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Humanistic Buddhism and the Redefinition of “Religious Tourism”: The Buddha Memorial Center as an In

作者:人間佛教研究院 釋知悅


AbstractSince its opening to the public in 2011, the Buddha Memorial Center has modernized the definition of the “religious site” with “worldly practice, transcendental living” as one of its fundamental ideology. While lauded as being one of the top attractions in Taiwan, the Buddha Memorial Center is not without criticism for being a seemingly commercialized tourist hotspot. However, by studying the definition of “religious tourism” advocated by Venerable Master Hsing Yun as compared to other existing definitions, this paper explores how the Buddha Memorial Center exemplifies the religious philosophy of Humanistic Buddhism, how it has challenged preconceived notions of sacred and profane space, as well as how it has contributed to redefining modern-day pilgrimage.


Keywords: Buddha Memorial Center, Humanistic Buddhism, religious tourism, pilgrimage, sacred and profane

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