The Politics of Buddhist Organizations in Taiwan, 1989-2003
Safeguard the Faith, Build a Pure Land, Help the Poor
By (author) Andre Laliberte
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Politics of Buddhist Organizations in Taiwan, 1989-2003 by Andre Laliberte
Book DescriptionLaliberte looks at a relatively unexplored aspect of modern Taiwan: the influence of religion on politics. This book offers a detailed survey of three of the most important Buddhist organizations in Taiwan: the Buddhist Association of the Republic of China (BAROC), the Buddha Light Mountain (or Foguanshan) monastic order, and the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Association (or Ciji). It examines their contrasting approaches to three issues: state supervision of religion, the first presidential election of 1996, and the establishment of the National Health Insurance. This study analyzes the factors that explain the diverse paths the three organizations have taken in the politics of Taiwan. Based on an in-depth examination of Buddhist leaders' behaviour, The Politics of Buddhist Organizations in Taiwan compels us to question conventional views about the allegedly passive aspect of religious tradition, deference to authority in societies influenced by Confucian culture and the adverse legacy of authoritarian regimes.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415322355
(234mm x 156mm x 15mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Andre Laliberte
Andre Laliberte is currently Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, Universite of Quebec at Montreal.
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