Monastic education is one of the most important projects in the modernization of Chinese Buddhism. This talk begins by exploring several paradigm shifts associated with Buddhist educational modernization that began in the 1920s, a period of fervent growth and significant changes. I argue that the reimagining of a national Buddhist community and reinterpretation of orthodoxy produced a distinctly Buddhist citizenship discourse, which became the basis for Buddhist engagement with the nation-state in terms of property rights, political participation, and wartime activism. These changes proved to be essential in inspiring and shaping the discourse and conceptualization of education within the tradition. The second part of the talk offers some observations and reflections on the current state of Buddhist education in mainland China and Taiwan.
Public Lecture: Rongdao Lai on Student-Monks and the Rise of Social Engagement in Modern Chinese Buddhism
UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program presents a lecture by the Venerable Rongdao Lai. “Becoming Citizens: Student-Monks and the Rise of Social Engagement in Modern Chinese Buddhism” Date: Wednesday, 9 April 2014 Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM Place: Room 120, [...]