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Passing the Light: The Incense Light Community and Buddhist Nuns in Contemporary Taiwan

Chün-fang Yü

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836580
eISBN:
9780824871086
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836580.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The term “revival” has been used to describe the resurgent vitality of Buddhism in Taiwan. Particularly impressive is the quality and size of the nun's order: Taiwanese nuns today are highly educated ... More


Scenting Salvation: Ancient Christianity and the Olfactory Imagination

Susan Ashbrook Harvey

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520241473
eISBN:
9780520931015
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520241473.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This book explores the role of bodily, sensory experience in early Christianity (first–seventh centuries c.e.) by focusing on the importance of smell in ancient Mediterranean culture. Following its ... More


Ning Hao’s Incense: A Curious Tale of Earthly Buddhism

Xiaoping Lin

in Chinese Ecocinema: In the Age of Environmental Challenge

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789622090866
eISBN:
9789882206724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789622090866.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter analyzes Ning Hao's film Incense, a heavy yet humorous film about the adventures of an impoverished Buddhist monk who tries to preserve his temple and etch out a living for himself in a ... More


The Beginning of the Incense Light Community

Chün-Fang Yü

in Passing the Light: The Incense Light Community and Buddhist Nuns in Contemporary Taiwan

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836580
eISBN:
9780824871086
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836580.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter discusses the history of the Incense Light community and its headquarters, the Incense Light Temple (Xiangguang Si). Located in the village of Neipu in Zhuji County, Chiayi District, in ... More


Wuyin, the Guiding Light of the Community

Chün-Fang Yü

in Passing the Light: The Incense Light Community and Buddhist Nuns in Contemporary Taiwan

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836580
eISBN:
9780824871086
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836580.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter focuses on the establishment of the Incense Light community under Wuyin. Incense Light Temple was originally a local temple with no Buddhist history. In colonial Taiwan, nuns were ... More


Sandalwood and Carrion: Smell in Indian Religion and Culture

James McHugh

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199916306
eISBN:
9780199980260
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916306.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This book explores the topic of smell in pre-modern Indian religion and culture. The book provides a comprehensive study of all aspects of smell, covering a period from the turn of the Common Era to ... More


Allies, Enemies, and Yakṣa Mud: Perfumes

James McHugh

in Sandalwood and Carrion: Smell in Indian Religion and Culture

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199916306
eISBN:
9780199980260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916306.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

What were perfumes and incense actually like and what did people do with them? This chapter explores the theory and practice of perfumes. Medieval South Asians did not talk of “top notes” and “base ... More


Localization of Bodies in Space: A Ritual Sampler

Hager El Hadidi

in Zar: Spirit Possession, Music, and Healing Rituals in Egypt

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9789774166976
eISBN:
9781617978135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774166976.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Sociology of Religion

This chapter presents a sampler of zar sacrificial rites and rituals using a realist narration style, of the kind that is employed in fiction, based on transcriptions of actual recordings of real ... More


The Toilette of the Gods

James McHugh

in Sandalwood and Carrion: Smell in Indian Religion and Culture

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199916306
eISBN:
9780199980260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916306.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Building on the wide-ranging study of smell, perfumes, and aromatics in the previous chapters, this chapter examines the question of why people offered these materials to the gods. A passage from the ... More


Venues and Offerings

F. S. Naiden

in Smoke Signals for the Gods: Ancient Greek Sacrifice from the Archaic through Roman Periods

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199916405
eISBN:
9780199980277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916405.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter examines the venues and offerings common in acts of sacrifice. The choice of venue and of time often depend on some previous contact with a god, and serve to communicate with the god, as ... More


Ning Hao’s Incense: A Curious Tale of Earthly Buddhism

Xiaoping Lin

in Children of Marx and Coca-Cola: Chinese Avant-garde Art and Independent Cinema

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833367
eISBN:
9780824870607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833367.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter analyzes Ning Hao’s debut film Incense (2003)—which relates a curious tale about a young Buddhist monk who forsakes his religious faith for economic survival—in terms of Buddhism as a ... More


Introduction Why Study Nuns?

Chün-Fang Yü

in Passing the Light: The Incense Light Community and Buddhist Nuns in Contemporary Taiwan

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836580
eISBN:
9780824871086
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836580.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This book examines the spiritual lives of Buddhist nuns at the Incense Light community in contemporary Taiwan. Taiwanese nuns today are highly educated and greatly outnumber monks, characteristics ... More


College Buddhist Studies Societies

Chün-Fang Yü

in Passing the Light: The Incense Light Community and Buddhist Nuns in Contemporary Taiwan

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836580
eISBN:
9780824871086
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836580.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter examines the role played by Buddhist studies societies found in universities in the growth of the Incense Light community. Buddhist studies societies introduced Buddhist teachings and ... More


Incense Light Buddhist Seminary for Nuns

Chün-Fang Yü

in Passing the Light: The Incense Light Community and Buddhist Nuns in Contemporary Taiwan

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836580
eISBN:
9780824871086
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836580.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter focuses on the entrance exam and curriculum of the Incense Light Buddhist Seminary. In less than two months after Wuyin was installed as the abbess of Incense Light Temple on January 5, ... More


Buddhist Adult Classes

Chün-Fang Yü

in Passing the Light: The Incense Light Community and Buddhist Nuns in Contemporary Taiwan

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836580
eISBN:
9780824871086
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836580.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter examines the content of the textbooks compiled by the nuns at the Incense Light Buddhist Seminary for the three levels of adult classes and the teaching methods they use. It was Wuyin ... More


Profiles of Individual Nuns

Chün-Fang Yü

in Passing the Light: The Incense Light Community and Buddhist Nuns in Contemporary Taiwan

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836580
eISBN:
9780824871086
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836580.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter provides profiles of several Buddhist nuns of the Incense Light community, focusing on their family backgrounds, their motives for joining the sangha, their accomplishments and setbacks, ... More


Conclusion

Chün-Fang Yü

in Passing the Light: The Incense Light Community and Buddhist Nuns in Contemporary Taiwan

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836580
eISBN:
9780824871086
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836580.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This concluding chapter assesses the Incense Light community's present situation and offers projections about its future direction. Incense Light, like Taiwanese Buddhism in general, is undergoing ... More


Towers, Pillows, and Graphs: Variation in Clock Design

Yulia Frumer

in Making Time: Astronomical Time Measurement in Tokugawa Japan

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226516448
eISBN:
9780226524719
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226524719.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Chapter 2 focuses on the evolution of the devices that kept time according to the variable-hour system. Mechanical clocks were first brought to Japan in the sixteenth century, but since they measured ... More


Fragrant Lucre: The Perfume Trade

Jonathan Reinarz

in Past Scents: Historical Perspectives on Smell

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252034947
eISBN:
9780252096020
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252034947.003.0003
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter surveys the wealth of literature that has explored the history of the perfume trade. Not only were some of the first histories of smell histories of perfume, but histories of perfume ... More


Material Metaphors

Margaret S. Graves

in Arts of Allusion: Object, Ornament, and Architecture in Medieval Islam

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780190695910
eISBN:
9780190695941
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190695910.003.0005
Subject:
History, Middle East History

Tracing parallels between material and verbal poetics, this chapter makes particular reference to changing conceptions of metaphor and imagery during the florescence of medieval Arabic literary ... More


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