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By Bill Porter

In 1989, invoice Porter, having spent a lot of his lifestyles learning and translating chinese language non secular and philosophical texts, started to ponder whether the Buddhist hermit culture nonetheless existed in China. on the time, it was once believed that the Cultural Revolution had dealt a deadly blow to all religions in China, destroying numerous temples and shrines, and forcibly returning millions of priests and nuns to a lay life.

But while Porter travels to the Chungnan mountains — the historic safe haven of old hermits — he discovers that the hermit culture is particularly a lot alive, as dozens of priests and nuns proceed to steer solitary lives in quiet contemplation in their religion deep within the mountains.

Part travelogue, half heritage, half sociology, and half bible study, this checklist of striking trips to an unknown China sheds mild on a phenomenon remarkable within the West. Porter’s discovery is greater than a revelation, and uncovers the glimmer of wish for the way forward for faith in China.

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