Buddhist Revitalization and Chinese Religions in Malaysia
Title
Buddhist Revitalization and Chinese Religions in Malaysia
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€ 88,99
ISBN
9789048551835
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eBook PDF (Adobe DRM)
Number of pages
206
Language
English
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15.6 x 23.4 cm
Discipline
Asian Studies
Table of Contents
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List of Tables
Abbreviations
List of Chinese Characters
Orthography
Chapter 1 Introduction
The Origins of Buddhist Revitalization
Methodology
Chapter Overviews
Chapter 2 A Brief History of Buddhist Transnational Connections
Theravada Buddhist Communities in Malaya
Early Mahayana Buddhism in Malaya
Pan-Asian Phenomena of Buddhist Modernism
Summary
Chapter 3 Reforming Chinese Buddhism through the Zheng Xin (Right Faith) Movement
The Discourse of Zheng Xin
Defending Zheng Xin Buddhism in Malaysia
Buddhicizing the Hungry Ghost Festival
The Role of the MBA
The Buddhist Youth Movement and Zheng Xin Buddhism
Summary
Chapter 4 New Transnational Connections with Taiwan
Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Merit Society
Tzu Chi and Malaysian Buddhism
Mass Participation
Fo Guang Shan
Fo Guang Shan and Malaysian Buddhism
Differences between Tzu Chi and Fo Guang Shan
Similarity of the Esthetics of Religious Space and Material
Summary
Chapter 5 Remaking Chinese Buddhists
Chinese Community and Buddhism in Malaysia
The Emergence of Second-Generation Religious Leaders: A Case of Venerable Chi Chern
Cultural Reformation in Chinese Community
The Experience of Fo Guang Shan's Celebration: Chinese New Year Lantern and Floral Festival
Tzu Chi's Chinese New Year Relief
The Declining Role of Chinese Associations
Summary
Chapter 6 Counterforces to Buddhist Revitalization
Dreams about Father
Case 2: A Battle between Chinese Religions and Buddhism at Kampung Baru Jenjarom
Case 3: An Urban Miracle of the Talking Buddha Statues
Multiple Counterforces to Buddhist Revitalization
The Relaxation of Political Correctness in Zheng Xin Buddhism
Summary
Chapter 7 Conclusion
Appendices
Bibliography
Index
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Lee Ooi Tan

Buddhist Revitalization and Chinese Religions in Malaysia

Buddhist Revitalization and Chinese Religions in Malaysia tells the story of how a minority community comes to grips with the challenges of modernity, history, globalization, and cultural assertion in an ever-changing Malaysia. It captures the religious connection, transformation, and tension within a complex traditional belief system in a multi-religious society. In particular, the book revolves around a discussion on the religious revitalization of Chinese Buddhism in modern Malaysia. This Buddhist revitalization movement is intertwined with various forces, such as colonialism, religious transnationalism, and global capitalism. Reformist Buddhists have helped to remake Malaysia’s urban-dwelling Chinese community and have provided an exit option in the Malay and Muslim majority nation state. As Malaysia modernizes, there have been increasing efforts by certain segments of the country’s ethnic Chinese Buddhist population to separate Buddhism from popular Chinese religions. Nevertheless, these reformist groups face counterforces from traditional Chinese religionists within the context of the cultural complexity of the Chinese belief system.
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Lee Ooi Tan

Tan Lee Ooi is Head of the Department of Mass Communication at UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College in Malaysia. He completed his PhD at the National University of Singapore. He published a book with the National University Press of Malaysia on the dynamics of cyberspace during the Reformasi Movement, in the Malay language.