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   Announcement
[Announcement] Locating and identifying Lepcha manuscripts as a first step towards their preservation posted date:2013-12-23
Time:2013-2014
Location:The British Library

The Endangered Archives Programme at the British Library is pleased to announce the addition of a new catalogue to its web pages. The catalogue gives details of material copied by project EAP281: Locating and identifying Lepcha manuscripts as a first step towards their preservation.

The project carried out a survey on Lepcha manuscripts held in private collections in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Sikkim in India. As part of the project, 40 Lepcha manuscripts were fully digitised and copies were also deposited with the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology in Sikkim.

More information about the project can be found at:
http://eap.bl.uk/database/overview_project.a4d?projID=EAP281

To read the full survey:
http://eap.bl.uk/downloads/eap281_survey.pdf

The digitised manuscripts can be found at:
http://eap.bl.uk/database/results.a4d?projID=EAP281

For more information about the Endangered Archives Programme please visit
http://eap.bl.uk and our blog
http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/endangeredarchives/

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[Announcement] H-ASIA: Member publication: The Birth of Insight: Meditation, Modern Buddhism, and the Burmese Monk Ledi Sayadaw posted date:2013-12-16
Time:2013-2014
Location:The University of Chicago Press

Braun, Erik. The Birth of Insight: Meditation, Modern Buddhism, and the Burmese Monk Ledi Sayadaw. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013. Buddhism and Modernity series. ISBN 978-0226000800.

The Birth of Insight is the first book to examine how insight meditation (vipassanā) came to play such a dominant-and relatively recent-role in Buddhism. In it, I argue that Burmese Buddhists in the colonial period were pioneers in making insight meditation indispensable to modern Buddhism. I focus on the Burmese monk Ledi Sayadaw (1846-1923), a pivotal architect of modern insight meditation, and explore his popularization of the study of Abhidhamma philosophical texts in the early twentieth century. It was by promoting the study of such abstruse texts that Ledi was able to standardize and simplify meditation methods and make them widely accessible--in part to protect Buddhism in Burma after the British takeover in 1885.

In train with this historical argument, I also address the question of what really constitutes the "modern" in colonial and postcolonial forms of Buddhism. Study of Ledi Sayadaw's life and work shows that the emergence of insight meditation was caused by precolonial factors in Burmese culture as well as the disruptive forces of the colonial era.
This view allows a richer sense of what a modern form of religion can be and enables me to trace path-dependent developments in global practice up to the present day in the West.

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[Announcement] Bulletin of the Asia Institute 23 (2013) -- Evo ?uyadi: Essays in Honor of Richard Salomon’s 65th Birthday posted date:2013-12-16
Time:2013-2014
Location:The Bulletin of the Asia Institute

It is a pleasure to announce the publication of a special volume of the Bulletin of the Asia Institute with articles contributed in honor of Richard Salomon.

Several contributions on early Buddhist manuscripts, texts, inscriptions, and art history listed below in the Table of Contents will be of interest to members of this list:

Bulletin of the Asia Institute 23 (2013)
Evo ?uyadi: Essays in Honor of Richard Salomon’s 65th Birthday
Edited by Carol Altman Bromberg, Timothy J. Lenz, and Jason Neelis
Foreword by Timothy Lenz, Jason Neelis, and Andrew Glass
Michael Shapiro, "Richard Salomon: A Personal Tribute"
Mark Allon, "A Gāndhārī Version of the Story of the Merchants Tapussa and Bhallika"
Stefan Baums, "Inscribed Buddhist Tablets from Merv"
Daniel Boucher, "What Do We Mean by 'Early' in the Study of the Early Mahāyāna — and Should We Care?"
Robert L. Brown, “Telling the Story in Art of the Monkey’s Gift of Honey to the Buddha”
Collett Cox, "What’s in a Name? School Affiliation in an Early Buddhist Gāndhārī Manuscript"
Harry Falk, "Making Wine in Gandhara under Buddhist Monastic Supervision"
Andrew Glass, "Bha"
Paul Harrison, "Verses by ?āntideva in the ?ik?āsamuccaya: A New English Translation"
Jens-Uwe Hartmann, "The Foolish Cat and the Clever Mouse: Another Parable from an Unknown Story Collection""
Stephanie Jamison, "An Indo-Iranian Priestly Title Lurking in the Rig Veda? An Indic Equivalent to Avestan karapan"
Seishi Karashima, "On Amitābha, Amitāyu(s), Sukhāvatī and the Amitābhavyūha"
Klaus Karttunen, "Gandhāra and theGreeks"
Timothy Lenz,"Ephemeral Dharma; Magical Hope"
Abdur Rehman, "A Note on the Etymology of Gandhāra"
Juhyung Rhi, "The Garu?a and the Nāgī/Nāga in the Headdresses of Gandhāran Bodhisattvas: Locating Textual Parallels"
Ludo Rocher and Rosanne Rocher,"Indian Epigraphy and the Asiatic Society: The First Fifty Years"
Gregory Schopen, "Regional Languages and the Law in Some Early North Indian Buddhist Monasteries and Convents"
Martin Schwartz, "Sa?rtha - and Other Caravan Words"
Jonathon Silk, "The Nature of the Verses ofthe Kā?yapaparivarta"
Nicholas Sims-Williams, "Some Bactrian Inscriptions on Silver Vessels"
Peter Skilling, "Prakrit Prajñāpāramitās: Northwest, South, and Center: Gleanings from Avalokitavrata and Haribhadra"
Ingo Strauch, "Inscribed Objects from Greater Gandhāra"
Michael Willis, "Avalokite?vara of the Six Syllables: Locating the Practice of the 'Great Vehicle' in the Landscape of Central India"
Jason Neelis, Review of David Jongewaard, Elizabeth Errington, Richard Salomon, and Stefan Baums, Gandharan Buddhist Reliquaries

Related Link:http://www.bulletinasiainstitute.org/

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[Announcement] Resource> Preservation through Digitisation of Rare Photographic Negatives from Mongolia posted date:2013-11-25
Time:2013
Location:The British Library

The Endangered Archives Programme at the British Library is pleased to announce the addition of a new catalogue to our web pages. The catalogue gives details of material copied by the project EAP264: Preservation through digitisation of rare photographic negatives from Mongolia.

This project digitised glass plate negatives, the majority of which contain images taken between 1921 and 1945 and have never been printed. The collection covers a wide range of topics.

The catalogue is available on the Endangered Archives Programme web site
http://eap.bl.uk/database/results.a4d?projID=EAP264

Related Link:http://eap.bl.uk/database/overview_project.a4d?projID=EAP264

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   Admission
[Admission] 2013 FGS Weekend Temple Retreats posted date:2013-05-06
Time:2013/5/10-8/18
Location:Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Kaohsiung (Ven. You De)
Experience Life in a Buddhist Temple
Enjoy a Weekend of Peace, Tranquility, and Self-Discovery
All Activities Conducted in English

Activities: Meditation, Buddhist Chanting, Sutra Calligraphy, Ch’an and Life
Dharma Classes, Q&A Sessions, Vegetarian Cooking, Daily Practices
Temple & Buddha Memorial Center Tour

Dates: May 10th ~12th, June7th ~9th, July 12th~14th, August 16th~18th
(Every 2nd Weekend of the Month)
Retreat begins 7:30pm, Friday, and ends 2:00pm Sunday
Venue: Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Kaohsiung and FGS Buddha Memorial Center

Eligibility: Any English speaker aged 18-40 who is interested in Buddhism and experiencing life inside the temple.

Number of people: 30 people per retreat

Fees: $NT500 per retreat (paid upon registration)
*Successful attendance of 4 retreats (does not have to be consecutive) will be awarded with a full refund of fees.

Application:
1. Closes 7 days before each retreat.
2. Apply online at http://www.fgs.org.tw/events/wkend_retreat
3. Registration notices will be emailed to successful applicants.
4. One or more retreat dates can be chosen upon application

Contact Us: Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Kaohsiung (Ven. You De)
E-mail:fgshbi@gmail.com Tel:07-6561921 Ext. 1374
Event Website: http://www.fgs.org.tw/events/wkend_retreat

Related Link:http://www.fgs.org.tw/events/wkend_retreat

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[Admission] Summer Language Intensives at CBS in Kathmandu posted date:2013-02-18
Time:June 12 – August 9, 2013
Dear List Members,

Kathmandu University - Centre for Buddhist Studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute is now accepting applications for its Tibetan, Sanskrit and Nepalese summer intensive language courses offered in 2013. For the first time this year, the language programs include Beginning Classical Tibetan, in addition to three levels of colloquial Tibetan (beginning, intermediate, and advanced), beginning Sanskrit, and beginning and intermediate Nepalese. An introductory Buddhist Studies intensive, combining study and a meditation practicum, is also offered.

The courses, which are structured as a full immersion into the local languages and cultures, include the opportunity to live with Tibetan and Nepalese families. All classes are held at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling

Monastery, just a few minutes’ walk from the Great Stupa of Boudhanath in the Kathmandu Valley. For more information, visit:

www.cbs.edu.np/summer-courses/

Sincerely,

Joanne Larson

Director of Programs

Kathmandu University

Centre for Buddhist Studies at

Rangjung Yeshe Institute
Related Link:www.cbs.edu.np/summer-courses/

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[Admission] Summer Language Intensives in Tibetan and Sanskrit at Mangalam Research Center, Berkeley posted date:2013-02-18
Time:June 17 – August 2, 2013
This summer Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages will again offer intensive 7-week language programs in both Classical Sanskrit and Classical Tibetan. The programs are designed to provide the equivalent of a first-year university-level language program in each language.

Both courses meet four hours a day, five days a week. Lessons will be reinforced with daily assignments that will insure a working understanding of the concepts and forms discussed in class. The programs are ideal for students at the graduate and advanced undergraduate level, as well as for enthusiasts in South Asian humanities or linguists and classicists interested in learning the basics of either of these influential ancient languages.

Faculty:
The Sanskrit course will be taught by Dr. Ligeia Lugli. Dr.
Lugli received
her Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. She went on to serve as a Research Associate at SOAS and a postdoctoral fellow in the ?āstravid Project at the University of Durham before joining Mangalam Research Center as a postdoctoral fellow.

The Tibetan course will be taught by Dr. Alberto Todeschini, who also taught the intensive program last summer. Dr. Todeschini received his Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Virginia. He has studied and taught Tibetan and a number of other Asian languages at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), Kathmandu University (Nepal), Ryukoku University (Japan), and the University of Virginia, as well as at Mangalam Research Center.

Applications for both these programs are due by May 1, and applicants will be notified by May 15. For further information, see www.mangalamresearch.org or contact inquiries@mangalamresearch.org.

Jack Petranker
Mangalam Research Center
Related Link:http://www.mangalamresearch.org/programs/current-future-programs/summer-language-intensives-2013/

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   Conference
[Conference] Information Management in Religious Organizations posted date:2014-04-14
Time:June 5 & 6, 2014
Location:Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

Kenneth Inskeep, Ph.D.
Director, Research and Evaluation, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and co-author of Chasing Down a Rumor: The Death of Mainline Denominations

The Center for the Study of Information and Religion (CSIR) will host its Fourth Annual International Conference on Information and Religion at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 6.

Conference Presentations

This year's conference features 24 paper presentations and three posters. Scholars from seven countries will deliver papers in tracks for Librarianship, Information Technology and Research. To view paper and poster abstracts and a schedule of presentations, visit http://digitalcommons.kent.edu/acir/2014/.

Registration

Registration rates include conference sessions, plus a continental breakfast each day and lunch on Thursday only. The keynote address will be delivered at lunchtime on Thursday, June 6. Rates are as follows:

Regular registration: Thursday only, $100 ♦ Friday only, $65 ♦ both Thursday and Friday, $135
Student registration: Thursday only, $60 ♦ Friday only, $35 ♦ both Thursday and Friday, $80
Visit https://commerce.cashnet.com/SLIS to register.

Accommodations

On-campus housing
On-campus housing is available for $41 per night in one of the Centennial Court residence halls. (View pictures here, but please note that your room layout may not be exactly as pictured.) Each room includes a single bedroom (twin bed) with a private bathroom. Rooms are carpeted and air-conditioned, and also provide a refrigerator, microwave and free wireless internet access. The rooms do not include a television or phone. Linens are provided, but no housekeeping service is available because of the limited duration of the conference.
The residence halls are a five-minute walk from the conference location (the University Library on the Kent State campus) and a 15-minute walk to downtown Kent restaurants and shops, so a car is not necessary; however, a parking permit will be issued to those who drive to Kent and stay in the designated residence hall.

A limited number of on-campus rooms are available. Register for on-campus housing when you register for the conference. Please also refer to this list of items to bring with you to make your stay more comfortable.

Register for on-campus housing at the same link used for conference registration: https://commerce.cashnet.com/SLIS.

Holiday Inn Express in Kent
The Holiday Inn Express in Kent, located on Rt. 43 just off I-76, is holding a limited number of rooms at the special rate of $89.95/night plus tax. Refer to group code "CIR" when making a reservation. For more information about the hotel's amenities and to make a reservation online, visit www.hiexpress/kentoh. You may also call the hotel directly at 330-673-9200 or the central reservation system at 800-HOLIDAY.

CSIR representatives will provide transportation to and from the hotel twice each day: Thursday morning before the conference and in the evening, at the end of the conference that day; Friday morning and at the end of the conference, around 1 p.m. Exact times will be provided prior to the conference.

Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center
The Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center offers rooms to Kent State visitors at the rate of $109/night plus tax. Because of another conference taking place at the same time, we were unable to reserve a block of rooms here, but you may be able to make individual reservations using the Kent State rate. Visit http://www.kentstatehotel.com/ or call 330-346-0100 to inquire. This facility is located in the heart of downtown Kent, with easy access to restaurants and shops.

Transportation

By car
If you are driving to the conference, you can use an online mapping site (e.g., Google maps, Mapquest, etc.) to guide you. The "main" campus address you can use is 800 E. Summit St., Kent, Ohio 44240. A campus map is available at http://www.kent.edu/campuses/maps/kent-wayfinding.cfm.

By plane
The nearest airports to Kent, Ohio, are Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE). For information on available transportation to and from each airport, visit http://www.kent.edu/campuses/maps/kent-wayfinding.cfm.

CSIR representatives may be available to pick up and drop off conference participants who are flying via CAK or CLE, but a limited number of times are available, due to the conference schedule:

Pick-up: Wednesday, June 4, around 3 or 4 p.m. at each airport
Drop off: Friday, June 5, around 2 p.m.
If you will need transportation to/from the airport, please plan your flights to arrive before 3 p.m. Wednesday and to depart later than 3 p.m. Friday, and understand that you may have to wait a short time for a ride. Email Caylee Heiremans with your schedule no later than Monday, June 2, if you wish to schedule transportation to/from either airport.

Kent and Northeast Ohio

If you wish to extend your stay to visit Northeast Ohio, we encourage you to take advantage of the newly renovated downtown Kent -- featuring restaurants, shops, live music, art galleries and more. See http://www.mainstreetkent.org/ for more information.
On the Kent Campus, you can enjoy a mile-long sculpture walk across a park-like 855-acre campus; stroll back through time at the May 4 Visitors Center; or indulge your senses at the world-renowned Kent State University Fashion Museum.

Kent is a short drive to Akron (11 miles), Cleveland (33 miles), Youngstown (40 miles) and Canton (28 miles). Check out the area convention and visitors bureaus for details on museums, restaurants, shopping and historic sites in those regions.

Related Link:http://www.kent.edu/slis/research/csir/annual-conference-on-information-and-religion.cfm

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[Conference] Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge posted date:2014-04-14
Time:11-15 May 2014
Location:University of Groningen

Outline of the conference theme

In 2014, the University of Groningen will celebrate its 400th Anniversary. The joint conference of the EASR, IAHR, and the NGG will be held immediately before the official celebration weeks of the University will commence. The conference theme, too, is related to the 400th anniversary, as it focuses on various ways in which European universities have engaged the topic of religion since the Middle Ages and the Reformation. The place of religion in the global ‘entangled histories’ today, as well as the formation of the academic study of religion, have been determined by pluralities of knowledge in many ways.

The religious landscape in Europe is characterized by a pluralism of religious traditions, identities, and communities—forms of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have competed with one another. Memories and reconstructions of Greek, Roman, and other pre-Christian European traditions have also served as alternatives in a spectrum of religious identifications. Migration and globalization have further enhanced these multi-religious dynamics since the nineteenth century.

In addition to the pluralism of religious traditions, a pluralism of societal and cultural systems has formed the European discourse on religion since the Middle Ages. In critical distinction, as well as in transfer processes, philosophy, philology, law, the natural sciences, economy, politics, art, and other systems have exerted tremendous influence on the place of religion in Europe and the perception of religion worldwide.

The conference will address these forms of pluralism with a special attention to categories of knowledge that are intrinsically linked to them. Knowledge is a constitutive social value within modern societies. How knowledge is distinguished from belief, how both are mediated, and what counts as religious knowledge or as its derivates and alternatives, are core questions in understanding the role of religion in contemporary societies, but also in earlier periods. The process of attaining shared knowledge in a society is closely linked to the attribution, legitimization, and negotiation of meaning systems. These processes can be scrutinized from historical and cross-cultural perspectives. The focus on knowledge and knowledge claims can provide a deeper understanding of pluralistic cultural processes.

Like pluralism, knowledge has become an important concept in the understanding of culture. Moving beyond Enlightenment notions of ratio and reason and considering everyday knowledge, as well as its media and its social and individual conditions, the concept of knowledge has been theorized in various disciplines, including philosophy, sociology of knowledge, anthropology, and history. Cognitive and psychological perspectives have also provided important new insights. Reconstructing the ‘archaeologies of knowledge’ pertaining to religion suggests that what is regarded as legitimate knowledge changes from one region to another and from one historical context to another. Notions of ‘tacit knowledge,’ ‘embodied knowledge,’ local versus universal knowledge, but also the relationship between ‘knowing how’ and ‘knowing that’ have proven to be relevant categories. The conference topic invites critical investigation and further exploration of these analytical concepts related to the study of religion.

Linking the notion of knowledge to the pluralistic understanding of religious dynamics also implies an analysis of collisions of knowledge claims and polemics of knowledge. These dimensions of the conference theme can be applied to contemporary issues, such as questions of multiculturalism, migration, radical religious claims, atheism, or juridical and cultural conflicts pertaining to freedom of religion and speech.

Contact and information

If you have questions about the conference theme in general, as well as about news coverage and sponsoring, please contact easr2014.thrs@rug.nl.

For all administrative and logistic questions please contact: Groningen Congres Bureau Ubbo Emmiussingel 37B 9711 BC Groningen Tel. + 31 (0)50 316 8877 Fax + 31 (0)50 312 6047 e-mail info@gcb.nl

Related Link:http://www.godsdienstwetenschap.nl/index.php?page=conference-2014

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[Conference] The Stavanger International Conference on Disability, Illness and Religion posted date:2014-04-14
Time:7-9 May 2014
Location:School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger, Norway

The Stavanger International Conference on Disability, Illness and Religion 7-9 May 2014 aims to promote discussions within the fields of theology and religious studies that focus on illness and disability.

Disability studies, Dignity studies and other interdisciplinary approaches are fairly new approaches in these fields. These perspectives have, however, become important avenues for new insights. Within the field of Biblical Studies, we have seen several edited volumes and monographs that engage with Disability Studies and apply this approach on the biblical texts. Within systematic theology we have seen constructive attempts at creating a disability theology. Within religious studies, we have seen engagements with issues such as the intersection of religion, disability, literature and art, and the intersection of environmental crisis and disability. Further investigations are nevertheless called for and should be encouraged.

The program for the conference is now set and we believe the conference will offer an exciting opportunity to address and discuss a wide range of issues from many perspectives. We are honored to have several keynote speakers who will address disability, illness and religion issues from various points of view. We have also received many abstracts within a wide variety of fields.

Please see the conference program or the practical section for more information regarding the conference (to be updated).

(The deadline for submission of abstracts is now passed (was Oct. 1, 2013). For inquiries regarding this, please contact Anna Rebecca Solevag or Stian Eriksen, stian.eriksen@mhs.no.)

Related Link:http://www.mhs.no/?537

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[conference] Superdiversity: theory, method and practice in an era of change posted date:2014-04-14
Time:23-24 June 2014
Location:Birmingham

Keynote Speakers include:
· Professor Jan Blommaert, Babylon Centre for the study of Superdiversity, University of Tilberg, The Netherlands.
· Professor Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College, USA.
· Professor James Nazroo, Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE), University of Manchester
· Professor Gill Valentine, University of Sheffield, UK
· Professor Steven Vertovec, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen, Germany

With the unprecedented speed, scale and spread of global migration, academics have an important role in developing new methods, advancing theoretical understanding and producing empirically informed knowledge about the emergence of superdiversity.

Invitation to submit

The Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) at the University of Birmingham are organising the first international interdisciplinary conference on superdiversity. The conference will be held at University of Birmingham on the 23rd and 24th June 2014. It will feature invited plenaries, academic panels and a policy roundtable on topics at the forefront of the superdiversity research agenda. The aim of the conference is to map the state of the art in knowledge on superdiversity and to draw an agenda for future research.

We welcome academics from a broad range of disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, social policy, geography, linguistics, history, psychology, economics, medicine, demography, politics, and development studies, policy makers and practitioners to submit innovative papers, panel proposals or posters on any aspect related to superdiversity.

Doctoral researchers are welcome to submit their work. The conference will be an opportunity for meeting fellow PhD students and senior academics working on superdiversity.

The conference will include parallel sessions on:

· Law, legal pluralism and diversity
· Migration processes, transnational practices, and globalization
· Patterns and experiences of space and place
· Interchanges, interactions and encounters
· Immigration regimes, rights and belonging
· Discrimination, segregation and inclusion
· Hybridity, representations and belonging
· Communication, language and media
· Policy, planning and service delivery
· Research methods and approaches
· Markets, finance and opportunity
· Art, culture and history
· Faith, religion and spirituality
· Health and healthcare
· New demographies

Submission Guidelines

Abstracts should be submitted electronically, using the on-line submission link - http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/superdiversity-institute/events/2014/06/call-for-papers.aspx - by 10th December 2013.

· Submissions for presentations should include an abstract of a maximum of 250 words.
· Submissions for panels should include the names of three speakers and a Chair, an overview abstract of 250 words and an abstract for each associated paper of 250 words.
· Poster submissions can describe in 250 words or less key themes and approaches to be included in the poster.
Acceptance decisions will be communicated week beginning the 24th February 2014.

Presentation Format: The selected papers will be grouped by themes. There will be parallel sessions, with three presentations in each session. Each presentation will last 20 minutes and followed by 10 minutes discussion.

Deadline for papers: Panel speakers are expected to submit full papers (pdf files) by 30th May 2014.

Conference publications: delegates will be offered the opportunity after the conference to submit their papers for consideration to be included in an edited book and/or journal special edition.

Other:/ Travel and accommodation expenses should be covered by the participants. However, there will be a limited number of registration fee bursaries for participants under exceptional circumstances.

Further info: please contact Ann Bolstridge, IRiS manager: a.bolstridge@bham.ac.uk

Related Link:http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/college-social-sciences/social-policy/iris/2013/CfP-IRiS-Sept-

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[Conference] The 24th International Conference on The Pacific Rim Management posted date:2014-04-14
Time:July 10-12th, 2014
Location:University of the West

The University of the West will host the 24th International Conference on the Pacific Rim Management that will be held from July 10th to 12th, 2014. This conference is organized by the Association for Chinese Management Educators (ACME). Dr. Bill Y. Chen, professor and CFO of the UWest, currently is the President of this association.

The ACME’s goal is to provide a forum for management educators and practitioners to exchange information and to stimulate cooperation with both academic and nonacademic organizations in the Pacific Rim region. Specifically for this conference, the ACME aims to explore and discuss opportunities and challenges to form networks and collaborations to further advance management theory and practice.

The deadline to submit a paper for the presentation is April 30th, 2014. Any paper on topics related with business/management is welcome. Submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by committee members and may be published by the association’s annual refereed journal—International Journal of Management Theory and Practice. For the conference information and paper submission, one can go to the ACME’s website at myacme.org.

Related Link: http://www.uwest.edu/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=649:uwest-will-host-the-24th-international-conference-on-the-pacific-rim-management-july-10-12th-2014&catid=34:news-and-events&Itemid=346

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[Conference] The XVIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies posted date:2014-04-14
Time:August 18 - 23, 2014
Location:Vienna, Austria, the University of Vienna

General Information

This circular is being sent to current IABS members and all persons who filled out the mailing request form for the Congress. Please feel free to forward the circular to colleagues and graduate students.

All XVIIth Congress participants must have valid IABS membership for the year of the conference. To join the International Association of Buddhist Studies, please refer to the IABS website (http://www.iabsinfo.net) or send a request for membership to Dr. Ulrich Pagel, Secretary General of the IABS (email: up1@soas.ac.uk).

Online abstract submissions begin June 15, 2013 and end November 1, 2013.
Online conference registration/payment will open September 1, 2013, and will remain open until August 15, 2014. Registration for the conference will be online through a secure server accessed through the conference website.

It is a policy of the IABS that conference presentations are given in English only.

Participants who don't present a paper or talk are welcome to join the conference. All attendees must be IABS members and will be charged the regular conference fee.

Individuals planning to attend the XVIIth Congress are urged to complete the electronic  mailing request form at http://iabs2014.univie.ac.at as soon as possible.
All future communication will be distributed by email, unless postal mail is specifically requested (see the postal address at the end of this letter).

Academic Program

The conference will be organized into panels and sections. Individual panel and section papers are restricted to 20 minutes (with an additional 10 minutes allowed for discussion). Individual papers will begin on the hour and half hour as per the conference schedule (to be announced May, 2014). This will allow conference members to attend their presentation of choice.

Individual Paper Proposals

Scholars from all areas of Buddhist Studies are invited to submit abstracts for papers. Abstracts should be 500 words or less. All abstracts for panel and section papers should be uploaded to the Congress website by November 1, 2013 at the latest: http://iabs2014.univie.ac.at/academic-program/paper-proposal.

Title

Abhidharma Studies
Buddhism and Its Relation to Other Religions
Buddhism and Its Relation to Science
Buddhism and Society
Buddhism and the ?rama?as
Buddhism in the Himalaya
Buddhist Art and Architecture
Buddhist Hermeneutics, Scholasticism and Commentarial Techniques
Buddhist Literature
Buddhist Music
Buddhist Places
Buddhist Sciences
Contemporary Buddhism
Early Buddhism
Epistemology and Logic in Buddhism
Information Technologies in Buddhist Studies
Mahāyāna Buddhism
Mahāyāna Sūtras
Manuscripts and Codicology
Schools of Mahāyāna Buddhism
Schools of ?rāvakayāna Buddhism
Tantric Buddhism
The Canonical Languages of Buddhism
Vinaya Studies

We regret that papers whose abstracts have not been submitted by November 1, 2013 will not be included in the conference schedule.

The planning committee reserves the right to accept or reject a paper on the basis of its abstract. All participants will be informed on the acceptance of their paper proposal by email. Abstracts for accepted papers will appear on the Conference website no later than January 15, 2014.

Conference Schedule

Date Morning Afternoon Evening
Mon., August 18, 2014 Registration Registration & Opening Session Reception
Tues., August 19, 2014 Panels / Sections Panels / Sections
Wed., August 20, 2014 Panels / Sections Panels / Sections
Thurs., August 21, 2014 Panels / Sections Excursions
Fri., August 22, 2014 Panels / Sections Panels / Sections & AGM Dinner
Sat., August 23, 2014 Panels / Sections Panels / Sections

Pre-registration starts on Sunday, August 17, 2014, and will run from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Correspondent

Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Mathes
Chair, Planning Committee of the XVIIth IABS Congress
University of Vienna
Dept. of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies
A 1090 Vienna
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.7
Austria (Europe)
E-mail: klaus-dieter.mathes@univie.ac.at

Related Link:http://iabs2014.univie.ac.at/second-circular/

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[Conference] Third International Conference of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality: Spirituality in a Challenging World posted date:2014-04-07
Time:Monday 19 May – Wednesday 21 May 2014
Location:Ashridge House, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, UK

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME
All meetings are in the conference room unless stated otherwise

DAY 1: MONDAY 19 MAY

From 15.30-17.00 Registration – Main Hall
16.00-17.15 Doctoral Students’ and Early Career Researchers’ Network Inaugural Meeting
Facilitator: Sarah Watson - Syndicate room 1, Brindley Suite
17.30 CONFERENCE OPENING
Arthur Hawes
Chair of Conference Committee
17.45 KEYNOTE 1 (Chair: Chris Cook)
Religion, Spirituality and Health: What is the evidence and what are the challenges for research?
Michael King
Professor of Primary Care Psychiatry, University College London
18.30-18.45 Questions
19.00 Welcome to Ashridge House & Drinks Reception - Hoskins
19.30 Dinner (Bar open afterwards)
21.00-22.00 Conference Committee Meeting

DAY 2: TUESDAY 20 MAY

08.00-09.00 Breakfast
08.30-9.00 Meditation (led by Chris Cook) - Chapel
09.15 KEYNOTE 2 (Chair: Janice Clark)
Spirituality at the Sharp End: The challenging world of Social Work and Social Care
Margaret Holloway
Professor of Social Work, University of Hull
10.00 Questions
10.15 Break
10.30 Parallel sessions 1 - Brindley Suite: Syndicate rooms 1 to 5
12.00 KEYNOTE 3 (Chair: David Rousseau)
Spirituality at Work and the Leadership Challenge
Roger Gill
Visiting Professor of Leadership Studies, Durham University
12.45-13.00 Questions
13.05 Lunch
14.00 Parallel sessions 2 - Brindley Suite: Syndicate rooms 1 to 5
15.30 Break
16.00 KEYNOTE 4 (Chair: Martin Aaron)
Mystical dimensions of Islam, past and present
Carole Hillenbrand
Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Edinburgh
16.45-17.00 Questions
17.15 Parallel Sessions 3 - Brindley Suite: Syndicate rooms 1 to 5
18.45 Free Time (Bar Open)
19.30 Conference Dinner – Lady Marian Alford room

DAY 3: WEDNESDAY 21 MAY

08.00-9.00 Breakfast
08.30-09.00 Meditation (led by John Swinton) - Chapel
09.05-9.45 BASS Annual General Meeting
Chair Edward Bailey
09.45-10.00 Break
10.00-11.30 Parallel Sessions 4 - Brindley Suite: Syndicate rooms 1 to 5
11.40 KEYNOTE 5 (Chair: Cheryl Hunt)
Spirituality-in-Healthcare: Just because it may be 'made up', does that mean it is not real and does not matter?'
John Swinton
Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care, University of Aberdeen
12.25-12.40 Questions
12.40 FINAL PLENARY AND CLOSING COMMENTS
Edward Bailey
President of BASS
13.00 Lunch

Related Link:http://www.basspirituality.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/BASS-2014-Conference-Programme-final.pd

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[Conference] 12th Annual Research in Religious Studies Conference posted date:2014-04-07
Time:May 8—9, 2014
Location:University of Calgary Campus

Call For Papers
Deadline for Submissions: April 4, 2014

The Religious Studies departments at the University of Lethbridge and University of Calgary have partnered up to present the 12th Annual Research in Religious Studies Conference on May 8 - 9, 2014. This is held in association with the 2014 regional meeting of the AAR & SBL (May 9 - 11) taking place on the University of Calgary campus. The Research in Religious Studies conference provides undergraduate and Masters level students with the opportunity to present papers on the history, belief, practices, cultural contexts, and artistic or literary expressions of any religious traditions. Proposals for papers from any discipline within the academic fields of the humanities and social science are welcome. Students are encouraged to attend both the AAR/SBL and Research in Religious Studies conference. PhD students can submit presentations to the AAR/SBL conference at http://pnw-aarsbl.org/. Papers will be selected on the basis of abstracts submitted online at: http://www.uleth.ca/artsci/religiousstudies/ rels-conference-call-papers-form. Note: language of our conference is English

Conference Contact Info:
rsresearch.conf@uleth.ca
Prof. James Linville
403-329-2573 (james.linville@uleth.ca)
Bev Garnett, Admin Assist

Related Link:http://religionanddiversity.ca/media/uploads/call_for_papers_(alberta).pdf

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[Conference] 2014 Eastern International Regional Meeting posted date:2014-04-07
Time:May 3–4, 2014
Location:Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

The Eastern International Region of the AAR invites you to submit proposals for papers and panels to be presented at the 2014 Regional Meeting. Alongside the regular panels, the conference will include a series of special sessions on the theme of 19th Century Upstate New York Religions and Their Heirs.

Proposals are welcome in all areas within the study of religion, including:

Anthropology
Comparative religions
Diaspora and transnational studies
Ethics
Gender
History
Method and theory
Philosophy
Psychology
Religion and Politics
Sociology
Textual studies

In particular, the program committee is interested in proposals related to our special theme of 19th Century Upstate New York Religions and Their Heirs. These could include submissions on the history and legacy of the:

Haudenosaunee (Iroquois)
Millerites and Seventh Day Adventists
Oneida Community
Shakers
Mormons
Spiritualism
Anti-slavery movement
Women’s rights movement
Chautauqua movement
Social Gospel
and many others
The EIR will once again meet concurrently with SCRIPT (the Society for Comparative Research on Iconic and Performative Texts). Proposals for SCRIPT papers should respond to its call for papers at www.script-site.net.

The Program Committee would also welcome proposals for nontraditional sessions, such as roundtables, dialogues, book discussions, etc.

Related Link:http://www.eiraar.net/home

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[Conference] European Association for Chinese Studies 20th Conference (EACS 2014) posted date:2014-04-07
Time:July 22 - July 27, 2014
Location:Braga and Coimbra
European Association for Chinese Studies 20th Conference (EACS 2014)

September 16 – January 6*: Panels and individual papers abstract submission
March 17 to 21: Notification of acceptance
March 24 – May 31: Online registration

The sections covering all major fields of Chinese Studies include panels on Translation Studies, Linguistics, Teaching Chinese, Literature, Culture, Cinema, Philosophy and Religion, Art and Archeology, History, Sociology, Media, Economics, Law, Politics, International Relations and Macaology. The Board has nominated 50 referees who will evaluate the paper proposals submitted to the organizers so that the quality of the presentations and the panels will be guaranteed.

Venue

EACS 2014 is going to take place for the first time in two different places in Portugal, two of the most historical cities worth visiting: Braga and Coimbra.

If you are not a member of the European Association for Chinese Studies and you wish to apply for membership, please fill in the registration form. If you have any questions regarding this subject please write an e-mail to the EACS treasurer, Dr. Michael Schimmelpfennig (m_schimmelpfennig@yahoo.com

Related Link:http://www.eacs2014.pt/

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[Conference] Spalding Symposium Programme 2014 posted date:2014-04-07
Time:25th April - 27th April, 2014
Location:Luther King House, Manchester M14 5 JP

39th Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions 2014

Programme

Friday 25th April

2.30 – 4.20 Arrival, registration and tea
4.20 – 4.30 Welcome
4.30 – 5.30 Theodore Gabriel (Gloucester):
Concepts of violence and peace in Hinduism: hiṃsā and ahiṃsā
5.30 – 6.30 Anna King (Winchester):
Peacebuilding and post-conflict recovery in Nepal: A Buddhist case study
6.30 – 6.45 Announcements
6.45 – 8.00 Dinner
8.00 – 9.00 Asaf Sharabi and Hagar Shalev (Haifa, Israel):
From a ruler and a king to a judge and a healer: assimilation of pan-Hindu tradition, influence of technological and economical development and the different effects over the religious experience of Khas society

Saturday 26th April

8.00 – 8.45 Breakfast
8.45 – 9.45 Naomi Appleton (Edinburgh):
The renouncing royals of Videha across Buddhist, Jain and Hindu narratives
9.45 – 10.45 James Hegarty (Cardiff):
From false teachings, failing blood-lines and toxic karma to their several opposites: the economy of religious explanation in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain narrative traditions (to c. the 6th century CE)
10.45 – 11.00 Coffee
11.00 – 12.00 Catherine St-Hilaire (Milan, Italy):
A journey to Punjab, ‘here and there’, and Sikh identity in Birmingham
12.00 – 1.00 Eleanor Nesbitt (Warwick):
‘The fool quarrels about flesh and meat’: Khalsa Sikh groups and vegetarianism
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch
2.00 – 3.00 Martin Wood (Bath Spa):
Blessed food from Jalarām’s kitchen: narrative, continuity and service among Jalarām Bāpā devotees in London
3.00 – 4.00 Catherine Robinson (Bath Spa):
One hundred years on: Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims on the Western Front
4.00 – 4.30 Tea
4.30 – 5.30 Rupa Pillai (Oregon, USA):
A village puja in the city: Caribbean Hindus in New York
5.30 – 6.30 Dhrubajyoti Sarkar (Kalyani, West Bengal, India):
Prophet in the sin city: revisiting Ramakrishna’s Calcutta
6.30 – 7.30 Dinner
7.30 – 8.30 Valerie Roebuck (Manchester):
Missing cat: in search of the feline in Indian traditions

Sunday 27th April

8.00 – 8.45 Breakfast
8.45 – 9.45 Alice Collett (York St. John):
Monumental differences: male-female teacher-disciple relations according to Buddhist monument inscriptions
9.45 – 10.45 Lalan Jha (Nalanda, Bihar, India):
A critical appraisal of vimutti (liberation) as depicted in Theravāda Buddhism and Hinduism
10.45 – 11.00 Coffee
11.00 – 12.00 Mahinda Deegalle (Bath Spa):
Buddhist extremist confrontations with ethnic and religious minorities in contemporary Sri Lanka
12.00 – 1.00 Robert Leach (Zürich):
Orthodoxy, traditionalism and the five knowledges
1.00 Lunch and depart

Related Link:http://spaldingsymposium.org/

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[Conference] The 6th Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Religion and Spirituality posted date:2014-04-07
Time:23rd of April 2014
Location:Tel Aviv University, Israel

Since its in 2009, The Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Religion and Spirituality has constituted an annual and central interdisciplinary framework for the presentation of relevant research in a variety of disciplines: the Humanities, Social Sciences, Exact Sciences, and more. For the past two years the conference is hosted by the Program in Religious Studies at Tel Aviv University, and as always bears an international character. We welcome researchers who wish to submit papers in the relevant fields in English.

The conference’s guest of honor and keynote speaker will be:
Prof. Peter Berger (University of Boston, USA)

Our suggested theme for the forthcoming conference will be:
Modern Religions – East and West

This theme should not limit any other research topics relevant to the study of Contemporary Religion and Spirituality, such as Contemporary Spirituality in the Abrahamic faiths, the psychological point of view, gender and feminism, the philosophical meeting of Judaism and Asia, spirituality in medicine and business, the concept of nature in contemporary spiritual thought and practice, etc.

We invite researchers, as well as graduate students, to submit proposals for single paper presentations or for full symposia (3-4 presentations).

Proposal forms for symposia or presentations in English can be downloaded from the conference's website (http://humanities.tau.ac.il/religious_studies_eng/index.php/conference /forms). These should be sent no later than 15 November 2013 to spirituality.tel.aviv@gmail.com addressed to Mr. Shai Feraro – conference coordinator. Decisions will be sent by e-mail during January 2014.

Conference's committee chairpersons: Prof. Ron Margolin (Tel Aviv University), Dr. Tomer Persico (Tel Aviv University).
Academic committee members (in alphabetical order): Dr. J.H. Chajes (University of Haifa), Prof. Wouter Hanegraaff (University of Amsterdam), Prof. Ronald Hutton (University of Bristol, UK), Prof. Boaz Huss (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev), Prof. Jeffrey J. Kripal (Rice University, USA), Prof. Menachem Lorberbaum (Tel Aviv University), Dr. Isaac Lubelsky (Tel Aviv University), Dr. Marianna Ruah-Midbar (Zefat Academic College), Prof. Sara Sviri (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Dr. Ithamar Theodor (University of Haifa), Dr. Nehama Verbin (Tel Aviv University).

Related Link: http://religionanddiversity.ca/media/uploads/cfp_-_the_6th_israeli_conference_for_the_study_of_contemporary_religion_and_spirituality_tel_aviv_university_april_23th_2014.pdf

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[Conference] AHRC Philosophy and Religious Practices Research Network posted date:2014-04-07
Time:April 8-9, 2014
Location:University of Chester, UK

Funded by the AHRC Connected Communities programme, ‘Philosophy and Religious Practices’ is an academic network organised by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Liverpool, the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Chester and the Department of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies at Liverpool Hope University, in partnership with local religious organisations. It aims to reconnect philosophers of religion with religious practitioners and so to make the work of philosophers of religion far more relevant to other contemporary research on religion.

Call for paper deadline: February 28, 2014

Related Link:http://philosophyreligion.wordpress.com/

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[Conference] Religion and Diversity Project posted date:2014-04-07
Time:2014 - 2015

This section highlights a number of conferences and workshops taking place all over the world. The Religion and Diversity Project shares the information it receives concerning conferences and workshops. Unless otherwise indicated, the RDP is not responsible for the conferences or workshops listed below.

