lay preachers and monastics in the outer courtyard of the Temple of Universal Rescue in Beijing. It discusses how the courtyard, as a place that provides flexible ethical resources, is a key setting for the working out of these dilemmas. The chapter also explores how both the history of Buddhist religiosity in China and recent experiences of communism inform the experiences of contemporary laypersons.

Keywords:   Buddhism, China, moral breakdown, ethical demand, modernity

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