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Explores the milieu of Taiwan’s Buddhist nuns, who have the greatest numbers in the Buddhist world and a prominent place in their own country. Taiwan’s Buddhist nuns are as unique as they are noteworthy. Boasting the greatest number of Buddhist nuns of any country, Taiwan has a much greater number of nuns than monks. These women are well known and well regarded as dharma teachers and for the social service work that has made them a central part of Taiwan’s civil society. In this, the first English-language book on Taiwanese women and Buddhism, author Elise Ann DeVido introduces readers to Taiwan’s Buddhist nuns, but also looks at the larger question of how Taiwan’s Buddhism shapes and is shaped by women--mainly nuns but also laywomen, who like their clerical sisters flourish in that country. Providing an historical overview of Buddhist women in China and Taiwan, DeVido discusses various reasons for the vibrancy of Taiwan’s nuns’ orders. She introduces us to the nuns of the best-known of order, the Buddhist Compassion-Relief Foundation (Ciji) as well as those of the Luminary Buddhist Institute. Discussing “Buddhism for the Human Realm,” DeVido asks whether this popular philosophy has encouraged and supported the singular strength of Taiwan’s Buddhism women.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Maps and Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Credits and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Note on Romanizations and Names
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. Chapter 1: The Infinite Worlds of Taiwan’s Buddhist Nuns
  2. pp. 7-28
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  1. Chapter 2: An Audience with Master Zhengyan
  2. pp. 29-47
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  1. Chapter 3: “Project Hope”: The Ciji Compassion-Relief Foundation’s Post-'9.21 Earthquake’ School Reconstruction Plan in Taiwan
  2. pp. 49-61
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  1. Chapter 4: The Women of Ciji: Nuns, Laypeople, and the Bodhisattva Guanyin
  2. pp. 63-78
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  1. Chapter 5: Jueshu renhua—“Cultivating Buddhist Leaders, Awakening Humanity’s Essence through Education”: The Nuns of Luminary Buddhist Institute
  2. pp. 79-92
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  1. Chapter 6: “Buddhism for the Human Realm” and Women
  2. pp. 93-110
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  1. Conclusion: Buddhism, Women, and Civil Society in Taiwan
  2. pp. 111-118
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 119-157
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  1. Glossary of Selected Chinese Characters
  2. pp. 159-162
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 163-179
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781438431499
Related ISBN
9781438431475
MARC Record
OCLC
657219907
Pages
206
Launched on MUSE
2011-07-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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