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Buddhadharma : Summer 2008
buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly summer 20 0 8 68 For information about admission to study at IBS and the IBS-Ryukoku exchange program Contact the IBS Registrar STUDY BUDDHISM IN KYOTO The Institute of Buddhist Studies & Ryukoku University Student Exchange Program Each year two students from IBS are able to study Buddhism at Ryukoku University in Kyoto, Japan. Program is open to degree program students only. www.shin-ibs.edu ® Institute of Buddhist Studies 2140 Durant Street Berkeley, California 94074 USA firstname.lastname@example.org 510-809-1444 Our Daily (Rain or Shine) We bcast Zazen is meant for those who cannot easily commute to a sitting—perhaps due to health concerns, living in remote areas, taking care of kids and work—or anyone who might benefit. Now, by ‘tuning in’ to our 30 minute ‘Daily Zazen’ broadcast, all can join a Soto Zen ‘just sitting’ and Sangha. treeleafzen.blogspot.com Jundo Cohen, teacher in Buddha’s Light Mountain, Tzu Chi, and Dharma Drum Mountain—offers a unique and timely model of progres- sive religion in a world increasingly marked by religious strife, or religious irrelevance. All the elements of democratic civil society—respect for the individual; the individual’s obligation to serve others; and the values of social justice, toler- ance for diversity, rational inquiry, and nonviolent dispute resolution—are supported by these powerful Buddhist organizations, both in their internal governance and in their relations with society and the state. Yet these elements are not the legacy of centuries of West- ern colonialism and Christian missions in Asia, as some might assume, but rather the evolution of core Buddhist values, intertwined over the centuries with Confucian civil society and Daoist naturalism, and sharpened and trans- formed during the twentieth century by the great Chinese Buddhist reformers, Taixu and Yinshun. The spiritual heirs of this evolution, as Madsen shows, are the monastic founders of the three Taiwanese sects: Master Hsing Yun of Buddha’s Light Mountain; Ven. Cheng Yen of the Tzu Chi Foundation; and Master Sheng Yen of Dharma Drum Mountain. He contrasts the progres- sive values of these groups with the “hybrid modernity” of the Hsing Tien Kung, or Enacting Heaven Temple, with its Daoist ritualism, “bourgeois Confucianism,” and cult worship of the merchant-warrior deity, Lord Guan. In the preface, the author charts the deep fault lines separating the Republic of Taiwan from the People’s Republic of China, in which a “vigorous but fragile democracy” emerges from a period of authoritarianism, corruption, and ineptitude, and the indigenous Taiwanese people come to terms with the Mainlanders who immigrated after China’s civil war in 1949. In the end, Humanistic Buddhism offers Taiwan’s 23 million citizens the creative means to integrate the agrarian values of the past