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Finding God in China

Chinese people are looking for a respite from modern life

By Yuan Ren   December 2015


I recently had dinner with a primary school friend I had not seen for almost a decade, and was surprised to learn that she had become a practicing Buddhist. As a mother of a seven-year-old, I was even more surprised to hear that she spends her Saturdays with a group of Buddhist friends, studying and talking about philosophy.

What made her interested in Buddhism? I asked.

“I needed meaning in my life,” she said, “I felt like the walking dead before that—I would go to work each day and then go home.…

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