Buddhism Thrives As China Relaxes Religious Policy

From AFP:

Temples thrive, monks travel far and wide in search of enlightenment, the faithful fill the halls of worship — after decades of atheist policies, Buddhism is making a huge comeback in China.

Nowhere is this revival more apparent than at Wutaishan, the most important of China’s four holy mountains and home to a sprawling complex of temples, 300 kilometres (180 miles) southwest of Beijing.

“I have come to study at Wutaishan because Zen Buddhism, Han Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, all the different schools from different places, are represented here and mixed together,” itinerant monk Master Shi told AFP.

July 7, 2009 1:30 AM
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