April 2014

Philosophy, Religion and Public Policy
AHRC Philosophy and Religious Practices Research Network
April 8-9, 2014
University of Chester, UK
Call for paper deadline: February 28, 2014

6th Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Religion and Spirituality
April 23, 2014
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv

The 39th Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions
April 25-27, 2014
Luther King House, Manchester
Call for papers deadline: February 3, 2014

May 2014

2014 AAR Eastern International Regional Meeting
May 2–3, 2014
Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
Call for paper deadline: February 15, 2014

Migration, Faith, and Action: Shifting The Discourse
May 8-9, 2014
University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Call for paper deadline: March 15, 2014

Stavanger International Conference on Disability, Illness and Religion
May 7-9, 2014
School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger, Norway

12th Annual Research in Religious Studies Conference
May 8-9, 2014
University of Calgary Campus, Calgary
Call for paper deadline: April 4, 2014

Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge
May 11-15, 2014
The University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Launch of Call for Papers: May 1, 2013

British Association for the Study of Spirituality Third International Conference
Spirituality in a Challenging World
May 19-21, 2014
Ashridge House, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, UK
Call for paper deadline: January 1, 2014

June

Fourth Annual International Conference on Information & Religion: Information Management in Religious Organizations
June 5-6, 2014
Kent State University, Kent (Ohio)

Constitution Writing, Religion and Human Rights An International Workshop
June 5-7, 2014
Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZIF), Bielefeld, Germany
Call for paper deadline: April 7, 2014

The Vitality of New Religions: Thinking Globally, Existing Locally
June 5-8, 2014
Baylor University, Waco (Texas)

CFP Religion and Popular Culture Area, POPCAANZ?? Conference
June 18-20, 2014
Tasmania, Australia

Superdiversity: theory, method and practice in an era of change, International Conference
June 23-24, 2014
Birmingham, UK

Related Link:http://religionanddiversity.ca/en/opportunities/conferences/#june2014

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[Conference] 17th Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS) posted date:2014-04-07
Time:18th August - 23rd August, 2014
Location:University of Vienna, Austria

Welcome to the website for the 17th Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS), to be held at the University of Vienna, Austria from the 18th August to 23rd August, 2014.

This academic conference, held once every three or four years, is the premier international forum for scholars of Buddhism to present their findings.

On this website you will be able to find information on the congress and its academic program, such as dates and deadlines, proposals for panels and individual papers, registration, travel arrangements, exhibitors and social programs. Relevant news will be published continuously on this website.

We look forward to seeing you as a participant of the 17th IABS Congress in Vienna.

Online registration is open now!

Participants who don't present a paper or talk are welcome to join the conference.
All attendees must be IABS members and will be charged the regular conference fee.

The schedule is available now!

Abstracts are now available!

Related Link:http://iabs2014.univie.ac.at/home/

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[Conference] Buddhist Geeks Conference - Speaker Submissions posted date:2014-04-07
Time:April
Location:Buddhist Geeks Conference

Speaker Submissions are now closed–as of March 31st–but voting remains open through the remainder of April, so go check out the submission videos below and let us know which talks you think would be most interesting to hear this year.

We will select three speakers to present at this year’s Buddhist Geeks Conference, October 16 – 19, 2014 in Boulder, Colorado. Speakers will receive a complimentary ticket to attend the conference plus lodging during their stay with us at the Millennium Harvest House hotel.
Related Link:http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/conference/submissions/

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[Conference] The 20th Conference of the European Association of Chinese Studies posted date:2014-03-24
Time:22nd - 26th July, 2014
Location:Braga and Coimbra, Portugal

The 20th Conference of the European Association of Chinese Studies will be held in Portugal in the cities of Braga and Coimbra between the 22nd and 26th July 2014. It is jointly organized by the University of Minho and the University of Coimbra, two beautiful historical locations, which will make it an unique conference. The panels include:

Art and Archeology
Cinema, Media and Performing Arts
Culture
East-West Contact
Economics
Gender Studies
History (pre-modern, modern)
International Relations
Law
Linguistics
Literature (pre-modern and modern)
Macau Studies
Philosophy and Religion
Politics
Sociology
Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
Translation Studies

In the July 2013 meeting held in Portugal, the Board nominated 50 referees who will evaluate the paper proposals submitted to the organizers so that the quality of the presentations and the panels will be guaranteed.

Among the highlights of the 2014 EACS Conference, there will be two keynote speeches: for the opening session in Braga, by Ambassador João de Deus Ramos, specialist in Sino-Portuguese Relations, consultant of Orient Foundation, and for the welcome session in Coimbra, given by Professor Ming K. Chan, visiting fellow of the Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University.

Participants are invited to submit their proposals (individual papers and panels) online in English from September 16th to December 16th 2013, at the website. The abstract should not exceed 300 words, with an additional list of 5-8 key-words.

Related Link:http://www.eacs2014.pt/

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[Conference] An International Conference on Buddhism and Social Justice posted date:2014-03-24
Time:23-25 April 2014, Leiden University
Location:Pavilion building, Museum Volkenkunde, Steenstraat 1, Leiden

Moving away from a common perception of Buddhism as intrinsically a tradition of peace and justice, our project—based at Leiden University—seeks to explore the various ways in which historically Buddhist societies have shaped, transmitted, and adapted Buddhist ideas and ideals about equality, fairness, and freedom. We are further interested in how (if at all) such societies have instantiated these ideas and ideals.

The intent of the conference “Buddhism and Social Justice” is to gather scholars to discuss Classical and modern Buddhist notions of justice and their real world reflexes. We will be most centrally concerned with Buddhist visions—implicit or explicit—of ideal (just) societies and the role of human action, as these appear, for instance, in the realms of freedom and its constraints, social hierarchy and mobility, economic opportunity, and power and self-determination.

The full text of the initial proposal upon which our project was based, and other information about our research team, and the conference itself, can be consulted on this website.

This Call for Papers hasinvited scholars interested in these issues from a descriptive, rather than prescriptive, point of view to come together and share their expertise, findings and questions. Papers will deal with many regions within Asia and any time period.

The interested public is welcome to attend, but we do ask that you register (free of charge) in order to allow us to plan properly for seats and catering. Registration emails and questions can be sent to conference@buddhismandsocialjustice.com

Conference Programme (tentative program)

Wednesday 23 April

9:30-10:30
*Jonathan Silk *- *Buddhism and Social Justice: What are we doing?*
10:30-10:45
Coffee break
10:45-11:15
*Claudio Cicuzza *- *Buddhist notions of justice and modern concepts of Human Dignity*
11:15-11:45
*Paulus Kaufmann *- *Roles of Justice in Kūkai’s Ethical Theory*
11:45-12:00
Coffee break
12:00-12:45
*Eugin Ciurtin *-* Flat and Curved Universes: On Exceptional Agency and Ordinary Social Justice in Indian Buddhism*
13:00-14:30
Lunch break
14:30-15:30
*Steve Collins *-* On the 'gentle violence' of a stable social order*
15:30-15:45
Coffee break
15:45-16:15
*Berthe Jansen *- *The Impact of the Monastic Institution on Society and Social Justice in Pre-modern Tibet*
16:15-16:45
*Johan Elverskog *-* Buddhism as Colonialism: Mining and Social Exploitation on the Commodity Frontier*

Thursday 24 April

9:30-10:30
*Nam-Lin Hur *-* Buddhism and War: Senriji’s Monthly Newsletters and Shinshū Teachings in Modern Japan, 1929-1944*
10:30-10:45
Coffee break
10:45-11:15
*Vincent Breugem *- *Ghosts Under the Bridge: Famine and Segaki Rituals in Medieval Japan*
11:15-11:45
*Pu Chengzhong *-* Justice for Different Species: the Ethical Treatment of Animals in Early Chinese Buddhism*
11:45-12:00
Coffee break
12:00-12:30
*Thomas Kim *- *Temple Slaves and Monks as Landlords: Issues of Doctrinal Allegiance and Institutional Pragmatism in the Joseon Period*
12:30-14:30
Lunch break + *afternoon visit to Keukenhof*

Friday 25 April

9:30-10:00
*Joanna Gruszewska *- *The rhetorics of the caste criticism in Vajrasūcī*
10:00-10:30
*Jonathan Silk *- *What Remains: Anti-caste Rhetoric and Anti-Outcaste Rhetoric in Indian Buddhism*
10:30-11:00
*Vincent Tournier *-* Cosmogony, Anti-caste Arguments and Royal Epics: the Aggañña Myth and Its Scriptural Contexts*
11:00-11:15
Coffee break
11:15-11:45
*Iselin Frydenlund *- *Religious minorities in Buddhist majority states*
11:45-12:15
*Jacques Leider *- *Buddhist Rakhine and Muslim Rohingyas in Arakan - Historical grief and ethnic tensions*
12:15-13:30
Lunch break
13:30-14:00
*Chris Lammerts *- *Contested histories of Buddhist law in Burma, c.1200-1800 C.E.*
14:00-14:30
*Daniel Webster Kent *- *Thinking Karmically About War in Sri Lanka: Evaluating Actions and Ameliorating Consequences in a Time of Declining Dharma*
14:30-15:00
Coffee break
15:00-15:30
*Chris Wilkinson *- *Political Revolution and the Commoners’ Cause in the Transmission of the Cakrasaṃvaratantra*
15:30-16:00
*Ian Harris *- *Kingship, colonialism and republic: Rethinking issues of social justice in modern Cambodia*
16:00-16:15
Coffee break
16:15-17:30
*Round table discussion*

Related Link:http://buddhismandsocialjustice.com/basjconference.html

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[Conference] Indian Buddhism in Its Social Context posted date:2014-03-17
Time:Deadline for Abstracts: 15th March, 2014
Location:Lucknow, India

Concept Note for an International Conference to be organized by the Department of History, BB Ambedkar University, Lucknow, India (March 27-28 ,2014)

Indian Buddhism in Its Social Context: From Sakyamuni Buddha to the Present.

In a significant section of Indian historiography, Buddhism is believed to be a world-negating soteriology of ‘asocial’ monks. It is also generally believed that beyond the monastic walls, it hardly had any social presence. When the Turkic invasions destroyed the big monastic centers of Indian Buddhism, Buddhism simply disappeared from the land of its birth. This approach fails to explain why a religion without any social relevance survived in India for more than fifteen hundred years and why it was reinvented, reformulated and adopted in the context of social reform movements in Colonial and Post-Colonial India. In contemporary India, we see that Buddhism has become an essential component of Dalit identity formulation, mobilization and consolidation.
That is another indication of the continuing social relevance of Buddhism in India.

For long, study of ancient Indian Buddhist religious institutions has been dominated by art historical concerns only. A more pertinent approach may be to see them as important constituents of the overall societal matrix, as institutions in dynamic interaction with other societal institutions, acting and reacting with them, influencing them and getting influenced by them in turn. That is to say, Buddhist institutions must be visualized as social institutions, in dynamic interaction with other societal institutions. Unfortunately, Indian Buddhism has not been studied much from this perspective.

This Conference hopes to be an endeavor in unraveling some aspects of the patterns of interactions between Buddhism (including Buddhist institutions) and other social institutions in India from Sakyamuni Buddha to the present. Papers are invited on the following themes:

1. Defining the ‘self ‘, defining the ‘other’: Did Indian Buddhism (Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana) had any notion of self? Or did it consider itself just as a soteriology for the world-renouncing monks? If it had some definite notions of the ‘self’, how did it negotiate ‘other’
or ‘others’? And what did it do nurture and cultivate the ‘self’? Did the Buddhist ‘self’ include the lay followers? That brings us to assess the relationship between the Buddhist Sangha and the laity.

2. Buddhism was one of the earliest world religions, yet it has developed remarkable local colors across the vast landmass of Asia. This ‘localization’ process, what has been earlier referred to as ‘translation in the local idiom’, has been well documented in the case of many Asian countries, but it has barely begun for India. Future researches on the functional dimensions of Indian monastic Buddhism may negotiate one core issue: how does the Sa?gha localize at a particular place by resolving what Richard Cohen calls ‘uniquely local problems’, yet retain its supra-local character? To analyze the twists and turns of this supralocal–local dialectic, shifting the focus away from the ?rya- caturdi?a-bhik?u-sa?gha, (‘Universal) Noble Sa?gha of the Four Quarters’
to the individual monastery in its spatial context may not be a bad idea. This will naturally entail a greater use of archaeological data and archaeological fieldwork.

This approach forces us to revisit many established notions regarding the social bases of patronage to Indian Buddhism and Buddhist institutions. How did the monastic tradition localize at a particular place? How did it try to negotiate the local socio-economic, political and cultic situations? Once a Buddhist monastery or a stupa established its presence at a particular site, how did it mobilize resources for its survival? Which section of society patronized Buddhism and Buddhist institutions? With what motives? What did the Buddhist Sangha provide in return to its patrons? Are there spatial variations in the patterns of interactions between the Sangha and its patrons as one moves out of the middle and upper Ganga valley? How did Buddhist institutions survive without any kind of royal patronage in many cases?

3. Ancient Indian Buddhism and social hierarchies (Varna/Jati/ gender)

4. Patterns of interaction between Ancient Indian Buddhism and Indian political orders and processes.

5. Ancient Indian Buddhism and economic processes: craft production, trade, urbanization, agriculture.

6. Buddhism and medicine in ancient India: textual and archaeological perspectives.

7. Socio-economic contexts of ancient Indian Buddhist art and architecture.

8. Archaeology and the reconstruction of social and economic history
of ancient Indian Buddhism.

9. Role of pilgrimage in Indian Buddhism: textual, epigraphic and archaeological perspectives.

10. The social and economic philosophy of ancient Indian Buddhism

11. Buddhism and Environment

12. Decline of Indian Buddhism: socio-economic factors.

13. The social dimensions of Buddhist revival movements in colonial, post-colonial and contemporary India. In this section, we are particularly interested in tracing the interface between the Dalit and backward castes identity movements and Buddhist revival movements. Why and how was Buddhism appropriated and reformulated by the Ambedkarite Dalits? What are the ideological and institutional aspects of Buddhist revival movements in post-Colonial and contemporary India? Do we see any variation in the patterns of Buddhist revival movements in different parts of India?

14. Any other theme related to the social dimensions of Indian Buddhism.

Paper submission

The length of your paper should be around ten thousand words. It should contain a short abstract and four or five key words. In the end, provide a detailed bibliography. Abstracts should be sent latest by 15th March, 2014. All abstracts and full papers shall be reviewed. You will be extended a formal invitation if your paper proposal is finally accepted.

We intend to invite around 30 scholars from different parts of India and abroad. We will like to ensure that papers cover all parts of India (including Pakistan and Bangladesh). Each scholar will be given 20 minutes to present his/her paper. That shall be followed by a discussion for 15 minutes.

Within 4 months of the date of the Conference, you will be required to submit the final copy of your paper. It is our intention to publish the selected papers from the Conference in the form of a book.

Accommodation
If your paper is accepted, we will provide local hospitality and accommodation for the Conference period to all outstation delegates.

Traveling allowance
If your paper proposal is accepted, we will provide 3AC rail fare for all Indian delegates and economy class return airfare to international delegates. We will not be able to reimburse Visa expenses. No DA will be provided.

Correspondence

Kindly direct all correspondence to either Prof. S.Victor Babu (Head of the Department of History, BBAU , Lucknow . Email : saragandlavb@gmail.com) or to Birendra Nath Prasad, Assistant Professor, History Dept , BBAU , Lucknow . Email: bp2628@yahoo.com ). In your email, kindly do mention your contact number and institutional affiliation.

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[Conference] UK Association of Buddhist Studies Conference 2014: Buddhism and Healing posted date:2014-03-10
Time:Tuesday 1 & Wednesday 2 July 2014
Location:University of Leeds

Supported by:
School of Modern Languages and Cultures (University of Leeds), East Asian Studies (University of Leeds) and Centre for Religion and Public Life (University of Leeds)

This two-day conference will bring together internationally renowned scholars to explore the theme ‘Buddhism and Healing’ from their respective fields of study. The conference will address this subject through innovative ways from a wide range of interdisciplinary perspectives such as textual studies, history of medicine, medical anthropology and ritual studies. One major objective is to further our understanding of ‘healing’ by investigating the complex interrelationship between body and mind in Buddhist thought and practices in a wide range of different cultural and historical contexts. The aim here is to move beyond what is now widely regarded as a problematic dichotomy in Buddhist Studies, in order to propose a new and more satisfactory model of the dynamic body/mind relationship.

Speakers and titles:

Medicine and the reproduction of Buddhisms in Nepal Tuladhar-douglas, Dr William B. (University of Aberdeen)

The grief of kings is the suffering of their people': the imperial mission of the Cambodian Buddha of medicine Peter Sharrock (University of London)

Why is mindfulness so popular?
Joanna Cook (University College London)

Healing in Early Buddhism
Bhikkhu Anālayo (Hamburg)

Are Buddhist Scriptures the “Missing Link” in the Global History of Medicine?
C. Pierce Salguero (Penn State University / Abington College)

Buddhism and Childbirth in Pre-modern Japan Anna Andreeva (Heidelberg)

The Oser Kyilpa Bon Mendrub Ritual
Colin Millard (University of Cardiff)

Homespun Healing Rituals
Paula Arai (Louisiana State University)

Buddhism and Healing will take place in the Parkinson Building (University of Leeds) Tuesday 1 & Wednesday 2 July 2014.

The conference fee includes tea/coffee/biscuits on days, lunch and dinner on 1st July, lunch on 2nd July, conference pack, conference facilities.

Conference organisers
Martin Seeger (M.Seeger@leeds.ac.uk)
Mikael Bauer (M.Bauer@leeds.ac.uk)

Related Link:http://www.ukabs.org.uk/ukabs/conferences/2014-conference/

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[Conference] Violence, Nonviolence, and Japanese Religions: Past, Present, and Future posted date:2014-03-03
Time:March 20–21, 2014.
Location:Hawaii Imin International Conference Center, Keoni Auditorium

It is an honor to inform you about the forthcoming Numata Conference in Buddhist Studies, to be held at the University of Hawaii on March 20–21, 2014 in the Hawaii Imin International Conference Center, Keoni Auditorium.

For two days, presentations, discussions, and movies will focus on the following theme: Violence, Nonviolence, and Japanese Religions: Past, Present, and Future

This event should elicit fascinating debates, and it provides a unique opportunity for scholars to engage in lively discussions with the local ncommunity.

We hope that this conference will generate a significant amount of new scholarship documenting the relation between Japanese religions and violence or nonviolence from a multi-disciplinary perspective. It will eventually result in a publication.

Related Link:http://www.hawaii.edu/religion/conference.html

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[Conference] Tibetan Medicine Conference at Rubin Museum of Art March 21-23 posted date:2014-02-24
Time:March 21-23, 2014

Bodies in Balance: The Essentials
A weekend conference on *Tibetan medicine*
Daily tickets $40 Full weekend $65

Friday, March 21
7:00 p.m.
*Theresia Hofer*, guest curator, Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine

Saturday, March 22
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
*Yangbum Gyal,* The Integration of Tibetan Medicine in Western Practice
*Janet Gyatso,* Reading Pictures: Medicine and Buddhism at the Peak of the Tibetan State
*Sienna Craig,* Patterns of Resort: Prospects for Healing Healers at Work in Tibetan Communities
*Katharina Sabernig,* Medical Murals at Labrang Monastery
*Donald Lopez & Robert Buswell,* Expressions of the Inexpressible: The Dictionary of Buddhism

Sunday, March 23
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
*Anna Sehnalova,* Medicinal Mandala: Tibetan Medicine in Ritual
*Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim,* Medical Astrology
*Barbara Gerke,* Taste and the Art of Tibetan Pharmacology
*Ian Baker,* Embodying Enlightenment: Yoga and Physical Culture in Tibetan Buddhism
*Fabio Andrico,* Yantra Yoga: A Practicum

Related Link:http://www.rubinmuseum.org/nav/exhibitions/view/2349

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[Conference] Conference Registration Open for Translation & Transmission posted date:2014-02-24
Time:October 2-5, 2014
Location:Keystone, Colorado, USA

Online registration is now open for the 2014 Translation & Transmission Conference!

Register here: https://www.regonline.com/2014TTC

Space is very limited, so please do sign up as soon as possible.
Registration is free before July 1st, 2014.

This gathering will provide an international forum for many of the world’s most learned and experienced translators and scholars to engage in sustained dialogue, the sharing of ideas and experiences, and collective reflection on the larger cultural and societal dimensions of the transmission of Tibetan Buddhism to the contemporary sphere. The first Translation & Transmission Conference will be held at the beautiful Keystone Conference Center in Colorado during the aspen-viewing season, October 2–5, 2014.

Related Link:http://translationandtransmission.org/travel-and-accommodation.html

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[Conference] Workshop and Conference on “New Sources for the Study of Japanese Religion” posted date:2014-02-14
Time:Deadline for registration: February 21, 2014
Location:Princeton University

A combined workshop and conference on "A New Sources for the Study of Japanese Religion," organized by Prof. Kikuchi Hiroki of the Historiographical Institute of the University of Tokyo and myself, to be held at Princeton University on March 14-16, 2014 (opening reception March 13).

The deadline for registration is February 21, 2014. Please feel free to pass this announcement on to your graduate students or anyone else who might be interested. Queries may be addressed to newsources@princeton.edu. Hope to see some of you at the workshop!

Workshop Description:
In the last few decades, scholars of Japanese history and religion, especially of the ancient and medieval periods, have expanded their research beyond formal doctrinal writings and written historical records to include texts written on the reverse side of documents (shihai monjo $)G WKS,EFUs), hagiography, narratives, and other little known or understudied textual sources, as well as pictorial scrolls and other art historical materials, stone and bronze inscriptions, sites and archaeological remains. Led by a number of prominent scholars from Japan, this combined workshop/conference aims to introduce some of these new sources and the interdisciplinary possibilities they offer for the study of premodern Japanese Religion and History, and also provide some preliminary training in their use. We envision a workshop of somewhere between 25-30 people, mostly faculty and graduate students. Apart from talks by American presenters on March 16, the workshop will be conducted primarily in Japanese.

Related Link:http://religion.princeton.edu/newsources/

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[Conference] King's College London Buddhist Studies Research Seminars posted date:2014-02-14
Time:24 January 2014 - 13 June 2014
Location:London

please note the following events of interest:

King's College London
Buddhist Studies Research Seminars

Room VB3.01 at 5.00pm
Theology and Religious Studies
Virginia Woolf Building
22 Kingsway, London WC2

24 January 2014
Laurence Cox, Maynooth University, Ireland 'Beyond the fields we know': understanding Buddhism and Ireland

14 February 2014
Max Deeg, Cardiff
Borderland Complex: Coming to Terms with India in Chinese Buddhism

28 February 2014
Christoph Anderl, Bochum University
Bridging Time and Space: Flying Buddhas and Historical Projections Concerning the Transmission of Buddhism in Khotanese and Tang Chinese narratives.

14 March 2014
David Cooper, Durham University
Buddhism and Beauty

28 March 2014
Ian Harris, King's College, London
Buddhism and Politics: A Provisional Typology

30 May 2014
Kyungrae Kim, Dongguk University, Seoul
Title to be confirmed

13 June 2014
Mario Poceski, Florida University
Saving the Abbot of Da'an Monastery: Reimagining the Chan Master's Religious Persona.

Convenor:
Kate Crosby
henrietta.crosby@kcl.ac.uk
0207 848 7840

Kindly sponsored by
Ji Xuegen Research Funding for Buddhist Studies

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[Conference] Chinese Buddhism and the Scholarship of Erik Zürcher posted date:2014-01-17
Time:12-14 February, 2014
Location:Leiden

Please note that while participation is free of charge, we do ask that you register to allow us to plan. Also note that the Opening is a special event, a book presentation and lecture, which will take place in the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix. For security reasons, prior registration for this portion is mandatory.


Wednesday 12 February 2014

10.00-12.00: Book Presentation and Opening Lecture: Stefano Zacchetti, “A Unique Trajectory: Erik Zürcher's Studies of Chinese Buddhism.”

Great Auditorium, Academy Building, Leiden University

Academic Presentations at the Museum for Ethnology Pavilion, Leiden:

13.30-14.15: Antonello *Palumbo*: Periods in the History of Chinese Buddhism.

14.15-15.00: Eric *Greene*: Anti-Mahāyāna Polemics in the Earliest Phase of Chinese Buddhism.

15.00-15.15: Coffee break

15.15-16.00: *Kim* Minku: Early Buddhist Image-Making in China: Recent Discoveries and New Interpretations.

16.00-16.45: Stanley *Abe*: The Copy in Chinese Buddhist Imagery.

16.45-17.00: Coffee break

17.00-17.45: T. H. *Barrett*: Middle Kingdom and Wider World: Some Neglected Sources from Late Imperial China?

18.00-19.30: Reception, sponsored by the City of Leiden, City Hall

20.00: Dinner for conference speakers

Thursday 13 February 2014

9.30-10.15: Stefano *Zacchetti*: Blind spots and One way Tracks in Chinese Buddhist Historiography

10.15-11.00: Jan *Nattier*: “Anonymous Scriptures” Revisited: A Re-Evaluation of the Sources

11.00-11.15: Coffee break

11.15-12.00: *Funayama* Tōru: Difference in Genres of Chinese Buddhist Translations as (Non-) Reflections of Developments in Indian Buddhism

12.00-13.30: Lunch

13.30-14.15: Stephen *Bokenkamp*: Buddhist Influence on Early Daoism Reconsidered.

14.15-15.00: Christine *Mollier*: Literary Expedients and Sacrality:
Reconsidering the Buddho-Daoist Apocalyptical Literature of Early Medieval China

15.00-15.15: Coffee break

15.15-16.00: Barend *ter Haar*: Looking at Textuality among Chinese Monks in the *Gaoseng zhuan*

16.00-16.45: *Liu* Shufen: The Waning Years of the Life of the Eminent Buddhist Monk Xuanzang 玄奘 (600-664) and his Deification in Japan

16.45: Walk through Leiden (weather permitting)

19.00: Dinner for conference speakers

Friday 14 February 2014

9.30-10.15: Nicolas *Standaert*: Erik Zūrcher’s Study of Christianity in Seventeenth-Century China.

10.15-11.30: Open Discussion

12.00: Lunch

13.30: Visit to Sinology Library Rare Books Collection

Related Link:http://www.hum.leiden.edu/lias/highlights/conference-chinese-buddhism.html

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[Conference] NEH Summer Institute "Problems in the Study of Religion" posted date:2014-01-13
Time:July 7th to July 25th, 2014
Location:Charlottesville

We write to call your attention to our *NEH 2014 Summer Institute on the Study of Religion*, held here in Charlottesville, July 7th to July 25th, 2014. If you find this an interesting prospect, or know those who might, do consider applying and/or encouraging others to apply. We are trying to reach a wide scope of people, not just in religious studies.

You can read more about the seminar on the seminar site, as well as find application materials: http://uvareligion.org
The site will be the primary source of information about the seminar.

We are currently finalizing the syllabus, but the site gives you a quite rich picture of the project.

Please let us know if you have further questions, and thank you very much for your patience with this mass email.

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[Conference] 2014 Research Colloquium, NYC - Fellowships Available posted date:2013-12-16
Time:Deadline: February 2, 2014
Location:2014 Annual Research Colloquium

2014 Annual Research Colloquium: Religion, Leadership and Social Transformation

Spend the month of July in New York working on a research or writing project related to the theme of “Religion, Leadership and Social Transformation,”with access to libraries and research facilities at Columbia University, Union, Auburn, and Jewish Theological Seminaries. Applications from scholars, theologians, activists and artists will be accepted.

Application deadline is February 2, 2014.

About the theme “Religion, Leadership and Social Transformation”

Religion, faith, and spirituality have often played a role in campaigns and movements for social change. The Colloquium is interested in questions such as:

‧ What role do faith leaders, faith organizations, and religious ideas or theologies play in bringing about social change?
‧ Historically, and today, what roles have religion played in specific domestic or international campaigns or movements, such as civil rights, women’s movement, environmental movement, immigration, nuclear disarmament, LGBT equality, right to life, Tea Party, Occupy, etc.? Do some “issues” lend themselves to involvement by religious groups or ideas more than others?
‧ What is the dynamic of cross-faith interaction in social transformation work?
‧ How are faith leaders equipped or trained for social justice work?
‧ What are the obstacles and opportunities of faith leaders working effectively with secular groups (or “nones,” agnostics, etc.) for social transformation?
‧ How does participation in social change work affect religious belief or practice? Historical, theological, and intellectual investigations will all be considered.

About the Colloquium

The program includes single room housing in Union Seminary in Manhattan. Alternative arrangements are up to the candidate (the cost of the single housing may be made available in such cases).

The Colloquium will bring together fellows (scholars of religion, sociologists, clergy, activists and others) who have worked on these questions and offer them an opportunity for in-depth scholarly exploration of commonalities and differences. By creating an environment conducive to research, open reflection and scholarly inquiry, participants are encouraged to learn from others who have studied different or convergent topics, bringing perspectives from their different fields. In addition, fellows will be given the opportunity to participate in Auburn’s Media Training and will be encouraged to consider ways to bring their work to public audiences.

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[Conference] AAR Panels and Papers on Tibet and the Himalaya posted date:2013-12-02
Time:2013-2014
Location:Tibetan & Himalayan Religions Group, the AAR Conference

With the AAR rapidly approaching, we wanted to circulate a list of panels and papers related to Tibet and the Himalaya. This seems like a bumper year and they include an unprecedented 4 panels sponsored or co-sponsored by the Tibetan and Himalayan Religions Group (THRG), as well as a host of other panels and individual papers.

In assembling this list, we have tried to err on the side of inclusiveness, defining the Tibetan and Himalayan regions broadly. Please note that you will need to consult the official AAR schedule to determine the approximate timing for individual papers.

Please let us know if we inadvertently left out other panels, papers, or events that should be listed. We apologize if we missed yours and we would be happy to include it. We'll send out an update shortly before the conference begins.

The list can be found on the THRG website, where there is also a link to download the entire file.

Finally, we encourage all of you who work on and in the region to join our business meeting on Saturday afternoon, following the panel Writing Tibetan Women (A23-243) from 1:00-3:30 pm.

We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

Related Link:http://thrg.commons.yale.edu/baltimore-2013-related-paperspanels/

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[conference] Humanities Studies in the Digital Age and the Role of Buddhist Studies posted date:2013-12-02
Time:Nov. 16 (Sat) - 17 (Sun), 2013
Location:Fukutake Hall, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, University of Tokyo

(Hosted by the Project “Constructing a Research Knowledge Base for Indology and Buddhology in the International Alliance,” Grant-in-Aid (A) Project Supported by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; Co-hosted by the Center for Evolving Humanities, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, University of Tokyo)

[16th (Sat) Nov.]

Opening Remarks (Prof. M. Shimoda) 09:15-09:30

Session 1 “Digital Humanities as New Methodology for Buddhist Studies” (Chair: Prof. A. C. Muller)

9:30-10:00 “The Present and Future of the CBETA Project” (Prof. A. Tu and Prof. J. Hun, Chinese Buddhist Electronic Text Association, Taiwan)
10:00-10:30 “SAT as a Leading Model for Humanities Researches in the Digital Humanities Environments” (Mr. K. Nagasaki, International Institute for Digital Humanities, Japan)
10:45-11:15 “New Project of Compiling Pali Canonical Texts” (Prof. G. Somaratne, Dhammachai Institute, Thailand)
11:15-11:45 “Gandharan Manuscript Project and the Digital Archive” (Dr. S. Baums, University of Munich, Germany)

Session 2 “Reconsidering Methodologies of Traditional Buddhist Studies in the Environments of Digital Media” (Chair: Prof. M. Shimoda)

13:00-13:30 “Some Remarks from the Methodology of Tibetan Buddhist Materials” (Prof. I. Miyazaki, Kyoto University, Japan)
13:30-14:00 “Several Issues in the Methodology of Japanese Buddhist Studies” (Prof. K. Minowa, University of Tokyo, Japan)
14:00-14:30 “Dealing with Sanskrit Materials of Buddhist Studies in Digital Environments” (Dr. T. Tomabechi, International Institute for Digital Humanities, Japan)

Session 3 “Constructing Buddhist Knowledge Bases” (Chair: Dr. T. Tomabechi)

14:50-15:10 “A View of the New Horizon of the Humanities from the Project of the Digital Dictionary of Buddhism” (Prof. A. C. Muller, University of Tokyo, Japan)
15:10-15:40 “The Buddhist Canons Research Database" (Dr. P. Hackett, Columbia University, USA)
15:40-16:10 “Constructing a Database for Ancient Japanese Buddhist Manuscripts” (Prof. Hayashidera, Hokkaido University) Discussion for the First Day (Chair: Prof. M. Ono) 16:30-18:00

[17th (Sun) Nov.]

Session 4-1 “Humanities Studies in the Digital Age” (Chair: Prof. M. Miyake)

10:00-10:30 “The Current Situation and Role of TEI P5 as an XML Standard for the Corpus of Historical Japanese” (Dr A. Kawase and Dr A. Ogiso, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, Japan)
10:30-11:00 “Encoding Japanese Historical Texts using TEI” (Prof. T. Yamada, University of Tokyo, Japan)
11:00-11:30 “Opening a New Perspective of Text Analysis in the Digital Humanities” (Prof. T. Tabata, Osaka University, Japan) Demonstration

Session 4-2 “Humanities Studies in the Digital Age”(Chair: A. C. Muller)

13:00-13:30 Session 4-2 “Humanities Studies in the Digital Age” (Chair: A. C. Muller)
13:30-14:00 “The Significance of Establishing and Evaluation System for the Development of Digital Humanities” (Dr. K. Takahashi, University of Tokyo)
14:00-14:30 “SMART-GS: A System for Working with Historical Manuscripts” (Y. Hashimoto, Prof. S. Hayashi, Kyoto University, Japan)
14:30-15:00 “Digital Humanities as Methodological Commons” (Prof. H. Short, Kings College London/ Western Sydney University, UK) Special Lecture (Chair: Prof. M. Shimoda)
15:10-15:50 Prof. Funayama, Kyoto University, “Several Methodological Issues in Chinese Buddhist Studies” General Discussion (Chair: Prof. M. Ono and Dr. T. Tomabechi)

16:10-17:00 (Discussion)
17:10-18:00 (Discussion)

Related Link:http://www.acmuller.net/SATsymposium.pdf

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[Conference] Additional panel of interest at the AAR posted date:2013-12-02
Time:Monday, Nov. 25, 4:00-6:30 p.m.
Location:Convention Center 338

The following AAR panel, sponsored by the Chinese Religions Group, features several papers touching on Buddhist themes:
"Gentry Religion in Late Ming-Early Qing China”

Presider:
Beverley Foulks Maguire
University of North Carolina, Wilmington

Panelists:
Jiang Wu
niversity of Arizona “Dimensions of “Textual Spirituality”: Gentry Reading of the ?ūraṃgama Sūtra in the Ming”

Dewei Zhang
McMaster University “Lu Guangzu 陆光祖 (1521-1597): A Minister Living with Buddhism”

Charles B. Jones
The Catholic University of America “Coral Grove (Shanhu Lin 珊瑚林) by Yuan Hongdao 袁宏道 (1568-1610): Religion and Salon Culture in the Late Ming Dynasty”

Robert Gimello
University of Notre Dame “Irony and Anguish in the Buddhist Art of Chen Hongshou”

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[Conference] Buddhist Modernities posted date:2013-12-02
Time:Dec 3, 2013 10:00-16:30 and Dec 4, 2013, 10:00-17:00
Location:Undervisningsrom 3, Georg Sverdrups hus, Moltke Moes vei 39

Program:

PRE-CONFERENCE film screening: Dec 2nd, 16:15-18:00, Eilert Sund's
hus, Auditorium 4: "The Buddha's Forgotten Nuns", followed by a
discussion with Bhante Sujato.

DAY 1 – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3rd

10:00-10:30 Ute Hüsken: Introduction

10:45-11:30 Fabio Rambelli: Confronting Modernity, Embracing
Modernity: Sada Kaiseki and Itō Shōshin; respondent: Mark Teeuwen

11:30-12:15 Richard Jaffe: Global Waves on ?mura Bay: The English
Translation of the Vimuttimagga and Japanese-Sri Lankan Buddhist
Exchange; respondent: Aike Rots

13:15-14:00 Kim Hwansoo: Seeking Political Favors: The Korean Buddhist
Nationalist Paek Yongs?ng’s (1864-1940) Relationship with the Japanese
Colonizer Abe Mitsuie (1862-1936) in the mid-1910’s; respondent:
Vladimir Tikhonov

14:00-14:45 Iselin Frydenlund: Buddhist pacifism: a modern construct?;
respondent: Theresia Hofer

15:00-15:45 Vladimir Tikhonov: Militarized Masculinity with Buddhist
Characteristics – Buddhist Chaplains and their Role in the South
Korean Army; respondent: Halvor Eifring

15:45-16:30 Film pre-screening: Saving Mes Aynak - a documentary by
Brent Huffman

DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4th

10:00-10:45 David Gellner: Buddhist Belonging as Political Statement
in Nepal and Beyond; respondent: Axel Strøm

10:45-11:30 Nicola Schneider: Negotiating education for Tibetan nuns:
the issue of geshema degree (“female doctor in Buddhist philosophy”);
respondent: Koen Wellens

11:30-12:15 James Shields: Warp and Woof : Japanese New Buddhist
Reconfiguring of Buddhism and/as “Religion”; respondent: Valeria
Gazizowa

13:15-14:00 Antonio Terrone: Xiang gen Khandro and the New Chinese
“Journey-ing to the West”: Ethnicity, Colonialism, and Hybrid
Modernities; respondent: Astrid Hovden

14:00-14:45 Hanna Havnevik: New Buddhist temples and "self-made"
religious leaders in contemporary Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.; respondent:
Mark Teeuwen

15:00-15:45 Ute Hüsken: Buddhist women confronting Buddhist
modernities; respondent: Jens Braarvig

15:45-17:00 Mark Teeuwen: Discussion about book project

All are welcome to join the conference!

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[Conference] The AAR Annual Meeting posted date:2013-12-02
Time:Nov. 23-26, 2013
Location:Baltimore

For those about to attend the AAR Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Nov. 23-26, here are reminders about the Yogacara Studies panels.

1. Those who have received the Program Book in the mail will have noticed that, due to an oversight, this year's volume does not contain an index of presenters. To remedy that, our panels are listed below with their details.
Following a tradition begun in recent years, we have one session focused on a single text designed to elicit and encourage group discussion (this year:
Madhyāntavibhāga-bhā?ya) and another session following a more standard format of paper presentions, the latter co-sponsored by the Buddhist Philosophy Group.

In order of appearance:

Sunday - 3:00 PM-4:30 PM

A24-271
Buddhist Philosophy Group
and Yogācāra Studies Group
Jin Y. Park, American University, Presiding

Theme: The Awakening of Mahāyāna Faith: A Few Issues in Its Making and Reading

Stuart Young, Bucknell University
On A?vagho?a’s Authorship of the Awakening of Faith: Reading Doctrine as Hagiography

C. John Powers, Australian National University Proposal for Awakening of Faith Panel, 2013 American Academy of Religion Conference

Tao Jin, Illinois Wesleyan University
The Self-Imposed Textual Organization (Kepan) in Qixinlun: Some Major Forms and a Few Possible Problems

Sumi Lee, University of California, Los Angeles Rethinking the "Synthetic" Feature of the Awakening of Mahāyāna Faith: A Comparative Examination of W?nhyo 元曉 (617-686) and Fazang 法藏 (643-712)

Responding:
A. Charles Muller, University of Tokyo

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Monday- 1:00 PM-3:30 PM

A25-234
Yogācāra Studies Group
Jay Garfield, Smith College, Presiding

Theme: Reading the Madhyāntavibhāga-bhā?ya

Jonathan Gold, Princeton University
Reading the Madhyāntavibhāga as a Method for Interpreting Scripture

C. John Powers, Australian National University Alayavijñāna in Madhyāntavibhāga

Roy Tzohar, Tel-Aviv University
Sthiramati’s Critique of Signification and the Philosophical Role and Status of the Madhyāntavibhāga Language Use

Mario D'Amato, Rollins College
The Non-existence of Consciousness in Madhyāntavibhāga-bhā?ya

Malcolm David Eckel, Boston University
"From Apprehension Comes No-Apprehension": The Role of the Madhyāntavibhāga in Bhāviveka's Account of "Yogācāra"

Business Meeting:
Dan Lusthaus, Harvard University
C. John Powers, Australian National University

This year the AAR has also created an app for mobile devices to help plan and navigate the meeting.

There are several additional papers on the program related to Yogacara, which you can discover by going to the url above and searching for "yogacara".

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2. Our text-based sessions have proven very successful and popular in the past. We are hoping this year's session will maintain and even enhance that tradition. Since the Madhyāntavibhāga-bhā?ya is a much larger text than the Viṃ?ikā or ?lambana-parīk?ā, which were the subjects of prior meetings, it will be impractical to provide all attendees with complete copies of the text as we did in prior years. While hopefully panelists will provide some materials germane to their presentations, we strongly encourage everyone wishing to participate to bring their own copies. There are Sanskrit, Chinese, and TIbetan versions, as well as English translations available.
Bring your favorites. Serious participants may want to bring subcommentaries, such as Sthiramati's -?īkā (available in Sanskrit and
Tibetan) and Kuiji's commentary (T.44.1835). If there are things in Madhyāntavibhāga-bhā?ya that have puzzled you, this may be your chance to get them answered, or at least discussed.

3. The Yogacara Studies Group is being reviewed by the AAR this year. That means that the AAR evaluates our past activities and especially this year's sessions. Please show your support by attending and enthusiastically participating. We also invite your input at our business meeting (after the Madhyāntavibhāga-bhā?ya session on Monday, ca. 3:15pm) to help us plan for the future.

Have a great meeting, and hope to see you all there.

Related Link:http://papers.aarweb.org/program_book

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[Conference] Putative Purities: Transcultural Dimensions of Master Narratives in Religion posted date:2013-12-02
Time:16th – 18th of December, 2013
Location:Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg (IWH), Hauptstraße 242, D-69117 Heidelberg

ABSTRACT

Master narratives provide collectivities with a coherent vision of their history and a sense of homogeneity. They are continually reiterated and stabilized constructions which tend to mask particularity and bias behind universalized representations of objective truth. Especially in postmodern and postcolonial critique, master narratives have been problema-tized in view of their homogenizing as well as exclusionary potential.

But beyond such critique, master narratives also offer a fruitful avenue to investigate dynamics involved in, and issuing from, intense cultural contact, and the possibilities of representing, performing and materializing cultural alterity in their framework.

With a view towards transcultural dimensions involved in establishing, supporting and subverting master narratives, this conference places a special focus on religion: on narratives which support, challenge or displace religious identities, on their own or possibly also in synergy with other forms of collective identity (culture, race, nation).

