The Gods come home : China's traditional faiths persevere

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  • After decades of Communist oppression and neglect, Buddhist temples are now thriving across China. But are Buddhism and Taoism even relevant in a country that has thoroughly embraced materialism? How does government bureaucracy affect those religions? And can far older spiritual traditions survive in such a rapidly evolving society? This program addresses those questions as it visits monasteries and temples in Shanghai and in rural, economically disadvantaged areas. Following the daily practices of a frugal and soft-spoken monk, the film also features wealthy, high-profile Buddhist officials and interviews China's Minister of Religious Affairs, who encourages Buddhism but frowns on folk religions.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Feb. 22, 2009.
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  • Religious Revival in China (5:36) -- China: Is Religion Unstoppable? (4:04) -- Traditional Buddhism and Temples (3:49) -- Buddhism and China's New Wealthy Class (4:45) -- Non-Government Supported Churches (3:56) -- China's Folk Religions (5:26) -- Buddhism: Pro-Business Faith (3:01) -- State-Sponsored Buddhism (3:42) -- Crisis of Belief in China (0:58) -- Dalai Lama on Religion in China (3:35) -- Chinese Government Intolerant of Outside Influences (3:22) -- China's Five Religions (3:32) -- Buddhism Ingrained in China's People (4:17)
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