The Enacting Heaven Temple: Hybrid Modernity

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 Enacting Heaven Temple: Hybrid Modernity

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This chapter discusses the Enacting Heaven Temple, or the Hsing Tien Kung, which is known as a good place for shoujing, describes the ritual of shoujing, and identifies the signs of modernization and traditional Daoist teaching within the temple. It also discusses the founding of the Enacting Heaven Temple and Hsuan Kung's Confucianism and his organizational innovations, the latter leading to the foundation for a professionally organized outreach to the society in Taiwan. The chapter furthermore describes the Enacting Heaven Temple as a hybrid organization, one which uses Confucian principles that are embodied in the mythical virtues of Lord Guan and make up fundamentally different ethics and ways of life.

Keywords: Enacting Heaven Temple; Hsuan Kung; shoujing; modernization; traditional Daoist teaching; Confucianism; organizational innovations; hybrid organization; Lord Guan; Confucian principles

Chapter.  10128 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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