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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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Creating Bonds

Creating Bonds

(p.136) 5 Creating Bonds
From Comrades to Bodhisattvas

Gareth Fisher

University of Hawai'i Press

Chapter 5 examines how Buddhist lay practitioners seek to earn merit and social status among other practitioners through the creation, copying, and distribution of Buddhist-themed media. It describes in detail the types of materials the practitioners create and distribute and the different roles they take in this process. It also shows how the circulation of these materials fosters an imagined community of lay Buddhists in China as a whole and perpetuates discourses on the role of the miraculous in everyday life and the importance of moral reform that run counter to themes of secular progress in the mainstream media.

Keywords:   Buddhism, China, religion and media, morality, imagined communities

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