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Book: Chinese Buddhism Today

Chapter: Fo Guang Shan's Activities: Edification through Spectacle and Entertainment

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43519


The authors describe various undertakings, such as the construction of the massive Buddha Memorial Center (completed in 2011) and the transportation of the Buddha's tooth relic into Taiwan in 1998. All designed to convince devotees that the Pure Land is already here, constantly evoked in art, music, rituals, and the never-failing benignity of the Master.

Chapter Contributors

  • Yu-Shuang Yao ( - ysyao) 'Fo Guang University, Taiwan'
  • Richard Gombrich ( - richardgombrich) 'University of Oxford / Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies'