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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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Profiles of Individual Nuns

Profiles of Individual Nuns

(p.186) 7 Profiles of Individual Nuns
Passing the Light

Chün-Fang Yü

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter provides profiles of several Buddhist nuns of the Incense Light community, focusing on their family backgrounds, their motives for joining the sangha, their accomplishments and setbacks, hopes and frustrations. They include Xinzhi, Wuyin, and Mingjia as well as nuns who contributed to the formation and development of Incense Light as a distinctive female monastic community. One of the nuns did not have any specific religious upbringing and did not know the difference between popular religion and Buddhism. Looking back on the changes the community had undergone since 1985, she felt the introduction of the Institute of Cultural Affairs teaching method, termed “conscious conversation,” was probably the most important. This was because it was used in both the seminary and the Buddhist adult classes.

Keywords:   sangha, Buddhist nuns, Incense Light community, Xinzhi, Wuyin, Mingjia, Buddhism, Institute of Cultural Affairs, conscious conversation, adult classes

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