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Xiaoping Lin

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833367

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833367.001.0001

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Ning Hao’s Incense

Ning Hao’s Incense

A Curious Tale of Earthly Buddhism

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Children of Marx and Coca-Cola

Xiaoping Lin

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter analyzes Ning Hao’s debut film Incense (2003)—which relates a curious tale about a young Buddhist monk who forsakes his religious faith for economic survival—in terms of Buddhism as a living religion in contemporary China. As the new millennium begins, Chinese Buddhist leaders and scholars have advocated so-called Earthly Buddhism with regard to modernity and globalization. They consider it impossible for traditional Buddhism to “withdraw from the world” or evade the realities of globalization. As an alternative, they claim, Earthly Buddhism must enter the world and partake in the modernization of religious institutions and social life. For them, a domain in alliance with Earthly Buddhism is Metropolitan Buddhism, which is a ready response to rapid urbanization in the country.

Keywords:   Ning Hao, Incense, Buddhism, contemporary China, Earthly Buddhism, Metropolitan Buddhism, modernization, globalization, urbanization

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