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Lina Verchery F'15

Lina Verchery

Harvard University
last updated: 09/25/17

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies 2015
Doctoral Candidate
Harvard University
The Fajie Fojiao Zonghui: Rethinking Monasticism, Moral Selfhood, and Modernity

This dissertation explores modern Chinese Buddhist monasticism and the cultivation of moral personhood through the first ethnographic study of Master Xuan Hua's (1918-1995) transnational Buddhist monastic organization, the Fajie Fojiao Zonghui (Dharma Realm Buddhist Association, DRBA). Using the DRBA as a case study, this study situates the phenomenon of religious conservativism within a larger program of self-cultivation that promotes a particular vision of moral personhood. I show that this vision is inextricably modern, and has much to contribute to current discussions of personhood, agency, and ethics in the broader field of Buddhist Studies.