The conference “Putative Purities” is conceptualized and organized by the research group “Negotiating Religion in a Transcultural Framework” (MC3) of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context – the Dynamics of Transculturality” of the University of Heidelberg."

PROGRAMME

Monday, December 16th

13:30 Welcome address

Session 1: Inventing Orthodoxy and Homogeneity
14:00-14:45 Nicholas Vogt: “Sloughing Off the Shang: The Conflicted Zhou Legacy and Narratives of Early Chinese Ritual”.
14:45-15:30 Giulia Gebke: “The Ideology of Purity-of-Blood. A Master Narrative in Early Modern Spain”.

Session 2: Buddhist Narratives and Identity
16:00-16:45 Sven Bretfeld: “The Buddha's Treasure Houses: Sri Lanka and Tibet as Subjects of Religious Master Narratives”
16:45-17:30 Ranjana Mukhopadhyaya: “Transculturalism in the Peace Narratives of Japanese Buddhism”

Tuesday, December 17th

Session 3: A Taxonomy of Difference
10:00-10:45 Federico Squarcini: “In the Beginning was Purity.
Shaping and
Sharing Master Narratives on Origins in Sanskrit Metrical Dharma?āstra”.
10:45-11:30 Sita Steckel: “Contrasting, Comparing, Connecting.
Thirteenth-century Christian Polemics and their Contributions to a Discourse of Religious Diversity”.

Session 4: Ordering the Past
12:00-12:45 Alexandra Walsham: “Making a Master Narrative: Memory, The Reformation and Modern Academic Writing”
12:45-13:30 Erik Schicketanz: “The Formation of Modern Chinese Buddhist Historical Narratives Under Japanese Influence”

Session 5: Translating Narratives
14:30-15:15 Stuart Lachs: “Public Expectations Meet A Self-Fulfilling
Prophesy: A Contemporary Zen Autobiography”
15:15-16:00 Antje Flüchter/Giulia Nardini: “Christianity between Orthodoxy and Ambiguity. The Jesuit Roberto de Nobili (1577-1656) Translating between the Worlds“

Session 6: Nation and the City
16:30-17:15 Benjamin Zachariah: “The Invention of Hinduism for National Use”
17:15-18:00 Sadaf Ahmad: “Al-Huda and the Making of an Authoritative Master Narrative in Urban Pakistan”

Wednesday, December 18th

Session 7: Travelling Words
10:00-10:45 Andrew Quintman: “Geographical Narratives, Narrative
Geographies: Transformations of Lives and Landscapes on the Himalayan Borderlands”
10:45-11:30 Davide Torri: “From Geographical Periphery to Conceptual
Centre: the Travels of Ngagchang Shakya Zangpo and the Discovery of Yolmo Identity”.

Session 8: From Myth to Stone
12:00-12:45 Stefano Beggiora: “Migration, Cultural Adaptation Strategies, Negotiation of Space in the Mythical Narrative of Apatanis of Arunachal Pradesh”
12:45-13:30 Hasan Ali Khan: “How the Architecture of a Secret Belief System Affected the Larger Religious Milieu: the Case of the Suhrawardi Building Archetype in Medieval Multan and Uch”

The conference is open to the public and can be attended free of charge.

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[Conference] Modes of Interreligious Engagement: Buddhism and other Religious Traditions in Medieval China posted date:2013-11-25
Time:November 7-9, 2013
Location:Hamburg University

The Numata Center for Buddhist Studies at Hamburg University, Germany, warmly welcomes you and any interested students at a symposium on Chinese religions.

Limited space is available. Please contact the convener and organizer of the symposium, Prof. Mario Poceski, beforehand in case you want to join: buddhismuskunde@uni-hamburg.de

SYMPOSIUM THEME
The central focus of the symposium are the prevalent patterns of interreligious interaction and engagement in medieval China, especially between Buddhism and other religious traditions. By exploring the varied manners in which individuals and institutions responded to religious diversity, within the continuously evolving milieus of medieval China, the presenters will explore a range of facets of social and religious life, including the mutual borrowings among diverse religions, the sharing of common symbols and vocabularies, the points of tension or conflict, and the construction of multifaceted religious identities.

VENUES (UNIVERSITÄT HAMBURG)
/Nov 7 (keynote lecture):/ Room 123, Asien-Afrika-Institut, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, East Wing
/Nov 8 & 9 (presentations):/ Akademischer Senatssaal, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, Main Building

PRESENTERS/PARTICIPANTS
Mario Poceski (University of Florida), Terry Kleeman (University of Colorado), Steve Eskildsen (University of Tennessee, Chattanooga), Ann Heirman (University of Ghent), Stefano Zacchetti (University of Oxford), Michael Radich (Victoria University of Wellington), Steffen Döll (University of München)

SCHEDULE
/ NOV 7 (THU)/
6:00 pm, Formal opening of the symposium
6:15 pm, Keynote lecture: Mario Poceski, “Pattern of Interreligious Interaction in Tang China”

/ NOV 8 (FRI)/
9:00 am, Introductions
9:30 am, Present. 1: Terry Kleeman, “The Dead and Mount Tai in Early Medieval China”
10:45 am, Present. 2: Steve Eskildsen, “Attaining the Compassionate Taoist Dharma Body: Taishang Laojun xuwu ziran benqi jing and Benji jing”
3:00 pm, Present. 3: Stefano Zacchetti, “The Bejeweled Cradle of Chinese
Buddhism: Some Reflections on the Buddhist Literature of the Wu Period”
4:15 pm, Present. 4: Ann Heirman, “Bodily Care: Creating a Buddhist Identity in a Multi-religious Environment”

/ //NOV 9 (SAT) // /
9:00 am, Present. 6: Michael Radich, “The Problematic of ‘Sinification’ in the Study of Chinese Buddhism”
10:15 am, Panel discussion (moderated by Steffen Döll)

CONVENER AND ORGANIZER
Mario Poceski, University of Florida & University of Hamburg

SPONSORS
Numata Center for Buddhist Studies (Universität Hamburg), and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

PRESENTATION FORMAT
The symposium will use a roundtable format, meant to facilitate discussion among the participants. Each presenter will have an hour for presentation, discussion, and questions from the audience. All presentations and discussions will be IN ENGLISH.

Related Link:http://www.buddhismuskunde.uni-hamburg.de/index.php?id=153&L=1

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[Conference] The Study of Jainism: A Symposium in Honor of Prof. Padmanabh Jaini's 90th Birthday posted date:2013-11-25
Time:Saturday, October 26, 2013, 9 am - 5 pm
Location:220 Stephens Hall, University of California, Berkeley

The symposium brings together a select group of leading experts of Jainism from Europe and the US who work in different arenas of Jain Studies and represent different disciplines, including textual studies, anthropology, history, and art history. They will present papers on different aspects of Jainism drawing upon their current research. In this way the current state of Jain Studies will be brought to bear in its disciplinary breadth. This is to allow for discussions on past accomplishments and also the challenges and the new directions that may be envisaged for this important and still rather neglected field of study.

The symposium is organized in honor of Prof. Padmanabh Jaini who has pioneered the study of Jainism in the English speaking world. His The Jaina Path of Purification (first published in 1979) has brought the study and knowledge of Jainism to a broader English speaking public, and his numerous further publications — such as his book Gender and
Salvation: Jaina Debates on the Spiritual Liberation of Women (1991) and his Collected papers on Jaina Studies (2000) — have made him one of the leading scholar in this field. Even as he is about to become a nonagenarian he continues to work and publish at the forefront of Jain Studies, and will also present himself.

Participants:
Prof. Christopher Chapple, Indic and Comparative Theology at Loyola Marymount University
Prof. John Cort, Director of Denison University Department of Religion
Prof. Paul Dundas, Reader in Sanskrit at the University of Edinburgh
Dr. Peter Flügel, Chair of the Centre for Jaina Studies at SOAS, University of London
Prof. Phyllis Granoff, Religious Studies - Yale University
Dr. Shalin Jain, S.G.T.B. Khalsa College, University of Delhi
Prof. Padmanabh Jaini, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley
Prof. Robert Goldman, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley
Prof. Olle Qvarnström, Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University
Prof. Alexander von Rospatt, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley
Dr. Audrey Truschke, ACLS Fellow at Stanford University
Dr. Kristi Wiley, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

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[Conference] Conference on Modern Buddhism in East Asia, Oct 4 & 5, at Duke Uni. posted date:2013-09-23
Time:October 4th – 5th, 2013
Location:501 McClendon Tower, Duke University

"Bordering the Borderless: Faces of Modern Buddhism in East Asia"

Co-organizers: Richard Jaffe and Hwansoo Kim (Duke University), Sungtaek Cho (Korea University, Seoul Korea), and Jin Y. Park (American University)

Sponsors: Duke’s Asian Pacific Studies Institute(APSI) and Religion and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies departments; Research Institute for Korean Studies at Korea University (RIKS); The Anguk Seon Center Foundation; Young Do Cultural Center Foundation; Duke's Office of Global Strategy and Programs; Triangle Center for Japanese Studies; Carolina Asia Center; Duke Korea Forum

Timetable

October 4 (Friday)

9:30-11:30: Panel 1


Justin Ritzinger (Uni. of
Miami): “Populating
the Lesser Vehicle: The Chinese Buddhist Encounter with “Hinayanists” in the Republican Period.”

Richard
Jaffe (Duke Uni.): “Kawaguchi
Ekai, India, and the Globalization of Japanese Buddhism.”

Brooks
Jessup (Free
University of Berlin): “Who Will
Enter Hell?”: Chinese
Buddhist Elites
Under Japanese Wartime Occupation, 1937-1945.”

Okuyama
Naoji (Koyasan Uni.): “Japanese ‘Students in India’ of the Meiji era: The Monastic Lives of Shaku Kōzen and Shaku Sōen in Colonial Ceylon.”

Discussant: Barbara
Ambros (Uni. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

13:00-14:40: Panel 2

Francesca Tarocco (New York
Uni.): “Dharma Frames: Looking at Photography and Chinese Buddhism.”


Justin McDaniel (Uni. of
Pennsylvania): “Chinese
Collectors of Southeast Asian Buddhist Art.”

Hwansoo Kim (Duke Uni.): “Valorization of the Kory? Canon (Kory? taejanggy?ng) in the Context of Colonialism, 1910–1945.”

Amy
Holmes-Tagchungdarpa (Uni.
of Alabama):“The Buddhist Other: Internal Orientalism, Nation Building, and Pan-Asian Imaginings of Tibetan Buddhism in the Photography of Zhuang Xueben.”

Discussant: Levi McLaughlin (North Carolina State Uni.)

15:00-16:40: Panel 3

Jin Park (American Uni.): “Burdens of Modernity:
Formation of Buddhist Philosophy in Paek S?nguk and Inoue Enryō.”

Charles
Jones (the Catholic Uni. of America): “The Establishment of Chinese Ordination Platforms in Taiwan during the Japanese period 1895-1945.”

Yoshinaga
Shin'ichi (Maizuru
National College of Technology): “English language Buddhist periodicals in Japan from Bijou of Asia to Young East.”

Discussant: Pierce Salguero (Penn State Uni.)

October 5 (Saturday)

10:00-11:40: Panel 4

Hoshino Seiji (Kokugaku
Uni.): “(In)Expedient Others: Visions of Asia in Modern Buddhism in Japan."

Namlin Hur (Uni.
of British Columbia): “A Buddhist Triangle of Progressivism in Late Nineteenth-Century Korea: Yi Tong’in, T’ak Ch?ngsik, Kim Okkyun, and their Japanese Honganji Connections."

Mark Nathan (University
of Buffalo): “Buddhist Missions and Dharma
Transmissions: Propagation as Paradigm in Modern Korean and East Asian Buddhism.”

Discussant: Lauren Leve (Uni. of
North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

13:00-14:00: Keynote
Speech-Brian Bocking (Uni. College Cork)

14:15-15:30: Roundtable
Discussion-Inken
Prohl (Uni. Heidelberg)

Related Link: http://religiondepartment.duke.edu/

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[Conference] Archaeology, Buddhism and the Avant-garde: A Symposium Celebrating Donald McCallum posted date:2013-09-16
Time:October 12, 2013
Location:Los Angeles

The UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies and the Department of Art History will be hosting a symposium on Saturday, October 12, 2013 to honor Donald McCallum's 44 years at UCLA and his commitment to Japanese art history. Please click on the link below for full program details. If you have any questions please feel free to contact at ysuzuki@umd.edu.

Related Link:http://www.international.ucla.edu/japan/events/showevent.asp?eventid=10150

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[Conference] Compassion: The Bridge Between Buddhism and Islam posted date:2013-09-16
Time:3-4 October 2013
Location:Thailand

Organized by CRS International Center for Buddhist-Muslim Understanding, College of Religious Studies, (CRS) Mahidol University, Salaya Campus, Thailand

Venue:
College of Religious Studies, Mahidol University, Salaya Campus, Salaya, Thailand.

Contact:
College of Religious Studies, Mahidol University,Salaya, Phutthamonthol 4, Nakhorn Prathom 73170, Thailand.
Tel. (662) 800 - 2630 - 39 Fax. (662) 800 - 2659
Email: crwww@mahidol.ac.th

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[Conference] IABS 2014 Registration Open posted date:2013-09-16
Time:18 - 23 August, 2014
Location:The University of Vienna

The website of the 17th Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, to be held at the University of Vienna, Austria from the 18th August to 23rd August 2014, is now open for registration.

Online abstract submissions begin June 15, 2013 and end November 1, 2013.
Online conference registration will open September 1, 2013, and will remain open until August 15, 2014.

Requests concerning registration, accommodation and travelling should be sent to:

Gerry Schneider
Eventmanagement
University of Vienna
Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna
e-mail: gerry.schneider@univie.ac.at

phone: +43 1 4277 17526

All correspondence concerning the academic program of the congress should be sent to:

Mag. Ewa Lewandowska
Institute of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies University of Vienna Spitalgasse 2, Court 2, Entrance 2.7, 1090 Vienna Austria
e-mail: ewa.lewandowska@univie.ac.at

phone: +43-1-4277-43551
fax: +43-1-4277-43550

Mag. Judith Starecek
Institute of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies University of Vienna Spitalgasse 2, Court 2, Entrance 2.1, 1090 Vienna Austria
e-mail: judith.starecek@univie.ac.at

phone: +43-1-4277-43502
fax: +43-1-4277-9435

Related Link:http://iabs2014.univie.ac.at/registration/

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[Conference] Tricycle | Buddhist Geeks Online Virtual Conference posted date:2013-08-30
Time:August 5th-September 8th, 2013
Location:Tricycle

Buying an online virtual conference pass gains you access to:

an exclusive encore showing of the best talks, discussions, and videos from past Buddhist Geeks conferences (August 5th-16th)

livestream of the Buddhist Geeks conference (August 16th-18th)

Best of Buddhist Geeks 2013: edited talks from this year's conference, along with interactive online discussions led by the conference speakers and panelists (August 19th-September 8th)

If you are a supporting or sustaining member of Tricycle, you'll receive a discount of 25% on your ticket price.

Related Link:http://www.tricycle.com/store/buddhist-geeks-2013-virtual-conference-pass

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[Conference] The Modern Construction of Japanese Buddhist History, Aichi Gakuin University (Orion Klautau) posted date:2013-08-27
Time:September 14, 2013 (Saturday) 13:00-18:30
Location: Aichi Gakuin University

The "Buddhism and Modernity" Research Group ("Bukkyo to Kindai" Kenkyukai) would like to invite you to its sixth meeting, a symposium on Japanese Buddhism and Modern Historiography which will take place on September 14, 2013 at Aichi Gakuin University (Kusumoto Campus) in Nagoya, Japan (see schedule below). Presentations will be in Japanese.

The symposium is co-hosted by the "'Kokushigaku' to bukkyo o meguru meta-hisutori" Research Group, and supported by the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture project "Shukyo kenkyu no kokusaika suishin no tame no kyoten keisei to sogoteki na kenkyushi chosa" (Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, JSPS). Admission is free, but due to space limitations we kindly ask those interested in attending to register before September 6, 2013. This can be done by sending an e-mail to bukkinken@gmail.com. Further questions about the symposium, either in English or Japanese, should also be directed to this address.

*****************

Symposium "The Modern Construction of Japanese Buddhist History"
('Nihon bukkyoshi zo no kindaiteki kochiku')

Date: September 14, 2013 (Saturday) 13:00-18:30
Place: Aichi Gakuin University, Kusumoto Campus
Shigakubu Kisoto, 1st floor, Room 7101 (Dai ichi Kogishitsu)
(For directions, please see the following link: http://www.agu.ac.jp/access3.html)

Orion Klautau (Heidelberg University)
  General Introduction to the Symposium

Sato Fumiko (Kansai University/Bukkyo University): "Kokka bukkyo ron to koyu
shinko ron no chihei o yomitoku" (Interpreting Discourses Surrounding State
Buddhism and the Unique Religiosity of the Japanese People).
  Responding: Yoshida Kazuhiko (Nagoya City University)

Sato Hiroo (Tohoku University): "Kamakura Shinbukkyo zo no keisei to hen'yo"
(The Developments and Changes in the Image of New Kamakura Buddhism)
  Responding: Otani Eiichi (Bukkyo University)

Ueno Daisuke (Keio University): "'Kinsei bukkyo darakuron' no jubaku to
shukyoshi zo no mosaku" (The Curse of the "Discourse on Early Modern
Buddhist Decadence" and the Search for an Image of Religious History)
  Responding: Nishimura Ryo (The Nakamura Hajime Eastern Institute)

Hayashi Makoto (Aichi Gakuin University): "Kenmitsu taiseiron to kindai
bukkyo" (The Kenmitsu Taisei Theory and Modern Buddhism)
  Responding: Uejima Susumu (Kyoto University)

Seko Shin'ya (Doho University Buddhist Culture Institute)
  General Response

Related Link:http://jpars.org/archives/2068

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[Conference] Looking for Panelists (IABS, Vienna, August 18-23, 2014) (Paul Brownell) posted date:2013-08-23
Time:August 18 to August 23, 2014
Location:The University of Vienna

We are convening a panel titled 'Reformulations of Yogācāra in Tibet' at the upcoming XVIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, August 18 to August 23, 2014, at the University of Vienna.We invite participants to present papers on the following topics:

· Alternative presentations of Yogācāra doctrines by prominent figures in the non-sectarian (/ris med/) movement in Tibetan Buddhism, such as Khenpo Shenga (1871-1927), Jamgon Kongtrul (1813-1899), Ju Mipham (1846-1912), Jigme Lingpa (1729-1798), etc.;

· Commentaries on important Indian Yogācāra texts, such as Madhyāntavibhāga, Ratnagotravibhāga, etc, that reflect new or non-mainstream Tibetan interpretations of Yogācāra;

· How reformulations of Yogācāra influenced, and were influenced by, other philosophical and meditative traditions, such as Great Madhyamaka (/dbu ma chen po/) or "Emptiness of Other" (/gzhan stong/), or Mahāmudrā (/phyag rgya chen po/) and Dzogchen.

If you are interested in joining our panel please send a paper abstract of up to 500 words to either:

Peter Gilks petergilks@isu.edu.tw or

Paul Brownell Paul.Brownell@anu.edu.au

We are especially interested in receiving abstracts from young scholars.

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[Conference] 5th International Dharmakīrti Conference (Heidelberg, 26-30 August 2014) (Kellner) posted date:2013-08-13
Time:26-30 August 2014
Location:Heidelberg, Germany

The website for registration and abstract submission of the 5th International Dharmakīrti Conference, to be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Heidelberg, Germany, from 26-30 August 2014, is now open at http://idhc5.uni-hd.de.

The deadline for registration and abstract submission has been set at 31 December 2013.

To receive further communications on this conference, please subscribe to the conference mailing-list at https://listserv.uni-heidelberg.de/cgi-bin/wa?A0=IDHC5HEIDELBERG.

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[Confernce] International Seminar “The Chinese translation of the Dīrgha-āgama (長阿含經, Taishō 1)” posted date:2013-07-24
Time:October, Friday 18th & Saturday 19th, 2013
Location:Dharma Drum Buddhist College

The Agama Research Group at the Library and Information Center of Dharma Drum Buddhist College

presents

International Seminar
“The Chinese translation of the Dīrgha-āgama (長阿含經, Taishō 1)”


Date: October, Friday 18th & Saturday 19th, 2013

Location: Hai Huiting Seminar Room (海會廳)
Dharma Drum Buddhist College, Taiwan

Related Link:http://www.ddbc.edu.tw/zh/downloads/download_document.html?gid=3993

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[Conference] Translation & Transmission Conference posted date:2013-07-16
Time:October 2-5, 2014
Location:Keystone, Colorado, USA
Translation & Transmission Conference Announcement

We are delighted to invite you to the first Translation and Transmission Conference, to be held at the beautiful Keystone Conference Center in Colorado during the aspen-viewing season, October 2–5, 2014. This gathering will provide an international forum for many of the world’s most learned and experienced translators and scholars to engage in sustained dialogue, the sharing of ideas and experiences, and collective reflection on the larger cultural and societal dimensions of the transmission of Tibetan Buddhism to the contemporary sphere.

The conference is designed as a collaborative event created for and by translators and scholars of Tibetan Buddhism to gather in an open and collegial spirit.

Accordingly, it will be hosted in partnership with as many translation groups and relevant institutions as wish to be involved. The Padmakara Translation Group, the Institute of Tibetan Classics, the American Institute of Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, Khyentse Foundation, the Dharmachakra Translation Committee, the Nalanda Translation Committee, the 84000 project, Nitartha Institute, Naropa University and other groups have agreed to work with us as partners and sponsors of the conference. José Cabezón, Thupten Jinpa, Donald Lopez, David Germano, Klaus-Dieter Mathes, Kurtis Schaeffer, Robert Thurman, Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Jan Willis, and other scholars and translators have already committed to attend. We hope you will join with us in fostering a community that can help advance the discipline of Tibetan translation.


The Translation and Transmission Steering Committee:

Elizabeth Callahan (Tsadra Foundation)
John Canti (Padmakara Translation Group & 84000)
Wulstan Fletcher (Padmakara Translation Group)
Holly Gayley (University of Colorado, Boulder)
Sarah Harding (Naropa University)
Thupten Jinpa (Institute of Tibetan Classics)
Marcus Perman (Tsadra Foundation)


Interested in Attending?

If you are interested in attending the conference, please fill out the survey below as soon as possible.

This does not register you for the conference; it will provide us with important information to help us in our planning. Registration will open in the spring of 2014.

Take the Survey:
http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1241126


If you work with an organization that might be interested in becoming a partner or sponsor, please contact Marcus Perman:

Marcus Perman
2930 Island Drive,
Boulder, CO 80301, USA
E-mail: Marcus@tsadra.org
Phone: +1 206-321-6756

Sponsored by:
Tsadra Foundation
with the support of
Hemera Foundation
&
Khyentse Foundation
&
Naropa University



Related Link:http://translationandtransmission.org

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[Conference] Business and Buddhism panelists, Association for Asian Studies , March 2014 posted date:2013-06-28
Time:2014/03
Business and Buddhism panelists, Association for Asian Studies conference
March 2014

We are seeking participants to join a panel that investigates the
multifarious relationships between business and Buddhism, money matters and
monasteries, wealth and virtue in Asia.

Possible topics include the textual foundation of Buddhist ideas on wealth
and virtue; monastic communities' income-generating activities;
businessmen's sponsorship of Buddhist activities; the commercialization of
Buddhist artifact production; the commodification of sacred landscape;
Buddhist narratives of how to acquire and distribute wealth; and Buddhist
approaches to mitigate social-economic inequalities.

We aim to form an interdisciplinary panel for the AAS 2014 conference
together with scholars from anthropology, cultural geography, religious
studies, development studies, history, cultural studies, or other
disciplines. Our objective is to establish an international network of
researchers who share an interest in the historical and contemporary
developments of Buddhist economy, and who would like to discuss relevant
methodological and theoretical issues in an interdisciplinary forum.

Please contact us off-list and well ahead of the AAS deadline on the 8th of
August.

Dr. Trine Brox [trinebrox@hum.ku.dk]
Modern Tibetan Studies, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies,
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Dr. Tracy Y. Zhang [t.y.zhang420@gmail.com] The Department of Geography,
Planning, and Environment, Concordia University, Canada

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[Conference] International Symposium on Religious Performance in East Asia, University of Illinois posted date:2013-06-21
Time:2013/10/9-10
Location:Levis Center, University of Illinois
This conference brings together leading scholars in the field from North
America and Japan for a two-day symposium, October 9-10, 2013 (Levis
Center), to examine the relationship between metropole and rural religious
performance by drawing a set of clear lines of liturgical practice in the
East Asia case, with special reference to Japan.

The keynote speakers will be Professors Matsuo Kōichi, National Museum of Japanese History, and Haruo Shirane, Columbia University. First, we pay attention to the position of medieval Japanese religious performance vis-à-vis continental East Asia. What were the ritual and cultural flows that informed the development of medieval Japanese Buddhist and other religious performance (Kami worship, Shugendō [mountain asceticism])? Second, we consider the character and movement of a series of religious performances in the Japanese isles. What were the producers and audiences of these performances? How, moreover, were these performative modes translated between groups in the metrapole and countryside? Third, how did performance genres such as divine dance (kagura), visual didactic performance (etoki), and biwa lute playing influence religious performance and reception through their mixture of multiple media? Finally, how did the mobility of performers and media influence the development of religious performance? That is, how did the travel of the monk Ennin to China influence his production of shōmyō chanting in Japan? What does archeological study tell us about the movement of Pure Land Buddhist performative practices? How did performances of Kumano believers and Shugendō practitioners transmit or otherwise transform their practices in currents between metropole and mountainside? Furthermore, how were textual-performative practices related to temple arts and ritual transmission in the city and country?

Registration is free but required (contact ruppertshogyo@gmail.com) since
there is limited seating. Booklets with the full lectures by participants,
including translations into Japanese and English, will be provided to all
registrants at the event; discussants, with the exception of Professor
Matsuo, will comment in English, and discussion will be in both English and
Japanese. Japanese participants will present in Japanese.

Religious Performance, City and Country in East Asia Schedule

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
9:00-11:45 AM Public Screening and Discussion of the Documentary “Divine
Dancing (Kagura) to The Chaotic Deities of Hiba”
Public Screening and Discussion (Levis): “Divine Dancing (Kagura) to The
Chaotic Deities of Hiba: Faith and Countryside” (2012).
Discussants: Matsuo Kōichi, Director, Ronald Toby (University of Illinois),
and David Plath (University of Illinois)

10:35 Intermission

10:50-Noon
Biwa and Etoki: Performance and Lecture
Biwa Lute and Visual-Didactic Preaching Performance:
Bakawa Tooru, Buddhist monk

Hisano Toshihiko: “Visual-Didactic Preaching: Its History and Social
Milieux”
Discussant: Elizabeth Oyler (UI, EALC), Megan McLaughlin (UI, History)

1:30 PM-3:15 PM: Keynote Addresses (Levis):
Matsuo Kōichi (N. Museum of J. History): “Japanese Buddhist Rites and
Performance: Transmission and History”
Haruo Shirane (Columbia U.): “ Japanese Performing Arts, Demons, and The
Pacification of Angry Spirits”

3:30-5:30 PM: Session 1 (Levis): “Japanese Buddhism in East Asia: Research
History and Contemporary Issues”
Arami Hiroshi (Hiroshima U.) “Religious Ritual and Literature in 9th-10th
century East Asia”
Uejima Susumu (Kyoto Prefectural University) “Re-visioning ‘Japanese
Buddhism’ in East Asian Buddhist History”
David Quinter (U. Alberta) “Eison’s (1201-1290) Prince Shōtoku (ca.
574-ca. 622) Images: Visually Performative Prayer, East Asian Kingship, and
the Construction of Japanese Precepts Tradition”

Discussant: Alexander Mayer (UI, Religion), Robert Tierney (UI, EALC, CWL),
Anne Burkus-Chasson (UI, Art History)

Thursday, October 10, 2013
9:30 – 11:50 AM: Session 2 (Levis): “Early and Medieval Religious Ritual
and Performance: Between City and Country”
Abe Yasuro (Nagoya U.): “Medieval Religious Ritual, Text, and the
Performance of the Senses”
Muraki Jirō (N. Museum of J. History) “Archaeological Study of Pure Land
Buddhism in City and Countryside”
Elizabeth Oyler (UI) : “The Phantom Capital in the Noh Plays Nue and
Yorimasa”
Chikamoto Kensuke (Tsukuba U.) “Religious Policies and Temple Arts in the
Late Ancient Period”

Discussant: Brian Ruppert and Rodney Wilson (UI)

1:15-3:15 PM: Session 3 (Levis): “Combinatory Religious Performance”
Furukawa Motoya (Kanagawa Prefectural Museum): “Kumano Belief in Eastern
Japan”
Kawasaki Takeshi (Shūjitsu U.) “Shugendō and Local Culture”
Ikumi Kaminishi (Tufts U.) “The Butsumyō-e ceremony: a means for pacifying
hell in Kitano Tenjin emaki”
Daitō Takaaki (Kokugakuin U.) “The ‘Shintō’ Nakatomi Purification
Performance in Medieval Buddhist Temples”

Discussant: Heather Blair (U. Indiana)

3: 30-5:30 PM: Session 4 (Levis): “Medieval Religion and Culture”
Brian Ruppert (UI) “ Sacred works (Shōgyō) and Religious Performance in
Late Medieval Japan: The Monk Chō’is Networks and Ninnaji Liturgical
Practice”
Michael Jamentz (Kyoto U.) “Sōshō’s copy of the ‘Bodhisattva Fugen
Liturgy’ and the Medieval Buddhist Audience”
Abe Mika (Wako U.) “The Cleveland/Chicago Yūzū Nenbutsu Engi scrolls and
Pure Land Buddhist Textual Performance”

Discussant: Elizabeth Oyler (UI)

This symposium is part of “Exchanges and Regional Activities of East Asian
Religions” (「東アジアの宗教をめぐる交流と地域的展開」) and “Changes and
Exchange in East Asian Religions” (「東アジアの宗教をめぐる交流と変容」),
collaborative research groups which have been funded by the Japanese
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The event
is also prominently sponsored by the University of Illinois School of
Language, Culture, and Linguistics, the National Museum of Japanese History,
Nagoya University, the University of Illinois College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Department of
Religion, Program in Medieval Studies, and Center for East Asian and Pacific
Studies.


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[Conference] Mind and Life Europe Symposium for Contemplative Studies posted date:2013-06-14
Time:10 – 13 October 2013
Location:Berlin, Germany
Imagine: neuroscience, clinical science, contemplative philosophy, the humanities, contemplative education, economics, and much more -- all under one roof. Along with the latest research and breakthroughs guided by some of the world's most important thought leaders.

No need to imagine it. This October, Mind and Life Europe presents its Symposium for Contemplative Studies in Berlin, which will bring together academics and other interested attendees for presentations, discussions, and collaborative networking in the emerging field of contemplative studies.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be an engaging, enriching three days. Register today as tickets are selling fast. We look forward to seeing you there!


Schedule Overview

Multi-disciplinary interactive programme

World-renowned presenters from neuroscience, social sciences, and contemplative traditions will present on “Personal and Societal Change from the Contemplative Perspective.” Besides keynotes, the conference will host panel discussions, poster sessions, and an Open Process Lab that will include each and every participant. In so doing, it will be a unique opportunity to learn and experience cutting-edge contemplative science, and to network with like-minded researchers from complementary disciplines.


Day 1, Thursday: Introduction to the Thematic Concepts

The symposium will begin with a keynote address by Tania Singer “From Brain Plasticity to a Caring Society.” In this talk, Tania will present an introduction to the thematic concepts and an overview of the meeting to come, together with a rationale of the symposium’s topic, “Personal and Societal Change from the Contemplative Perspective.”


Day 2, Friday: A Scientific Understanding of Personal Change

Day 2 will begin with yoga (bring your own mats) and meditation, and is dedicated to the scientific understanding of personal change. The keynote lecture of the morning will be given by Wolf Singer on "The Neuronal Mechanisms Underlying Behavioural Modifications". Wolf and Matthieu Ricard, will together explore the interface between neuroscience and contemplative practices in a panel discussion. Most of the afternoon will feature group panels, paper presentations, and poster sessions. Throughout the symposium, several poster sessions will be hosted in order to facilitate a dynamic interchange between researchers, audience, and presenters.


Day 3, Saturday: A Scientific Understanding of Societal Change

Day 3 will also begin with yoga and meditation, and is dedicated to the topic of social change and how present understandings of system dynamics, system architecture, economic models, and education are envisioned and enacted. Following a keynote lecture by renowned economist Dennis Snower on the concept of “caring economics,” the audience is invited to engage in an Open Process Lab, a methodology developed by Otto Scharmer. It will engage every participant in a co-emerging process around education, clinical science, and economics. This process will be repeated and closed on Day 4.

The afternoon will be dedicated to education, and the challenges of the real world applications of the themes discussed earlier. The day will conclude with a panel discussion around the question of how personal and societal change are interdependent, and the role of systems architecture.

Day 4, Sunday: Applied Integration of Personal and Societal Change

As every full programme day before, Day 4 will begin with yoga and meditation. Two active groups working in the interdisciplinary area of contemplative science will showcase the methodologies of their current research and how they interweave different disciplines ranging from anthropology and philosophy with clinical and neuroscientific perspectives. The last day will close with the final Open Process Lab and a keynote by Mind and Life president Arthur Zajonc.


Call for Papers

In order to be more interactive, the European Symposium for Contemplative Studies is soliciting proposals for workshops, panels, paper presentation sessions, and poster sessions from every participant. Each of these sessions will be allocated 1 ½ hours of time within the program. Submissions may focus on conceptual, theoretical, empirical, and/or methodological issues.


Origin and purpose of the symposium

The Mind and Life Europe Symposium for Contemplative Studies is a response to the increased need for scientific researchers and contemplative experts to interact and network with each other. This meeting is the culmination of a year-long collaborative effort between individuals and institutions. It is aimed at advancing the emerging field of contemplative studies.

Related Link:http://www.europeansymposium.org/

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[Conference] Charles Muller at Tel-Aviv University posted date:2013-06-07
Time:2013/6/10-11
Location:Gilman Building, 281; Gilman Building 496, University of Tokyo
Next week the Confucian Institute and the department of East Asian Studies at Tel-Aviv University will be hosting Prof. Charles A. Muller from the University of Tokyo.

During his visit to Tel-Aviv University Prof. Muller will present the following papers [the abstracts presented below]:

1 - Right View and Correct Faith: Distinction, and Re-Merging in Mahāyāna Buddhism [Tuesday June 11th 12:15, Gilman Building, 281]

2 - Digital Humanities: Developments in Digital Tools for the Study of East Asian Texts [Monday June 10th 14:00, Gilman Building 496]

Abstracts:

*Right View (/samyak-d???i/) and Correct Faith (/?raddhā/): Distinction, and Re-Merging in Mahāyāna Buddhism* As a religious tradition, Buddhism is distinctively epistemological in its articulation of the causes of human suffering and in the solutions it offers. The most fundamental problem in Buddhism is that of nescience (/avidyā/), manifested in such forms as the clinging to a constructed self, along with numberless derivative problems. Therefore the matter of mentally constructed frameworks (/d???i/) is central to Buddhist soteriological discourse. At the same time, the notion of faith (/?raddhā/), which in other religions tends strongly in the emotional/devotional direction, is in Mahāyāna philosophy of mind, a category intimately related to right view.
Mahāyāna Buddhism furthermore contains two distinct levels of discourse regarding right views and correct faith: that which occurs at the conventional (/laukika///saṃv?ti/) level and that which is seen at the transcendent (/lokôttara///paramârtha/) level of discussion. This paper starts out with the discussion of views and belief in the context of secular academic disciplines such as psychology and epistemology, and ends up with the most rarefied view in Zen, a distinctive Buddhist tradition wherein, I argue, right view and correct faith become largely indistinguishable.

*Digital Humanities: Developments in Digital Tools for the Study of East Asian Texts* This will be a two-hour long workshop covering a number of topics, including: (1) A brief overview of the history and trajectory of the emerging field of Digital Humanities. (2) History and development of the DDB and CJKV-E Dictionaries and the digitized Taisho canon. (3) A thorough explanation of the options and functions offered by each of these tools (search options, the latest SAT version tools), strategies for encouraging user input. (4) Demonstration of the application of the tools with online Chinese texts. (5) Demonstration of the local system for adding new data.


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[Conference] UKABS conference, London posted date:2013-06-07
Time:2013/7/12; 9.15am-5.30pm
Location:Khalili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
The UK Association for Buddhist Studies annual conference will be held on 12th July 2013 at SOAS, London. Full details are below.

Payment for the conference will be on the door, but please pre-register by notifying myself (as UKABS Treasurer) of your intention to attend, so that I can ensure we have enough coffee! Please note the registration fee includes coffee/tea but not lunch, which can be purchased in the SOAS canteen.

All are welcome. Please circulate the details widely.

With best wishes,
Naomi

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Dr Naomi Appleton
Chancellor's Fellow in Religious Studies
School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh
Naomi.Appleton@ed.ac.uk
naomiappleton.wordpress.com
storyofstoryinsouthasia.wordpress.com


The UK Association for Buddhist Studies Annual Conference 2013

Friday 12th July 2013, 9.15am-5.30pm, Khalili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H.0XG.

Registration fee: £10 (£5 unwaged) for UKABS members; £25 (£15 unwaged) for non-members.

Further Information: UKABS Secretary, Dr. Cathy Cantwell (catherine.cantwell@orinst.ox.ac.uk).

Registration: To pre-register, please contact UKABS Treasurer and Membership Secretary, Naomi Appleton (naomi.appleton@ed.ac.uk), so that we have accurate numbers for refreshments. Payment (by cash or cheque) will be on the door.

Featuring lectures by:
Professor Stefano Zacchetti, Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies, University of Oxford, the author of several studies, including the monograph In Praise of the Light (International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology, Soka University, Tokyo 2005). His research focuses on early Chinese Buddhist literature (particularly translations and commentaries), and the history of the canon.

Dr Elizabeth Harris, Liverpool Hope University, the author of Theravada Buddhism and the British Encounter: religious, missionary and colonial experience in nineteenth century Sri Lanka (Routledge 2006) and What Buddhists Believe (Oneworld 1998). Her research interests are Buddhism and Conflict, Buddhism in Sri Lanka, the encounter between Buddhism and the West, particularly in the 19th Century, and Buddhism and religious plurality.

Programme

Registration from 9.15 a.m.

9.50 President's Welcome.

10.00-11.00 Professor Stefano Zacchetti (University of Oxford) The dream of a thing: some reflections on the nature, functions, and formation of the Buddhist canon in China.

11.00-11.30 Coffee break.

11.30-1.00 Postgraduate Panel:

11.30-12.00 Anastasia Gritsenko (Goldsmiths College, University of London) On Buddhist Happiness and Aristotle’s eudaimonia: A Paradoxical Account?

12.00-12.30 Chris Jones (University of Oxford) The tathāgatagarbha as ātman in the Mahāyāna A?gulimālīya Sūtra.

12.30-1.00 Caroline Starkey (University of Leeds) The Crossing and Dwelling of Ordained Buddhist Women in Contemporary Britain. 1.00 -2.15 LUNCH (in the SOAS canteen).

2.15 -3.00 UKABS AGM

3.00-4.00 University of Durham Research Project Presentation: ?āstravid: A New Electronic Research Tool for Studying Indian Philosophical Texts (Dr Jan Westerhoff; European Research Council funded project).

4.00-4.30 Tea break.

4.30-5.30 Dr Elizabeth Harris (Liverpool Hope University) Buddhism, Space and Conflict in Colonial and Postcolonial Sri Lanka.


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[Conference] Oslo Buddhist Studies Forum Spring program posted date:2013-04-16
Time:2013/4/23; 5/6 04:15 PM - 06:00 PM
Location:PAM, seminarrom 14
You are cordially invited to attend the Spring term lectures in the Oslo Buddhist Studies Forum:

Astrid Hovden (PhD fellow, IKOS) will give the talk

"Paying the monk tax: Reflections on recruitment and monastic economy in Himalayan village monasteries"

Time and place: Apr 23, 2013 04:15 PM - 06:00 PM, PAM, seminarrom 14

On May 6, 2013 04:15 PM - 06:00 PM, PAM seminarrom 6

Professor Dr. Birgit Kellner (Heidelberg University) is Cluster Professor "Buddhist Studies" and Deputy Speaker, Research Area D "Historicities and Heritage", Cluster "Asia and Europe" at Heidelberg University, gives the talk

"The Lion's Roar and the Mango in the Thornbush – Perceptions and Constructions of Scholarly Debate in Buddhism"

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[Conference] The Nan Tien Institute Public Seminars posted date:2013-04-16
Time:2013/4/26, 27 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location:Conference Room, Nan Tien Institute, Berkeley, NSW
The Nan Tien Institute in Australia is pleased to present two free public seminars by Professor Lewis Lancaster.

FIRST SEMINAR

“Is Buddhism a religion, a philosophy, or a cognitive science?”

What role does Buddhism play in a global world of technology? In what ways has Buddhism become even more relevant today? With over fifty years of scholarship in Buddhist Studies, Professor Lancaster will explore the very nature of Buddhism itself. This exposition will uncover the “essence”
behind tenets, philosophies, and the nature of perception. This lecture promises to be a journey exploring what makes Buddhism a growing and relevant religion in the world.

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Friday, 26 April 2013
Venue: Conference Room, Nan Tien Institute, Berkeley, NSW

SECOND SEMINAR

“Seaport Buddhism: International Maritime Trade and Religious Expansion.”

The Silk Road remains one of the most important processes by which Buddhism spread across Eurasia. There is now a growing awareness of the maritime contribution to the global network of trade and cultural diffusion.
Professor Lewis Lancaster has made significant inroads in this field of study. By building a global team of researchers, utilizing new data collection technologies, and using advanced data mapping and visualization to integrate cutting-edge results about the movements and trails of bygone ships and sailors, Professor Lancaster will unveil the latest findings regarding mercantile activity and the spread of Buddhism.

