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Religions 2018, 9(11), 338; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9110338

Sacred Secularities: Ritual and Social Engagement in a Global Buddhist China

East Asian Institute, Leipzig University, Augustusplatz 10, 04109 Leipzig, Germany
Received: 13 September 2018 / Revised: 25 October 2018 / Accepted: 31 October 2018 / Published: 31 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religiosity, Secularity and Pluralism in the Global East)
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The Taiwanese order Fo Guang Shan is a major representative of renjian Buddhism. The order maintains a global network of over 200 temples and practice centers that spans over not only most of the Asian continent, but also includes Oceania, the Americas, Europe and Africa. This article examines how the order negotiates the modern secular/religious divide by considering the example of its flagship diaspora temple Hsi Lai Temple in L.A., California. Particular attention is given to two prevalent religious practices at the temple—ritual and social engagements—that are often associated with the ‘religious’ and the ‘secular’ respectively. Based on multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork, the article aims to assess the relationship between the two practices and discusses how they resonate with a new generation of highly educated, affluent Chinese migrants. View Full-Text
Keywords: religiosity; secularity; Global East; Taiwan; China; Fo Guang Shan; diaspora temple religiosity; secularity; Global East; Taiwan; China; Fo Guang Shan; diaspora temple
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