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Chinese Buddhism Reincarnated

by Staff


Tags: Buddhism, Chinese, Chinese Buddhism, Buddha, Yuppies, Wealth,

Monks with CamcorderMembers of China’s growing middle class are turning to Buddhism in droves, Dexter Roberts reports in BusinessWeek. Buddhism has deep roots in China, after arriving from India in the first century. Since the Communist party took power, they've fought to suppress the contemplative religion. Those efforts seem to have failed, considering Buddhism's comeback in recent years, fueled by a faddish yuppie following. Now that the Chinese are finding themselves suddenly wealthy, they face a paradox of money well-known to American suburban Smashing Pumpkins fans: being rich doesn’t make you happy. Many hope that studying Buddhism will.

Brendan Mackie

Photo by Michael Mooney, licensed under Creative Commons.

c.scott raygor
2/4/2008 1:12:03 PM

As a Tibetan monk predicted long ago the Dharma has come to the land of the red-faced people.I dove into Buddhism in 06 just by chance by reading Awaken the Buddha within by Lama Surya Das an American Buddhist.I think advanced as we are technologically we can stand to evolve our inner selves. Buddhism is way more than praying to a fat guy which I use to think it was.Go look..