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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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College Buddhist Studies Societies

College Buddhist Studies Societies

(p.71) 4 College Buddhist Studies Societies
Passing the Light

Chün-Fang Yü

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the role played by Buddhist studies societies found in universities in the growth of the Incense Light community. Buddhist studies societies introduced Buddhist teachings and practices to college students who had no other way to learn about Buddhism in the period prior to 1987 when the national security law was lifted. They were instrumental in convincing large numbers of college students to enter the monastic order from the 1970s to the 1980s. Two lay Buddhists, Li Bingnan and Zhou Xuande, were largely responsible for promoting the study of Buddhism among college students and helped to create many Buddhist studies societies on college campuses. This chapter considers the activities and teachings of Li Bingnan and Zhou Xuande as well as the contribution of Chanyun, a monk noted for his strict observance of the Vinaya and Pure Land devotions, to the movement of college students' study of Buddhism. The retreats organized by Chanyun introduced students to consciously living as a Buddhist lay believer.

Keywords:   retreats, Buddhist studies, universities, Incense Light community, college students, Buddhism, Li Bingnan, Zhou Xuande, Chanyun

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