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Dr. SHEN Yang, Postdoctoral Researcher Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen

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The Power of Wish-Vows: Ethics and Ritual Transformation in Buddhist Temples in Contemporary China

Yuan or wish-vow actions are one of the most noteworthy practices in Chinese Buddhist temples, which accommodate a broad general population. Wish-vows imply both wish-making and vow-giving. The ritual act allows ordinary people to articulate and embody their optative selves and to co-create a multitude of relational realities through free commitment actions. Chinese Buddhist liturgies repurpose yuan performances by obligating their ritual performers to personally take the position of a bodhisattva, while not invalidating the wish-making modality of yuan actions.

The talk illustrates shows how the human pursuit of ritual effects and ethical self-transformation are not so much contradictory as complementary processes in the context of Chinese religions.

  • Mo, 17 Mai 18.00 - 20.00
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