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Dharma Drum Mountain: Transcendent Meaning in a Broken World

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252271.003.0004
Dharma Drum Mountain: Transcendent Meaning in a Broken World

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This chapter focuses on Dharma Drum Mountain, which has a narrower popular appeal than the previous two religious organizations but helps push the political culture of Taiwan toward a global vision of universal significance. Dharma Drum Mountain does not have a lot of material resources when compared to Tzu Chi and Buddha's Light Mountain, but it does have a lot of cultural capital, and it thus attracts a number of creative artists, knowledge workers, teachers, and scholars. The chapter relates the founding of the Dharma Drum Mountain by Master Sheng Yen, explains the religious vision of the organization, and also talks about the experiences of being a part of the Dharma Drum Mountain.

Keywords: Dharma Drum Mountain; political culture; cultural capital; religious vision

Chapter.  7726 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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