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Subject/Keyword
Fo Guang Shan, Humanistic Buddhism, Material religion, Mediation
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Li, Bo
Supervisor and department
DeBernardi, Jean (Anthropology)
Examining committee member and department
Kent, Stephen (Sociology)
Quinter, David (East Asian Studies)
Palmer, Andie (Anthropology)
Department
Department of Anthropology
Specialization

Date accepted
2014-09-24T16:19:58Z
Graduation date
2014-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This study explores the little-examined dimensions of a highly influential Buddhist organization, Fo Guang Shan (佛光山), which was founded in Taiwan and established more than 200 branches on all five continents. Through ethnographic research focusing on Buddhist materiality – its aesthetic framing through material forms and modern techniques – the study argues that Buddhism as a practice of mediation is “sacred in between” (Barrie 2005). In particular, an examination of its construction of urban monastic space, aesthetic foodways, re-contextualization of musical practice and creative ritual performance, enables a tangible understanding of Humanistic Buddhist thought. As an extension of Chinese Buddhism, Fo Guang Shan’s Humanistic Buddhism should not be understood as a process of secularization. By examining the concrete forms of Fo Guang Shan’s cultural products and its various re-interpretations of traditions, we will see an active transformation initiated within the Buddhist community in response to the influences of modernity and globalization in our contemporary world.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3DF6K93V
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