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am, Saturday, 27 April 2013
Venue: Conference Room, Nan Tien Institute, Berkeley, NSW

BIOGRAPHY
Professor Lewis Lancaster, a distinguished scholar of Buddhism, founded the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative to use the latest computer technology to map the spread of various strands of Buddhism from the distant past to the present. Professor Lancaster has published over 55 articles and reviews and has edited or authored numerous books including Prajnaparamita and Related Systems, The Korean Buddhist Canon, Buddhist Scriptures, Early Ch’an in China and Tibet, and Assimilation of Buddhism in Korea. He is Emeritus Professor of the Department of East Asian Languages at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, and has served as President, Adjunct Professor and Chair of the dissertation committee at University of the West since 1992. He was also the Chair of Buddhist Studies at UC, Berkeley, USA and Editor of the Berkeley Buddhist Studies Series.
Related Link:http://www.paradeofthebuddhas.org/?page_id=2445

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[Conference] Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia", Goettingen/Germany posted date:2013-04-01
Time:2013/6/26-29
Location: "Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia" Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology Georg-Augus
The research network "Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia" holds its mid-term conference from June 26-29 in Goettingen, Germany.

Conference Outline
In global comparison, Southeast Asia stands out as a region marked by a particularly diverse religious landscape. Various “ethnic religions”
interact with so-called “world religions”, all of the latter – with the exception of Judaism – being represented in the region. While religion has oftentimes been viewed as an antithesis to modernity, scholarship has shown that religion shapes and is intertwined with modernization processes in crucial ways and that its role in contemporary Southeast Asian societies is intensifying. The mid-term conference “Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia” will explore this link between "religion" and "modernity" by focusing on three dimensions of religious dynamics, namely mediality, politics and mobility. In the spirit of Southeast Asian studies as a holistic, i.e. trans-disciplinary approach, we invite papers from fields as diverse as history, anthropology, sociology, political science, media studies, geography or linguistic studies that investigate the peculiar dynamics of religion in times of globalization, and the ways in which these dynamics mediate change and continuity in Southeast Asia.

Conference Keynote Lecture: Robert Hefner, Boston University

Panel 1: Spatial Dynamics of Religion between Modulation and Conversion Panel Keynote: Janet Hoskins, University of Southern California

Panel 2: Secularization of Religion, Sacralization of Politics? The State of Religion in Southeast Asia Panel Keynote: Anthony Reid, ANU

Panel 3: Materializing Religion: on Media, Mediation, Immediacy Panel Keynote: Justin McDaniel, University of Pennsylvania

Related Link:http://www.dorisea.de/de/node/996

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[Conference] Woodenfish 2nd Summer Program--10-day Guanyin posted date:2013-02-22
Time:2013/8/5-16
Location:Putuoshan, China
ANNOUNCEMENT: Woodenfish 2nd Summer Program: 10-day Guanyin (Avalokite?vara) Study Workshop at Mt. Putuo, China led by Professor Chün-fang Yu

The Guanyin Workshop will begin with a seven day intensive study on the culture of Guanyin (Avalokite?vara), led by the eminent Buddhism Scholar, Professor Chün-fang Yu, followed by a three day tour of the islands of Putuo and Luoqie. The seven day intensive will include a monastic life practicum including daily meditation and chanting. The program is being hosted by Putuo Buddhist College.

Eligibility: Faculty, graduate level and advanced undergraduate students
Application Deadline: May 15, 2013
Cost: Tuition and room and board in China will be covered by a scholarship

Schedule:
August 5: Arrival (Putuoshan, China)
August 6-12: Classes and discussions on Guanyin and Monastic Life Practicum
August 13-15: Mt. Putuo temples tour
August 16: Departure (Putuoshan, China)

Fees:
Accepted applicants must provide their own transportation to and from Zhujiajian, Mt. Putuo, Zhejiang Province, China and $80 (USD) for uniforms. There are no additional costs for the Workshop. Room and board, tuition, and local transportation costs will be covered by a scholarship for all selected participants.

For further information, please email: woodenfish.putuo@gmail.com

To download the application form, please visit our website:
http://woodenfish.org/guanyin-workshop

Related Link:http://woodenfish.org/guanyin-workshop

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[Conference] 5th International Dharmakīrti Conference: Heidelberg posted date:2013-02-18
Time:25-29 August 2014
Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that the well-established tradition of International Dharmakīrti Conferences – Kyōto (1982), Vienna (1989), Hiroshima (1997) and, again, Vienna (2005) – will be continued with the Fifth International Dharmakīrti Conference in Heidelberg from
25-29 August, 2014.

The conference is aimed to showcase current research on all aspects of Buddhist epistemology and logic in India, China or Tibet from a historical, philological and/or philosophical perspective. Papers may also address aspects of the relationship of Buddhist pramā?a to other currents of thought within Buddhism or in the respectively pertinent broader intellectual environment.

The conference is scheduled for the week immediately after the IABS conference in Vienna (August 18-23), to facilitate participation in both conferences for scholars from overseas.

To receive further circulars for the Dharmakīrti conference in the future, please subscribe to the conference mailing-list at this
website:

https://listserv.uni-heidelberg.de/cgi-bin/wa?A0=IDHC5HEIDELBERG

(Click "subscribe" on the right-hand side.)

Participants of the last conference who already received the first circular are already subscribed to the list. An online registration system for the conference will be made available by 31 July 2013.

With best regards,

Birgit Kellner

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Prof. Dr. Birgit Kellner
Chair in Buddhist Studies
Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context - - the Dynamics of Transculturality"
University of Heidelberg
Karl Jaspers Centre
Vossstraße 2, Building 4400
D-69115 Heidelberg
Phone: +49(0)6221 - 54 4301
Fax: +49(0)6221 - 54 4012
http://www.asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de/en/home.html
Related Link:https://listserv.uni-heidelberg.de/cgi-bin/wa?A0=IDHC5HEIDELBERG

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[Conference] Understanding Buddhism through its Classic Texts posted date:2013-02-08
Time:July 8-August 2, 2013
Location:Berkeley, CA

This summer, Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages will be hosting a four-week NEH Summer Seminar, “Understanding Buddhism through its Classic Texts.” The program will be held from July 8-August 2, 2013 in Berkeley, CA.
It will be led by Drs. Luis Gómez (emeritus, University of Michigan) and Parimal Patil (Harvard).

The deadline for applications is March 4, 2013. Successful applicants will receive a $3,300 stipend through the NEH to defray the costs of attending the program (travel, housing, etc.) No tuition is charged for the program itself.



Since the program requires no knowledge of the canonical languages, it should have broad appeal across a variety of disciplines, including religious studies, Asian studies, art history, area studies, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. However, Drs. Gómez and Patil will arrange special sessions for any participants who do know one or more canonical languages.

The program is open to faculty teaching at the undergraduate level, and two positions are reserved for graduate students who plan an academic career.
More details can be found at
http://www.mangalamresearch.org/programs/neh-summer-seminar-2013/. For questions, please contact Samra Girma, samrag@mangalamresearch.org.



We would appreciate your calling the program to the attention of colleagues who use or might wish to use Buddhist texts in their courses. Hard copies of fliers announcing the program can be mailed on request.

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[Conference] The Pure Land in Buddhist Cultures: History, Image, Praxis, Thought posted date:2013-02-08
Time:May 31 – Jun 2, 2013
Location:University of British Columbia

We are pleased to announce an extended paper submission deadline of FEBRUARY
15, 2013 for the upcoming conference, “The Pure Land in Buddhist Cultures:
History, Image, Praxis, Thought” (May 31 – Jun 2, 2013, University of
British Columbia). Individual paper and panel proposals on any aspect of
pure land thought, from any region of the world or Buddhist tradition, are
welcome.

In addition, we are delighted to offer several travel grants for graduate
students and young scholars, announce our keynote speakers, and further
schedule details.


**Travel Grants for Graduate Students and Young Scholars**

Several travel packages are available for current graduate students and
young scholars (under 40 years of age) without fulltime positions. These
packages offer $300-$1,500 (CAN) in travel costs, depending on the distance
traveled and include free accommodation for 3 nights. Eligibility: (1)
paper accepted for publication at the conference; (2) enrolled in a graduate
program or pursuing research without a fulltime position. Interested
individuals whose papers are accepted may apply for a travel grant by March
15, 2013. Decisions will be made by March 31.

There are two sources of funding for the grants, and if you are selected as
recipient of one of the two funds, that of the International Association of
Shin Buddhist Studies (IASBS), you will be asked to register as member of
IASBS by April 15, 2013. (Student membership fee is waived for all first
year, and from the second year, the fees are US$20 outside Japan or 2,000
yen in Japan.) Special thanks for the generous donation of travel funds for
IASBS members by Rev. and Mrs. Shodo Baba of Chiba, Japan. And, special
thanks to The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation, for travel funds for
presenters from other scholarly associations.


**Keynote Speakers**

Profs. Georgios Halkias (Visiting Associate Researcher, Oxford University),
a specialist of Tibetan and Himalayan Buddhism, and Masahiro Shimoda
(Professor, Tokyo University), a specialist of Indian and Mahayana Buddhism,
will deliver the keynote addresses.


**Schedule**

Registration will open in the mid-afternoon of Friday, May 31, and the first
panels and keynote, in the late afternoon and evening. The conference will
close in the afternoon of Sunday, June 2, and dinner provided for those able
to join. *All lunches and dinners are included in the registration fee.


Please find the full Call For Papers appended below.

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Jessica Main
Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation Chair | Buddhism and Contemporary
Society Program | The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus CK
Choi Building, 1855 West Mall | Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2 Phone 604 822
9305 | Fax 604 822 5207 jessica.main@ubc.ca | ubcbuddhism.wordpress.com


**The Pure Land in Buddhist Cultures: History, Image, Praxis, Thought**
University of British Columbia | Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2, 2013
Abstracts due: **extended deadline February 15, 2013** Papers due: May 23,
2013 Conference website: http://pureland2013.wordpress.com

Pure Land Buddhist traditions have been some of the largest and most
influential in Buddhist history, and remain so to the present day. Moreover,
the very idea of a purified, perfect land of a buddha echoes throughout
Buddhist text and praxis. Most often, this buddha is“Immeasurable Light”
or “Immeasurable Life,” who created a pure land far to the west of our own
world. But there are many others. This conference aims to examine sectarian
traditions of Pure Land Buddhism as well as the “pure land” within
Buddhism generally. As this conference is jointly-sponsored by associations
connected to Pure Land Buddhist traditions in two countries, it is a unique
chance to approach pure land expansively, in terms of its long history,
global reach, and diverse regional and trans-regional expressions–whether
in or across what are today known as China, Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Canada,
and so on. The hope is to increase knowledge and scholarly exchange about
the multifaceted development of pure land in Buddhist cultures. Papers are
welcome on any aspect of pure land, type of Pure Land Buddhism, any region
or historical period, and from any methodological or disciplinary
perspective.


Papers might address questions such as:

- How did the praxis, thought, and social forms concerned with the pure land
and its central buddha emerge historically?

- How do we best describe and analyze pure land forms in visual culture,
whether embedded in text, in art and architecture, or in spatial and
meditative imaginaries?

- And, in an increasingly globalized world, how do we understand the
connections between various kinds of Pure Land all over the world and the
challenges that each faces?


Please submit a 100 word abstract and short bio to email us at
bcsprogram@gmail.com by February 15, 2013 for consideration. For panels,


The jointly-sponsored “The Pure Land in Buddhist Cultures” will be the 3rd
Annual Conference of the Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program
(University of British Columbia, funded by The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada
Foundation), and the 16th Biennial Conference of the International
Association of Shin Buddhist Studies (hosted by the IASBS North American
District).

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[Conference] 2013 AABCAP Annual Conference posted date:2013-01-09
Time:2013/8/24-25
Location:Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
The Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists invites you to join us in Brisbane, Queensland for the 7th Annual AABCAP Conference. In 2013 we have a dynamic mix of internationally and nationally acclaimed speakers who will share their wisdom and insights in Keynote Addresses, Interactive Workshops, Panel Discussions and Q&A.

Speaker:
Venerable Robina Courtin
Dr Stephanie Dowrick
Dr Eng Kong Tan
Renate Ogilvie
Related Link:http://www.buddhismandpsychotherapy.org/events/annual-conference

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[Conference] C-BEAR and Donghwasa International Conference posted date:2013-01-09
Time:2013/5/29-31
Location:Donghwasa Temple, South Korea
"The Cult of the Healing Buddha in East Asia"
Speaker: Juhyung Rhi, Seoul National University, Princeton Institute for Advanced Study

The cult of the Healing Buddha (Skt. Bhai?ajyaguru, Ch. Yaoshi, K. Yaksa, J. Yakushi) constituted one of the major cults in East Asia. And yet, with the exception of Raoul Birnbaum’s seminal work (The Healing Buddha, first published in 1979), it has been until now largely neglected in Western scholarship. The present conference is intended as a first step toward redressing this neglect.

The functional relation between Bhai?ajyaguru and healing opens up a large area of research on the relationships between Buddhism, medicine, and healing cults. In spite of seminal work done by Paul Demiéville (Buddhism and Healing) and Michel Strickmann (Chinese Magical Medicine), there has been very little research addressing these relationships. More specifically, the extent to which Bhai?ajyaguru’s cult contributed to promoting Buddhist priests as healers remains unexplored territory.

The cult of Bhai?ajyaguru is not limited to disease and healing, however. A listings of its other aspects would include:

Socio-political and cultural aspects in comparative perspective. Attention should also be paid to the mediating role played by this figure in the interface between the monastic tradition and folk beliefs in various Asian cultures. Donghwasa, a Son (Zen) monastery that is also one of the major cultic centers of Bhai?ajyaguru in Asia, is a particularly interesting case in this respect.

Bhai?ajyaguru’s lapis-lazuli paradise and its relation to Amitābha’s Pure Land; repentance rituals and other ritualistic aspects of his cult; his relation to death, the dead, and the underworld; his role as a ruler of human destiny, which links him to the Twin-devas (J. kushōjin 倶生神) and rituals designed to recall the soul.

The esoteric Bhai?ajyaguru as a cosmic deity, at the center of the spatio-temporal framework formed by the bodhisattvas Sūryaprabha and Candraprabha and the twelve spirit-commanders (who are linked to the twelve zodiacal signs). In his capacity as an astral deity, Bhai?ajyaguru is also associated with the cult of the seven Bhai?ajyaguru and the pairing of this septet with the seven stars of Ursa Major (i.e., the Big, or Northern, Dipper). In Japan, for example, this cult provided a bridge between esoteric Buddhism and the so-called Way of Yin and Yang (Onmyōdō).

While this buddha has been relatively well studied by art historians, the tendency has been to treat him as an independent figure, separated from his ritual and iconographic contexts. Furthermore, his relationship to other figures (especially the twelve spirit-commanders, who are emanations of Bhai?ajyaguru) has been ignored. To give one example, in Japan the pestilence god Gozu Tennō 牛頭天王 is often considered a manifestation of Bhai?ajyaguru. Did similar relationships exist in China and Korea as well?

Certain aspects of Bhai?ajyaguru’s cult have received more emphasis than others. A conference focused on this figure would ideally include those with expertise on Bhai?ajyaguru in South, Southeast, and Central Asian Buddhist cultures, not just East Asian Buddhism, so that a larger, cross-cultural picture may be painted. We may not achieve that goal on this first attempt. We can only hope that this conference, which aims to bring scholars from various countries and disciplines together at the Korean abode of Bhai?ajyaguru, will provide an impetus for further studies.

If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact our coordinator, Sujung Kim, at sujung.kim1979@gmail.com.

Related Link:http://blogs.cuit.columbia.edu/c-bear/

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[Conference] History as a Challenge to Buddhism and Christianity posted date:2013-01-09
Time:2013/6/27-7/1
Location: the Retreat Centre Oude Abdij, near Ghent. History as a Challenge to Buddhism and Christianity
A joint conference between the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the
European Network of Buddhist Christian Studies and the Tenth Conference of the European Network of Buddhist Christian Studies in cooperation with the KU Leuven.

Thursday, 27. June
Night
Perry Schmidt-Leukel (University of Münster, Germany)
Contemporary Historical Consciousness and the Challenge to Religion

Friday, 28. June
Morning
Mark Blum (University of Albany, USA)
The Traditional Buddhist Concept of History: Liberation History
Jan-Olav Henriksen (Norwegen School of Theology, Oslo/Norway)
The Traditional Christian Concept of History: Salvation History
Afternoon
Terrence Merrigan (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium)
Jesus Christ: Fact and Fiction.
John S. Strong (Bates College, USA)
Gautama Buddha: Fact and Fiction
Night
Open research papers

Saturday, 29. June
Morning
Open research papers
Afternoon and Night
Cultural tour of Ghent

Sunday, 30. June
Morning
Sven Bretfeld (University of Bochum, Germany)
Buddhist Historiography
Giovanni Filoramo (University of Turin, Italy)
Christian Historiography
Afternoon
Catharina Stenqvist (University of Lund, Sweden)
Dangerous Memory: Christianity
Ian Harris (University of Cumbria, UK)
Dangerous Memory: Buddhism

Monday, 1st July
Morning
Rita Gross (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, USA)
Permitting Historical Consciousness in Buddhism
Armin Kreiner (University of Munich, Germany)
Permitting Historical Consciousness in Christianity


Related Link:http://www.buddhist-christian-studies.net/?page_id=220

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[Conference] Buddhist Geeks Conference 2013 posted date:2013-01-09
Time:2013/8/16-18
Location:University Memorial Center (UMC) Lobby, University of Colorado
DAY 1: FRIDAY, AUGUST 16TH / UMC
4:00 – 6:30pm Event Registration
University Memorial Center (UMC) Lobby, University of Colorado
7:00 – 7:15pm Welcome to Buddhist Geeks Conference 2013
7:15 – 8:30pm Opening Keynote

DAY 2: SATURDAY, AUGUST 17TH / UMC
8:00 – 9:00am #OpenPractice
9:30 – 11am Buddhist Geeks Live: Session One
11:30 – 12:30pm Buddhist Geeks Live: Session Two
2:15 – 4:00pm Buddhist Geeks Unplugged: Session One Facilitated by YOU!
4:30 – 5:30pm BG Roundtable
7:30 – 8:30pm BG User Submissions

DAY 3: SUNDAY, AUGUST 18TH / UMC
8:00 – 9:00am #OpenPractice
9:30 – 10:30am Buddhist Geeks Live: Session Three
11:00 – 12:00pm BG Roundtable
1:45 – 3:00pm Buddhist Geeks Unplugged: Session Two Facilitated by YOU!
3:15 – 4:15pm Closing Keynote
4:15 – 5:00pm Buddhist Geeks 2012 Conference Closing

*Please provide your email address if you would like us to keep you updated on conference specials and offerings.
Related Link:http://conference.buddhistgeeks.com/schedule/

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[Contribution] Migration, Faith, and Action - Shifting the Discourse posted date:2014-04-14
Time:8-9 May 2014
Location:University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

A conference entitled Migration, Faith, and Action: Shifting The Discourse will take place in Oxford on 8-9 May 2014

In a time when globalization emphasizes the free flow of ideas, goods, and capital, migration appears at the forefront of political agendas in many countries around the world. Discussions on migration tend to focus on the economy, emphasizing the protection of the working class and the attraction of highly skilled migrants; on national identity, emphasizing nationalism and “us versus them” sentiments; and on national security, emphasizing protection from external threats. Economists, politicians, and media outlets primarily shape the discussions around migration, while religious and faith traditions play, at best, a marginal role in defining the discourse.

The conference will explore two themes:

· Faith: What discourses do faith traditions provide surrounding migration?
· Action: What is the role of faith communities and faith-based organizations in the complex landscape of migration?

The organisers are seeking submissions that reflect on the following related items, among others:

· What narratives do the theological and faith traditions have about migration, migrants, and those who receive them
· Does the blessed life, does the good life, involve migrating or receiving migrants?
· What practices prevail now in the theological traditions regarding migration?
· Which values or specific attitudes should prevail regarding migration?
· How are narratives from faith traditions manifest in the world through the projects and programs of faith-based organizations?
· Could a fresh way of speaking or discourse generate new approaches to migration in law and policy?

The first day of the conference will feature a documentary screening and discussion with Norma Romero, a member of “Las Patronas”, Mexico’s 2013 National Human Rights Award winners.

Please submit abstracts (300 words max) with title to migrationfaithaction@gmail.com with “Migration, Faith, and Action” as the subject line by 15 March 2014.

If you have any questions please contact the organisers, Robert Heimburger, Alejandro Olayo-Méndez, Lena Wettach, Paul Kellner, at migrationfaithaction@gmail.com.

Please note: Travel funding for this conference is the responsibility of participants.

Sponsored by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) and Las Casas Institute

Related Link:http://www.qeh.ox.ac.uk/about/news2?news_id=285

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[contribution] PopCAANZ 5th Annual International Conference posted date:2014-04-14
Time:Deadline for proposals: 16 May 2014
Location:Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

PopCAANZ 5th Annual International Conference
18-20 June 2014

Deadline for proposals: 16 May 2014

The Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (Popcaanz) is devoted to the scholarly understanding of everyday cultures. It is concerned with the study of the social practices and the cultural meanings that are produced and are circulated through the processes and practices of everyday life. As a product of consumption, an intellectual object of inquiry, and as an integral component of the dynamic forces that shape societies.

We invite academics, professionals, cultural practitioners and those with a scholarly interest in popular culture, to send a 150 word abstract and 100 word bio to the area chairs listed below.

‧ Animation: Deborah Szapiro: animation@popcaanz.com
‧ Architecture: Derham Groves: architecture@popcaanz.com
‧ Biography and Life Writing: biography@popcaanz.com
‧ Business: Gjoko Muratovski: business@popcaanz.com
‧ Creative Writing: Karen Simpson Nikakis: writing@popcaanz.com
‧ Curating: Rebecca Bower: curating@popcaanz.com
‧ Cyber Culture: John Lenarcic: cyber@popcaanz.com
‧ Design: Jacquie Kasunic: design@popcaanz.com
‧ Disability: Kimberley McMahon-Coleman: disability@popcaanz.com
‧ Entertainment: Tanya Nitins: entertainment@popcaanz.com
‧ Fandom: Katherine Larsen: fandom@popcaanz.com
‧ Fashion: Vicki Karaminas: fashion@popcaanz.com
‧ Fiction: Rachel Franks: fiction@popcaanz.com
‧ Film: Bruce Isaacs:film@popcaanz.com
‧ Food Studies: Toni Risson food@popcaanz.com
‧ Gender and Queer: Anita Brady: gender@popcaanz.com
‧ Girlhood Studies: Juliette Peers: girlhood@popcaanz.com
‧ Gothic: Lorna Piatti-Farnell: gothic@popcaanz.com
‧ Comics, Manga and Anime: Paul Mountfort: comics@popcaanz.com
‧ History: Hsu-Ming Teo: history@popcaanz.com
‧ Law: Jason Bainbridge: law@popcaanz.com
‧ Music: Ed Montano: music@popcaanz.com
‧ Pedagogy: Ruth Walker: pedagogy@popcaanz.com
‧ Performance: Sue Osmond: performance@popcaanz.com
‧ Radio and Audio Media: Martin Hadlow: radio@popcaanz.com
‧ Religion: Holly Randell-Moon: religion@popcaanz.com
‧ Science: Steven Gil: science@popcaanz.com
‧ Sound, Voices and the Everyday: Norie Neumark: voices@popcaanz.com
‧ Sports: sports@popcaanz.com
‧ Television: Rosser Johnson: tv@popcaanz.com
‧ Textiles: Denise Rall: textiles@popcaanz.com
‧ Toys and Games: Jason Bainbridge: toys@popcaanz.com
‧ Visual Arts: Adam Geczy: visualarts@popcaanz.com

Related Link:http://popcaanz.com/conference-information-2014/

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[Contribution] The Vitality of New Religions: Thinking Globally, Existing Locally posted date:2014-04-14
Time:4-7 June 2014
Location:Baylor University, Waco (Texas)

The 2014 CESNUR Conference will return to Waco, Texas, and Baylor University, where it will be hosted by the Institute for Studies on Religion. We welcome papers especially on this year’s theme:

"The Vitality of New Religions: Thinking Globally, Existing Locally"

As the 2013 CESNUR conference in Falun focused on the changing scene relative to new religions, this one will focus on space—the global visions projected by new religion and their attempts to embody their vision in local centers. With this theme in mind, we will welcome especially papers on new religious movements in Texas and the American Southwest, including but by no means limited to the Latter-day Saints, the House of Yahweh, Freemasonry, Barsana Dham, the Branch Davidians, and the Texas phase of various national and international new religions.
Papers will also be welcomed on
21st-century new, new religions
Third generation new religions movements
New religions operation as global networks
And all those topics upon which you are currently conducting research in our usual, larger area.

Papers and sessions proposals should be submitted by E-mail before the close of business on February 3, 2014 to cesnur_to@virgilio.it, accompanied by an abstract of no more than 300 words and a CV of no more than 200 words. Proposals may be submitted either in English or in French.

The conference will begin on Wednesday evening with a reception and opening session, introducing Waco and Texas’ history of new religions which reaches back to Sam Houston and the founders of the Texas Republic. Did you know that Houston corresponded with Joseph Smith, Jr., on the relocation of the Saints to the Republic?

Conference sessions will run through the day on Thursday and Friday, through Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon will be a time for a local tour, which will focus on the Homestead Heritage community north of Waco, and will also provide for an optional visit to the Branch Davidian site.

Related Link:http://www.cesnur.org/2014/waco-cfp.htm

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[Contribution] Constitution Writing, Religion and Human Rights - An International Workshop posted date:2014-04-14
Time:June 5-7, 2014
Location:Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZIF), Bielefeld, Germany

With the ZiF Research Group
“Balancing Religious Accommodation and Human Rights in Constitutional Frameworks”

Workshop organizers: Asli Bali (UCLA) and Hanna Lerner (Tel Aviv University)

What sorts of constitutional solutions could reconcile the protection of human rights with the demand for incorporation of religious law in contemporary democratizing or democratic states? In recent years, tensions over religion-state relations have been gaining increasing salience in processes of constitution-writing and amendment processes around the world. In many of these cases, constitutional drafters struggle to mitigate conflicts over religious law and religious identity, which are issues intrinsically related to questions of human rights, gender equality and protection of vulnerable minorities.

The workshop aims at advancing our understanding of how constitutional drafters address these two goals - conflict mitigation and human rights protection - and to what extent the relationship between them are complementary or whether there is a trade-off between the two.

By drawing on comparative analyses of past and contemporary processes of constitutional drafting where questions of religious law and religious identity were at the center of debate, participants are invited to discuss the following questions:


· What is the role of formal constitutions in managing conflicts over religious law and identity, and to what extent is the relationship between religion and state designed outside of formal constitutions, in the realm of ordinary politics?

· How does constitutional ambiguity in provisions related to religious issues reconcile the protection of human rights with demand of religious freedom?

· In what way does the process of constitution-drafting affect the outcome of constitutional provisions concerning religion-state relations (e.g., through selection process for drafters, rules governing inclusiveness and decision-making procedures)?

· In cases where constitutional debates involved competing secular and religious perspectives, what types of human rights have eventually been better protected by constitutional provisions?

We welcome papers that explore the questions raised above from either comparative or theoretical perspective. Papers presented in the workshop may either investigate historical cases of constitutional debates on religious issues, discuss more recent, or on-going constitutional drafting processes, or present a theoretical discussion of these questions.

Travel funds and accommodation for three nights at Bielefeld will be available for paper presenters.

This workshop is organized in conjunction with the ZiF Research Group “Balancing Religious Accommodation and Human Rights in Constitutional Frameworks.” Please visit our website for more information about the group’s research, members, and events.

Please send an abstract of 400-500 words to Aaron Glasserman (aaron.glasserman@gmail.com) no later than 7 April 2014. Acceptance notifications will be sent by 20 April 2014.

Related Link:http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/ZIF/FG/2014Balancing/

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[Contribution] Buddhism and Politics in the Twenty-First Century posted date:2014-04-14
Time:Friday, June 6 to Saturday, June 7, 2014
Location:University of British Columbia

Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program
(Funded by the Tung Lin Kok Yuen 東蓮覺苑 Canada Foundation)

Abstracts due: March 13, 2014
Papers due: May 23, 2014

Please submit a 100- word abstract and short bio to: bcsprogram@gmail.com by March 13, 2014 for consideration.

The program committee welcomes proposals for papers from academics, professionals, and graduate students interested by the influence of Buddhism in contemporary politics. The conference will serves as the foundation for an edited volume on that topic.

There is plenty of evidence that Buddhism, like the other major religions, exercise a profound impact in the politics of many countries, on a wide range of issues, from nationalism, concerns over social justice, to environmental protection and the search for alternative modes of economic development. Buddhism even stands out as a major force in the politics of many Asian countries. The Shin Komeito, a political party supported by a large lay Buddhist organization, has joined successive coalition government in Japan for decades. In Thailand and Taiwan, large lay Buddhist associations have been instrumental in opposing elected governments. In Sri Lanka and Burma, Buddhist clerics have been key actors in inter-ethnic and inter-communal conflicts. Buddhist leaders such as the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. Ambedkar, have been, or remain, outspoken in the cause of justice. In sum, Buddhism has inspired a wide variety of political trends. And yet, the influence of Buddhism in politics is poorly understood, relative to our understanding of the influence of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, or Hinduism, in contemporary politics and international affairs.

Besides what Buddhist concepts of compassion and impermanence can tell us about the ideals their traditions uphold, what are the practices of governmentality and legitimacy do Buddhist institutions and their leaders condone in countries where Buddhism is an important, if not the central, component of the social fabric? What are the policies and actions do Buddhists sanction? Is there a Buddhist social doctrine on poverty alleviation and the creation of wealth? Where do Buddhists stand on human rights and capital punishment? Where do they stand on issues like same-sex marriage of abortion? The proposed conference aims to understand what are the perspectives and debates among Buddhists about the important issues that face contemporary societies. We do not expect to find a ‘Buddhist way’ at the end of our conference, but rather we want to better understand the different ways in which different Buddhist traditions guide the political ideals of people in contemporary societies.

Our conference welcomes scholars in the disciplines of Buddhist studies, political science, as well as anthropology, sociology and philosophy, to better understand the relevance of Buddhism as systems of thought, institutions, social practices, and lived traditions, in politics. Are there distinctive Buddhist perspectives on politics?

The conference program committee invites proposals for papers that explore the influence of Buddhism on politics, with an emphasis on the modern and contemporary periods. We welcome papers that focus on a specific country, but also those who adopt a comparative perspective, or offer a more theoretical approach. The topics include the following, but they are not limited to:

Buddhist perspectives on forms of governance
Buddhism and nationalism
Buddhist perspectives on conflict resolution, war and peace
Debates over the role of Buddhism as a state religion
Buddhism and gender in politics
Differences between the Mahāyāna and Theravāda traditions on politics
Buddhist leaders in government or opposition
Buddhist political parties and pressure groups
Monastic and lay protest movements

Applicants can cut and paste both their proposal and a short academic CV through submissions at our site at: http://www.ubc.ca/buddhiststudies/conference/

The deadline for submissions is Friday March 13, 2014. Participants will be notified by April 4th if their submission has been successful.

This conference is generously supported by an endowment for the Program on Buddhism and Contemporary Society at The University of British Columbia, made possible by the Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation.

Questions about this event may be addressed to Andre Laliberte, Visiting Professor and Chair on Buddhism and Contemporary Society at: andre.laliberte@uottawa.ca , with the subject heading: conference on Buddhism and politics.

Related Link:http://www.asia.ubc.ca/2014/02/27/call-for-papers-buddhism-and-politics-in-the-twenty-first-century/

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[Contribution] 14th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women posted date:2014-04-14
Time:By June 15, 2014
Location:Yogyakarta, Indonesia

"Compassion and Social Justice"

Buddhist women have made many contributions to the spiritual and social lives of their communities. Nevertheless, Buddhist women are frequently excluded from the processes that shape their communities, such as negotiations among governments, scholars, religious leaders, and social structures. Decision makers and social justice movements may be unfamiliar with Buddhist women's contributions, while Buddhist women may remain disconnected from the larger issues that affect their daily lives. The 14th Sakyadhita Conference will be an opportunity to dialogue about creating better connections and to explore how compassion and spiritual development can help shape a more just and peaceful world.

Proposals are being accepted for panel presentations and workshops on these topics (listed at the website) related to women and Buddhism.
Proposals (250–500 words in length) should be submitted by April 15, 2014.
Notification of acceptance will be sent by May 15, 2014.
Final papers (2,500 words maximum) are due by June 15, 2014, for translation into various languages.

Proposals should include sender's name, institutional affiliation, and contact information. All proposals and papers must be the original, unpublished work of the presenters.

Related Link:http://sakyadhita.org/conferences/14th-si-con/14th-si-con-call.html

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[Contribution] the 2014 Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference posted date:2014-04-07
Time:Deadline: 1 May 2014
Location:The AAP Conference

The AAP Conference is held annually by the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP). This conference is designed to give professional philosophers and philosophy postgraduate students the opportunity to present and discuss papers in all areas of philosophy.

The 2014 AAP Conference will be hosted by Australian National University. It will be held in Canberra from Sunday 6th July to Friday 11th July 2014.

Save the date! Put it in your calendar! Submit an abstract! Come to the dinner!

Registrations are now open for the 2014 AAP conference, to be hosted by the Australian National University. The Conference will commence on Sunday 6 July with an address by the AAP President and a welcome reception. The cut off date for submission of abstracts and for early bird registration prices is 1 May 2014.

Please direct any enquiries to phil.admin.cass@anu.edu.au

As part of this year's Australasian Association of Philosophy meeting (6th-11th July, Australian National University) The Australasian Society for Cognitive Science will be coordinating a stream Advances in Philosophy of the Cognitive Sciences and Psychology.

In recent decades philosophers taking a rigorously naturalistic approach to the mind (broadly treating minds as natural phenomena open to empirical investigation) have made considerable advances in our understanding of phenomena such as consciousness, memory, delusions and mental representation to name just a few. This stream aims to showcase the newest work in this area. It is my pleasure to invite contributions studying *any and all* aspects of the mind and related phenomena grounded in empirical discoveries.

Abstracts of up to 250 words should be submitted via the conference website when submitting be sure to select the option indicating you are submitting for this stream.

Abstract submissions are now open: http://www.aap-conferences.org.au/aap2014-submit-abstract/

As part of this year's Australasian Association of Philosophy meeting (6th-11th July, Australian National University) The Centre for Moral, Social and Political Theory at the ANU will be coordinating a stream on War and Permissible Harm A century on from the start of WWI, this email takes place against the background of power-plays and territorial incursions in Eastern Europe. In the last 100 years, our thinking on the morality of war and other uses of force has advanced encouragingly, so that few now admit to thinking, what
many used to openly espouse, that war is a legitimate tool for achieving policy objectives. In this stream at the AAP we welcome all contributions on the morality of war and other uses of force, indeed anything on the topic of permissible harm more generally.

Abstracts of up to 250 words should be submitted via the conference website when submitting be sure to select the option indicating you are submitting for this stream.

Please feel free to contact if you have any questions about the stream.

General enquiries about the conference not related to this stream should be directed to phil.admin.cass@anu.edu.au

Related Link:http://www.aap-conferences.org.au/

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[Contribution] Journal of Buddhist Ethics Call for Reviews posted date:2014-03-17
Time:2014
Location:Journal of Buddhist Ethics

Below is a list of books available for review in the Journal of Buddhist Ethics.

Please contact s-haynes@wiu.edu if you are interested in reviewing one of the listed books. Additionally, if you are aware of a book related to Buddhist ethics that would be of interest to our readers, please feel free to let us know.

1. Caste and Buddhist Philosophy by Vincent Eltschinger
2.Buddhism and Ireland: From the Celts to the Counter-culture and Beyond by Laurence Cox
3. Meditations of a Buddhist Skeptic: A Manifesto for the Mind Sciences and Contemplative Practice by B. Alan Wallace
4. The Yogin and the Madman: Reading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet’s Great Saint Milarepa by Andrew Quintman
5.The Ethics of Sankara and Santideva: A Selfless Response to an Illusory World by Warren Lee Todd
6.The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism by Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr.
7.The Buddhist Schools of the Small Vehicle by Andre Bareau
8.Family in Buddhism edited by Liz Wilson
9. From Stone to Flesh: A Short History of the Buddha by Donald S. Lopez Jr.
10. The Forerunner of all Things: Buddhaghosa on Mind, Intention, and Agency by Maria Heim
11. Buddhist Biology: Ancient Eastern Wisdom meets Modern Western Science by David P. Barash
12. Women in Early Indian Buddhism: Comparative Textual Studies ed. Alice Collett
13. Buddhist Nuns and Gendered Practice: In Search of the Female Renunciant by Nirmala S. Salgado
14. Absorption: Human Nature and Buddhist Liberation by Johannes Bronkhorst
15. Images, Relics and Legends: the Formation and Transformation of Buddhist Sacred Sites: Essays in Honour of Professor Koichi Shinohara. Eds. Benn, James A, Chen, Jinhua, and Robson, James.
16. Transforming Consciousness: Yogācāra Thought in Modern China. Ed. John Makeham
17. Beyond Oneness and Difference: Li and coherence in Chinese Buddhist Thought and its Antecedents by Brook Ziporyn
18. Yü, Chün-fang. Passing the Light: The Incense Light Community and Buddhist Nuns in Contemporary Taiwan by Chün-fang Yü
19. Experimental Buddhism: Innovation and Activism in Contemporary Japan by John Nelson
20. Narratives of Sorrow and Dignity: Japanese Women, Pregnancy Loss, and Modern Rituals of Grieving by Bardwell L. Smith
21. Valuing Diversity: Buddhist Reflection on Realizing a More Equitable Global Future by Peter Hershock
22. The Kyoto School: An Introduction by Robert E. Carter
23. The Ordination of a Tree: The Thai Buddhist Environmental Movement by Susan M. Darlington
24. Buddhism Goes to the Movies: Introduction to Buddhist Thought and Practice by Ronald Green
25. Reason and Experience in Tibetan Buddhism: Mabja Jangchug Tsondru and the Traditions of the Middle Way by Thomas Doctor
26. Death and Reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism: In-Between Bodies by Tanya Zivkovic
27. The Refutation of the Self in Indian Buddhism: Candrakirti on the Selflessness of Persons by James Duerlinger
28. Buddhism and Violence: Militarism and Buddhism in Modern Asia Eds. Valdimir Tikhonov and Torkel Brekke
29. Introduction to Tantra: The Transformation of Desireby Lama Thubten Yeshe and Jonathan Landaw
30. Family Matters in Indian Monastic Buddhism by Shayne Clark
31. Discipline and Debate: The Language of Violence in a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery by Michael Lempert
32. Miracles of Book and Body: Buddhist Textual Culture and Medieval Japan by Charlotte Eubanks
33. Religious Bodies Politic: Rituals of Sovereignty in Buryat Buddhismby Anya Bernstein
34. Meditation in Modern Buddhism: Renunciation and Change in Thai Monastic Life by Joanna Cook
35. Nietzsche and Buddhist Philosophyby Antoine Panaioti
36. The Prophet and the Bodhisattva: Daniel Berigan, Thich Nhat Hanh and the Ethics of Peace and Justice by Charles R. Strain
37. Inner Peace--Global Impact: Tibetan Buddhism, Leadership, and Work by Kathryn Goldman Schuyler
38. This-Worldly Nibbana: A Buddhist-Feminist Social Ethic for Peacemaking by Hsiao-Lan Hu
39. Korean Buddhist Nuns and Laywomen: Hidden Histories, Enduring VitalityEd. Eun-su Cho
40. Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism: History, Semiology, and Transgression in the Indian Traditions by Christian Wedemeyer

Related Link:http://blogs.dickinson.edu/buddhistethics/

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[Contribution] International Conference: Mindfulness, Education and Transformation posted date:2014-03-17
Time:Deadline for Abstracts: 30 April 2014
Location:Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Information of the conference:
Venue: the Nan Tien Temple, Berkeley (Wollongong, NSW)
Dates: Sept. 5-7, 2014

Individual research papers are invited on the following themes (but not restricted to):

* Scientific research of mindfulness: the issues related to research methods
* Mindfulness, cognition and consciousness
* Mindfulness in Buddhist traditions
* Current interpretations of mindfulness and the implications
* Mindfulness, loving kindness, compassion and ethics
* Applications of mindfulness in education (early childhood, primary and secondary schools): research, issues, new directions
* Research of different techniques of mindfulness, appropriate for school environments
* Mindfulness training for teachers
* Mindfulness as a method of conflict transformation: personal and interpersonal, in school environments and beyond
* Integration of mindfulness and loving kindness as a transformation method

Paper proposals

Abstracts of maximum 250 words are to be submitted by 30 April 2014 to t.ditrich(at)gmail.com

Notification of acceptance will be given by 23 May 2014.
http://www.nticonference2014.net

Related Link:http://www.nticonference2014.net/

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[Contribution] "Buddhist perspectives on the work of care" and "Buddhism and Politics in the Twenty-First Century" posted date:2014-03-10
Time:May & June 2014
Location:The University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program will be hosting a workshop "Buddhist perspectives on the work of care" on May 9-10, 2014, and later the "Buddhism and Politics in the Twenty-First Century" conference on June 6-7, 2014.

Questions about both the events to be addressed to André Laliberté, visiting Professor and Chair of Buddhism and Contemporary Society, at the following email: Andre.Laliberte@uottawa.ca

Related Link:http://www.iar.ubc.ca/

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[Contribution] Conference on Buddhism and politics in contemporary society posted date:2014-03-10
Time:Deadline for the abstract: March 13, 2014

The Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program at UBC will hold a conference "Buddhism and Politics in the Twenty-First Century", June 6-7, 2014, at the University of British Columbia's Point Grey campus. The program committee welcomes proposals for papers from academics, professionals, and graduate students interested by the influence of Buddhism in contemporary politics. The conference will serve as the foundation for an edited volume on that topic.

