Whether we are considering the extravagant, yet sensitive and perceptive FGS of Hsing Yun or the more sober but impressively productive Tzu Chi of Cheng Yen, suffice it to say that the authors present us with a wide-ranging, informed and sensitive picture of Humanistic Buddhism.
From the Foreword by Eileen Barker, Professor Emeritus of Sociology with Special Reference to the Study of Religion, London School of Economics

Chinese Buddhism Today provides a succinct, yet thorough introduction to the history of Fo Guang Shan. The reader comes away with a real sense of Hsing Yun’s optimism and the energy he injected into the organization ever since he established it in 1967. Two audiences in particular will find this monograph useful. First, those with an interest in contemporary society in Taiwan, but who have limited background in Buddhism, will not only become familiar with one of the preeminent religious organizations on the island, but will also learn much about such fundamental Buddhist doctrines as the four Noble Truths (16-18) and karma (38-42), as well as the central assumptions of Pure Land Buddhism (21-25). Alternatively, those familiar with Buddhism, but who do not focus on the religion’s development in contemporary Chinese society, will gain clear insight into how a very charismatic individual has shaped the tradition through founding both a worldwide network of monasteries and an accompanying lay society, Buddha’s Light International Association.
Reading Religion

The book represents an addition to the growing body of research on modern and contemporary Chinese Buddhism, combining historical and sociological perspectives.
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