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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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(p.209) Conclusion
Passing the Light

Chün-Fang Yü

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter assesses the Incense Light community's present situation and offers projections about its future direction. Incense Light, like Taiwanese Buddhism in general, is undergoing constant changes. The community's rapid growth in the 1980s and early 1990s has slowed considerably in recent decades, as many more activities and clubs now compete for the attention of today's college students. Buddhist studies societies, which played such an important role in introducing college students to Buddhism, are having a much harder time attracting members. Incense Light's Buddhist nuns have not particularly focused on either the history or the unique characteristics of Chinese Buddhism, but have become open to learning from other Buddhist traditions, as evidenced by their interest in non-Chinese forms of meditation.

Keywords:   meditation, Incense Light community, Taiwanese Buddhism, Buddhist studies, college students, Buddhist nuns, Chinese Buddhism, Taiwan

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