The deadline for the abstract and a short biography submission is March 13, 2014.

The papers are due on May 23, 2014.

Related Link:http://ubcbuddhism.wordpress.com

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[Contribution] Chitrolekha Magazine, From Dandabhukti to Dantan posted date:2014-03-10
Time:Submission Deadline: March 31, 2014
Location:Chitrolekha Magazine

Special Issue (Vol. IV, No. 1) on From Dandabhukti to Dantan: a Historical and Cultural Journey

This is a project taken up by Chitrolekha Magazine , for locating the ancient janapada Dandabhukti at and around modern-day Dantan, Paschim Medinipur and for exploring its cultural history from the ancient to the modern times. This also seeks to discuss various aspects of the Moghalmari Buddhist Monastery (Sri Vandak Mahabihar), other archaeological remains of the village, and other historical sites around Moghalmari like Kakrajit, Kurumbera Fort, Satdeulia of Dantan, the ponds like Sarashanka, Bidyadhar, Dharmasagar and the Raibania Fort of Orissa, all of which at some points of time functioned through a live interconnected cultural and economic network. We have preliminarily selected certain topic/s or areas for convenience:

Topics:

General Topics:
- Buddhism in Bengal (Bangladesh and West Bengal)
- Buddhist Sites in Bengal
- Tamralipta and its relation to Dandabhukti

Topics relating to Dandabhukti and Moghalmari Buddhist Monastery
1. Locating and justifying ancient Dandabhukti at and around Dantan
2. The trade and pilgrimage road from the eastern india via Dantan to the South India and Puri*
3. Moghalmari Buddhist monastery
- *History*
- *Architecture*
- *Sculpture*
- *Pottery*
- *Buddhist Sect/s*
- *Other Buddhist structures found at Moghalmari*
4. Plan for archaeological and eco tourism centring round the Monastery.
5. Satdeulia or the place of seven temples and its surrounding areas
6. Kakrajit and its statues of Surya
7. Sarashanka and its history
8. Temples of Dantan: Shyamaleshwar, Chandaneshwar and Jagannath temples
9. Statues found at Dantan and their analyses
10. Local legends
11. Gaganeshwar, Kurumbera Fort and its historical significance
12. The shifting course of the river Subarnarekha
13. Raibania Fort of Orissa.

We cordially invite your opinions, suggestions for inclusion of other topics and contributions to the topics. The issue will be published online and hopefully in hard paper format as a volume.

Word-limit: 2000-5000 words (including notes and references)

Style-sheet to follow: APA

Contact: Tarun Tapas Mukherjee & Sreecheta Mukherjee at editor@chitrolekha.com and ttm1974@gmail.com

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2014.

Expected Schedule of Publication:May 2014.

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[Contribution] Reminder: Panel on Modernizing the Tibetan Literary Tradition posted date:2014-02-24
Time:Before March 1, 2014

"ISSUES OF FAR EASTERN LITERATURES"
Panel "Modernizing the Tibetan Literary Tradition"
(St.Petersburg, June 25 - 29, 2014)

In connection with several Tibetological research projects the Faculty of Asian and African Studies of St.Petersburg State University cordially welcome paper proposals for the Panel on "Modernizing the Tibetan literary tradition" of the 6th International Conference "Issues of Far Eastern Literatures". The conference will be held on June 25 - 29, 2014 in Saint Petersburg. The documented Tibetan history is sometimes presented as alternating periods of quick and drastic innovations often influenced by incoming ideas and customs of neighboring nations and longer periods of more stable, self-concentrated development. This dynamics is thought to be reflected in the written tradition of Tibetan literature as a whole, providing us with keys to the still underexplored facets of the tradition. This panel aims at bringing into light the processes of constant development of the literary tradition at different times, in different Tibetan-populated regions and in different subject areas, to culminate at the most recent stages of innovation taking place in Tibetan literary culture, that is immediately before the XX century and gradually through the XX century until now, especially highlighting the phenomenon of modern Tibetan literature in the Tibetan, Chinese and English languages in the wider context of the analysis of the press, the media and the network literature. Any issues concerning the development of modern Tibetan literature, press, media and blogosphere might be addressed by the session participants, as well as the previous stages of Tibetan literary development, if approached along the lines of innovation and development tendencies. The possible topics might include, but should by no means be limited by the issues of the literary canon, the mutual influence of Tibetan and non-Tibetan literary traditions, the connection between the literature and religious and ideological teachings, the reflection of social change in literature, the place of the literary history in the multidisciplinary research on Tibet, the process of the genre system formation, and aesthetic principles evolution, the literature and the ethnic self-identification, the literature and new media: press, television, Internet, literature and Tibetan and Tibetological education, literature and language development, literature and other arts: popular music, cinema, theater and visual arts, development of Tibetan literary criticism and scholarship, the infrastructure of the literary process: professional societies, contests,publishing houses, literary periodicals etc.

The working language of the panel will be English. The papers will be published prior the conference commences. The application (indicating author's name, academic degree, position, field of Asian studies, e-mail, title of the paper) as well as the full text of the paper in English (in the whole, not more than 20 000 Latin symbols, MS Word RTF-format) should be sent before March 1, 2014 by e-mail to p.grokhovskiy@spbu.ru. The acceptance notice together with the program information will be sent to participants by March 10, 2014. The conference fee is set at 100 EURO (due upon arrival). The organizers will provide visa support, airport transfers, materials of the conference, lunches, coffee breaks, shuttle service and White-nights cultural program. The participants will be accommodated at a 4 stars hotels in the center of the city (60-120 EURO per person per day) at their own expense. The conference web-page: http://www.ifel.spbu.ru (presently under construction). Conveners Alexey Rodionov (St.Petersburg University) Pavel Grokhovskiy (St.Petersburg University)

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[Contribution] "2014 the 9th Young Scholar Symposium of Buddhist Studies" and International Conference on the Studies of Chinese Buddhism posted date:2014-02-24
Time:Deadline for all registration: 15 March, 2014
Location:Rm 221, 2/F, Leung Kau Kui Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong

Ever since 2006, The Center for the Study of Humanistic Buddhism has organized Young Scholars Symposium of Buddhist Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. This year, the centre and the Academy of Chinese Buddhism will co-organize "2014 the 9th Young Scholars Symposium of Buddhist Studies" and International Conference on the Studies of Chinese Buddhism¡̈. We take this opportunity to invite you to come to the Chinese University of Hong Kong to present your research and articulate your views on the study of Chinese Buddhism. The theme of this year's event is Chinese Buddhism in various aspects such as history and philosophy through different approaches such as sociology and hermeneutics. It will provide a unique platform for scholars as well as postgraduate students to expand their research and exchange their views on the study of Chinese Buddhism, hopefully establishing close relationship of scholars from the East and the West.

Organizer: Centre for the Study of Humanistic Buddhism, the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Co- Organizer: Academy of Chinese Buddhism

Conference Date: 25 -28 July, 2014
Opening ceremony is scheduled to be held in the afternoon of 25 July, three panels will be held simultaneously on the whole day of 25 July and 26 July. Participants may leave Hong Kong on 28 July, 2014.

Conference Venue: The Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong

Conference Theme: Chinese Buddhism
Participants are encouraged to present research related to Chinese Buddhism and Humanistic Buddhism.

Application Qualification: All scholars including Ph. D candidates in Chinese Buddhism studies are welcome.

How to Apply:
1. Applicants should download the relevant application form for registration.
2. Full paper should be about 8000 words in Chinese or 5000 in English , including the title, author, abstract, key words, main text, footnotes and references.
3. Please email your registration form and full paper to cshb@cuhk.edu.hk.

Important Dates and Deadlines:
1. Deadline for all registration: 15 March, 2014
I For Scholars: Date of notification of acceptance: on or before 30 March, 2014
Deadline for paper submission: on or before 30 June, 2014
II. For Ph. D Candidates: Deadline for paper submission: on or before 15 June, 2014
Date of notification of acceptance: 30 June, 2014

Registration:
1. Registration fee: free of charge.
2. The organizers may provide a package of HKD 3500 (maximum) for invited participants to subsidize their accommodation and transportation fees. The organizer has the right to decide the exact amount of subsidy to each participant, and it will be clearly stated in the invitation letter.
3. Invited participants should book hotels themselves with the subsidy offered, the organizers only recommend some close by hotels for reference. (All invited scholars¡| information will be provided at the end of March)
4. luncheons and tea breaks will be served during the event.

Tel: (852) 3943-6707 | Fax: (852) 3943-4132
E-mail: cshb@cuhk.edu.hk

Related Link:http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/crs/cshb/conference.html?_e

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[Contribution]Journal of Religious Studies, History and Society posted date:2014-02-17
Time:Deadline: February 25, 2014
Location:The Journal of Religious Studies, History and Society

The Journal of Religious Studies, History and Society (*Revista Ciências da Religião - Historia e Sociedade*) is a fully peer reviewed, open-access, Brazilian publication of the Religious Studies Department of Mackenzie University (Brazil). It's a biannual Journal for the purpose of advancing scholarship in the study of religion that publishes original research articles, reports and book reviews that reflect the wide variety of research being carried out by scholars of religion in all countries.

The Journal invites submissions from all academic disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences, including but not limited to sociology, anthropology, history, psychology, philosophy and theology. Articles will be considered on any topic that bears upon any religious tradition.

All submissions should be formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style. The deadline for submission is February 25, 2014. Manuscripts on English, Portuguese or Spanish should be submitted by e-mail.

Submissions should be emailed to the Journal Editor, Dr Suzana Coutinho, at suzana.coutinho@mackenzie.br

Contact for queries and submissions: suzana.coutinho@mackenzie.br

Related Link:http://editorarevistas.mackenzie.br/index.php/cr

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[Contribution] INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HOSPITALITY IN ANATOLIAN AND ASIAN CULTURES posted date:2014-02-14
Time:Abstract submission: 15 February 2014
Location: TBA in Bangkok, Thailand

Organized by College of Religious Studies, Mahidol University, Salaya, Thailand and Thailand Achievement Institute, Bangkok, Thailand.

Date: April 28-29, 2014
Venue: TBA in Bangkok, Thailand

Originated from love of our human fellows, good will and its cultural expression, as hospitality is a crucial value to human relationship. Throughout the ages this value has been the moral fiber of human community making it flourishing and peaceful. As the world becomes increasingly pluralistic, the value of good will and hospitality needs to be nurtured to retain human fraternity despite cultural and religious differences.

The conference will deliberate on the relevance of value of hospitality and good will as practiced in Anatolian and Asian cultures in the 21st century and to foster it as an antidote to hostilities, prejudices and intolerance which are threatening peace and human fellowship.

The conference is divided into 3 parts. The first is the delivery of two keynote addresses by distinguished scholars on Dialog, Hospitality, and Peace and Needs to Regain Hospitality in Human Relationship, and be followed by sectional paper presentations on various aspects of hospitality by invited academics, and concluded by a panel on the main issues relating to the practice of hospitality and its new challenges. Throughout the conference the terms “good will” and“hospitality”are used inter-changeably according to the contexts.

The objective of the conference is to organize an inter-cultural dialogue in order to:

A. Find out how “hospitality” or magnanimous spirit, a crucial human value, in various traditions and culture particularly Anatolian and Asian cultures; is understood, perceived, and practiced;

B. Refine this value, if needed, making it more relevant to modern life in the 21st Century;

C. Foster hospitality as the basis of human relationship in family life, ethnic relations, business practice and diplomacy;

D. Promote globally this crucial human value as antidote to hostilities, prejudices and intolerance, which are threatening peace and the brotherhood of humankind.

Paper topics

1. The concept of good will/hospitality - philosophical, religious, cultural understanding

2. Cultural expressions of hospitality - Anatolian and Asian Cultures

3. Hospitality and its new challenges

4. Needs of good will
- family life
- international relations
- ethnic relations
- business practice
- conflict resolutions
- inter-cultural/religious dialog

5. Nurturing good will/hospitality
- education process at schools and universities
- social mechanism
- social media

PAPER SUBMISSION AND PUBLICATION GUIDELINES:

Authors should submit an abstract (250-400 words, in English) and their curriculum vitae to the conference coordinator 15 February 2014 by email. The editorial committee will review abstracts and respond to the submitters by February 28, 2014. The authors of the accepted paper proposals should submit their full papers (of high research academic quality min. 4000 max. 8000 words in English but it can be presented in Thai language), a photo and a short bio (approximately 150 words, in English) for the conference booklet to the conference coordinator by 1 April 2014 by email.

Authors who choose to submit hard copies are responsible for the timely delivery of their submissions by the same deadline. The editorial board will evaluate and ask authors to revise their papers (if needed) and resubmit camera ready copies by April 5, 2014.

The conference organizers reserve the right to remove from the proposed program papers that are not received by the published deadlines or that fail to respond to the comments of the editorial board. The accepted papers will be published on the conference webpage and as conference proceedings in future. Please submit paper abstract by email only to the conference coordinators mentioned below.

VENUE, TRAVEL, AND ACCOMODATION
Conference will be held in Bangkok, Thailand. Information regarding lodging, travel and venues will be provided at the conference website.

Travel and accommodation expenses of the invited presenters including airport pickups (from Bangkok Airport to the hotel, and the hotel to Bangkok Airport), meals, and organized sightseeing trips will be covered by the organizing committee.

SCHEDULE

DAY 1, APRIL 26 Arrival
Day 2, APRIL 27 Sightseeing and Opening Reception DAY 3, APRIL 28 Conference
DAY 4, APRIL 29 Conference and Departure

CONFERENCE COORDINATOR

Asst. Prof. Dr. Imtiyaz Imtiyaz Yusuf
College of Religious Studies
Mahidol University
Salaya
Thailand

Email: crshospitality2014@gmail.com

Related Link:http://www.tai.in.th/

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[Contribution] CIR Seminar for the Study of Japanese Culture and Religion 2014 ( posted date:2014-02-14
Time:Application deadline: March 15, 2014
Location:Tokyo, Japan

The Center for Information on Religion (CIR) has launched a seminar for the Study of Japanese Culture and Religion in Japanese for non-Japanese-native graduate students. The seminar calls for the papers of well-motivated students who seek presentation and discussion with other participants in Japanese.

The CIR will invite a maximum of 6 students among all the non-Japanese-native graduate student applicants who belong to a university or institution outside Japan for the study of Japanese Culture and Religion. We intend to encourage networking and inspiring discussions beyond language barrier among young scholars and experts on Japan.

Presentation and discussion should be primarily in Japanese, although we accept supplementary explanation in English.
Participants are required to join all the sessions of one and a half days seminar, to demonstrate their paper in Japanese, and to contribute to the discussion to the presentation of others in Japanese.

Date June 14-15, 2014 (Check in June 13 Check out June 16) Venue Tokyo, Japan

Application:
http://www.circam.jp/files/user/activities/CIRSeminar2014Application.docx

Application deadline: March 15, 2014

Please do not hesitate to ask any questions. E-mail to kasai@circam.jp

Related Link:http://www.circam.jp/files/user/activities/CIRSeminar2014CfP.pdf

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[Contribution] Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Holmes Welch and the Study of Buddhism in Twentieth-Century China Seminar posted date:2014-01-24
Time:November 22-25, 2014
Location:San Diego

This seminar will celebrate the significant scholarly contributions made by Holmes Welch (1924-1981) to the study of twentieth-century Chinese Buddhism, and also explore how we might advance the field beyond the boundaries and scope of his original ideas through the use of new sources and methodologies.

For this, the first year of a five-year seminar series, we are seeking proposals for full research papers that directly address any aspect of Welch’s scholarship, and which use original work to critique it, bring it up to date, and to suggest new avenues of research within the field. We welcome submissions from all scholars, but scheduling priority will be given to previously-confirmed participants. In order to facilitate substantive conversation during the panel, this seminar will participate in the AAR Full Paper Submission system. Full drafts of all accepted papers must be posted online several weeks prior to the Annual Meeting, and will be accessible to AAR members only. Participants will read all papers in advance, and the meeting time will be devoted to comments and suggestions on those papers. At the conclusion of this five-year seminar, the best papers in the seminar series will be collected into an edited volume on Welch’s life and work.

Please submit papers through the AAR's PAPERS system, online at http://papers.aarweb.org/

For additional information, please contact the seminar chairs, Erik Hammerstrom, Pacific Lutheran University Gregory Adam Scott, University of Edinburgh

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[Contribution] 5th International Sheng Yen Education Foundation Conference posted date:2014-01-24
Time:Due: Monday, February 10, 2014
Location:National Taiwan University Convention Center

This is another Call for Paper of the 5th International Sheng Yen Education Foundation Conference to be held in Taiwan, from June 27-30, 2014. There are two parts to this conference, general audience and academic. This is a call for papers for Part Two, the academic part of the conference (from June 29-30).

Conference Title:
“Transmission and Practice in Contemporary Chinese Buddhism and the Thought of Venerable Sheng Yen.”

Conference papers do not have to focus directly on Master Sheng Yen’s thought. The range and parameter of subtopics may include:
- The study of the transmission or practice of contemporary Chinese Buddhism
- Economics perspectives of contemporary Chinese Buddhism
- Critical reflections on dharma transmission in Chan Buddhism
- Dharma Drum Mountain and the thought of Master Sheng Yen
- Contemporary Chinese Buddhism, humanistics Buddhism, and Master Sheng Yen
- Chinese Chan and modern therapy
- Research topics on international or globalized aspects of Sheng Yen's thought and Chinese Buddhism

Conference Dates:
June 27-30, 2014. The academic part is from June 29-30, 2014.

Conference Location:
National Taiwan University Convention Center, Taipei Round trip airfare to Taiwan and room and board for presenters and respondents will be provided by the Sheng Yen Education Foundation.

Hotel accommodations will cover 4 nights if presenters would also like to attend the first two days of the conference (which will focus on topics related to dharma transmission in the Dharma Drum Lineage of Chan).

Paper Submissions:
Paper proposal in 1,000 words (or three double-spaced pages) due: Monday, February 10, 2014

Announcement of paper acceptance by:
Wednesday, March 10, 2014

Submission of completed paper:
Friday, May 30, 2014 Proposals and completed papers should be sent electronically to the Sheng Yen Education Foundation: yungshin@shengyen.org.tw

Presented papers from part two of the conference may be published as a peer reviewed conference proceeding volume or submitted to the CHung-Hwa Buddhist Journal.

Conference Sponsors:
Dharma Drum Monastic Sangha Sheng Yen Education Foundation Conference Cosponsors: National Taiwan University, Center for Buddhist Studies National Chengchi University Chung-Hwa institute of Buddhist Studies Dharma Drum University Dharma Drum Buddhist College Dharma Drum Sangha University Dharma Drum publishing Corp.

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[Contribution] Buddhism in Modern Asian Literature, edited volume posted date:2014-01-13
Time:2014
Location:Buddhism in Modern Asian Literature

We are trying to compile a volume on "Buddhism in Modern Asian Literature" and seeking additional contributors. Papers on Buddhism in Asian-American/Asian-European literature will be welcome. This project aims to explore the role and place of Buddhism in modern popular literature, focusing on prose works. It addresses issues related to Buddhism's modern experience and considers Buddhist themes in literature an important topic with regards to modern world literature. Preliminary questions include: What distinguishes authors who write literature with Buddhist elements from Buddhists monks and nuns in their approach to Buddhism? How did their works represent Buddhism? What are the elements of Buddhism that connect the various schools of Buddhist thought from which authors draw? How did those authors participate in cultural politics and form the national imaginary and identity associated with Buddhism (and other religious elements)?

If you are interested in this project, please contact Michihiro Ama at michihiro@acsalaska.net.

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[Contribution] LAST CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - for Oral Submissions posted date:2014-01-13
Time:Deadline: January 17, 2014
Location:20th International Congress on Palliative Care

20th International Congress on Palliative Care
40 years of Sharing, Inspiring, Renewing

The deadline for submitting abstracts for oral presentation (workshops, proffered papers or research papers) at the International Congress on Palliative Care, to take place September 9-12, 2014, at the Palais des Congrès in Montréal, Canada, is January 17, 2014.

Abstracts on all aspects of end-of-life and palliative care are welcome. A full list of subject categories as well as submission instructions and descriptions of each type of presentation can be found on the Congress website (www.pal2014.com). Poster abstracts may be submitted until April 30, 2014.

The Congress will mark its 20th anniversary this year and will also celebrate the important contribution of McGill University to Palliative Care worldwide over the last 40 years. In addition to a top-notch scientific programme, this year will include exciting social events, increased networking opportunities and morning self-care activities, as well as a retrospective of images and memorabilia from past Congresses.

Presented by Palliative Care McGill, McGill University, this biennial Congress has grown to become one of the premier international events in palliative care. It offers a unique opportunity to meet, share experiences and exchange ideas with colleagues from 60 countries, representing all disciplines – nurses, physicians, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, music therapists, pharmacists, pastoral care persons, administrators, volunteers, psychologists… all those involved in palliative care come to renew themselves as providers of care and to obtain the inspiration that will help them shape the palliative care of the future.

The Congress will present renowned speakers who will deepen your understanding and inspire you to renew your commitment to palliative care, including Stephen Lewis, former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa; Irene Higginson of the Cicely Saunders Institute, London, UK; Sheldon Solomon, professor at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York; Carlo Leget, Tilburg School of Humanities in The Netherlands; Tanguy Châtel, Sociologist, Paris; and Nicole Poirier, Director of Carpe Diem in Trois-Rivières, Québec, and many more.

In-depth workshops and seminars will address all aspects of end-of-life care, from the most current scientific developments in pain and symptom control to the large existential questions, to hands-on experiential sessions addressing practical issues faced every day. Topics include:

Whole Person Care for Persons with Cognitive Impairment
Nurses Caring for Patients at the End of Life: Educating, Supporting, Innovating
Clinical Master Class: Non-Malignant Disease and the Patient with Multiple Comorbidities
Two Day Seminar on Pediatric Palliative Care
Palliative Care Emergencies: Nursing Implications
Integrating a Palliative Approach Across Settings – What It Means in Practical Terms. The Canadian Experience
Pharmacotherapy
Best Practices in Measurement for Service Development and Evaluation
What Do We Know about Visceral Pain and What Are the Gaps in Knowledge?
Bereavement
Cutting Edge Research in Palliative Care
and much more…

In all, over 250 workshops, proffered papers, research forums, and special seminars, and more than 300 posters will be presented.

For more information, to register or to submit an abstract, please visit www.pal2014.com or call +1 450-292-3456 ext. 227.

The pre-early bird registration deadline is March 31, 2014.

We look forward to welcoming you in September!

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[Contribution] The Fourth Logos and Aretē Conference:Beauty, Practice and Knowledge posted date:2014-01-13
Time:May 31, 2014
Location:Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose:
The conference is a biennial philosophical event of the Philosophy Department of PCCU. The main theme of the conference is “Beauty, Practice and Knowledge.” We welcome papers that deal with respective topics from all kinds of perspectives. The official languages of the conference are Chinese and English.

Organizer:
Philosophy Department of Chinese Culture University

Submission deadline:
Please submit the title and abstract of your paper (no more than 250 words), plus your name, affiliation and contact information to 2014.logos.arete@gmail.com by December 31, 2013. We will notify you the decision of the conference committee by January 20, 2014.

Contact:
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via e-mail: 2014.logos.arete@gmail.com

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[Contribution] Digital Humanities 2014 (“Digital Cultural Empowerment”) posted date:2014-01-13
Time:Deadline: 11:59pm GMT on Friday, 21st February 2014
Location:The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO)

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) invites submissions of abstracts for its annual conference, on any aspect of the digital humanities. This includes but is not limited to:

humanities research enabled through digital media, data mining, software studies, or information design and modeling;
computer applications in literary, linguistic, cultural, and historical studies, including electronic literature, public humanities, and interdisciplinary aspects of modern scholarship;
the digital arts, architecture, music, film, theatre, new media, digital games, and related areas;

the creation and curation of humanities digital resources;
social, institutional, global, multilingual, and multicultural aspects of digital humanities
and the role of digital humanities in pedagogy and academic curricula.

We particularly welcome submissions on interdisciplinary work and new developments in the field, and encourage proposals relating to the theme of the conference.

Presentations may include:
posters (abstract max of 750 words);
short papers (abstract max of 1500 words);
long papers (abstract max of 1500 words);
multiple paper sessions, including panels (regular abstracts + approximately 500-word overview);
and pre-conference workshops and tutorials (proposal max of 1500 words)

The deadline for submitting poster, short paper, long paper, and sessions proposals to the international Program Committee is midnight GMT, 1 November 2013. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by 7th February 2014. Workshop and pre-conference tutorial proposals are due at midnight GMT on 21st February 2014, with notice of acceptance by 17th March 2014.

An electronic submission form will be available on the conference site at the beginning of October 2013: http://dh2014.org/. Previous DH conference participants and reviewers should use their existing accounts rather than setting up new ones. If you have forgotten your user name or password, please contact Program Committee Chair Melissa Terras m.terras@ucl.ac.uk.

Related Link:http://dh2014.org/call-for-paper/call-for-proposals-english/

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[Contribution] The 20th Conference of the European Association of Chinese Studies posted date:2013-12-30
Time:Abstract submission: September 16 – December 16, 2013
Location:Portugal

The 20th Conference of the European Association of Chinese Studies will be held in Portugal in the cities of Braga and Coimbra between the 22nd and 26th July 2014. It is jointly organized by the University of Minho and the University of Coimbra, two beautiful historical locations, which will make it an unique conference. The panels include:

Art and Archeology
Cinema, Media and Performing Arts
Culture

East-West Contact
Economics
Gender Studies
History (pre-modern, modern)
International Relations
Law
Linguistics
Literature (pre-modern and modern)
Macau Studies
Philosophy and Religion
Politics
Sociology
Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
Translation Studies

In the July 2013 meeting held in Portugal, the Board nominated 50 referees who will evaluate the paper proposals submitted to the organizers so that the quality of the presentations and the panels will be guaranteed.

Among the highlights of the 2014 EACS Conference, there will be two keynote speeches: for the opening session in Braga, by Ambassador João de Deus Ramos, specialist in Sino-Portuguese Relations, consultant of Orient Foundation, and for the welcome session in Coimbra, given by Professor Ming K. Chan, visiting fellow of the Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University.

Participants are invited to submit their proposals (individual papers and panels) online in English from September 16th to December 16th 2013, at the website. The abstract should not exceed 300 words, with an additional list of 5-8 key-words.

Important dates:
September 16 – December 16, 2013: Panels and individual papers abstract submission
Mach 17 – 21, 2014: Notification of acceptance
March 24 – May 31, 2014: Online registration
July 22 - 26, 2014: Conference

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[Contribution] The Self in South Asia, University of Chicago, April 17 posted date:2013-12-23
Time:No later than 31 January 2014
Location:University of Chicago

11th Annual South Asia Graduate Student Conference

The Self in South Asia
University of Chicago April 17- 19

The University of Chicago Committee on Southern Asian Studies (COSAS) is pleased to invite paper submissions for the Eleventh Annual South Asia Graduate Student Conference (SAGSC- XI), which will take place April 17–19, 2014 at the University of Chicago. Graduate students from all over the world, working in all disciplines, and at all stages of study, are welcome to present their latest research to a supportive yet critical audience.

We are very happy to announce that Dr. Donald S. Lopez, Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan will be our keynote speaker. We will also be welcoming a second distinguished faculty speaker, Dr. Leela Prasad, Associate Professor in Religion and Faculty Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Duke University.

This year's conference will be on the theme of "The Self in South Asia". We encourage presenters to consider the self—variously conceived in terms of subjectivity, collective or individual identity, narrative or historical agency or authorship, religious or political selfhood, etc.—as both a site for and a product of all manner of discursive and other practices. We hope that various interdisciplinary concerns will converge around these and other concepts. In the same vein, with the phrase “South Asia”, we wish to include parts of Central and Southeast Asia in addition to the Indian subcontinent. We welcome, then, papers that engage “The Self in South Asia” from a range of regional and disciplinary perspectives.

For those coming from outside of Chicago, we may be able to offer small reimbursements for travel and lodging, but we encourage all conference participants to seek support from their home institutions as well. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and refreshments will be provided on conference days.

We invite graduate students at all stages to submit abstracts for individual paper presentations. Panel proposals will not be considered. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words, and should be sent to sagsc2014@gmail.com in PDF format no later than 31 January 2014. Applicants will be notified of a decision by 15 February 2014. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions about accommodations, travel, or other concerns.

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[Contribution] Conference on "Perception of Life and Death: Japan and India" posted date:2013-12-02
Time:February 14-15th, 2014
Location:The University of Delhi, Delhi, India

Department of East Asian Studies,University of Delhi, with the support of Japan Foundation, is organizing an International Conference on "Perception of Life and Death: Japan and India" on February 14-15th, 2014 at the University of Delhi, Delhi, India.

India and Japan are two nations that are in contrast to each other as far as their culture and societies are concerned. While the former is a conglomeration of a number of races and cultures, the latter can be included into the ‘single-race single-culture’ category.

Consequently the religious sensibilities, philosophical thought and behavioural patterns of the two societies too are varied. A comparative study of the perception of life and death in these two countries, under the influence of their respective religious and philosophical thought, will give us insights to understand how ideas about life, death, afterlife etc. have imfluenced different cultures.

Although not limited to these topics, the conference invites papers on the following issues related to understanding the perception towards life and death in Japan and India, and, also in other cultures / countries.

1. Comparative study of the perception of life and death in India and Japan.
2. Sociological, cultural and historical factors influencing the perception of life and death in India, Japan and other countries.
3. Religious, philosophical and traditional values influencing perception towards life and death in different cultures.
4. Societal relationships, family, sex and gender in understanding life and death
5. Understanding the perception of life and death through literature and art
6. Perception of life and death as reflected in the work ethics and social morality of the countries
7. Perception of life and death in relation to disasters and natural calamities.
8. Issues related to Bioethics and technology (brain death, euthanasia, organ transplant, surrogacy, cloning) and perception of life and death.

Online submissions:

Please email the Title and the Abstract of your paper (500 words) to lifedeathconf.du@gmail.com
Last date of submission of Title and Abstract: November 31st 2013

Those selected to present their paper in the conference are required to submit the Full Paper (3000-5000 words)
Late date of submission of Full Paper: January 15th 2014

Conference Convener:
Dr. Ranjana Mukhopadhyaya, Associate Professor, Department of East Asian
Studies, University of Delhi.
Email: ranjanayaya@gmail.com
Conference Co-Conveners:
Dr. Unita Sachidanand, Associate Professor, Department of East Asian
Studies, University of Delhi.
Dr. Ranjana Narshimhan, Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian
Studies, University of Delhi.

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[Contribution] UK Association for Buddhist Studies Conference posted date:2013-12-02
Time:By 28th March 2014
Location:UKABS Conference

Buddhism and Healing – University of Leeds

This is the first call for graduate student papers for the Postgraduate panel at the next UKABS two-day conference at the University of Leeds, 1-2nd July 2014.

As part of the conference, which has drawn a number of high-profile international speakers, there will be an opportunity for a select number of graduate students to present short papers on their research. Note that you do not need to present a polished final version of your work. If you are not yet at an advanced stage, you can present your current ideas and plans, with a view to gaining some feedback from more established Buddhist Studies scholars – a fantastic opportunity for graduate students. Your paper does not need to follow the theme of the conference.
Conference attendance and reasonable travel costs will be funded.

To apply, please send an abstract and a statement of your university affiliation and stage of studies, to reach Caroline Starkey at c.starkey@leeds.ac.uk by 28th March 2014. Could academic staff please inform your students of this, and encourage those who are interested to submit an abstract.

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[Contribution] The Little Book of Buddhist Humor posted date:2013-12-02
Time:By Wesak 2014 (May 14)
Location:The Little Book of Buddhist Humor

John Negru (Karma Yonten Gyatso), publisher of Sumeru Books, and Charles Prebish (Karma Sherab Nyingpo) are collecting a series of anecdotal stories for inclusion in a book we are editing called "The Little Book of Buddhist Humor." In difficult times, we feel that the Buddhist world has the opportunity to contribute to and inject some happy, Buddhist-inspired humor into our everyday lives.

As such, we're inviting any of you who have clever, funny, silly, and laughable stories that you have experienced in your personal and/or professional work and practice in Buddhism to submit these short episodes to us for possible inclusion. We are looking for stories from Buddhist teachers, scholars and sangha members. Maybe something really funny happened to you at a Buddhist center, or something humorous occurred while attending a professional conference, or a personal communication involving Buddhism brought a silly smile to your face. We'll collect the best of those stories submitted and publish them in our book.

Please make sure the stories are no more than three pages long, remain in good taste, and represent anecdotes that you are comfortable sharing. They may be submitted to Charles (charles.prebish@usu.edu) or John (john@sumeru-books. com), and should be submitted by Wesak 2014 (May 14).

We truly hope to make this a FUN project that will bring smiles to people worldwide, and we'll be so grateful for any stories you may provide that will help us achieve our goal.

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[contribution] The Matrix of Buddhist Capitalism in East Asia: Religious Agency, Social Dynamics, and Intellectual Practice posted date:2013-12-02
Time:May 11-15, 2014
Location:The EASR 2014, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Panel Organizers: Stefania Travagnin and Fabio Rambelli

The process of transmission and assimilation of Western ideas in East Asia started in the pre-modern time and resulted in a constructive but also conflictual rethinking of traditional cultures and knowledge. The Meiji period marked the beginning of a second phase of active engagement with Western intellectual projects for Japan, a phenomenon that also became important in China a few decades later.
On the intellectual, social, and political levels, theories of Capitalism and Marxism have been filtered and adapted to East Asia. Buddhists also participated in the reception of these discourses and in their assimilation within the religious and social contexts. The ways Buddhists intervened in framing the relations between religious theories, social dynamics, and intellectual practice led to the formation of local ‘Buddhist socialism(s)’ and also to the matrix of a Buddhist discourse on capitalism.

Capitalism did not reach East Asia as a unified and self-conscious package, but as a set of different, and at times conflicting discourses, attitudes, and behaviours, ranging from modes of production (centered on large industrial complexes), new social relations, patterns of consumption, ideas of individualism, cultural stereotypes about Asia vs the West, statecraft, and religious attitudes (and critiques thereof).

This panel aims to discuss the agency of Buddhism (individuals and
institutions) in drawing a discursive narrative of global capitalism in East Asia, and therefore to assess the role that Buddhists played in transforming local history of ideas and reshaping social knowledge. This panel looks at case studies from Japan and China - with the possibility to open it up to other areas in Asia as well - in both their early engagement with capitalism and their contemporary approach to it, and thus proposes diachronic parallels as well as a cross-regional analysis.

The panel - that has been already accepted for the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR) Conference in May 2014 - welcome papers that address the following questions: What level of agency did Japanese and Chinese Sangha have in circulating theories of capitalism among local societies? What did obstruct or facilitate East Asian Buddhists in the creation of a Buddhist capitalist discourse in East Asia? Is the matrix of Buddhist capitalism rooted only in external Western ideas or is it also grounded in local discourses and as such also results from East Asian inner dynamics? How did capitalism and Marxism interact—and in certain instances co-exist—within Buddhism in modern East Asia?

We welcome papers to join our panel. Please send a 250-word abstract plus a 50-word bio to s.travagnin@rug.nl by November 28, 2013.

Related Link:http://www.godsdienstwetenschap.nl/index.php?page=conference-2014

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[Contribution] A.K. Narain commemorative volumes posted date:2013-11-25
Time:By December 31, 2014
Location:The Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies

ANNOUNCEMENT OF TWO COMMEMORATIVE VOLUMES IN HONOR OF PROFESSOR A. K. NARAIN (1925–2013)

Professor A.K. Narain (1925–2013) an eminent historian, numismatist, archaeologist, and Buddhologist passed away on July 10, 2013 at the age of 88 in his home town, Varanasi, India, after a very distinguished career, first as Professor of Ancient Indian History, Culture & Archaeology at Banaras Hindu University (India) and later as Professor of History & South Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA). A Ph.D. from SOAS, University of London, and author of the path-breaking book The Indo-Greeks , he had academic interests that spanned wide and deep. His numerous articles on ancient Indian history, numismatics, archaeology have provided new ideas and directions for current and future researchers. He was the founder of the Indian Archaeological Society and its journal, Puratattva. His efforts toward the development of Buddhist Studies as a scholarly discipline contributed to the establishment of the International Association of Buddhist Studies and the Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies and, later, Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies . For last few years, he had been engaged in his ambitious project on Kurush to Kanishka - A Millennium of Early History of Asia without Nation-state Boundaries: Movements and Interactions of Peoples, Ideas and Institutions . Some of the documentary history volumes of the project are complete and are in different stages of publication. He believed in “connected histories” and his writings are marked by an overall focus on India and the “other.”

During his long academic career, his knowledge and scholarship left a strong imprint, and attracted and influenced a large number of scholars and students. To further expand academic interest and insight in the areas of his focus we propose to bring out two Commemorative Volumes in his honor and invite all interested researchers to contribute their perspectives to these volumes.

(1) The first Commemorative Volume will be the 2014 issue of the Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies. Prof. A.K. Narain was the Founder-Editor of this journal and it is most befitting that an issue highlighting research in the area of Buddhist Studies be brought out in his memory. Articles in any area of Buddhist Studies are welcome.

In order to provide enough time for scholars to submit to this special issue, the deadline for receiving contributions has been extended to April 15, 2014 . We would however appreciate it if interested scholars would send abstracts with tentative title of their proposed contribution by January 1, 2014. The volume will be released in July-August 2014, to mark Prof. Narain’s first death anniversary.

For expressions of interest, further enquiries, and other details related to the IIJBS special issue please contact either of the following:
· Professor Roger Jackson, John W. Nason Professor of Asian Studies and Religion, Carleton College, One North College Street, Northfield, MN 55057; e-mail: rjackson@carleton.edu
· Professor Lalji ‘Shravak’, Professor of Pali & Buddhist Studies, Dept. of Pali & Buddhist Studies, Faculty of Arts, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005, India ; e-mail: laljis@gmail.com

(2) The second Commemorative Volume will be published as a book , covering the following areas of Prof. A.K. Narain’s interests under the overall rubric of “India and the Other” :
a. India & Central Asia: foreign interaction: movement of people and ideas
b. Buddhist Studies
c. Numismatics
d. Archaeology
e. Ancient India & Culture Studies
We propose also to have one section that will include reminiscences and other similar materials. The last date for receiving contributions for the second volume is December 31, 2014 , with its publication scheduled for May 28, 2015, to mark Prof. Narain’s ninetieth birthday .

For expression of interest, further enquiries, and other details related to the book project please contact any of the following:
· Professor Kamal Sheel, Professor of Chinese Studies, Department of Foreign Languages, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005, India. Tel: +91-9336912245 ; e-mail: kamalsheel@gmail.com
* Professor Charles Willemen, Distinguished Fellow of the Belgian Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences and currently Vice-Rector of the International Buddhist College, Songkhla, Thailand; e-mail : charleswillemen@yahoo.com
* Professor Kenneth Zysk, Head of Indology, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, Karen Blixens Vej 4, Bygn. 10, DK- 2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark. Ph: +45 3532-8951 ; e-mail: zysk@hum.ku.dk

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[Contribution] Call for Abstracts of 5th International Sheng Yen Education Foundation Conference 2014 posted date:2013-11-11
Time:Due: Monday, February 10, 2014
Location:Taipei

Conference Title:
“Transmission and Practice in Contemporary Chinese Buddhism and the Thought of Venerable Sheng Yen.”

Conference papers do not have to focus directly on Master Sheng Yen’s thought. The range and parameter of subtopics may include:

- The study of the transmission or practice of contemporary Chinese Buddhism
- Economics perspectives of contemporary Chinese Buddhism
- Critical reflections on dharma transmission in Chan Buddhism
- Dharma Drum Mountain and the thought of Master Sheng Yen
- Contemporary Chinese Buddhism, humanistics Buddhism, and Master Sheng Yen
- Chinese Chan and modern therapy
- Research topics on international or globalized aspects of Sheng Yen's thought and Chinese Buddhism

Conference Dates:
June 27 -30, 2014. The academic part is from June 29 – 30, 2014.

Conference Location:
National Taiwan University Convention Center, Taipei

Round trip airfare to Taiwan and room and board for presenters and respondents will be provided by the Sheng Yen Education Foundation. Hotel accommodations will cover 4 nights if presenters would also like to attend the first two days of the conference (which will focus on topics related to dharma transmission in the Dharma Drum Lineage of Chan).

Paper Submissions:
Paper proposal in 1,000 words (or three double-spaced pages) due: Monday, February 10, 2014
Announcement of paper acceptance by: Wednesday, March 10, 2014
Submission of completed paper: Friday, May 30, 2014
Proposals and completed papers should be sent electronically to the Sheng
Yen Education Foundation: yungshin@shengyen.org.tw

Presented papers from part two of the conference may be published as a peer reviewed conference proceeding volume.

Conference Sponsors:
Dharma Drum Monastic Sangha
Sheng Yen Education Foundation
Conference Cosponsors:
National Taiwan University, Center for Buddhist Studies
National Chengchi University
Chung-Hwa institute of Buddhist Studies
Dharma Drum University
Dharma Drum Buddhist College
Dharma Drum Sangha University
Dharma Drum publishing Corp

Related Link:http://www.shengyen.org.tw/newsite/NewsAdmin/Detail.asp?MT_ID=MT2008128151744&tb_index=AA20138271043

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[Contribution] Vesak Conference 2014 posted date:2013-10-14
Time:Deadline for Abstracts: 15 November 2013
Location:Bai Dinh Temple, Vietnam

International Council for the Day of Vesak

10th UNITED NATIONS DAY OF VESAK 2014

Every year since the resolution passed by the United Nation's General Assembly on 15 December 1999 - the thrice-sacred day of Vesak (celebrating the birth, enlightenment and passing away of the Buddha Gotama) is celebrated internationally. The International Council for the Day of Vesak has been granted Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council since 2013 - to honor commitments, the 10^th United Nations Day of Vesak celebrations will take upon: "Buddhism and the UN Millennium Development Goals", as the general theme of the 2014 UNDV Conference.

