9. The Chen Jianmin (1906-1987) Legacy: an “Always on the Move” Buddhist Practice

Translocal Lives and Religion - Connections between Asia and Europe in the Late Modern World - Philippe Bornet

Fabienne Jagou [+-]
Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient
Fabienne Jagou (Ph.D Paris, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) is associate professor at the École française d’Extrême-Orient. She teaches at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon and at the Lyon Political Science Institute. She is the author of Le 9e Panchen Lama (1883-1937): Enjeu des relations sino-tibétaines (EFEO, 2004), published in English under the title The Ninth Panchen Lama (1883-1937): A Life at the Crossroads of Sino-Tibetan Relations (Silkworm/EFEO, 2011) and the editor of “Conception et circulation des textes tibétains”, Cahiers d’Extrême-Asie (15, 2005). Her forthcoming edited book is entitled: Transnational, Hybrid, and Reimagined Tibetan Buddhism in Taiwan and China.

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According to his website, Chen Jianmin followed thirty-seven masters before establishing his own school, called “Adi Buddha Mandala”. Chen Jianmin’s Buddhist life impressed a large range of people, from his co-disciples in the 1930s and 1940s to his today’s Taiwanese and American disciples. He first lived among Tibetans in Khams province before spending 25 years in Darjeeling meditating and producing hundreds of Buddhist booklets. He created new Buddhist symbols mixing Tibetan and Chinese traditions, and finally died in the United States. His remains are kept in Taiwan. The aim of this chapter is to follow the life of Chen Jianmin and to analyse the way his created Buddhist legacy is practiced and understood among his followers, Taiwanese people mainly, who founded yet another Buddhist identity revealing a mechanism of religion that is “always on the move”.

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Jagou, Fabienne . 9. The Chen Jianmin (1906-1987) Legacy: an “Always on the Move” Buddhist Practice. Translocal Lives and Religion - Connections between Asia and Europe in the Late Modern World. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Oct 2018. ISBN 9781781795835. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=31747. Date accessed: 23 Sep 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.31747. Oct 2018

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