The lecture will explore the basic models of Chinese conceptions and responses to religions diversity, from the prevalent embrace of religious pluralism to the occasionally violent outbursts of intolerance and fanaticism. In the first part of the lecture the main focus will be on the manner in which educated Chinese during the premodern period engaged with the three main religious traditions — Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism. The second half of the lecture will focus on the contemporary religious landscape, highlighting both long-established patterns of religious expression and new trends that illustrate the evolving construction of diverse religious identities among sizable segments of the Chinese population.
Mario Poceski is an associate professor of Buddhist studies and Chinese religions at the Religion Department, University of Florida. His numerous publications include The Records of Mazu and the Making of Classical Chan Literature (Oxford 2015), The Wiley Blackwell Companion to East and Inner Asian Buddhism (Blackwell 2014, ed.), Introducing Chinese Religions (Routledge 2009), and Ordinary Mind as the Way: The Hongzhou School and the Growth of Chan Buddhism (Oxford 2007).