Democracy's Dharma: Religious Renaissance and Political Development in Taiwan / Edition 1

Democracy's Dharma: Religious Renaissance and Political Development in Taiwan / Edition 1

by Richard Madsen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520252284

ISBN-13: 9780520252288

Pub. Date: 11/13/2007

Publisher: University of California Press


This book explores the remarkable religious renaissance that has reformed, revitalized, and renewed the practices of Buddhism and Daoism in Taiwan. Democracy's Dharma connects these noteworthy developments to Taiwan's transition to democracy and the burgeoning needs of its new middle classes. Richard Madsen offers fresh thinking on Asian religions and shows

Overview


This book explores the remarkable religious renaissance that has reformed, revitalized, and renewed the practices of Buddhism and Daoism in Taiwan. Democracy's Dharma connects these noteworthy developments to Taiwan's transition to democracy and the burgeoning needs of its new middle classes. Richard Madsen offers fresh thinking on Asian religions and shows that the public religious revival was not only encouraged by the early phases of the democratic transition but has helped to make that transition successful and sustainable. Madsen makes his argument through vivid case studies of four groups—Tzu Chi (the Buddhist Compassion Relief Association), Buddha's Light Mountain, Dharma Drum Mountain, and the Enacting Heaven Temple—and his analysis demonstrates that the Taiwan religious renaissance embraces a democratic modernity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520252288
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/13/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
218
Sales rank:
914,252
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
A Note on Romanization
Preface

1. The Taiwanese Religious Context
2. Tzu Chi: The Modernization of Buddhist Compassion
3. Buddha’s Light Mountain: The Buddhist Contribution to Democratic Civil Religion
4. Dharma Drum Mountain: Transcendent Meaning in a Broken World
5. The Enacting Heaven Temple: Hybrid Modernity
Conclusions

Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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