The Taiwanese Religious Context

Richard Madsen

in Democracy's Dharma

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780520252271
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941038 | DOI:
The Taiwanese Religious Context

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This chapter examines the religious renaissance of Buddhism and Daoism in Taiwan. It shows that the Daoist and Buddhist beliefs which provide the formal identity of the Buddhist organizations are fully intertwined with Confucian moral ideals. The chapter then explains the research process used to study the four religious organizations that are widely considered as relevant and influential examples of popular middle-class religious engagements. The organizations each have different segments, correspond to different fractions of Taiwan's middle class, and three of them are Buddhist. The chapter also takes a look at the practices and values that Taiwan has derived from western countries.

Keywords: religious renaissance; Daoism; Buddhism; formal identity; Buddhist organizations; Confucian moral ideals; religious engagements; middle class; Western values

Chapter.  5774 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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