Buddhism in the People’s Republic

The Mahayana Tradition in Contemporary China

A warm welcome to Buddhism in the People’s Republic, a special project by Buddhistdoor Global that turns an illuminating spotlight on the many faces, practices, and schools of Mahayana Buddhism in contemporary China.

This ambitious undertaking is a unique, year-long initiative that takes an in-depth look at one of the great living civilizational loci of the Buddhist tradition. We aim to introduce, examine, and discuss the ways in which this ancient spiritual tradition is expressed and practiced in modern-day China, and to consider its implications for the future of one of the most rapidly evolving societies in the world.

Buddhism was first introduced to Han dynasty China by traveling monks and scholars from India during the first century, and for the past two millennia it has been a key factor defining Chinese society, thought, and culture—its far-reaching influence helping to shape and inform virtually every aspect of life, from art, literature, philosophy, politics, and social mores to medicine, science, and material culture.

Since the 1980s, following the easing of state restrictions on religious practices, Buddhism has experienced a vibrant revival throughout the Chinese cultural sphere. That awakening has gathered momentum to the present day, and continues to play an important role in transforming the rich internal landscape of Chinese society.

Through this new project, Buddhistdoor Global’s editorial team and expert contributors aim to provide a concise, insightful, and informative overview of the history of contemporary Chinese Buddhism, and the modern practices and influences that are shaping the changing face of modern China.

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