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By Bill Porter

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

But whilst Porter travels to the Chungnan mountains — the ancient safe haven of historic 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 historical past, half sociology, and half biblical studies, this list of impressive trips to an unknown China sheds gentle on a phenomenon unprecedented 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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