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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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Cause and Consequence

Cause and Consequence

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From Comrades to Bodhisattvas

Gareth Fisher

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter explores the substance of the Buddhist moral system that lay practitioners in the outer courtyard of the Temple of Universal Rescue teach and reinforce to one another. The chapter shows how the practitioners use the concept of “cause and consequence” (yinguo), along with notions of interconnectedness, to prescribe moral alternatives to what they see as a parochial model of moral obligation centered around relationships (guanxi) that is dominant in China today. Through yinguo, the practitioners advocate what they see as a more inclusive morality that stresses one’s responsibility to all living beings.

Keywords:   Buddhism, China, morality, karma, guanxi

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