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.
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