This is a call for papers for the 2014 United Nations Day of Vesak (UNDV) Celebrations and Academic Conference to be hosted by the National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha andwill be held in Bai Dinh Temple, Vietnam, from 7-11 May 2014. Additional support for the conference is coming from Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University in Thailand, and the International Association of Buddhist Universities.

The conference and celebrations are expected to draw a gathering of 10000 people - including 1500 Buddhist leaders, Buddhist scholars and Buddhist practitioners from all of the Buddhist traditions around the world, and 8500 from Vietnam.

The academic conference will be held on the second day of events (9 May 2014), and will be again organized through the International Association of Buddhist Universities (IABU) in collaboration with National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha.

Papers are now being invited for the UNDV Conference's main theme on "Buddhist Perspective towards achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals. " We encourage the interdisciplinary study and welcome abstracts or proposals from scholars in all fields related the main and sub-themes of the conference, which include the following:

Conference Theme: Buddhist Perspective towards achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals

--Buddhist Response to Sustainable Development and Social Change

--Buddhist Response to Global Warming and Environmental Protection

--Buddhist Contributions to Healthy Living

--Peace-building and Post-Conflict Recovery

--Buddhist Education and University Level Curriculum

Acceptable articles, determined by the academic peer-review committee, will be published together along with those highlighted for presentation. The conference volume will be available prior to the beginning of the presentations. Papers selected for publication will be those that combine:

--Thematic relevance

--Familiarity with the UN Millennium Development Goals

--Significant research in primary resources

--Innovative theoretical perspectives

--Clarity of organization

--Accessible prose style

Please remember to produce an account that deals with relevant topic material, Buddhist texts and the readers in meaningful ways.

ABSTRACT TITLE OR PROPOSAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

Please submit a title and abstracts of no more than one single-spaced page, along with a one-page CV or a 250-word biography - with your contact information. Abstract Proposals must be received by 15 November 2013. We will send confirmation of the receipt of your proposal and will respectfully inform all authors of the status of their abstracts/proposals. The proposals will be reviewed by the UNDV Academic Peer-Review Committee. You will receive feedback on your abstract by 30 November 2013. Please send all proposals and articles as Microsoft Word Files (.doc or .docx)

Call for Papers issued: 30 September 2013

Deadline for Abstracts: 15 November 2013

Notification of Acceptance: 30 November 2013

Final Full-Article Deadline: 28 February 2014

Invitations to Conference, sent by: 07 March 2014

We must have your fully-perfected articles by the final deadline date to ensure that the article is considered for publication and presentation. Approval of one's abstract does not mean acceptance into the publication or presentation - as we reserve the right to screen your final version of the article. Once the academic peer-review committee completes their selections, and the editors have completed any additional formatting/revisions - deadline dates are established to ensure the issuing the publication to all of our venerable dignitaries, observers, delegates, panelists and students, etc., for the conference, in a timely fashion.

PAPER SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Submitted papers are referred and selected on the basis of quality and relevance to the main theme and sub-themes of UNDV 2014 conference and celebrations. Submitted Papers should be additionally readied for verbal-presentation (articles may be readied for PowerPoint presentations, rather than just reading from one's article). Papers should be from 8-12 pages, submitted in the preferred font: 'Times EXT Roman' (for papers with P āli/Sanskrit diacritic markings). Please download this font: http://www.bcca.org/services/fonts/- and compose your article in this font. Articles will be returned if there are any undisplayed diacritical-markings. Papers may be rejected for specific circumstances, but may be rewritten, following committee recommendations.

PLEASE SEND ABSTRACTS and FINAL PAPERS to:

Editorial Committee Manager:icdv2014conference@gmail.com

If you are invited to attend our international conference, your arrival should be on 07 May 2014, and departures begin on 11 May 2014). Any additional longer-term shall be from your own expenses. Invitation notifications to accepted scholars for presenting at the UNDV 2014 Conference and Celebrations will be sent by 04 March 2014. Economy-class airfare will be reimbursed upon arrival, and food and hotel-accommodations in will be sponsored for scholars with approved articles.

We would be honored if you could grace us with your valuable contribution and presence.

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[Contribution] Sagar: A South Asia Research Journal posted date:2013-09-23
Time:2013
Location:Sagar: A South Asia Research Journal

Sagar: A South Asia Research Journal was established in 1993 and is published annually by The South Asia Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. Sagar publishes innovative academic writings in the humanities and social sciences of South Asia, as well as critical translations of texts from South Asian languages to English. As of 2012, we transitioned to a peer-reviewed evaluation process. Articles and translations are blindly evaluated by an editorial board of advanced scholars in the field. Online essays are blindly evaluated by our editorial collective of UT graduate students in consultation with our editorial board.

We are now accepting submissions for:

(1) Full-length research articles: Full-length-articles should be between 8,000 and 10,000 words and should include a one-paragraph article abstract. Deadline: Oct. 28, 2013.

(2) Original translations: Translations should be between 3,000 and 6,000 words and should be preceded by a 1300-1600 word introduction that contextualizes the text or excerpt. Deadline: Oct. 28, 2013.

(3) Online essays: Online essays should be 1500 words or less, and where applicable should include images and/or links to relevant images and recordings to which you are responding. The essay allows for reflection on images, speeches, exhibits, performances, architecture, songs, and the like. Here, we are not looking for responses to scholarly writings (i.e. book reviews); rather, we encourage scholars to intervene with timely responses to current events, or take the first steps along the way to future scholarly projects. Submissions are accepted year-round.

Please submit Microsoft Word file electronic copies of papers.
Manuscripts should follow the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. Entire essays, including block quotations and notes, should be double-spaced. Remove any identifying information so that submission is suitable for anonymous review.

Send electronic manuscripts and/or questions to: sagarjournal@gmail.com

Related Link:http://sagarjournal.org/

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[Contribution] Yongjia Chan International Cultural Forum posted date:2013-09-16
Time:Before September 30, 2013
Location:Wenzhou

Master Yongjia Xuanjue was born in the second year of Linde of the Tang Dynasty (AD 665) in Yongjia County (now the Lucheng District in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province) with the surname Dai and the name Mingdao. He went to Caoxi together with Dongyang Master Xuance to visit the Great Sixth Patriarch Huineng. After a witty repartee and based on his unmatched wisdom, Huineng officially confirmed his enlightenment. Hence, Master Yongjia was awarded the thirty-fourth generation of Chan and assumed the name Master Zhenjue. Although he was convinced to stay just one night by Huineng, he proved his enlightenment in that single evening, thus he has the distinction of “One-Night Enlightenment” and is also called Master Sujue.

His book, Collection of Chan, explains how to practice meditation and the path of gradualism. Later, he wrote the Song of Enlightenment, a well-known masterpiece showing the spirit of Chan and enlightening harmony. On Oct 17th in the second year of Xiantian of the Tang Dynasty (AD 713), he died at Longxing temple in Wenzhou, and was given the posthumous name Master Wuxiang. Between AD 806 and 820, the Chief Du Ben opened Master Yongjia’s grave and surprisingly found that the Master’s body remained the same as
when he was alive, so he built a Real Body Stupa in Songtai Mountain in memory of Master Yongjia. Later, Emperor Xizong of the Tang Dynasty gave the tower the name Jingguang Tower, and thus Songtai Mountain was also known as Jingguang Mountain. After this, a Jingguang Chan Temple was built, commonly known as Sujue Temple, which was given a plaque with the name Sujue Famous Mountain by Emperor Taizong of the Song Dynasty.

Weijing, prefect governer of Qingzhou (now, Qingyang County of Gansu Province) in Tang Dynasty, collected ten of Master Yongjia’s writings to hand down as Yongjia Collection which was introduced into India by Buddhists and deeply revered, so it was praised as East Mahayana Sutra. Li Yong in Tang Dynasty wrote a gravestone to treasure the collection. Furthermore, Master Yongjia was also given a surname with Clarity Wisdom Chan Master by Yongzheng Emperor. Nowadays, Yongjia Chan is fond by a lot of Buddhist scholars in Hongkong, Taiwan, America, France and Japan etc. At the beginning of the 21st century, Jingguang Tower was re-built by Wenzhou government, and a Master Sarira, several Sarira tanks, eaves tiles and other
cultural treasures were unearthed.

Master Yongjia is one of the most influential historical and cultural celebrities in Wenzhou even in China, his works Song of Enlightenment and Yongjia Chan Collection are spread around the world with 72 versions, so he has become an important study object in the international academic circles. His thoughts of Chan is not only the essence of the Chinese traditional culture, but also the important ideological thoughts of Oriental civilization and harmonious world which is well admired by people from all walks of life both at home and abroad. The Sarira of Master Yongjia is a rare treasure which is one of the world-class national treasures. Master Yongjia, Yongjia Chan and Sarira can be described as highest, most widespread and deepest in China's historical and cultural status which is the founder of historic civilization of Yongjia County and historic culture of Ouyue.

November 19, 2013, the lunar calendar in October seventeen, will be the 1300th anniversary of the Master Yongjia’s Nirvana. The Wenzhou municipal committee and the government will pay great attention in holding the 1300th anniversary series of commemorative activities. At the same time, Master Yongjia’s 1300th anniversary activities leading group will be set up to plan to hold a series of activities, such as Memorial Ceremony, Jingguang Tower Opening Ceremony and Sarira Viewing Ceremony, Master Yongjia Statue
Unveiling, Memorial Unveiled and Sujue Lecture Hall Completion Ceremonies, Yongjia Zen International Culture Forum, Master Yongjia Works Taiwan Cultural Exchange and Song of Enlightenment Large Singing Party, etc. In order to keep the activities carried out smoothly, a series of the commemorative activities have been launched one after another since 2012. In June 30th, 2012, Eternal Farewell Song of Enlightenment Reading Party was held in Wenzhou Southeast Theatre and broadcasted in Wenzhou TV Station which obtained high attention and admiration of the experts and scholars from each community in our city and at home and abroad. In order to let more people know Master Yongjia, CCTV has officially started to film the documentary Master Yongjia and planned for broadcast on CCTV.

The Yongjia Chan International Cultural Forum will be held at the Great Hall of the People in Wenzhou at 14:00 on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. More than one thousand domestic and international experts, scholars, and Yongjia Chan practitioners are invited.

The specific timeline is as follows:
Through May 30: inviting domestic and international scholars
Sept 30: deadline for essay submission
Oct 30: print the compilation of essays
Nov 10: determine the list of participants attending the Yongjia Chan Forum
Nov 18: Arrival of international and domestic experts and scholars, attend
the Song of Enlightenment Singing Party at night
Nov 19 (morning): commemoration of the 1300th anniversary of the Master
Yongjia’s Nirvana; (afternoon) the Yongjia Chan International Cultural
Forum; (evening) the Sujue Feast
Nov 20: visitation of the Anfu Temple in Tiansheng Mountain
Nov 21: return home

Please send your essays to erictung200808@hotmail.com before Sept 30.

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[Contribution] The IJAS Conference Series posted date:2013-08-30
Time:By 10 September 2013
Location:International Journal of Arts & Science

IJAS welcomes you to Rome, the world capital of multidisciplinary studies, influential worldwide in subjects such as architecture, art, culture, politics, literature, law, philosophy and religion. Due to its centrality on many levels and powerful city-status, Rome has been nicknamed Caput Mundi (Latin for Capital of the World) and The Eternal City. The city bearing so many architectural and archaeological marvels tops the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Its global influence in politics, literature, high culture, the arts, music, religion, education, fashion, cinema and cuisine makes it an Alpha-World City.

The IJAS Conference Series takes place annually in several cities across Europe and North America. The series has three primary aims.

The first aim is to provide opportunities for academics from a range of disciplines and countries to share their research both through the conference podium and IJAS' double-blind refereed publications. All IJAS conferences are inter- and multi-disciplinary.

The second aim of the Conference Series is to provide opportunities for academics to receive informal in-depth feedback through discussions, and to enable them to establish contact with professionals in other countries and institutions. The tours are the main way of "breaking the ice" away from the formalities of the conference hall, providing an informal setting for discussing different points of view. Even in an increasingly networked world of internet and satellite conferences, there is no substitute for personal interaction—what Edward R. Murrow calls "the last three feet of communication." It is individuals, not data streams, who must ultimately build the connections that in turn create lasting international research partnerships.

The third aim of the Conference Series is to introduce academics to educational premises in locations that are suitable for study abroad programs and which may meet their students’ educational needs. IJAS draws its inspiration from the Fulbright Program, an integral part of the United States' foreign educational relations, where face-to-face exchanges have proven to be the single most effective means of engaging international publics while broadening dialogue between academics and institutions.

The most important dates to remember are as follows:

Submit your online abstract by 10 September 2013.
Pay your registration fee by 18 September 2013.
The conference will run from 22 to 25 October 2013.
Email your formatted manuscript to ManuscriptSubmission@gmail.com by 15 December 2013.
The proceedings and journals will be published in April 2014.

Within a few days of receiving your online abstract submission, we will notify you of the reviewers' acceptance or rejection, for the conference.

If we inform you that it is an acceptance and you would like to publish your research, follow the model format here and email us your formatted abstract or full manuscript in Microsoft Word. You may do so up to a few weeks after the conference.

Abstracts and summarized articles will be published in the proceedings entitled Conference of the International Journal of Arts and Sciences, in electronic format (ISSN 1943-6114).

Full length manuscripts may be published in the International Journal of Arts and Sciences(ISSN 1944-6934) or any of the refereed journals electronically available through our publishing consortium. The review process for the journals is slower and more demanding in its standards. Although both the proceedings and journals are refereed, research that meets the refereed standards for the conference and the proceedings may not meet the refereed standards for the journals. The selection of a journal, if any, for a particular manuscript is entirely at the discretion of the editorial board members following the reviewers' suggestions.

All the journals and proceedings are in electronic format since this makes it easier to disseminate the articles (click here for a sample article) to international scholars.

Authors will receive complimentary access to the online issue in which their work appears. One's research may not simultaneously appear in both our proceedings and journals.

Authors who prefer a hard copy may download an entire issue on their own computer and publish and order a hard copy of it from Lulu.com or any other online publishing service for their own personal use.

IJAS recognizes the best research papers and its articles are indexed/accessed in (i) WorldCat, (ii) Ulrich's serials directory, (iii) Cabell's directories of Educational Curriculum & Methods and Educational Psychology and Administration, (iv) Proquest, (v) Pol-On, the Polish scholarly bibliography operated by the University of Warsaw, (vi) Genamics, and (vii) Google Scholar - click here.

There is no page limit on articles. We welcome both short and lengthy submissions. We don't impose a financial penalty on lengthy manuscripts.

Each registered author, irrespective of whether he or she submits a formatted manuscript for publication, will receive a Certificate of Participation at the conference.

Related Link:http://www.internationaljournal.org/rome.html?gclid=COHC7MGRpLkCFSo5pgoduXEAQQ

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[Contribution] The 5th International Sheng Yen Education Foundation Conference, Taiwan (Yu) posted date:2013-08-27
Time:Due: Monday, February 10, 2014
Location:National Taiwan University Convention Center, Taipei

Conference Title:

“Transmission and Practice in Contemporary Chinese Buddhism and the Thought of Venerable Sheng Yen.”

Conference papers do not have to focus directly on Master Sheng Yen’s thought. The range and parameter of subtopics may include:

- The study of the transmission or practice of contemporary Chinese Buddhism

- Economics perspectives of contemporary Chinese Buddhism

- Critical reflections on dharma transmission in Chan Buddhism

- Dharma Drum Mountain and the thought of Master Sheng Yen

- Contemporary Chinese Buddhism, humanistics Buddhism, and Master Sheng Yen

- Chinese Chan and modern therapy

- Research topics on international or globalized aspects of Sheng Yen's thought and Chinese Buddhism

Conference Dates:

June 27 -30, 2014. The academic part is from June 29 – 30, 2014.

Conference Location:

National Taiwan University Convention Center, Taipei

Round trip airfare to Taiwan and room and board for presenters and respondents will be provided by the Sheng Yen Education Foundation. Hotel accommodations will cover 4 nights if presenters would also like to attend the first two days of the conference (which will focus on topics related to dharma transmission in the Dharma Drum Lineage of Chan).

Paper Submissions:

Paper proposal in 1,000 words (or three double-spaced pages) due: Monday, February 10, 2014

Announcement of paper acceptance by: Wednesday, March 10, 2014

Submission of completed paper: Friday, May 30, 2014

Proposals and completed papers should be sent electronically to the Sheng Yen Education Foundation: yungshin@shengyen.org.tw yungshin@shengyen.org.**tw >

Presented papers from part two of the conference may be published as a peer reviewed conference proceeding volume.

Conference Sponsors:

Dharma Drum Monastic Sangha

Sheng Yen Education Foundation

Conference Cosponsors:

National Taiwan University, Center for Buddhist Studies

National Chengchi University

Chung-Hwa institute of Buddhist Studies

Dharma Drum University

Dharma Drum Buddhist College

Dharma Drum Sangha University

Dharma Drum publishing Corp.

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[Contribution] Conference on Buddhism and Social Justice, Leiden University (Jonathan Silk) posted date:2013-08-27
Time:BEFORE 20 September 2013
Location:Leiden University

A Conference on Buddhism and Social Justice

23-25 April 2014, Leiden University

Moving away from a common perception of Buddhism as intrinsically a tradition of peace and justice, our project—based at Leiden University—seeks to explore the various ways in which historically Buddhist societies have shaped, transmitted, and adapted Buddhist ideas and ideals about equality, fairness, and freedom. We are further interested in how (if at all) such societies have instantiated these ideas and ideals.

The intent of the conference “Buddhism and Social Justice” is to gather scholars to discuss Classical and modern Buddhist notions of justice and their real world reflexes. We will be most centrally concerned with Buddhist visions—implicit or explicit—of ideal (just) societies and the role of human action, as these appear, for instance, in the realms of freedom and its constraints, social hierarchy and mobility, economic opportunity, and power and self-determination.

The full text of the initial proposal upon which our project was based, and other information about our research team.

This Call for Papers invites scholars interested in these issues from a descriptive, rather than prescriptive, point of view to come together and share their expertise, findings and questions. Papers dealing with any region within Asia and any time period are welcome.

Applicants are requested to forward to
conference@buddhismandsocialjustice.com the following information BEFORE 20 September 2013:

· A title and abstract of approximately 300 words, describing the
scope of your contribution and its sources.

· A short CV

Applications will be reviewed by 1 October 2013 and successful applicants notified immediately thereafter.

While lodging and food will be provided, we regret that we are in principle unable to offer travel funding for participants. In exceptional cases however we may be able to arrange some assistance in travel costs.

Related Link:http://www.buddhismandsocialjustice.com/

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[Contribution] Looking for Panelists (Asian Studies, Japan, Tokyo, June 21-22, 2014) (Shields) posted date:2013-08-20
Time: September 1, 2013 - October 15, 2013
Location:The Asian Studies Conference Japan

The Executive Committee of the Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ) invites proposals for panels, roundtables, and individual papers to be presented at the Eighteenth Asian Studies Conference Japan. The conference
will be held on the campus of Sophia University, Tokyo on Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22, 2014. All presentations are in English.

Proposals may be submitted online beginning on September 1, 2013. The deadline for proposals is October 15. Please note that this date is earlier than in past conferences. Results will be announced in December.

The online application forms are available on the ASCJ website: http://www.meijigakuin.ac.jp/%7Eascj/forms/index.html

Panels are proposed by individual scholars around a common subject. Panels are composed of three or four paper presenters and one or more discussants.
Panel proposals should include a 250 word (maximum) abstract from each participant as well as a 250 word (maximum) statement that explains the session as a whole.

Roundtables offer an opportunity for participants to discuss a specific theme, issue or significant recent publication. A maximum of six active participants is recommended. While a roundtable proposal will not be as
detailed as a panel proposal, it should explain fully the purpose, themes or issues, and scope of the session.

Individual papers give scholars an opportunity to participate in the conference even if they are not able to put together a complete panel.

Since only a limited number of individual papers can be accommodated, preference will be given to junior scholars. Applicants have a better chance of acceptance as part of a panel.

The Executive Committee encourages members to submit proposals that, by focusing on more than one region or by drawing on more than one discipline, will attract a broad range of scholarly interest. Suggestions for innovative
alternatives to the panels, individual papers and roundtables described above are also encouraged.

Everyone worldwide interested in Asian Studies is invited to participate.

Related Link:http://www.meijigakuin.ac.jp/~ascj/

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[Contribution] AAS-in-ASIA, Singapore, 17-19 July 2014 (Conlon) posted date:2013-08-16
Time:By October 31, 2013
Location:The Inaugural AAS-in-Asia Conference

The Call for Proposals is now open for the Inaugural AAS-in-Asia Conference:

ASIA IN MOTION: HERITAGE AND TRANSFORMATION at the National University of Singapore, July 17-19, 2014

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS), the Asia Research Institute (ARI), and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) of the National University of Singapore are pleased to announce the inaugural AAS-in-Asia conference, "Asia in Motion: Heritage and Transformation." We seek to attract a wide range of panel proposals from humanists and social scientists, as well as reflective practitioners from the worlds of policy, civil society, journalism, and other professional fields.

The AAS-in-Asia conference will build upon emerging visions and trends in Asian studies within Asia. By bringing together scholars and specialists on Asia within Asia as well as from other parts of the world at a gathering in Asia, we hope to spark new and fruitful collaborations. The AAS also expects to reach out to scholars of Asia who might not usually attend an AAS conference in North America. It is our hope that the conference will stimulate new networks among scholars within Asia and beyond, providing broader inter-continental connections for the future of Asian studies.

Please note: If you have already submitted a proposal for the 2014 AAS Annual Conference in Philadelphia, you are still eligible to submit a proposal for consideration for the AAS-in-Asia conference in Singapore.

The deadline for proposal submission is October 31, 2013 at 5:00pm E.S.T.

We look forward to seeing you in Singapore!!

Association for Asian Studies
825 Victors Way, Suite 310
Ann Arbor, MI 48108 USA
Tel: (734) 665-2490
Fax: (734) 665-3801

Related Link:http://www.aas-in-asia.org/index.htm

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[Contribution] Chung-Hwa Buddhist Journal, vol. 27 (Conlon) posted date:2013-08-16
Time:By December 15, 2013
Location:The Chung-Hwa Buddhist Journal (CHBJ)

The Chung-Hwa Buddhist Journal (CHBJ) is a scholarly journal dedicated to the historical study of Chinese Buddhism in the premodern and modern periods. It seeks to promote the study, and teaching, of all aspects of Buddhist thought, practice, social, and institutional life in China, including historical interactions with Buddhist developments in South, East, and Central Asia. The deadline for article submissions is December 15, 2013. Publication date for the volume 27 will be in July, 2014.

For submissions requirements, please see the Article Solicitation at the link.

Thank you!

Related Link:http://www.chibs.edu.tw/ch_html/ch04_BudhiJournal_Solicitation.pdf

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[Contribution] Buddhist Studies Conference at UVa posted date:2013-08-13
Time:By September 30, 2013
Location:The Buddhist Studies Group at the University of Virginia

The Buddhist Studies Group at the University of Virginia is pleased to announce an interdisciplinary graduate student conference to be hosted on the UVa Grounds in Charlottesville, VA from Feb 28 to March 2 on the theme of “Buddhist Meditation: History, Culture,Development, Science.”

In recent years, Buddhist meditation has come to be studied within an increasing number of academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences as well as the physical sciences. At the same time,there has also been an explosion of interest in the functional applications of Buddhist and Buddhist-derived meditation techniques within a wide range of professional fields including education, medicine and care giving, athletics, and business.

This conference will provide a collaborative forum for both established and emerging scholars from a diverse range of academic and professional disciplines to showcase their research and engage in discussion about the range of methodological approaches currently being brought to bear on the study of Buddhist meditation and to discuss and contextualize current appropriations and transformations of Buddhist contemplative practice. The conference will include:

·Keynote address by *Georges Dreyfus* (Williams College) [to be confirmed].

·Innovative interactive panels, in which selected graduate students will present and discuss their research.

·A symposium investigating contemporary definitions and applications of contemplative practice (Details to follow).


Call for Paper Proposals

Along the lines of this year’s theme, we are looking for paper proposals from students *currently enrolled in M.A. or Ph.D. programs* froma diverse range of disciplines including: *Religious Studies, Area Studies, History, Cognitive Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Neuroscience, Medicine and Care-giving, Visual and Performing Arts, Education, *and*Art History*.We strongly encourage proposals that stretch received boundaries and challenge the way we study and think about Buddhist meditation. The papers that will be chosen for presentation will be those that not only reflect excellent research and inquiry within their respective fields of study, but also demonstrate a relevancy to other disciplines and illuminate some of the challenges that arise when we approach Buddhist meditation in the academic world. Some potential approaches include:

* Problems in studying the *historical development* of Buddhist meditation
* Critical investigations into the *secularization* and *re-contextualization* of Buddhist meditation practices
* *Behavioral, interpersonal, and ethical **dimensions*of Buddhist meditation
* The role of the *visual and performing arts* in Buddhist meditation practice
* How *the body* has been perceived and utilized within specific Buddhist contemplative systems
* The role of *creativity and innovation* vis-à-vis lineage and“tradition”
* *Therapeutic**and instrumental*(vs. soteriological) applications of Buddhist meditation
* *Institutional*and *pedagogical frameworks*
* The role of *the literary* in Buddhist meditation traditions (e.g. biography, philosophical literature, poetry, etc…)


Paper Proposal Submission Guidelines

Please submit an abstract of your paper of not more than 500 words, along with your name, university and department affiliation, and a brief bio, to gradbuddhismconf2013@gmail.com by *September 30, 2013*.You will be notified by November 15 of the status of your proposal, after which we will publish a detailed schedule of the conference.

Due to generous support we are pleased to announce that we will be able to provide accommodation and partial travel stipends for
those accepted panelists who are unable to secure funding from their home institutions.

We also warmly welcome and encourage non-presenting graduate students and academic scholars to attend at their own cost. Regrettably, we cannot provide letters of invitation to international presenters and attendees for visa purposes, as we are not equipped to take legal responsibility for international visitors. Thus, all travel and visa arrangements are your own responsibility.

If you require further information or clarification, please contact the conference organizers at: gradbuddhismconf2013@gmail.com

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[Contribution] CISP-BMEI 2013 Deadline 30 August, Hangzhou, China (Submitting to IEEE Xplore/ISI/Ei) posted date:2013-08-13
Time:By Aug. 30, 2013
Location:Hangzhou, China

We cordially invite you to submit a paper to the upcoming 2013 6th International Conference on BioMedical Engineering and Informatics (BMEI 2013) and the 2013 6th International Congress on Image and Signal Processing (CISP 2013) will be held in Hangzhou, China.

An old Chinese saying goes, "There is heaven above, Suzhou and Hangzhou below." (Suzhou is about 100 kilometers north of Hangzhou). Famous for its scenic splendor, Hangzhou attracts more than 20 million tourists from home and abroad every year. West Lake is completely man-made in the imperial garden style. "Impressions of the West Lake" is an evening spectacle of light and dance staged outdoors at West Lake, created by award-winning director Zhang Yimou and musician Kitaro. Peak Flown in from Afar and Lingyin Temple are well-known for Buddhist carvings. Hangzhou is among the six oldest cities in China and is the southern end of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, the longest canal ever built in the world. Boating on the old Canal is one of the best ways to get a panoramic view of river towns, with ancient dwellings, traditional stone bridges, and historical relics. Explore Chinese culture at the museums of tea, silk and Chinese medicine.

As with past CISP-BMEI conferences, all papers in conference proceedings will be submitted to both EI Compendex and ISTP, as well as IEEE Xplore (All CISP 2008-2012 and BMEI 2008-2011 papers have already been indexed by EI Compendex and included in IEEE Xplore. BMEI 2012 papers have been included in IEEE Xplore and submitted to EI Compendex). Substantially extended versions of best papers will be considered for publication in a CISP-BMEI special issue of a SCI-indexed journal.

CISP-BMEI 2013 is a premier international forum for scientists and researchers to present the state of the art of multimedia, signal processing, biomedical engineering and informatics. The registration fee of US*D390 includes proceedings, lunches, dinners, banquet, coffee breaks, and all technical sessions.

To promote international participation of researchers from outside the country/region where the conference is held (i.e., China’s mainland), researchers outside of China’s mainland are encouraged to propose invited sessions. The first author of each paper in an invited session must not be affiliated with an organization in China’s mainland. All papers in the invited sessions can be marked as "Invited Paper". The organizer(s) for each invited session with at least 6 registered papers will (jointly) enjoy an honorarium of US*D 400. Invited session organizers will solicit submissions, conduct reviews and recommend accept/reject decisions on the submitted papers. Invited session organizers will be able to set their own submission and review schedules, as long as a list of recommended papers is determined by 25 October 2013. Each invited session proposal should include: (1) the name, bio, and contact information of each organizer of the invited session; (2) the title and a short synopsis of the invited session. Please send your proposal to cispbmei@hznu.edu.cn

If you have any questions after visiting the conference web page, please email the secretariat at cispbmei@hznu.edu.cn

Join us at this major event in beautiful Hangzhou !!!

Related Link:http://cispbmei2013.hznu.edu.cn/

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[Contribution] Panel on Asian Eco-cinema & media: Human, Animals, Environment and Beyond posted date:2013-07-19
Time:2013-07-09 ~ 2013-08-04
Location: Washington, United States

Panel on Asian Eco-cinema & media: Human, Animals, Environment and Beyond,
SCMS 2014 (March 19-23, Seattle)

Location: Washington, United States
Conference Date: 2013-08-04 (in 19 days)
Date Submitted: 2013-07-09
Announcement ID: 204996

With a growing awareness of global environmental issues, and an attempt to
address the growing interest in films and media in relation to various
ecocritical theories, this panel invites papers that fall within the study
of media and films in Asia in relation to ecological and environmental
issues. It seeks to expand the field of ecocinema/ecomedia studies towards a
broader coverage in Asian ontexts.

From the fictional depictions of Asian environmental crises (e.g. The
Impossible, Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain), documentaries of environments shaped
by urban developments and post-disaster reconstructions (e.g. Still Life, 3.
11 Surviving Japan), artistic representations of human, nature and
wilderness (The Mourning Forest, Uncle Bonmee Who Can Recall His Past
Lives), to social media coverage of pollution problems in Asian cities,
ecological and environmental issues in Asia have increasingly been exposed
to the outside world through fictional films, documentaries and various
forms of media.

Possible themes may include, but not limited to:
- Specific environmental issues in Asia
- Concepts of Nature, cities and the environment in Asia
- Defining ecomedia/ ecocinema/ eco-film criticism
- Asian eco-philosophical thoughts in films (e.g. Buddhism,
Confucianism, Daoism, Shintoism, etc.)
- Eco-materialism/ New Materialisms in film/media
- Green movements and social media in Asia
- Animal studies, animality, ecojustice
- Waste, toxicity, refuse and pollutions
- Climatic changes, natural disasters in film
- Limitations of media and film in ecocriticism/ green studies
- Other related topics

The Society of Media and Cinema Studies (SCMS) 2014 Conference will take
place March 19-23 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. You are invited to submit a
300 word abstract, a brief bio, or any question to Kiu-wai Chu at
kiuwaichu@gmail.com.

Deadline for proposal submission is August 4, 2013.

Related Link:http://www.cmstudies.org/?page=call_for_submissions

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[Contribution] IABS- Vienna 2014- Creating Transnational Buddhist Networks Through International Travel posted date:2013-07-16
Time:2014/8/18-23
Call for Papers

IABS- Vienna 2014- Creating Transnational Buddhist Networks Through International Travel

I am organizing a panel on transnational Buddhist networks created through international travel for the IABS Conference in Vienna, Aug. 18-23, 2014. If you are interested in proposing a paper for this panel please send me your abstract (500 words or less) by Oct. 15 2013.

Here is the complete panel proposal. Thank you. With globalization and the rise in appeal of meditation, pilgrimage, and cultural exchange, global Buddhist networks are increasingly being created through international travel. Buddhists and meditators travel to work with a specific teacher, visit a Buddhist holy site, learn about the Buddhist way of life through cultural exchange programs, or attend a meditation retreat. In this way Buddhist teachings and practices travel and create new diasporic and international communities along the way.

This phenomenon has generated a rise in branches of Buddhist monasteries and meditation centers throughout the world, which have become especially significant since the 1950s with the proliferation of Mahasi Sayadaw meditation centers as well as Thai forest monasteries. Relationships through meditation practice, pilgrimage, connections with Buddhist teachers and Buddhist monastic life programs demonstrate that global Buddhist networks are constantly being created and strengthened through international travel.

This panel explores the routes and detours of this travel and details the sites where international communities of Buddhists meet and create new forms of practice and new global Buddhist networks. The aim of this panel is to both document these unique global occurrences as well as illuminate how these transnational networks transform and reimagine Buddhist practice and institutions.

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Brooke Schedneck, Ph.D.
Lecturer in Buddhist Studies
Institute of Southeast Asian Affairs
Chiangmai University, Chiangmai, Thailand http://www.iseaa.org/brooke-schedneck.html
http://www.wanderingdhamma.org/

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[Contribution] CFP - The Methods of Memory (U of T Grad Student Conference) posted date:2013-07-02
Time:November 1-2, 2013
Location:University of Toronto
2nd Biennial University of Toronto Graduate Student Conference on South Asian Religions: The Methods of Memory

November 1-2, 2013

We extend a cordial call to graduate students for papers exploring the nature, scope, and practice of memory in South Asian religious traditions.

While memory is often popularly conceived as the act of recollection or as a mental storage space, recent theorizations encourage a much more diverse and dynamic understanding of memory and its role in cultural phenomena. Scholars of South Asia in particular, including Christian Lee Novetzke, Prachi Deshpande and Ramya Sreenivasan, have highlighted memory?s role in the formation of public spheres, the emergence of regional identities, and the authorizing of particular discourses about the past. This conference seeks to continue and expand this ongoing conversation on memory with respect to a wide range of South Asian religious phenomena including, but not limited to, the engagement with sacred texts, the creation and veneration of sacred figures and places, the design and performance of rituals, and the projection and transmission of visualized and embodied aesthetic forms.

In doing so, we hope to raise questions such as the following:

* What is memory, or rather, when is memory, and how and at which
temporal junctures is it evoked in South Asian religious traditions?
* How are memories transmitted and enacted, performed and
deployed, encouraged and suppressed? How reliable are these archives?
* What role does remembering ? or forgetting ? play in the
construction of identities and in the negotiation of sacred time and space?
* How is the past imagined and realized through memory, and what
part does memory play in the envisioning of competing futures?
* What is the role of memory in historiography and what are the
opportunities memory offers for an alternative understanding of history?
* How useful is memory as an analytic category in the study of
South Asian religious traditions?

Proposals broadly addressing themes such as these are welcomed from graduate students engaged in original research in any field related to the study of South Asian religious traditions (e.g. Religion, Philosophy, Anthropology, History, Art History, Sociology, South Asian Studies, Diaspora and Transnational Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Linguistics, etc.). This conference will offer a congenial platform for graduate students to present, discuss, and receive feedback on their work from both their peers and faculty in related disciplines.

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Vasudha Dalmia, Chandrika and Ranjan Tandon Professor of Hindu Studies at Yale University, will be delivering the conference?s keynote address.

Proposals of no more than 300 words, a list of five keywords, and a CV should be sent to TorontoCSAR@gmail.com by September 1, 2013. For further enquiries, please contact arun.brahmbhatt@mail.utoronto.ca or eric.steinschneider@mail.utoronto.ca.



Christoph Emmrich
Assistant Professor, Buddhist Studies
Chair, Numata Program UofT/McMaster
University of Toronto, UTM

currently:
MiCasa Hotel Apartments
Apartment no. 325
17, Kaba Aye Pagoda Rd., Yankin Township Yangon, Myanmar
+95.1.650.933

http://www.religion.utoronto.ca/people/faculty/christoph-emmrich/

Department of Historical Studies
University of Toronto, Mississauga
Room NE117, North Building, 3359 Mississauga Road North Mississauga, ON, L5L 1C6, Canada
+905.569.4493 (o), +905.569.4412 (f)

Department for the Study of Religion
University of Toronto, 170 St. George Street Jackman Humanities Building, Room 303 Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8, Canada
+416.978.6463 (o), +416.978.1610 (f)

Private:
18 Claxton Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario, M6C 1L8 Canada
+416.546.3407 (h), +416.317.2662 (c)

christoph.emmrich@utoronto.ca

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[Contribution] IABS 2014, Transference and Transmission posted date:2013-06-28
Time:2014/8/18-23
Location:http://iabs2014.univie.ac.at/home
We would like to invite paper proposals for the panel "Transference and Transmission in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist 'Philosophical' Traditions" at the upcoming IABS conference in Vienna, to be held from 18th-23rd August, 2014.
The deadline for online submission of paper proposals is 1st November 2013 (for further information, see http://iabs2014.univie.ac.at/home/) .

If you are interested in participating in our panel, please contact Casey Kemp at caseyakemp@gmail.com before 1st November.

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[Contribution] IABS 2014 Vienna, The Bsam yas Debate posted date:2013-06-28
Time:2013/11/1
Location:http://iabs2014.univie.ac.at/academic-program/list-of-panels
A panel on the Tibetan Samye (Bsam yas) Debate which is convened for the next IABS in Vienna (details below).

Anyone interested in participating should contact david.higgins@univie.ac.at as soon as possible.

Please note that the web submission deadline for the conference is fixed at November 1st. I would therefore appreciate receiving your abstracts by October 20th.


Panel Description (from IABS website
http://iabs2014.univie.ac.at/academic-program/list-of-panels/)

This panel explores varying Buddhist responses to the influential Sino-Indian debate hosted by the Tibetan emperor Trisong Detsen at the end of the 8th century to decide the future of Buddhism in his country. While many historical details of the debate remain obscure, it is now widely accepted that a debate (or series of debates) did occur and that it was organized according to Indian Buddhist principles of formal debate well-known to Tibetans since early in the 8th c. with the emperor presiding in the role of the arbiter or â€?witness†(*dpang po* = *sÄ ká1 £in*).

At issue was whether enlightenment is realized gradually through analytical meditation, as argued by the Indian participant KamalaÅ?Ä?la, or all at once through contemplating the nature of mind, as proposed by his Chinese Chan counterpart He shang Mo ho yen (Hva shang MahÄ yÄ na/MahÄ yan). The account of the debate preserved in Tibetan chronicles and in the cultural memory of Tibetans has KamalaÅ?Ä?la roundly defeating his opponent, thereby securing Indian Buddhism as the official state religion. However, the standard debate narrative must be reconsidered in light of a variety of Tibetan, Chinese and Indian sources that show it to be an oversimplification of a perennial Buddhist epistemological problem: how to reconcile conceptual and non-conceptual modes of liberating knowledge. That this enduring problem and its reconstruction in the standard debate narrative have continued to be discussed and hotly debated by leading masters in all Tibetan traditions down to the present day makes the debate as relevant as ever for our understanding of some of the key epistemological and soteriological issues that have defined Tibet's cultural history.


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[Contribution] CALL FOR PAPERS: IABS 2014, Manuscripts and Writing in Buddhist Monasteries posted date:2013-06-27
Time:2013/11/1
The next IABS conference 2014 in Vienna (see information below).

The web submission deadline for the conference is fixed at November 1st. Therefore we would like to get your *abstracts by October 20th*.

*Manuscripts and Writing in Buddhist Monasteries: New Discoveries and Research*

Those of you who are interested in participating, please *contact* Stefan Baums (baums@lmu.de) or Ingo Strauch (ingo.strauch@unil.ch) *as soon as possible*.

Our knowledge of the literature and doctrines of early Buddhism has been greatly improved by recent manuscript discoveries, especially in the northwestern regions of South Asia (ancient Gandha-ra). At the same time, these oldest Indian manuscripts, among them many unknown and incompletely preserved texts, raise many new questions that can only be answered by detailed studies comparing this corpus to other Buddhist manuscript traditions. Among other topics, this concerns their modes of production and use, their relationship to oral modes of knowledge reproduction, and in general their /Sitz im Leben/. While the majority of the manuscripts in question contain religious texts, secular texts that were used by Buddhist monastic communities -- such as administrative and legal documents -- will also have to form part of this study. This panel will therefore present results from the ongoing research on the earliest Buddhist manuscripts and confront these with insights from the study of other Buddhist manuscript traditions. The intended geographical scope of the panel will extend beyond the South Asian cultural area to historical and contemporary manuscript traditions of Central and East Asia, Southeast Asia and Tibet.

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[Contribution] CFP Cultural Heritage. Environment, Ecology and Inter-Asian Interactions posted date:2013-06-27
Time:2013/7/31
Location:Rajgir Convention Center, Rajgir, Dist: Nalanda, Bihar, India
Cultural Heritage. Environment, Ecology and Inter-Asian Interactions

Deadline 31 July 2013

Conference dates 6 - 8 January 2014


Keynote speakers

- Rick Asher (Department of Art History, University of Minnesota)

- Robin Coningham (Department of Archaeology, Durham University)

- Engseng Ho (Cultural Anthropology, History and Duke Islamic Studies
Center; Duke University)

- Akira Matsui (Center for Archaeological Operations, Nara National
Research Institute for Cultural Properties)

- Mike Robinson (Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage,
University of Birmingham)


Call for papers

In Asia, the notion of 'heritage' is often associated with the construction
of post-independence nation-state models, the definition of national
'traditions', and the idea of a pre/post-colonial historical national
continuity. As a result discussions about 'heritage' are often
state-dominated, leaving little room for regional and trans-regional views
especially where it concerns inter-Asian interactions. These interactions as
well as the establishment of particular (sacred) sites were often the direct
product of environmental or ecological conditions which would furthermore
often also assure their continuation and/or conservation over long periods
of time. However, over time not only environmental/ecological conditions
would change but also geopolitical ones introducing different visitors and
even 'owners' to particular sites, changing their cultural, social and
political significance.

