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Charisma and Compassion: Cheng Yen and the Buddhist Tzu Chi Movement

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The Venerable Cheng-yen is an unassuming Taiwanese Buddhist nun who leads a worldwide social welfare movement with five million devotees in over thirty countries with its largest branch in the United States. Tzu-Chi (Compassion Relief) began as a tiny, grassroots women's charitable group; today in Taiwan it runs three state-of-the-art hospitals, a television channel, and a ...more
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Harvard University Press
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Yang
Feb 16, 2016 Yang rated it really liked it
i pretty much like this book, especially the chapter on the emotional structure of this charismatic movement writ-large (the choice of juxaposing crying and sign-language shows is quite smart!) and the one on its changing positioning in the public realm in taiwan as taiwan's socio-political situations had also been changing.

The interesting thing is that I had picked up this book several times and always failed to continued reading it a year ago. Only after I have some immersion field-work exper
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