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Fo Guang Shan Buddhism and Ethical Conversations across Borders: "Sowing Seeds of Affinity"

Mair, Jonathan (2014) Fo Guang Shan Buddhism and Ethical Conversations across Borders: "Sowing Seeds of Affinity". COLLeGIUM: Studies across Disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 15 . pp. 66-89. ISSN 1796-2986. (KAR id:57898)


On the basis of a study of an international Buddhist movement, this article de nes “ethical conversations across borders” – acts of ethical deliberation, evaluation or argument that take place in cognisance of multiple ethical regimes – and proposes the conditions under which they can take place. Fo Guang Shan, described in the rst part of the article, is a Buddhist movement that originated in Taiwan, but which now has branches around the world. It seeks to promote the cultivation of virtue among its members and among other people with which it has contact. The teachings of Master Hsing Yun, the movement’s founder, advocate two methods through which this project can be realised, “sowing seeds of af nity” and “convenience”. The second part of the article generalises observations made in relation to Fo Guang Shan and draws the conclusion that all “ethical conversations across borders” require two things, namely, the identi cation of similarities or “af nities”, and an account of difference that stipulates the units between which the conversation is to be carried on.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: ethics, pluralism, Chinese Buddhism, Fo Guang Shan
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BQ Buddhism
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Jonathan Mair
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2017 20:45 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 10:42 UTC
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