This conference welcomes papers that investigate the role
environmental/ecological and historical factors have played in the changing
significance of sites in Asia and/or how these factors (continue to)
influence the maintenance and conservation of these sites. In relation to
this the conference is also interested in how intangible forms of heritage
(folklore, customs, or particular
rituals) have similarly been influenced and/or affected. It particularly
welcomes papers that introduce an inter-Asian perspective either with
respect to the (changing) significance of these sites or in relation to the
maintenance and conservation of them as cultural heritage. The conference is
open to scholars from a diverse range of backgrounds including (art)
history, archaeology, cultural studies, ecology & environment studies and
social sciences as well as practitioners ranging from conservationists to
managers and activists.


Location

This two-day conference will be jointly organized by the new Nalanda
University and the Netherlands based International Institute for Asian
Studies (IIAS). Rajgir (Bihar) promises to be an exceptionally interesting
location for this conference given its proximity to the ancient site of
Nalanda University (a prime example of inter-Asian
connections) as well as many other important historical and religious sites
such as Bodh Gaya, where Buddhism finds it origin. The conference program
will include a full-day of sightseeing. The location for the conference will
be the newly built Convention Centre that is equipped with all modern
facilities.


Accommodation and Transportation

Accommodation will be provided to all presenters in a convenient four-star
hotel. To non-presenters accommodation will be made available at the same
hotel at a special rate. Rajgir is easily connected by rail and bus to the
airports of Gaya and Patna which have frequent connections with the
international airports of Delhi and Kolkata. The conference organizers will
gladly assist with travel queries and will make sure local transportation
from and to the conference venue, hotels, bus and train station is provided
for.
Conference participation is free of charge.


Abstract & Program

Please submit your abstract of no more than 250 words before 31 July 2013.
Also include a summary of no more than a 150 words of your current
affiliation, research interests and key publications.
Presenters may be requested to be discussants and/or chairpersons in other
sessions. Presentations will be thirty minutes with fifteen minutes of
questions of answers. The presentation of photographic or video-material is
not only possible but also highly encouraged.
Suggestions for documentary screenings or musical performances that could be
included in the evening program are also highly welcome.
Please submit your abstract, inquiries and/or suggestions to:
conferences@nalandauniv.in


Organization

Nalanda University was in existence for nearly 800 years from the fifth till
the twelfth century CE and attracted scholars from countries as diverse as
China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Tibet and even Turkey. It was one
of the oldest universities in the world. The newly founded Nalanda
University is an international university unlike any in India. It has been
mandated to be an international institution for the pursuit of intellectual,
philosophical, historical and spiritual studies. It aims to bring together
the brightest and most dedicated students from countries across the world
irrespective of gender, caste, creed, disability or socio-economic
background. It is a non-state, non-profit, secular, self-governing
international institution and will, eventually, consist of seven different
schools, among which are schools dedicated to Historical Studies and one
that focuses on Ecology & Environment Studies.

The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), established in 1993,
is principally a research and exchange platform based in Leiden, the
Netherlands. It encourages the multidisciplinary and comparative study of
Asia and as such actively promotes (inter)national cooperation. IIAS acts as
an international mediator, bringing together academic and non-academic
partners including cultural, social and policy organizations. The research
at IIAS is carried out under the aegis of three programmatic clusters of
which Asian Heritages is one.
It explores the notion of heritage as it evolved from a Europe-originated
concept associated with architecture and monumental archaeology to
incorporate a broader diversity of cultural forms and values, including the
so-called 'intangible' heritages and the importance of cultural heritage in
identity construction.

Related Link:http://list.iias.asia/lists/lt.php?id=bE9WVAIDBlQAUkoABAYeBlZbAAU%3D

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[Contribution] Extended deadline for MCAA 2013 Conference posted date:2013-06-18
Time:2013/6/25
Call for Papers Deadline EXTENDED to Tuesday, June 25, 2013 for the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) October 25 – 27, 2013 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI.

Please visit the “Call for Papers” link on our conference website, available at:
http://asia.isp.msu.edu/MCAA/conference_2013/conf_home.htm

On that page, you will find information on and links for individual paper,
roundtable, and panel proposals, as well as a new format option: the
“diamond” presentation. Conference attendance is open to anyone even if
you prefer not to deliver a paper. Registration will open on August 1,
2013.

Questions?
Please contact Professor Ethan Segal, Program Chair for questions about the program and presentations at mcaa2013@msu.edu.

Or contact Julie Hagstrom, Assistant Director of Asian Studies Center, for
questions about logistics and conference site information at
mcaa2013@msu.edu.
Related Link:http://asia.isp.msu.edu/MCAA/conference_2013/conf_home.htm

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[Contribution] Call for Manuscripts: "Teaching Asia through Field Trips and Experimental Learning" posted date:2013-06-18
Time:2013/11/10
Education About Asia (EAA) is the peer-reviewed teaching journal of the
Association for Asian Studies. Our approximately 1,800 readers include
undergraduate instructors as well as high school and middle school teachers.
Our articles are intended to provide educators, who are often not
specialists, with basic understanding of Asia-related content. Qualified
referees evaluate all manuscripts submitted for consideration. Most of our
subscribers teach and work in history, the social sciences, or the
humanities.

We are developing a special section that will be published in spring 2014 on
teaching Asia through field trips and experiential learning. We are not
seeking manuscripts where authors address study abroad programs of one
semester or longer. We seek articles by secondary school and university
survey-level instructors that focus upon a wide range of short term
activities including study tours in Asia, visits to Asian communities in
North America or elsewhere, field trips to art or history museums, or any
assignment or project at the secondary school or university survey level in
which students learn about Asia by experiential activities other than
exclusively didactic learning (lectures, reading, or film).

Prospective authors should be aware that approximately fifty percent of our
readers teach at the undergraduate level and the rest are secondary or
middle school teachers. Please consult the EAA guidelines, available on the
website under my signature before submitting a manuscript for this special
section. Pay particular attention to feature and teaching resources
manuscript word-count ranges. Prospective authors are also encouraged to
share possible manuscript ideas with me via email. The deadline for initial
submission of manuscripts is November 10, 2013. Prospective authors are
welcome to email me at the address below if they have questions.

Lucien Ellington
Editor, Education About Asia
302 Pfeiffer Stagmaier Hall
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Phone (423) 425-2118
e-mail: l-ellington@comcast.net
Web Site http://www.asian-studies.org/EAA/

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[Contribution] IABS 2014 Vienna -- Buddhism on the Silk Road III posted date:2013-06-18
Time:2013/10/15
Call for papers
IABS 2011 Buddhism on the Silk Road III - the Extent of Gandhāran Buddhism IABS - Vienna 2014

I am organizing again a panel on Buddhism on the Silk Road III - the Extent of Gandhāran Buddhism for IABS conference in Vienna, Aug 18 - 23, 2014.
This is one of the provisionally accepted panels and a sequel to the sessions we had on the AAR in 2001 and IABS, 2011. If you are interested in joining the panel, please contact me as soon as possible. The main theme of the panel is the historical transmission of Buddhism from India to China via Central Asia, where I believe Gandhāran Buddhism had major impacts on artistic inspirations as well as textual transmissions. I would like to receive abstracts of your possible presentation papers (500 words or less) by Oct 15, 2013 (for Nov 1 IABS web submission deadline). Please send me a short email introducing your potential papers beforehand. Thank you.

Mariko Walter, Ph.D
Research Associate
Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies/Harvard
Director: ACANSRS
Association for Central Asian Civilizations & Silk Road Studies College House, 3F, 1430 Mass Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138, USA mnwalter@post.harvard.edu
mnwalter@acansrs.org

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[Contribution] 2013 Buddhist Studies Graduate Conference at UVA -- DEADLINE EXTENDED posted date:2013-06-07
Time:2013/6/15
Call for Papers:

*Buddhist Meditation: Tradition and Transformation*

2013 Buddhist Studies Graduate Conference at the University of Virginia
September 13-15, 2013


The Buddhist Studies Group at the University of Virginia is pleased to
announce an interdisciplinary graduate student conference to be hosted on
the UVa Grounds in Charlottesville, VA on September 13-15, 2013 on the theme
of "Buddhist Meditation: Tradition and Transformation." The conference will
include panels and paper presentations by graduate students from across
North America and lectures by a number of the world’s foremost Buddhist
Studies scholars (lineup TBA). This conference is designed to be a
collaborative forum in which young scholars can test new approaches, bridge
disciplines in creative ways, and expand the scope of sources that we bring
to our studies.


*Call for Paper Proposals*

Along the lines of this year’s theme, we are looking for paper proposals
from students currently enrolled in M.A. or Ph.D. programs - not only in
Buddhist Studies, but also in other disciplines, including sociology,
anthropology, and history - that speak directly to the study of Buddhist
meditation. The papers selected for presentation will be organized into
panels, each chaired by a faculty respondent. Presentations will not exceed
twenty minutes.

We strongly encourage proposals that stretch received boundaries and
challenge the way we think about and study Buddhist Meditation in its many
forms and contexts. We encourage papers that approach Buddhist meditation
from a diverse range of methodological approaches - literary, historic,
ethnographic, sociological, political, and educational/pedagogical, to name
a few.

We are particularly interested in the following topics:

- Problems in the *historical study* of Buddhist meditation.
- Innovative *Interdisciplinary* investigations into contemplative
practice in Buddhist societies (e.g.: historically-informed ethnography)
- How *the body* has been conceptualized and represented within specific
Buddhist contemplative systems
- The role of *creativity and innovation* vis-à-vis lineage and
“tradition.”
- *Therapeutic* and instrumental* (vs. soteriological) applications of
Buddhist meditation *in Buddhist societies*.
- Institutional and pedagogical frameworks.
- The role of *the literary* in Buddhist meditation traditions (e.g.:
biographical literature, meditation manuals, philosophical literature,
etc)

Paper Proposal Submission Guidelines

Please submit an abstract of your paper of *not more than 500 words*, along
with your name, university and department affiliation, and a brief bio, to
gradbuddhismconf2013@gmail.com by *June 15, 2013.* You will be notified by
the end of June of the status of your proposal, after which we will publish
a detailed schedule of the conference.

University of Virginia may potentially be able to provide funding to cover
the costs of lodging and meals for students presenting papers. Travel funds,
however, should be obtained from the students' home institutions or other
sources. We also warmly welcome and encourage non-presenting students to
attend at their own cost. Regrettably, we cannot provide letters of
invitation to international observers for visa purposes because we are not
equipped to take legal responsibility for international observers.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the conference
organizers:

Eric Fry-Miller: ef6ab@virginia.edu
Christopher Hiebert: ch7wt@virginia.edu
Naomi Worth: nw3ca@virginia.edu

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[Contribution] Midwest Asian Studies Conference (Oct. 2013) posted date:2013-04-25
Time:2013/10/25-27
Michigan State University is pleased to host the annual Midwest Conference
on Asian Affairs at our East Lansing campus on October 25-27, 2013. MCAA is
the Midwestern affiliate of the Association for Asian Studies and the
largest such regional meeting.

The Program Committee welcomes proposals for panels, roundtables or
individual paper presentations that address Buddhism and other religious
traditions of Asia. Panels and roundtables that take an innovative approach
to format (interdisciplinary, pedagogical, creative, mixed media) are
welcome, as are traditionally organized academic panels. We also encourage
roundtables that address the state of the field.

Submissions of proposals are now being accepted on the conference website.
http://asia.isp.msu.edu/MCAA/conference_2013/conf_home.htm

The deadline for applications is June 15, 2013.

For questions regarding proposals, please contact Prof. Ethan Segal, Program
Chair, at mcaa2013@msu.edu

We look forward to welcoming you to East Lansing this October!

Related Link:http://asia.isp.msu.edu/MCAA/conference_2013/conf_home.htm

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[Contribution] International Indology Graduate Research Symposium (Pons) posted date:2013-04-25
Time:2013/10/17-18
The fifth International Indology Graduate Research Symposium (IIGRS) will be held at Bochum, Ruhr Universität, on the 17th-18th October 2013 – please find all the information at .

The symposium is aimed at current graduate students, PhD candidates as well as early stage researchers, that is to say those who have completed their last degree within the past five years. The deadline for submitting abstracts is the 30th of June 2013. The proceedings of the symposium will be published in a series entitled “Pu?pikā: Tracing Ancient India Through Texts and Traditions. Contributions to Current Research in Indology”, published by Oxbow Books Press, Oxford.

If you are teaching at an institution, I would be extremely grateful if you could please circulate this information.

Related Link:http://iigrs.byethost17.com

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[Contribution] Conference 'Network and Identity’, Ghent University (Belgium) posted date:2013-04-16
Time:2013/5/15
The Ghent Centre for Buddhist Studies Studies (Ghent University, Belgium) and the Buddhism in Motion Group of the KHK Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe (Ruhr University Bochum, Germany) are pleased to announce the International Conference 'Network and Identity:
Exchange Relations between China and the World'. (
http://www.cbs.ugent.be/node/**637 )

At this stage, we invite proposals of papers for this conference to be held in Ghent, Belgium on 18, 19 and 20 December 2013.

The aim of the conference is to examine the spread of ideas and practices along the major trade roads between India and Japan, with China in a pivotal position. This journey is conditioned by many factors:
geographical, social, political, philosophical, artistic, religious and even linguistic environments all played their role. In each region, ideas and practices intermingle, giving rise to new identities. Roads also naturally rely on networks, economical as well as cultural. This conference aims to focus on these two concepts, 'networks' and 'identity': while people need each other to travel along the long routes of Asia, meeting each other also enhances ideas or questions about one's own position and cultural framework.

We welcome any papers on the concepts identity and network or related to various forms of interaction and exchange in the Asian World.

Interested scholars are invited to submit paper proposals and a short résumé by May 15th at cbs@UGent.be. Presentations should be approximately
15 to 20 minutes in length. The abstracts will be evaluated by a scientific committee (anonymous peer review). Notification of acceptance of your paper for presentation at the conference will be done by June 15th 2013.
Attendance at the conference is free of conference fees for paper presenters.

For more information and registration, please contact cbs@UGent.be.

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[Contribution] Journal of Japanese Philosophy: Call for Papers posted date:2013-04-16
Time:2013/7/31
Journal of Japanese Philosophy: Call for Papers

Call for Papers Date: 2013-07-31
Date Submitted: 2013-04-09
Announcement ID: 202898

The Journal of Japanese Philosophy, published by SUNY Press, is the first and only international peer-reviewed journal on Japanese philosophy. The first issue contains essays by Fujita Masakatsu, John Maraldo, Bret Davis, Graham Parkes, and others. We are currently inviting submissions for our following issues. The journal aims to demonstrate the relevance of Japanese philosophy. It welcomes rigorous academic papers on all time periods and all areas of Japanese philosophy, classical to contemporary, from a variety of perspectives, including interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and comparative studies.

The entire article does not have to be focused on a Japanese philosophy or philosopher as long as some Japanese philosophy or philosopher plays a significant role in the article. The article should not exceed 8,000 words and should follow the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style (http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html). For details refer tohttps://sites.google.com/site/journalofjapanesephilosophy/. Send your inquiries and submissions tojapanesephilosophy@gmail.com.

Related Link:https://sites.google.com/site/journalofjapanesephilosophy/

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[Contribution] "Buddhism and Science'' -- International Society for Buddhist Philosophy posted date:2013-04-11
Time:2013/5/2
The International Society for Buddhist Philosophy (ISBP) is soliciting paper
proposals for a panel on the topic of "Buddhism and Science" at the group
meeting at the Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Association
(APA) Eastern Division in Baltimore, MD (December 27-30, 2013). Papers that
address this topic from critical and/or constructive approaches are welcome,
as are papers that are based on indigenous Buddhist and/or modern scientific
perspectives.

Please send title, abstract (200 words), personal information (name, email,
and institutional affiliation) to Douglas Duckworth
(duckworth@etsu.edu) by May 2, 2013.

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[Contribution] 2013 Bulgwang Awards posted date:2013-04-01
Time:2013/4/30
Location:Bulgwang Research Institute (Seoul, South Korea)
Bulgwang Research Institute (Seoul, South Korea) is pleased to announce the 2013 Bulkwang Awards. The intent of these awards is to encourage, recognize, and promote research into how Buddhism is currently being propagated.

Topics of Articles

** Case studies of Buddhist proselytizers in modern society
** Buddhist visions in modern society
** Buddhist solutions to the problems modern society faces, including
the ecological crisis, poverty, war, and other important social
issues

Criteria for Applicants:

There is no restriction on the applicant’s academic career, but the applicants must provide his/her CV which proves that he/she has been working in the field of Buddhist studies or has been engaged in Buddhist-related activities.

CV must include name, title, institution, mailing address (including summer address if different), telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address.

The article must be directly related to the topics described in “Topics of Articles.”

The article must be original and should not have any legal problem in being translated into Korean and published in the journal Dharma Propagation Research by Bulgwang Research Institute.

A one-page abstract of the article must be submitted electronically. The author should eliminate all identifiable references to individuals and places that might bias reviewers. The synopsis should be emailed to the address below in Microsoft Word
97-2007 format.

Evaluation/Award Procedures

The applicant should send his/her own paper, together with his/her CV, to the committee by 17:00 on April 30, 2013.

The deadline for receipt of full papers is September 30, 2013.

Each article will be reviewed by a panel of Bulgwang Research Committee members using the following criteria:

1. organization and elegance of presentation
2. review of the literature
3. utilization of information from a variety of Buddhist sources

Announcement of awards: October 30, 2013

The selected papers will be published (along with a Korean
translation) in Dharma Propagation Research, the academic journal of The Bulgwang Research Institute.

Award Amounts

Paramita Recipient (1st place): $4,000 (US dollar)

Dharma Propagation Recipients (2nd place): $2,500 (US dollar)
Related Link:http://laybuddhistforum.ning.com/profiles/blogs/award-for-distinguished-articles?xg_source=activity

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[Contribution] Religion and Locality in the Chinese World Canberra, Australian National University posted date:2013-04-01
Time:2013/8/27-28
Location: The Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW), College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian Nati
Call for Papers: Religion and Locality in the Chinese World

Date: 27-28 August 2013

Location: The Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW), College of Asia
and the Pacific, Australian National University, Canberra

Convenors: Dr Benjamin Penny, Mr Paul Farrelly

This workshop will explore histories of how religion is created,
transmitted, embodied and changed in specific locations in late imperial,
modern and contemporary China and Taiwan. Taking not only temples, mosques,
churches, schools, tea houses, festival sites, burial grounds and shrines as
the locus of research, but also cities, neighbourhoods, counties and
districts, it will explore the rich, and often overlooked, details that
populate the lived experience of religious activity. Seeking to focus on
interactions between place, text and individual agency, we aim to reflect on
the layered and specific histories that develop as a consequence of this
interplay. Through reducing the scale to a specific locale, phenomena such
as religious change, conversion practice, and individual transformation can
be reappraised.

Questions to consider may include: How do the particular circumstances of
time and place shape religious experience? What is specific to a location
that influences the nature of religious practice there? What religious power
is embodied in a place? How is the power created or maintained? How are
narratives created around a location? How are locations represented in oral
and printed media? What is characteristic of the religious world in a
particular place? How do the defining religious features of a locality
originate?

Seeking to enhance scholarship about place and religion in China and Taiwan,
we request work informed by microhistory and theories of the everyday that
offer alternative perspectives on the sacred world. In doing this, we will
explore the idea that religious experience is not homogenous across
geography, and that even comparatively small distances can produce
meaningful differences in institutions and practices. Through sharpening the
focus of research to a county, district, neighbourhood, or particular
numinous site we also hope to examine the relations between particular
places and institutions of authority based locally or distantly.

Interested participants should submit a paper title, abstract with keywords
(300 words maximum) along with brief biographical information (name,
affiliation) to paul.farrelly@anu.edu.au by 1 MAY 2013.

CIW may be able to provide some financial assistance for the travel and
accommodation expenses for successful applicants. The conference will be
conducted in English and we plan to publish the proceedings in a special
edition of East Asian History .

Contact: benjamin.penny@anu.edu.au, paul.farrelly@anu.edu.au

Related Link:http://ciw.anu.edu.au/events/event_details.php?searchterm=cap_631463962&semy ear=2013

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[Contribution] Conference 'Network and Identity’, Ghent University (Belgium) posted date:2013-03-07
Time:2013/12/18-20
Location:Ghent University, Belgium
The Ghent Centre for Buddhist Studies Studies (Ghent University, Belgium) and the Buddhism in Motion Group of the KHK *Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe* (Ruhr University Bochum, Germany) are pleased to announce the *International Conference 'Network and Identity

At this stage, we invite **proposals of papers** for this conference to be held in Ghent, Belgium on 18, 19 and 20 December 2013.

The aim of the conference is to examine the spread of ideas and practices along the major trade roads between India and Japan, with China in a pivotal position. This journey is conditioned by many factors: geographical, social, political, philosophical, artistic, religious and even linguistic environments all played their role. In each region, ideas and practices intermingle, giving rise to new identities. Roads also naturally rely on networks, economical as well as cultural. This conference aims to focus on these two concepts, 'networks' and 'identity': while people need each other to travel along the long routes of Asia, meeting each other also enhances ideas or questions about one's own position and cultural framework.

We welcome any papers on the concepts “identity” and “network” or related to various forms of interaction and exchange in the Asian World.

For more information and registration, please contact cbs@UGent.be.

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[Contribution] CFP: Mind and Attention in Indian and Contemporary Western Philosophy posted date:2013-02-22
Time:2013/3/30
Location:Harvard University
Call for Papers

Subject: CFP: Mind and Attention in Indian and Contemporary Western Philosophy

The goal of the workshop is to bring into focus philosophical work in Indian
traditions that address the role of attention of all kinds in mental life.
Papers should address any of the following questions in the context of
Indian philosophy.

Submissions by graduate students and early career scholars are especially
encouraged. Funding for travel and lodging will probably be available for
every speaker, and will definitely be available for graduate students. If
your submission is accepted, we will have more information about funding at
the time of acceptance.

Submission due date: March 30, 2013
Conference date: September 21-22, 2013. Harvard University.

Submissions should be sent by email to all three organizers:

Susanna Siegel ssiegel fas.harvard.edu
Parimal Patil ppatil fas.harvard.edu
Sebastian Watzl sebastian dot watzl csmn.uio.no

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[Contribution] Rematerializing Buddhist Modernism at AAR Regional Meeting posted date:2013-02-18
Time:May 10–11, 2013
Dear colleagues,

In response to the Call for Papers (CFP) for the upcoming AAR Eastern International Regional Meeting (Toronto, Canada May 10–11, 2013) on the topic of material religion, we are seeking paper proposals for a panel on "rematerializing" Buddhist modernism.

The uneven construction of “Buddhism” over the last two centuries has, in recent decades, increasingly become an object of academic inquiry in its own right. Rehearsing what is now a widely accepted scholarly view, David McMahan writes that this Buddhism, “is actually a modern hybrid tradition with roots in the European Enlightenment no less than the Buddha’s enlightenment, in Romanticism and transcendentalism as much as the Pali canon, and in the clash of Asian cultures and colonial powers as much as in mindfulness and meditation” (McMahan: 2008, 5). This “hybrid tradition”—styled as distinct from the indigenous traditions mined by philologists, historians, and ethnographers—has become the object of disciplines such as contemporary North American religions. The problem of situating the popular Buddhist modernism of Euro-American converts and some academics alongside the “imported,” ethnic varieties has long been understood along the much contested binary of “Two Buddhisms” (Numrich:
2003). Scholars have also begun to appreciate the local impact of the transit of “modernist, convert” Buddhism back into Asian Buddhist communities; a sort of modernism that challenges an easy quantification of what is “Western” and what is “traditional,” and has exposed some of the economic and racial presuppositions that have helped curate not only Buddhist modernism in practice, but also its academic study (Hickey: 2010).

In all this there has been little sustained scholarly attention paid to the materiality of its various transnational articulations, despite the widely acknowledged roots of Buddhist modernism in the geo-politics of colonialism, imperialism, socialism and post-socialism, and now global capitalism. How is Buddhist modernism inflected by its various economic and material contexts? How does the putative spiritual, non-institutionalized, democratic, interiorized, and de-ritualized nature of its hybrid form dialogue with, and actually become constituted by, emergent forms of materiality; such as patronage networks, relic veneration, pilgrimage, temple building, the digital age, monastic reform, and so forth? Does foregrounding the “material” rescue the study of Buddhist modernism from over privileging ideas and lineal transmission, whether from Victorian Romanticism or the Buddha?



We are seeking panelists whose research will help broach this important topic in the study of contemporary Buddhism, as these are found in, or in between, Asia and the “West.” We invite panelists whose research asks, “How does ‘rematerializing’ Buddhist modernism help nuance our academic understanding of its contemporary, transnational reception and articulation?”

Proposals should include (1) a short abstract (300 words maximum) describing the nature of the paper and (2) a current CV. Send submissions to the panel co-organizers: Ryan Jones (ryan.jones3@mail.mcgill.ca) or Matt King (matthew.king@utoronto.ca). Panel proposals must be submitted to the AAR selection committee by February 15, 2013.

Sincerely,

Ryan Jones, McGill University
& Matt King, University of Toronto

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[Contribution] Call for Journal Papers - Buddhist Critical Thinking Skills posted date:2013-02-18
Time:Final Full-Article Deadline: 31 May 2013
International Association of Buddhist Universities

Call for Journal Articles

This is a call for papers for the 4th Volume of the Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Universities (JIABU), published by the generosity of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University through the International Association of Buddhist Universities. The volume aims to be a special edition, covering Buddhist Critical Thinking Skills. This specialized theme should be of great interest to our university students and professors training and working in the field of Buddhist Studies and those involved in the education process. We encourage interdisciplinary studies and welcome articles from scholars in all fields related around the theme of Buddhist Critical Thinking Skills.

In order to prevent a collection of articles all being an introductory survey of ideas, it was determined for scholars to begin by reading a selected text, and build upon that knowledge towards a higher level of wisdom. Towards common ground for the special edition, it is asked that scholars easily download (registration to the site is necessary) and read the following text:
http://www.academia.edu/2344610/Buddhist_Critical_Thinking_Skills - this is the text: "Buddhist Critical Thinking Skills", by Dr. Dion Peoples, of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University and the Manager of the IABU Secretariat. The groundbreaking text was developed for the sake of Buddhist education and training Buddhist students in the methods of the Buddha; therefore, a critical assessment of the tools offered by learned scholars is a very appropriate theme for a special edition of our JIABU. Acceptable articles, determined by the academic peer-review committee, will be selected and published, if exhibiting:

. Thematic relevance

. innovative theoretical perspectives,

. clarity of organization,

. an accessible prose style,

. and significant research in primary resources

. a higher extension of wisdom from what has already been written about.



Please remember to produce an endeavor that deals with relevant topic material, Buddhist texts and the readers in meaningful ways. Please send all proposals and articles as Microsoft Word Files (.doc or .docx).

Call for Papers issued: 11 January 2013

Final Full-Article Deadline: 31 May 2013

Publication of the JIABU: Soon after, upon final formatting.



We must have your fully-perfected articles by the final deadline date to ensure that the article is considered for publication. Once the academic peer-review committee completes their selections, and the editorial-team has completed any additional formatting/revisions, the 4th Volume of the JIABU will be released.

PAPER SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

. Submitted papers are refereed and selected on the basis of quality and relevance to the main theme of Buddhist Critical Thinking Skills for this Special Edition, 4th Volume of the JIABU.

. Papers should be from 10-15 pages (not strict on these specifications), submitted in the preferred font: 'Times EXT Roman'
(for papers with Pāli/Sanskrit diacritic markings).

. Please download this font: http://www.bcca.org/services/fonts/
--and compose your article in this font. Articles will be returned if there are any undisplayed diacritical-markings.

. Papers may be rejected for specific circumstances, but may be rewritten, following committee recommendations.



PLEASE SEND FINAL PAPERS or any questions, to:

Editorial Committee Manager:

Dr. Dion Peoples: manager.secretariat@iabu.org



We, thank you, for your interest in this specialized theme, and we hope that this topic: Buddhist Critical Thinking Skills, becomes a valued and often discussed theme in the future. We would be honored to receive your thoughtful and valuable contribution to Buddhist Studies.



Yours sincerely,

Most Ven. Prof. Dr. Brahmapandit

Rector, Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University

Chairman, International Association of Buddhist Universities
Related Link:http://www.academia.edu/2344610/Buddhist_Critical_Thinking_Skills_-_revised_17_January_2013

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[Contribution] Call for Papers/AAR 2013 Millennialism and Buddhism posted date:2013-02-18
Time:Nov. 23-26, 2013
Call for Papers/AAR 2013 Millennialism and Buddhism

I am proposing a session on Millennialism and Buddhism for AAR in Baltimore,
Nov. 23-26, 2013. There are many possible approaches to this topic such as
those listed below, but the main theme is to understand what is
“millennialism” in Buddhism.

Possible approaches:
Buddhist messianic movements
Buddhist eschatology
Buddhist apocalyptic thinking
Buddhist understandings of time

The Lotus Sutra/Nichiren/Tientai
Three Ages (xiangfa/zengfa/mofa)
Wuwubaisui in Mahasamnipata and other texts

The Decline of the Dharma – in the Diamond sutra and other scriptures
Vajrayana – Kalachakra Tantra The Pure Land and degenerate Dharma Maitreya
Buddha Pali canon: cullavagga vinaya pitaka (some insight in the vinaya?)
The Three Stages Sect (Dunhuang) Miraculous Buddhist images/art

If you are interested in joining the session proposal, please contact me as
soon as possible with a short description of your paper. Thank you.

Mariko Walter
Research Associate
Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
Reischauer Institute
Harvard University &
Director: Asso. for Central Asia and Silk Road Studies (ACANSRS)
mnwalter@post.harvard.edu mnwalter@acansrs.org

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[Contribution] AAR 2013 Sacred Cities: Urban Buddhism in Modernizing Asia, 1850 - 1950 posted date:2013-02-18
Time:November 23-26, 2013
Dear list members,

I am organizing a panel for this year's annual meeting of the AAR in Baltimore on urban Buddhisms in modern Asia. The topic has already been mentioned as part of the Buddhism Group's general call for papers, but I wanted to provide a little more detail on the panel topic:

Sacred Cities: Urban Buddhism in Modernizing Asia, 1850 - 1950

The sacred places of Buddhism’s history have often been located in rural seclusion, from the groves and forests where the Buddha preached, to the temples, monasteries, and sacred mountains prized as refuges from the profane world of the Red Dust. Translation and monastic centers in Asian capitals among the exceptions until the beginning of the modern era, when urban spaces emerged as key nexus points where technology, capital, and innovation combined to support the production of Buddhist modernities. This panel will explore urban Buddhism in Asia during an era of modernization; papers will cover cities such as Columbo, Lhasa, Saigon, Shanghai, Seoul, and Kyoto, and examine how these places were religiously and historically significant for the development of Buddhism in modern Asia. Possible topics include Buddhist lay societies, publishers, seminaries, academic departments, and businesses. Relationships with other religious groups active in the city would also be an important consideration. The paper presenters and discussant will, as a group, attempt to compare the experience and aims of Buddhists in different Asian contexts to illuminate international and inter-lingual connections among these urban Buddhisms.

We have two papers confirmed so far:

Matt King, University of Toronto
“Critique, Complicity, and Reform: The Invention of Buddhism and Mongolia in Ikh Khuree, 1900-1937”

Gregory Adam Scott, Columbia University
“Shanghai: Nexus of Chinese Buddhist Publishing”

We are looking for two to three additional papers as well as a discussant. Please get in touch with me:

Gregory Adam Scott
gas2122@columbia.edu

Thank you!

--
*Gregory Adam Scott 史瑞戈* Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Religion, Columbia University http://www.buddhiststudies.net/ | gas2122@columbia.edu

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[Contribution] 23rd International Conference on The Pacific Rim Management posted date:2013-01-03
Time:2013/7/11-13
Location:Monte Carlo Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Conference Outline
The 23rd International Conference on the Pacific Rim Management is organized by the Association for Chinese Management Educators (ACME). The ACME’s goal is to provide a forum for management educators and practitioners to exchange information and to stimulate cooperation with both academic and nonacademic organizations in the Pacific Rim region. Specifically for this conference, the ACME aims to explore and discuss opportunities and challenges to form networks and collaborations to further advance management theory and practice.

Main Topics
Theoretical, conceptual and empirical articles are welcome. Major topics include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
Academic Technology Management
Accounting Information Systems
Accounting
Brand Management
Consumer Behavior
Corporate Finance & Foreign Direct Investments
Culture Tourism Management
Data Mining/Warehousing
Decision Support Systems
Entrepreneurship
Financial Management
Financial Institute Management
Healthcare & Hospital Management
Human Resource Management & Industrial Relations
Information Security and Management
Information Technology
Innovative Teaching Methods
International Accounting
International business
Internet & E-Commerce
Investments
Management Information Systems
Manufacturing & Service Design
Marketing & International Trade
Organizational Behavior
Organizational Learning & Knowledge Management
Production & Operations Management
Project Management
Product Management
Service Science
Strategic Management
Structural Equation Modeling
Supply Chain Management
System Dynamics
Technology & Innovation Management
Transportation, Communication, and Logistics
Virtual Community and Social Network Analysis
Web 2.0 Applications
Wireless Networking

Submission Guidelines
A full paper, written in English and in MS Word, should be uploaded to the conference website by February 25th, 2013. The length of the full paper is limited to 15 pages. Authors are requested to prepare their full papers using the APA style.

https://www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?conf=icprm2013

Submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by committee members. The authors will be notified of acceptance by March 15th 2013. Authors submitting articles for publication warrant that the work is not an infringement of any existing copyright and will indemnify the publisher against any breach of such warranty. For more information regarding submission, please go to http://myacme.org.

Contact: Dr. Sam Wu ( president@uwest.edu) or Dr. Bill Chen ( billchen@uwest.edu)

Related Link:http://www.uwest.edu/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=523:call-for-papers-for-the-2

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[Contribution] Singaporean Journal of Buddhist Studies launched posted date:2012-11-30
Time:2013
The Buddhist College of Singapore has just launched a new peer-reviewed
Chinese & English journal of Buddhist Studies, the Singaporean Journal of
Buddhist Studies.

The first issue is to be published in a year or so, after that it will be
published twice a year.

It accepts unpublished research papers on all aspects of Buddhist Studies.

Interested scholars can send their work to chuancheng@bcs.edu.sg.


Related Link:http://www.bcs.edu.sg/index.php/bcs_en/journal/

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[Contribution]IATS XIII (2013) "Tibetan Information Technology" posted date:2012-05-08
Time:July 21 - 27, 2013
Location:<ph2046@columbia.edu>;<ph2046@columbia.edu>
IATS-XIII Tibetan Information Technology July 21 - 27, 2013 Ulaanbaatar, MONGOLIA

This panel covers a variety of related topics from technical development issues -- such as data encoding and Tibetan-specific needs in systems designs, to the results of research in Tibetan studies utilizing information technologies.

Papers suitable for inclusion in this panel fall within three broadly defined areas of Tibetan Information Technology:

1. Technical papers.
Research into key technical problems in Tibetan IT.
Stated simply, such a paper would be comprised of certain key elements:
a. A statement of the technical problem being addressed and its relationship
  to Tibetan language and Tibetan research
b. An overview of any previous attempts to address it or similar problems
 and an analysis of their (partial) successes or failures.
c. A clear, technical statement of the approach take by the person or team
  authoring the paper
d. A theoretical or experimental assessment validating the approach chosen.
  Obviously a methodologically sound assessment of an actual implementation
  of the solution to the problem would be nice, but I realize that such is   not always possible in some cases (arguments about UNICODE being a good   example).

2. Application Papers
Research in Tibetan subjects *enabled* by technology.
Stated simply, such papers could be consider "soft" technical papers presenting research that focuses on the application of existing technologies within Tibetan language, Tibetan research and pedagogy.

Such papers should present research that has not been previously published or presented in other forums. Such papers should also focus a non insignificant amount of time on the enabling technology rather than the results of the application, since that is the purpose of this panel. Papers should avoid "trivial" instances of technology use, however, for example, the simple utilization of "black box"
technologies.

3. “Workshop” Papers
Tutorials on problem solving within the field of Tibetan IT
This category of submission would be more aptly described as presentation of general techniques for problem solving within Tibetan IT. Such topics could be: Unicode font design, data structure construction for bibliographic and archival databases, etc.

Submissions should include:
Author’s name
Affiliation (if any)
Proposed Paper Title
Type of Paper (technical, application, workshop) Paper Abstract

Please send copies of paper proposals to both:
Panel Chair, Paul G. Hackett
Panel Chair, Tashi Tsering

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   Course
[Course] Tibetan and Sanskrit Language Intensives at Mangalam Research Center posted date:2014-03-24
Time:Applications due: April 15, 2014
Location:Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages, Berkeley

Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages, in Berkeley, will be offering two language intensives this summer, one in classical Sanskrit and one in classical Tibetan. Both intensives run for eight weeks, from June 16-August 8; the programs have been extended this year to make sure the full range of material can be covered. Each intensive program is designed to be the equivalent of a first-year undergraduate course, and will prepare students to enroll in second-year language courses. The courses meets 4 hours a day, 4 days a week. There will be substantial opportunities for drill, a careful review of grammar, and an introduction to reading texts.

The Sanskrit course will be taught by Ligeia Lugli, Ph.D., a post-doctoral fellow at MRC. The Tibetan course will be taught by Alberto Todeschini, Ph.D., a former MRC fellow. Both are experience language teachers, and are visiting scholars at the University of California, Berkeley; Dr. Todeschini also serves as Technology Officer of the Humanities and Social Sciences Association at the University of California, Berkeley.

Applications are due by April 15, 2014, and notification of acceptance will be sent out by May 1, 2014.

Related Link:http://www.mangalamresearch.org/

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[Course] SUMMER SCHOOL> Classical Tibetan Language Summer Intensive posted date:2014-03-17
Time:June 16 – August 15, 2014
Location:Maitripa College in Portland, Ore.

Maitripa College is now accepting applications for its Classical Tibetan Language Summer Intensive courses, taught by Craig Preston. One of the only academic programs for Classical Tibetan in the west, the course is ideal for graduate students and others looking for a comprehensive introduction or review of grammar and translation methodology.

Craig Preston is an internationally known teacher of Classical Tibetan and author of three books. Educated at the University of Virginia under the renowned scholar Jeffrey Hopkins, Preston has taught Classical Tibetan for twenty years. He taught Classical Tibetan and Buddhist Philosophy at the University of Buffalo and is currently working on the UMA Five-Year Translation Project under a grant from the Ing Foundation. Preston has published two textbooks, /How to Read Classical Tibetan, /Vols. I and II, and co-authored /Buddhist Philosophy: Losang Gonchok’s Short Commentary to Jamyang Shayba’s Root Text on Tenents/ with Daniel Cozort.

Past summer intensive participants at Maitripa have included PhD students, MA and MDiv students, linguists, translators, and those wishing to read Tibetan language philosophic, ritual, or other texts for Buddhist studies, practice, or research. Courses are offered for credit or non-credit options, and participants are welcome to utilize the Maitripa College Library and join regular College and community activities. Portland, Oregon is a great place to spend a summer, with easy access to the mountains and coast, and frequent music festivals and farmers markets in the city.

Classical Tibetan Language: Grammar and Translation Methodology (June 16 – August 1, 2014) course covers the grammar and methodology components of first year Classical Tibetan in six weeks. The course starts with the alphabet and pronunciation, then rapidly moves on to words and particles. Next comes learning the patterns within syllables, words, phrases, clauses, and sentences. The course then introduces the grammar of Classical Tibetan as found in Indian treatises translated from Sanskrit into Tibetan and in indigenous Tibetan philosophical works. The second phase of the course introduces academic methodologies for preparing translations of Tibetan Buddhist philosophical works.

Topics in Translation: Genre and Methodology (August 4- 15) is a two week intermediate / advanced course exploring genres of Tibetan Buddhist scholastic literature through readings from Collected Topics manuals (bsdus grva) and/or Tenets manuals (grub mtha’). We will also locate the authors’ philosophical allegiances within the larger scope of Tibetan philosophical thought.

Related Link:http://www.maitripa.org/academic_tib_summer2014.html

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[Course] Summer Language Intensives posted date:2013-12-23
Time:June 10 - August 8, 2014
Location:Kathmandu University

Kathmandu University - Centre for Buddhist Studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute is now accepting applications for its Tibetan, Sanskrit and Nepalese summer intensive language courses offered in 2014. The program includes Beginning Classical Tibetan, in addition to three levels of colloquial Tibetan (beginning, intermediate, and advanced), beginning Sanskrit, and beginning and intermediate Nepalese. An introductory Buddhist Studies intensive, combining study and a meditation practicum, is also offered.

The courses, which are structured as a full immersion into the local languages and cultures, include the opportunity to live with Tibetan and Nepalese families. All classes are held at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery, just a few minutes’ walk from the Great Stupa of Boudhanath in the Kathmandu Valley. This summer's courses begin June 10 and end August 8.

Related Link:http://www.ryi.org/summer-intensives

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[Course] SUMMER COURSE: Religious Unity and Diversity Within Hinduism and Buddhism in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives posted date:2013-12-02
Time:July 27th-August 10th, 2014
Location:Kathmandu, Nepal

Two of the world's largest religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, have peacefully coexisted in the Kathmandu valley of Nepal for centuries. Many of the common religious practices Nepalis perform either occur at sites shared by both communities or the participants themselves do not self-identify as exclusively Hindu or Buddhist. Over the course of two weeks of lectures and visits to key field-sites, we will explore the historical and contemporary intersections between Hinduism and Buddhism in the Kathmandu Valley. We will also introduce relevant theories for the study of religious pluralism and the research methods traditionally employed in the field drawing on philology, history, ethnography, sociology, and visual studies.

The course will be relevant to students from Anthropology, Asian Studies, and the Study of Religion. Students will be required to be present at lectures and field-trips and write a final exam. The number of ECTS points for international students will be arranged through the Aarhus Summer School program. Lectures will be conducted in English. Final exams will be in English or Danish.

