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Democracy's Dharma: Religious Renaissance and Political Development in Taiwan

Richard Madsen


This book explores the remarkable religious renaissance that has reformed, revitalized, and renewed the practices of Buddhism and Daoism in Taiwan. The author connects these noteworthy developments to Taiwan's transition to democracy and the burgeoning needs of its new middle classes. He offers fresh thinking on Asian religions and shows that the public religious revival was not only encouraged by the early phases of the democratic transition but has helped to make that transition successful and sustainable. The author makes his argument through vivid case studies of four groups—Tzu Chi (the B ... More

Keywords: religious renaissance, Buddhism, Daoism, Taiwan, democracy, Tzu Chi, Buddhist Compassion Relief, Buddha's Light Mountain, Dharma Drum Mountain, Enacting Heaven Temple

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780520252271
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520252271.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Madsen, author