Author Affiliations: Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Perugia University
Puhua si; Chinese Buddhism in Italy; Union of Italian Buddhists (UBI); Longquan si; Globalization of Chinese Buddhism
This paper examines, on a religious and institutional basis, the evolution of the Puhua si 普華寺, a Chinese Buddhist temple in Prato (Tuscany, Italy), taking into account local aspects as well as its relationship with China. It presents the history of the temple, its ritual practices and doctrinal traditions. In addressing the questions of its changing religious identities and institutional affiliations, the paper shows that both local and global factors are involved, namely, Puhua si’s own board, the Union of Italian Buddhists, as well as Longquan si and the Buddhist Association of China.
1. Chinese Buddhism in Italy: An Overview 174 2. History of the Puhua si: Shaping a Worship Site in a Migration Context 178 3. Evolution of Worship and Rituals: Towards ‘Normalized’ Models of Practice 189 Final Remarks 197