26 July 2010

Beijing Finds Common Cause With Chinese Buddhists (NPR)

From NPR's All Things Considered: Beijing Finds Common Cause With Chinese Buddhists (22 July 2010)


Academics such as Laliberte believe Beijing is also supporting Buddhism for another reason: to counterbalance the explosion of Christianity in China."I have reason to believe the Chinese government might be encouraging Buddhist institutions, simply because they're worried about the rapid spread of Christianity and Protestantism in particular," he says. The government can't prevent demand for spiritual succor, Laliberte says, but adds: "They can try to channel it and Buddhism is a good candidate. The infrastructure is there and Buddhist monks are willing to accept that role."China's communist leaders are mobilizing all resources — including Buddhists — to build a "harmonious society," their latest watchword. ...