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Title: Becoming Bodhisattvas: practices and the popular discourse of Kuan-yin in Kuala Lumpur
Keywords: moral self-making, cultivation practices, civility, possible history, charisma, Kuan-yin
Issue Date: 4-Jul-2012
Citation: CHIA CHEE KAIN, ARTHUR (2012-07-04). Becoming Bodhisattvas: practices and the popular discourse of Kuan-yin in Kuala Lumpur. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis offers a glimpse into the spiritual life of ordinary Kuan-yin devotees by examining the production of virtues and moral habits among a group of Chinese middle-class followers who belong to a Kuan-yin venerating association in the suburbs of Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur. The attainment of a particular set of personal ethical skills, outlook and disposition aside from the preservation of good health, prosperity etc. is an aspiration that they strive towards. Like the pursuit of longevity, wealth and fortune, this aspiration is perceived to be elusive yet attainable. The thesis attempts to establish an understanding of how this spiritual aspiration is manifested, reproduced and embodied. Using ethnographic and historical methods, I explore the inner world of deep spiritual and/or religious conviction mainly along the notion of ?practice? in a production of human qualities and virtues that focuses on the ways people construct and experience spiritual ideologies and values.
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