Charisma and Compassion : Cheng Yen and the Buddhist Tzu Chi Movement
Unlike the other works on this list, this is not a general, introductory work. It is instead, one example of a growing body of ethnography on contemporary Buddhism in Asia, namely a dynamic Buddhist organization known as Tzu-Chi (Compassion Relief) and its founder, the Taiwanese Buddhist nun Cheng-yen.
- examines the movement of the Buddhist organization, Tzu-Chi, in Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan, and the United States
- discusses Tzu-Chi's relationship with NGOs and humanitarian organizations
- explores the nature of Tzu-Chi's Buddhist transnationalism, which is global in scope and local in practice
- explains how Tzu-Chi's identity is intimately tied to its founder and leader, Cheng-yen
Huang, Julia C. Charisma and Compassion : Cheng Yen and the Buddhist Tzu Chi Movement (Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2009).