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Passing the LightThe Incense Light Community and Buddhist Nuns in Contemporary Taiwan$
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Chün-fang Yü

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836580

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836580.001.0001

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Wuyin, the Guiding Light of the Community

Wuyin, the Guiding Light of the Community

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Passing the Light

Chün-Fang Yü

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on the establishment of the Incense Light community under Wuyin. Incense Light Temple was originally a local temple with no Buddhist history. In colonial Taiwan, nuns were derisively called zhaigu (vegetarian hall auntie) or caigu (vegetarian auntie) by the common people. Today, Buddhist nuns in Taiwan consider these names unacceptable and insist on being called biqiuni. The origin of the former appellations has to do with the situation in Taiwan prior to 1949 when the Nationalist government arrived with a large exodus of monks from the mainland. Aside from Buddhism, Daoism, and popular religion, sectarian religions were also practiced in Taiwan during the period of Japanese occupation. This chapter first looks at Wuyin's formative experiences before discussing how she was introduced to Buddhism, her years at Yuantong Academy, her brief time in Hawai'i, and how she was installed as the abbess of Incense Light Temple.

Keywords:   biqiuni, Incense Light community, Wuyin, Incense Light Temple, Taiwan, Buddhist nuns, Buddhism, Yuantong Academy, Hawai'i

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