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From Comrades to BodhisattvasMoral Dimensions of Lay Buddhist Practice in Contemporary China$
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Gareth Fisher

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824839666

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824839666.001.0001

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Buddhic Bonds

Buddhic Bonds

(p.82) 3 Buddhic Bonds
From Comrades to Bodhisattvas

Gareth Fisher

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines more closely the practitioners who seek solutions to ethical dilemmas in the Temple of Universal Rescue’s outer courtyard. It explores how these courtyard practitioners use the concept of foyuan, a pre-fated bond with the Buddha and his teachings, to construct the notion that they have a special, providential mission to morally reform China. This sense of mission, in turn, enables them to counter the culturally reinforced impression that they have been left as useless under China’s post-Mao reforms.

Keywords:   Buddhism, China, fate, identity, personhood, agency

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