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Whether one studies the White Lotus Religion of late imperial times, the Way of Unity (Yiguan Dao) in modern China and Taiwan, or the Falun Gong movement in the twenty-firstcentury's People's Republic of China, the emphasis is on individual spiritual cultivation and, when relevant, the fate of the individual after death. This is because parents are thought to know best since they have had more experience of life. The Talmud says that "if a person has the opportunity to taste a new fruit and refuses to do so, he will have to account for that in the next world".

Pages: 192

Publisher: Wisdom Publications; Revised ed. edition (December 9, 1984)

ISBN: 0861711548

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