Students will pay for their own travel and accommodations, but we will arrange for mutual housing during the course period. Students are encouraged to travel on their own in Nepal or other parts of Asia at the conclusion of the course.

Host: Aarhus University Summer School
Enrollment closing date: 28 February 2014

Faculty:
Jørn Borup, Associate Professor
Marianne Fibiger, Associate Professor
Bjarne Wernicke Olesen, PhD Candidate
Cameron David Warner, Assistant Professor

For more information, please contact: Cameron David Warner, etncw@hum.au.dk

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[Course] Summer School Announcement posted date:2013-06-07
Time:2013/7/15-7/26
Location:Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University
please note the following announcement of summer school programme of interest, the well-known Leiden Languages Summer School, which contains an always very stimulating Indological Programme:
http://www.hum.leiden.edu/summerschool/programmes-2013/indological-programme.html
,
with Buddhist content this year (as often in the past), this time from Vincent Tournier.


for the whole summer school, here is the announcement from my colleagues:

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are happy to announce the eighth edition of the*** Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics* which will be held from*** 15 July – 26 July
2013* at the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University.

The Summer School offers a number of courses on a wide range of subjects in the field of languages and linguistics.

This year, the Summer School will consist of nine programmes, including courses for beginners as well as for advanced students, taught by internationally renowned specialists:

*** Germanic Programme*

* Indo-European Programme for beginners*

* Indo-European Programme for advanced students*

*** Indological Programme*

* Iranian Programme*

* Language Description Programme*

* Romance Languages Programme*

* Semitic Programme*

* Russian Programme*

In addition to these programmes, a Tashelhiyt Berber Language Course will
be taught daily from 14.00 to 15.30 h.

Related Link:http://www.hum.leiden.edu/summerschool/programmes-2013/indological-programme.html

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[Course] International Buddhist Academy Summer Program posted date:2013-05-03
Time:2013/5/29-8/28
The International Buddhist Academy (Boudha/Kathmandu) is happy to offer the following courses this summer:

- Colloquial Tibetan (May 29 - August 28)

- Introduction to Classical Tibetan (May 30 – July 23)

- May 29-June 25: Introduction to Buddhist practice, taught by Khenpo
Jamyang Tenzin

- July 1-26 & August 1-28: the Bodhicaryavatara by Shantideva, taught
by Khenpo Jorden and HE Ratna Vajra Rinpoche

- September 3-12 & 15-24: 2 meditation retreats led by Ven. Dhammadipa

For further details and registration, please visit:
www.internationalbuddhistacademy.org

Related Link:www.internationalbuddhistacademy.org

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[Course] 2013 Philosophy Courses and Retreat Outline posted date:2012-12-24
Time:2013/9/3-24
The 1st course, taught by Khenpo Jamyang Tenzing will offer pith instructions and guided meditations, ideal for those interested in building a genuine Buddhist practice.

The 2nd (taught in part by H.E. Dungsey Ratna Vajra Rinpoche from mid-end July) and 3rd courses (teacher to be announced) present a classic of Mahayana Buddhist literature: the renowned Bodhicaryavatara, by Shantideva. For more information click here or the menu tab.

In September we offer two meditation retreats: on samata (calm abiding meditation) and vipassana (insight meditation) each led by the renowned meditation master, Ven. Dhammadipa. For more information please click here or the menu tab.

Fee and registration information can be found here.
Related Link:http://internationalbuddhistacademy.org/retreats2013/

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[Course] H. E. Ratna Vajra Rinpoche to teach part of the July 2013 course posted date:2012-12-24
Time:7/12-26
Location:P.O. Box 23034 Tinchuli, Boudha Kathmandu, Nepal
His Eminence, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, eldest son of His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin, will be teaching part of the ‘Way of the Bodhisattva’ Course from 12-26 July!
Related Link:http://internationalbuddhistacademy.org/news/

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[Course] 2013 Summer Courses in Buddhist Philosophy posted date:2012-12-17
Time:2013/5/28-8/29
Location:International Buddhist Academy
Topics covered will include:

Prerequisites for the path to freedom.
Overcoming inner obstacles.
Avoiding pitfalls on the path.
Practical mind training (based on compassion and bodhicitta).
Contemplative practices: calm abiding and special insight.
Developing joyful perseverance.
Mind training that transforms obstacles into the path itself.
Wisdom: the profound view of reality, according to Middle Way philosophy.

Fees and Registration:
http://internationalbuddhistacademy.org/fees-registration/
Related Link:http://internationalbuddhistacademy.org/philosophy2013/

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[Exhibition] Book presentation and a 2 day symposium on Giuseppe Tucci in Tibet posted date:2013-06-07
Time:2013/6/8, 6 pm
Friday June 8, 6 pm, in Ascoli Piceno there will be a presentation of _L'esploratore del Duce. Le avventure di Giuseppe Tucci e la politica italiana in Oriente da Mussolini a Andreotti. Con il carteggio di Giulio Andreotti, Roma: Memori; Milano: Asiatica Association, 2012 (see: http://amzn.to/17X34U4) during a two day symposium dedicated to Giuseppe Tucci in Tibet: "Tucci scienziato, esploratore e pellegrino in Tibet".

There will be two exhibitions, on Tucci's life and on thangkas, on which Tucci published the wonderful 2 volume book _Tibetan Painted Scrolls_ (Rome, 1949).

Friday morning the monks of the Tibetan monastery of Gaden Jangtse will compose a sand mandala, which will be dispersed at the end of the event in the waters of the local river.

Among the speakers will be the president of the Association Italia-Tibet, Claudio Cardelli.

Original films of Tucci's expeditions (by Luce) will be shown.
Related Link:http://amzn.to/17X34U4

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   Lecture
[Lecture] Lectures by Professor Liu Zhen posted date:2014-04-14
Time:April 27th & May 1st, 2014
Location:CPD 2.58, 2/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong

Lecture 1: Some Reflections on an Early Mahāyāna Text Hastikak?yasūtra

Date: April 27th, 2014 (Sunday)
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Venue: CPD 2.58, 2/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong

Lecture 2: The Dharamdhātustava found in TAR

Date: May 1st, 2014 (Thursday)
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Venue: CPD 2.58, 2/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong

Related Link:http://www.buddhism.hku.hk/newsevents.html

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[Lecture] Wobble for Wobble: Mascot Character Promotion by Waning Buddhist Institutions, by John Shultz posted date:2014-03-17
Time:Monday, March 24th from 6:30-8:30
Location:Room 212 of the Fusokan on the Doshisha University Campus

The speaker for the March meeting of the Kyoto Asian Studies Group is John Shultz, who will present “Wobble for Wobble: Mascot Character Promotion by Waning Buddhist Institutions" (see abstract below). The lecture will be held on Monday, March 24th from 6:30-8:30 in Room 212 of the Fusokan on the Doshisha University Campus (see link below for access information).

Abstract:

Are wobbly mascots in oversized costumes the new bodhisattvas? Can cartoon-like personifications of Buddhist patriarchs, leaders, and even religious texts provide expedient means to promote traditional Buddhism? By nearly every measure, Buddhism in contemporary Japan can be seen to be in a state of severe decline. The reality of empty temples and a yawning loss of registered members has institutions more willing than ever to consider alternative media options to aid parishioner retention and to further promotion.

Inherently connected with this deterioration is a recognized image problem: Buddhism in Japan has become overly associated with death and funerary practices. This research considers the promotion of mascot characters by large traditional organizations, such as the Otani Branch of True Pure Land Buddhism
and the Mt. Koya Branch of Shingon Buddhism. I will look at the contexts of the mascot medium; provide an overview of character implementations; and attempt to access the effectiveness of such efforts vis-à-vis other new media campaigns by Buddhist institutions. In short, I want to examine how these representations have become the new friendly—and sometimes furry—faces of Japanese Buddhism.

John Shultz teaches Japanese religion at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka.

Sponsored by the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies.
Please refrain from bringing food or drinks into the meeting room.

Contact: Hillary Pedersen, hillyped@yahoo.com

Related Link:http://www.doshisha.ac.jp/english/access/ima_campus.html

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[Lecture] Anna Seidel Memorial Lecture, Stephen F. Teiser posted date:2014-02-24
Time:February 26, 2014, from 14:30 to 16:00
Location:Kyoto

On the occasion of the inauguration of the new building of Kyoto Center of École française d'Extrême-Orient (EFEO Kyoto), we are pleased to announce the foundation of a new series of annual lectures entitled "Anna Seidel Memorial Lectures." Organized by EFEO Kyoto and Kyoto University (Jinbunken), it will be a series of annual lecture on some topic of (East) Asian religious study by an internationally renowned scholar. Anna Seidel (1938-1991) was a member of Kyoto Center of EFEO and was a well-known figure of Daoist and Buddhist studies.

The first lecture will be held on February 26th, by Stephen F. Teiser of Princeton University. Here are the details:

First Annual Anna Seidel Memorial Lecture, 2014 École française d’Extrême-Orient & Kyoto University Translating Ritual: How the Dedication of Merit Was Transmitted across Asia Stephen F. Teiser Princeton University

Abstract of lecture:
For thousands of years both practitioners and scholars have conceived Buddhism as the translation of words and teachings across linguistic barriers. This lecture examines a related, equally challenging, and less studied transmission: how fundamental Buddhist practices and formalized rituals moved from one cultural setting to another. The lecture utilizes medieval Chinese liturgies to focus on the widespread ritual of dedicating or transferring merit (pari?āmanā, 迴向).

Biography:
Stephen F. Teiser is interested in the interaction between Buddhism and local cultures in Asia. His work focuses on Chinese materials, including transmitted texts, manuscripts, images, and archaeological evidence. His 2006 book, Reinventing the Wheel:
Paintings of Rebirth in Medieval Buddhist Temples, received the Prix Stanislas Julien from the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres, Institut de France. He is D.T. Suzuki Professor in Buddhist Studies and Director of the Program in East Asian Studies at Princeton University.

Language: English (without translation)

Place: Center for Informatics in East Asian Studies, Institute for Research in Humanities (Kyoto University): 47, Kita-Shirakawa Higashi Ogura-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8265

Free to attend (pre-registration needed: Contacts: Annex to Institute for Research in Humanities: Tel. 075-753-6997 and/or EFEO Kyoto:efeo.kyoto@gmail.com; Tel. 075-761-3946)

ALL WELCOME

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[Lecture] Summer School Colloquial Tibetan, Aug. 04-27 posted date:2014-02-14
Time:August 04-27, 2014
Location:Summer School Colloquial Tibetan

The Chair of Buddhist Studies (Prof. Dr. Birgit Kellner), Cluster of Excellence "Asia & Europe in a Global Context", Heidelberg University,is pleased to announce the following opportunity for language training:

Summer School Colloquial Tibetan With Jonathan Samuels (Sherab Gyatso) & Lobsang Chodak
All-day intensive course, introducing students to the Central Tibetan dialect

Textbook: Colloquial Tibetan (by Jonathan Samuels, Routledge Colloquial Series)

Course fee: 450 EUR

Accommodation (on request): 250 EUR

Application deadline: May 15, 2014

Related Link:http://www.asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de/en/research/hcts-professorships/buddhist-studies/tibetan-su

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[Lecture] The second Woodenfish program in this 2014 summer “Tiantai Seminar at Mount Tiantai” posted date:2014-02-14
Time:August 5-13, 2014
Location:Mount Tiantai Summit Huading Temple

The second Woodenfish program in this 2014 summer “Tiantai Seminar at Mount Tiantai”taught by Professor Daniel Stevenson.
This is going to be a very popular program, so please apply as soon as possible.

ANNOUNCEMENT

Woodenfish “Buddhism in China--Connecting with the Source”
[Tiantai Seminar at Mt. Tiantai] Led by Prof. Daniel B. Stevenson
Application Deadline: Rolling Registration, May 15, 2014
Eligibility: Faculty, graduate level and advanced undergraduate students.
Fee: Room and board, tuition will be covered by the Woodenfish scholarship for all selected participants. Limited to 40 participants.
For more information and application download, please visit http: www.woodenfish.org/china/tiantai
Any question please contact: woodenfishbic@gmail.com

MORE INFORMAITON:

Introduction to Woodenfish“Buddhism in China--Connecting with the Source

The Woodenfish “Buddhism in China—Connecting with the Source Program” is a semi-annual program, sponsored by the Woodenfish Project, that offers faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates opportunities for direct and intensive engagement with important historical centers of Chinese Buddhism and culture. Previous programs have included a Platform Sutra Seminar in Nanhua Temple led by Peter Gregory (Smith College), a Guanyin Seminar on Mt. Putuo by Chün-fang Yü (Columbia University) and Bhikkhuni Vinaya Seminar by Ann Heirman (Ghent University) at Sichuan Nuns College. Now this is our fourth Connecting with the Source Program in China, and we invite renowned scholar Professor Daniel B. Stevenson on Tiantai Study to lead a seminar at Mount Tiantai.

Tiantai Seminar Description*

Along with the Chan and Huayan schools, the Tiantai tradition represents one of the most influential syntheses of Buddhist teaching to take shape in China and East Asia. Systematized during the latter half of the sixth century by the Chinese monk Zhiyi (538-597)--who taught on the very mountain where this seminar will be held--Tiantai teaching has been an enduring presence on the landscape of Buddhist thought and practice in China down to contemporary times. Its impress remains readily visible in traditions of doctrinal learning and scriptural exegesis, meditation, and devotion practices that prevail in Chinese Buddhist circles today. In the centuries following Zhiyi, the tradition also found its way to Japan
(Tendai) and Korea (Ch’?ntae), where its impact has been no less profound.

Likened to two wings of a bird or two wheels of a cart, Tiantai tradition espouses the coordinate cultivation of meditative discipline *(jiaoguan
shuangxiu* 教觀雙修) and doctrinal study grounded in the sutras. Through these twin pursuits, Tiantai practitioners aspired to replicate the path by which the founding patriarchs were said to have apprehended the original vision of the Buddha and set themselves and others on the path to future Buddhahood. Drawing on a combination of secondary readings and primary texts, this seminar will explore fundamental aspects of Tiantai doctrinal classification, scriptural exegesis, meditation, ritual practice, hagiography and historical *imaginaire*. Where relevant, we will also give attention to change and diversity within the tradition.

To reside on the mountain where the Tiantai tradition took shape provides us with the rarest of opportunities. Surrounded by the very settings where illustrious Tiantai masters taught and practiced over ages past, classroom discussion will be supplemented with fieldtrips to sites of special interest. With a monastic community directly at hand, we will also have frequent chance to reflect on the ways in which doctrinal study and meditative disciplines were woven into the regimens of Tiantai institutions and the lives of their residents and patrons.

Biography of Instructor

*Daniel B. Stevenson* joined the faculty of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas in 1992, where he has served as Chair since 2007. He received his doctorate in Buddhist studies and Chinese religions from the Department of Religion, Columbia University, in 1997.
His research has focused on the ritual, exegetical and institutional cultures of the Tiantai and Pure Land traditions in China, with his most recent work centered on the vibrant revival of Tiantai Buddhist thought and practice in Song Dynasty (960-1279) China. Prior publications include *The Great Calming and Contemplation, a Translation and Annotated Study of the Synopsis Chapter of Chih-I’s *Mo-he chih-kuan (with Neal Donner), *The Meaning of the Lotus Sūtra’s Course of Ease and Bliss: An Annotated Translation and Study of Nanyue Huisi’s (515-577) *Fahuajing anlexing yi (with Hiroshi Kanno), and numerous articles on Tiantai ritual literature and practice, *Lotus Sūtra* and Pure Land devotional culture, and Buddhist ritual in Song Dynasty China. He is currently nearing completion a book manuscript that examines how site-specific venues of institutional life, education, ritual performance, and narrative exchange contributed to the formation of collective religious discourses among Song-dynasty Buddhists.

Schedule

August 5
Arrival

August 6-12
Classes and discussion on Tiantai Study and Monastic Life Practicum

August 13
Departure

Fees

Accepted applicants must provide their own transportation to and from Mount. Tiantai, Zhejiang, China as well as $100 (USD) to be used for the purchase of uniforms and a set of monastic bowls. There are no additional costs for the workshop. Room and board, tuition will be covered by the Woodenfish scholarship for all selected participants.

About the Application

The Tiantai workshop accepts applications from faculty, graduate level, advanced undergraduate students, monastics, as well as those who have already completed their degrees from any country. Buddhist nuns and female priests from any Buddhist tradition are especially encouraged to apply.
Applicants from diverse academic disciplines are encouraged to apply with preference given to those in the fields of East Asian and Buddhist Studies.
Applications will be reviewed by a committee including Buddhist clergy, and scholars. Approximately 40 applicants will be offered admission to this program.

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[Lecture] "Remapping Buddhism as a World Religion," Daniel Stevenson, 2/11, Florida State University posted date:2014-02-14
Time:Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, 4-6pm
Location:Student Services Building, Room 201 (874 Traditions Way). Florida State University.

You are cordially invited to the following lecture by Dr. Daniel Stevenson at the Florida State University on February 11, 2014.

Topic: "Remapping Buddhism as a World Religion: Gyōnen’s (1240-1321) Essentials of the Eight Sects (Hasshū kōyō 八宗綱要) and Modernist East Asian Agendas"

By Dr. Daniel B. Stevenson

Prior to the late-nineteenth century, the Hasshū kōyō 八宗綱要 (Essentials of the Eight Sects) by the Japanese monk Gyōnen 凝然 (1240-1321) was a largely neglected text. Brought out of obscurity and popularized by Meiji-era Japanese Buddhist reformers, it was picked up by their modernist Chinese Buddhist counterparts and introduced to European scholars intent on the nascent study of Buddhism as a "religion." The narrative grid of the Essentials of the Eight Sects in this way became foundational to a contemporary meta-discourse of Buddhism, modernity, the nation state, and "world religions" that continues to play out—often contestedly—on the global and regional stage to this very day. In a word, this talk will explore the curious tale of how Gyōnen’s inconspicuous little text came to shape the very way in which we imagine, teach, and talk about Buddhism as a religion today, East and West.

Dr. Daniel Stevenson is the chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University Of Kansas. His primary research interests include Buddhist ritual, literary/exegetical, and institutional practice in China, particularly as exercised in Tiantai and Pure Land circles; the construction of Buddhist values and identities in relation to the larger field of Chinese religious options, and the role that ritual plays therein.

All those who are interested in the topic will be welcome.

Related Link:http://religion.fsu.edu/documents/lecture_shengyen_2014.pdf

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[Lecture] Spring lectures in the Oslo Buddhist Studies Forum posted date:2014-01-24
Time:The spring term 2014
Location:Oslo

Lectures in the Oslo Buddhist Studies Forum in the spring term 2014 - all are welcome!

21.1.2014
Alon Mark (PhD fellow, Tel Aviv University): "Zen and Humor."
Place and time: PA Munch's Hus, room 10; 16:15-18:00.

18.3.2014:
Professor Ute Huesken, Oslo University
"Leaving the Sangha"
Place and time: PA Munch's Hus, room 10; 16:15-18:00.

1.4.2014:
Associate Professor Martin Seeger. Leeds University
"Orality, text production and spiritual practice: outstanding female Thai Buddhists in the early 20th century"
Place and time: PA Munch's Hus, room 10; 16:15-18:00.

22.4.2014:
Dr. Petra Kieffer-Puelz, Akademie der WIssenschaften (Mainz)
"Sex change and glimpses into a Buddhist nun's life"
Place and time: PA Munch's Hus, room 10; 16:15-18:00.

29.4.2014:
Dr. Edeltraud Harzer, University of Texas at Austin
"Buddhism and Brahmanism"
Place and time: PA Munch's Hus, room 10; 16:15-18:00.

27.5.2014:
Professor Gudrun Buehnemann, University of Wisconsin (Madison)
"The Buddha's Journey to Lumbinī in Newar Buddhist Art and Literature"
Place and time: PA Munch's Hus, room 12; 16:15-18:00.

3.6.2014:
Professor Ingo Strauch, University of Lausanne
"Aspects of early Mahayana"
Place and time: PA Munch's Hus, room 12; 16:15-18:00.

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[Lecture] Michael Radich on "The Authorship and Provenance of the Chapters of the Suvar?a[pra]bhāsa Ascribed to Paramārtha." posted date:2014-01-24
Time:23 January, from 5 to 6:30pm
Location:The Kamran Djam Lecture Theatre at the main College Building of Russel Square

Dr. Michael Radich (Victoria University, Wellington) at SOAS, with the following talk:

The Authorship and Provenance of the Chapters of the Suvar?a[pra]bhāsa Ascribed to Paramārtha, and Implications for the History of Buddhist Texts

In order not to bother colleagues living far from London with unwanted invitations to lectures they cannot attend, I won't be advertising every session of The Buddhist Forum in the future, but only provide you with updates on our programme from time to time. Please feel free to contact bl21@soas.ac.uk or vt6@soas.ac.uk if you wish to be included in the mailing list of the Centre of Buddhist Studies and be reminded before each event.

Here are the upcoming sessions of the Buddhist Forum:

20.02.14: Martin Seeger (Leeds)
The life and literary work of the female Buddhist practitioner Khunying Yai Damrongthammasan (1886-1944): Questions of authorship in modern Thai Buddhism

20.03.14: Lukas Nickel (SOAS)
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01.05.14: Max Deeg (Cardiff)
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All these events will take place at the Kamran Djam Lecture Theatre at the main College Building of Russel Square.

You are also welcome to attend the talk by Antonello Palumbo (SOAS) on February 27, within the Study of Religions Dept. research seminar, on "The Old World Oikoumene, Late Antiquity and the Changing Face of Buddhism from the 4th c. a.d.: The View from China" (same time, same venue).

Related Link:http://www.soas.ac.uk/buddhiststudies/events/

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[Lecture] Ulrike Roesler and Francesco Sferra at SOAS on January 16 posted date:2014-01-13
Time:Thursday 16 January, from 5 to 7pm
Location:The habitual Kamran Djam Lecture Theatre at the main College Building of Russel Square

On Thursday 16 January, from 5 to 7pm, we will have the pleasure to hold at SOAS a double session of the Buddhist Forum, with the following lectures, respectively by Dr. Ulrike Roesler (Oxford) and Prof. Francesco Sferra (Naples):

Quoting from Books or from Memory? Canonical quotations in the Works of the Early Kadampa Masters (Ulrike Roesler)

The ‘Bodhisattva Corpus’ and the Attempt to Establish a New Orthodoxy at the Dawn of the Eleventh Century (Francesco Sferra)

The venue is the habitual Kamran Djam Lecture Theatre at the main College Building of Russel Square.

Please feel free to contact vt6@soas.ac.uk or Benedetta Lomi bl21@soas.ac.uk if you wish to be included in the mailing list of the centre.

Related Link:http://www.soas.ac.uk/buddhiststudies/events/

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[Lecture] Ugo Dessì and James Mark Shields on Japanese Buddhism and Globalization at Otani University posted date:2014-01-13
Time:16:20-18:00, Monday, January 20, 2014
Location:Multimedia Seminar Room, 3rd Floor of Korukan, Otani University, Kyoto

You are cordially invited to the following public lectures on Japanese Buddhism and globalization at the Shin Buddhist Comprehensive Research Institute of Otani University in Kyoto.

We will have two speakers:
1. Prof. James Mark Shields (Bucknell University, Asian and Comparative Thought)
Theme: “Warp and Woof: Meiji New Buddhism as a Response to Globalization”
2: Dr. Ugo Dessì (University of Leipzig, Institute for the Study of Religion).
Theme: “Japanese Buddhism and Globalization: A Multidimensional Approach”

Abstract 1:
Although New Buddhism is a term sometimes employed to refer to the broad sweep of reform and modernization movements in Japanese Buddhist thought and practice from the late 1870s, the term shin bukkyō refers more specifically to a relatively short-lived but broadly influential movement of the early 1900s. This paper examines the work of four prominent New Buddhists─Furukawa Rōsen (1871–1899), Sakaino Kōyō (1871–1933), Watanabe Kaikyoku (1872–1933), and Takashima Beihō (1875–1949)─in relation to the various ways in which they conceived and effectively “reconfigured” Buddhism (and “religion”) to suit the needs of “modern” Japan. I argue that, rather than merely extending the work of the so-called Buddhist Enlightenment that came before them, these New Buddhists created a new form of “socially-active Buddhism” (shakaiteki bukkyō) rooted in a pantheistic metaphysics and borrowing heavily from Unitarian theology and social ethics. In practice, this frequently led to a “collapsing” of categories, so that the distinctions between social activism, religion, ethics and politics were effectively dissolved. In addition, however, these thinkers attempted to ground their New Buddhist vision within traditional Mahāyāna Buddhist doctrine, at least in part in order to justify their self-description as “Buddhists” (which was often under suspicion). Finally, I also attempt to frame the movement in relation to the broader Buddhist Enlightenment and later modernist and progressive movements that followed. While the “success”
of the New Buddhist movement is open to debate, there is no question that their struggles with a socially relevant and engaged form of Buddhism continue to resonate in the early twenty-first century, and may provide useful models (or warnings) for contemporary engaged Buddhism.

Abstract 2:
The increasing number of studies focusing on the interplay between globalization and culture indicates that religions are positively involved in global dynamics in various ways, and that the globalization of religion extends far beyond worldwide proselytizing. As I illustrated in my recent book Japanese Religions and Globalization (Routledge 2013), Japanese Buddhism can contribute to global cultural flows in various ways and be transformed by these very flows, thus creating new glocal forms with a distinctive regional flavor. Cultural elements circulating within global cultural flows may be rejected to counter homogenization or promote cultural chauvinism, but the latter’s strong reassertion of particularism may also be embedded in glocal forms. Religious responses to global dynamics are rarely a matter of either/or. This may also be seen at the level of religious communication, in which the conditional acknowledgement of other religions increasingly available in the global arena (inclusivism) seems to many traditions of Japanese Buddhism the most viable solution. Moreover, if understood as part of the global religious subsystem, Japanese Buddhism is shown to be engaged in continuous border negotiation with other global subsystems such as politics and science, and tries to reposition itself and find new legitimation in global society by addressing problems left unsolved by those subsystems.

Everyone is welcome.

A reception will be held following the lectures at the Big Valley café on campus.

Related Link:http://web.otani.ac.jp/cri/SBCRI.data/Library/map.html

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[Lecture] CASS Lecture by Prof. Dr. Pochi Huang, on 7 January, 2014 posted date:2013-12-23
Time:9:30 am to 11:00 am, Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
Location:Beijing, China

The CASS Center for Sanskrit Studies and the Institute of Philosophy is pleased to invite Prof. Dr. Pochi Huang, National Chengchi University (Taipei), to deliver one lecture on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014. Please be so kind as to forward this announcement to any students or colleagues who you feel may be interested in joining us.

Conference Room 940, Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences No.5 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China.

Language: Chinese

LECTURE: "??vara, Mahe?vara and Avalokite?vara: Hinduism and Buddhism in Interaction"

ABSTRACT:
This talk examines the relationship between Hinduism and Mahayana Buddhism through the lens of Mahe?vara and Avalokite?vara. To be sure, Mahe?vara and Avalokite?vara represent two most powerful ī?varas in these two traditions.
However, Avalokite?vara is a Bodhisattva (enlightened being) and a Mahāsattva (great being) in the Mahayana and Mahe?vara (in the beginning ?iva, but later could also be Vi??u) is in fact the foremost god in Hindu pantheon. In fact, Avalokite?vara represents what an ideal Mahayana savior should be and Mahe?vara is the supreme Lord for his devotees. To draw a parallel between them is crucial for us to understand the interaction between Hinduism and Mahayana Buddhism. Tracing back to the Upani?ads and the ?gveda, this investigation will explore the development of ī?vara in Hinduism and the Buddhist absorption of ī?vara in the Mahayana. Through extensive investigation, noteworthy features of these two religious traditions represented by Mahe?vara and Avalokite?vara can be pinpointed and the interaction between Hinduism and Buddhism in medieval India can be closely tracked.

ALL WELCOME
Please note that this event is free and open to the public, and no registration is required.

For further information, please contact HE Huanhuan at: pkuhhh@gmail.com

Related Link:http://philosophy.cass.cn

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[Lecture] Theosophy in Meiji Japan at Heidelberg University posted date:2013-12-23
Time:December 20, 2013 (Friday), 4-6 PM
Location:Karl Jaspers Centre, Room 112 (Voßstraße 2, Building 4400, Heidelberg)

The Research Group MC07 ("Political Legitimation") of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe", Heidelberg University, would like to invite you to the following event:

Lecture: "Theosophy in Meiji Japan, its Meanings and Transformations"(by Yoshinaga Shin'ichi, Maizuru National College of Technology)

ABSTRACT:
"When H. S. Olcott (1832-1907), co-founder and first President of the Theosophical Society, first visited Japan in 1889, Theosophy was understood as a Western form of Buddhism and, as such, became an instant success in the archipelago. Though interest in the subject was rapidly lost, Theosophy had a strong effect on Japanese reformers of religion and education. In this presentation, by tracing down the transformations in Theosophy during the Meiji era (1868-1912), we hope to shed light on a hitherto hidden side of modern religiosity in Japan."

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[Lecture] Brian Bocking - The Forgotten First London Buddhist Mission, 1889-1892: Charles J W Pfoundes and the Kaigai Senkyôkai - SOAS December 12 posted date:2013-12-16
Time:Thursday, 12 December 2013, 5:00-6:30 pm
Location:Kamran Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT, Former G2)

Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions Lecture Series 2013-14: Revisiting Modern Buddhism School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

The Forgotten First London Buddhist Mission, 1889-1892: Charles J W Pfoundes and the Kaigai Senkyôkai by Brian Bocking (University College Cork)

According to every scholarly account of the introduction of Buddhism to the West, the first London Buddhist mission was that of the British monk Ananda Metteyya (Allan Bennett, 1872-1923) who arrived in London in 1908 on a visit sponsored by a wealthy Burmese Buddhist laywoman. However, an earlier Buddhist mission has just been discovered, that of Omoi Tetsunosuke (Charles Pfoundes, 1840-1907), an Irish emigrant who arrived in Japan in 1863, became fluent in Japanese and lived through the Meiji Restoration. Between 1889-1892, Pfoundes headed a Buddhist mission in London, acting on behalf of the Japanese Buddhist missionary organisation the kaigai senkyōkai. This mission, so long forgotten, has been rediscovered in the past few months through collaborative research undertaken by Yoshinaga Shin’ichi (Japan) and Laurence Cox and Brian Bocking (Ireland).

Brian Bocking is a former Professor of the Study of Religions at SOAS. He became Professor of the Study of Religions and Head of the newly established Study of Religions Department at UCC in January 2008. He is currently acting Head of the School of Asian Studies at UCC. Professor Bocking's publications include works on Japanese religions and Buddhism as well as essays and articles on the Study of Religions as taught in universities. His books include the first English translation of the 5th century Chinese text of Nagarjuna's Middle Treatise (1995); a Dictionary of Shinto (1996) and a study of the changing form and interpretations over four centuries of a key Japanese religious scroll known as 'The Oracles of the Three Shrines' (sanja takusen) (2000). He is currently researching, with Alicia Turner (York University, Toronto) and Laurence Cox (NUI Maynooth), the life and career of the forgotten 'Irish Buddhist' U Dhammaloka (?1856-?1914), a pioneer Western Buddhist monk celebrated throughout S/E Asia in the early 1900s, and with Laurence Cox and Yoshinaga Shin'ichi the life of the Irish Japanologist and pioneer London Buddhist missionary Charles J W Pfoundes (1840-1907).

Please note that the event is free and no registration is required.

For further information, please contact Benedetta Lomi bl21@soas.ac.uk or visit www.soas.ac.uk/csjr/events

Related Link:http://www.soas.ac.uk/visitors/location/maps/

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[Lecture] Columbia University, 12/13, Dr. Marcus Bingenheimer posted date:2013-12-16
Time:Friday,December 13th, 5:15-7:00pm
Location:Columbia University Faculty House (Room 2, 2nd Floor)

The Columbia University Buddhist Studies Seminar invites you to the following lecture:

A Landscape of Texts - On the Use of Temple Gazetteers for the Study of Chinese Buddhist History Dr. Marcus Bingenheimer (Temple University)

Of the two thousand years of Buddhist history in China the first millennium has received more attention than the second. There are many reasons for this, among them the fact that the academic study of Chinese Buddhism has been dominated by the textual landscape of the Taish? Canon, which contains few pre-Ming Dynasty texts.

Among the non-canonical sources for Buddhist history in late imperial China is the large corpus of local gazetteers on Buddhist sites. Collections of these have been printed and re-printed and are now widely available in digital format. Gazetteers are composite works that contain texts of various genres, which offer different views on the site. The poems written about a site encode a different kind of information than imperial edicts, topographical descriptions, or travelogues. Next to the riches they offer, gazetteers come with a host of textual, structural and ideological problems. We will use examples from the series of gazetteers on Mount Putuo 普陀山 to discuss the strengths and limitations of the genre.

Related Link:http://facultyhouse.columbia.edu/files/facultyhouse/web/Faculty_House_Directions.pdf

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[Lecture] CBETA as a tool for Buddhist Studies at IRH Kyoto, Dec. 10, 2013 posted date:2013-12-16
Time:Dec 10, Tuesday, 10:00-12:00
Location:Kyoto University

The following lectures delivered by Aming Tu and Jen-Jou Hung of Dharma Drum Buddhist College (Taiwan)
All interested are all welcome to attend.

Venue: Larger Conference Room (upper floor), Kyoto University, Institute for Research in Humanities (Branch Building)

  Tu Aming 杜正民
    CBETA as a Buddhist Digital Research Environment

  Hung Jen-Jou 洪振洲
    Buddha Ngram Viewer: A Ngram Visualization Tool of Chinese Buddhist Translation Texts.

Related Link:http://www.zinbun.kyoto-u.ac.jp/e/

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[Lecture] Prof. Aklujkar at Ryokoku University posted date:2013-12-02
Time:November 18 (Mon.) 1700-1900
Location:Main Conference Room (Dai-kaigisitsu) at the second floor of the West Wing (Seikoo), Omiya Campus

Title: Why Ashoka (and therefore the Buddha) should be older than we takeb him (/them) to be.

Ryukoku Research Center for Buddhist Cultures in Asia (BARC) and RyukokubCenter for the Study of the Contemporary India (RINDAS) will present a lecture by Prof. Ashok Aklujkar.

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[Lecture] Toshihide Numata Book Prize Presentation and Symposium posted date:2013-12-02
Time:Friday, November 15, 2013, 3-7 pm
Location:Jodo Shinshu Center

Award Recipient: Daniel A. Arnold, The University of Chicago Divinity School Jodo Shinshu Center, 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley

The 2013 Toshihide Numata Book Prize award winner is Daniel A. Arnold (The University of Chicago Divinity School) for his book Brains, Buddhas and Believing: The Problem of Intentionality in Classical Buddhist and Cognitive-Scientific Philosophy of Mind (Columbia University Press, 2012).

Program:

3:10 pm Welcome on Behalf of Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai Rev. Brian Nagata

3:15 pm Prize Presentation: Robert Sharf, Chair, Center for Buddhist Studies

3:20 pm Keynote Address: Nāgārjuna's Critique of Motion as Philosophy of Mind Daniel A. Arnold, University of Chicago

4:20 Coffee/Tea Break

4:30 pm Symposium: Taking Buddhist Philosophy of Mind Seriously Daniel A. Arnold, University of Chicago John Taber, University of New Mexico Evan Thompson, 2014 Visiting Numata Professor, UCB Parimal Patil, Harvard University

Related Link:http://buddhiststudies.berkeley.edu/events/

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[Lecture] 67th Buddhist Meeting (International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology, Soka University) posted date:2013-12-02
Time:02:00 PM - 05:00 PM (JST), November 30 (Sat.), 2013
Location:8th Meeting Room (12F), 'Global Square' Building, Soka University, 1-263, Tangi-cho, Hachioji, Tokyo

Lecturer: Dr. Kyuzo KATO (National Museum of Ethnology, Soka University)
Theme: The Ancient Ruins along the Amu Darya

Lecturer: Dr. Katsumi TANABE (Chuo University [retired])
Theme: A Study on several Gandharan reliefs depicting MÄ?kandika's offer of his beautiful daughter to the Buddha —— Textual affiliations and a few iconographical problems——

Contact Phone number: +81-(0)42-691-2695 Contact Email Address: iriab@soka.ac.jp

Access: (Japanese) http://www.soka.ac.jp/access/ (English) http://www.soka.ac.jp/en/access/

All those who are interested in the topic will be welcome.

Related Link:http://iriab.soka.ac.jp/orc/pdf/13-67-Meeting(Kato-Tanabe).pdf

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[Lecture] Historical Relations Between Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia: An Illustrated Talk by Hema Goonatilake posted date:2013-12-02
Time:Monday, November 18, 2013, 3 – 5pm
Location:Common Room, Center for the Study of World Religions, 42 Francis Ave

Sri Lanka, as the "custodian" of Theravada Buddhism, was looked upon as a major center of intellectual discourse from at least the first century BCE when the Buddhist canon was put into writing in the country. Sinhala monks and nuns introduced the Theravada form of ordination into Southeast Asia, taught Pali (the lingua franca of the Theravada Buddhist world), and helped introduce Buddhist literature, art, architecture, and sculpture. Later, after the brutal European incursions that destroyed most of the Buddhist institutions in Sri Lanka, the countries of Southeast Asia returned the "cultural favor" by helping reintroduce the full Theravada practices and literature back into Sri Lanka.

*Hema Goonatilake, honourary secretary of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RASSL) and former editor of the RASSL Journal, will present this lecture.*

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[Lecture] Eric Greene on "Trance, or Mind-training? 19th Century Debates on Religious Experience" posted date:2013-12-02
Time:5 December 2013, 5:00 PM-6:30 PM
Location:Russell Square, Main College Building, Kamran Djam Lecture Theatre

This year's Buddhist Forum, the lecture series organized by the Centre of Buddhist Studies at SOAS, will be opened on December 5 by Dr. Eric Greene (University of Bristol), with the following talk:

"Trance, or Mind-training? The Influence of 19th Century Debates about Religious Experience on the Western interpretation of Buddhist Visionary Meditation Practices."

All are most welcome to attend.


Further lectures scheduled for the beginning of 2014 (same time, same venue) are:

16.01.14: Ulrike Roesler (Oxford)
Quoting from books or from memory? Canonical quotations in the works of the early Kadampa masters

23.01.14: Michael Radich (Victoria University, Wellington)
The Authorship and Provenance of the Chapters of the Suvar?a[pra]bhāsa Ascribed to Paramārtha, and Implications for the History of Buddhist Texts

20.02.14: Martin Seeger (Leeds)
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20.03.14: Lukas Nickel (SOAS)
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Note also that the launch of Tullio Lobetti's book, Ascetic Practices in Japanese Religion (Routledge, 2013) will be held on January 9 at the
Royal Asiatic Society, between 6 and 7:30PM. This event is organized together with the Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions.

Related Link:http://www.soas.ac.uk/buddhiststudies/events/

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[Lecture] "A Doctrinal Analysis of the /Advayavajrasaṃgraha/" by Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Mathes (University of Vienna) posted date:2013-11-25
Time:Nov 12, Tuesday, 10:30-12:00
Location:316 Room, Hobun 1st Building 3F, University of Tokyo

"Advayavajra's Collected Works" combine the tantric system of the four seals (in which /mahāmudrā /is the third in sequence of four seals) with the Madhyamaka tenet of non-abiding (Aprati??hānavāda). For Rāmapāla, one of Advayavajra's heart disciples, the view of non-abiding is closely related to the practice of not becoming mentally engaged (/amanasikāra/) with, or wrongly projecting, wrong notions (such as an independent existence) onto anything arisen in dependence, be it /skandha/s, elements, or /āyatana/s. Philosophically, this amounts to the Prāsa?gika method of non-affirming negations.

Still, in his /Amanasikārādhāra/, Advayavajra takes non-affirming negations in terms of a "negation of what applies"(/prasajya- prati?edha/), namely mental fabrication, and not natural luminosity beyond all fabrication. Based on /mahāmudrā/-based direct perceptions, phenomena are thus not only described as empty, but also luminous. Along the same line of thought, Advayavajra claims in his /Pañcatathāgata- mudrā- vivara?a/, that a Madhyamaka tenet which is established on the basis of awareness (/saṃ- ve- dana/)—or self-awareness in the Tibetan formulation—is superior, with the restriction, however, that no ultimate existence of anything is maintained.

It will be shown, that the negation of mental engagement must be complemented either by the correct mental engagement of analyzing emptiness or the correct mental engagement of directly realizing emptiness as natural luminosity. This latter interpretation is based on reading "non-arising" (/anutpāda/), i.e., emptiness and luminosity, into the privative /a /of the compound /amanasikāra./

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[Lecture] Buddhist Medicine in Medieval China by C. Pierce Salguero (Penn State University, Abington College) posted date:2013-11-25
Time:Friday, November 8th, 4:00-6:00pm
Location:Columbia University Faculty House

With the flourishing of the Silk Roads in the first centuries C.E., the two
relatively independent worlds of Indo-European and Chinese medicine came
into sustained conversation for the first time. Buddhism played a
significant role in facilitating these exchanges. Inextricably woven into
Buddhist philosophies and practices, Indo-European medical terminology,
doctrines, and metaphors were carried to China as part and parcel of the
Buddhist transmission. While proving valuable for proselytizing, these
foreign concepts also presented particular challenges for Chinese
translators and writers, who developed a range of strategies to understand
and explain them. A survey of medieval Chinese Buddhist texts demonstrates
that Indian medical knowledge became a site of social and political
commentary and contestation in China, and sheds light on the important role
of Buddhism in medieval Chinese healthcare.

For directions to Faculty House, see this PDF:
http://facultyhouse.columbia.edu/files/facultyhouse/web/Faculty_House_Directions.pdf

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[Lecture] Daoist Vocabulary in Early Chinese Buddhist Translations? A Reappraisal by Jan Nattier, Hua Hin, Thailand posted date:2013-11-25
Time:Thursday, October 31, 2013, 5 pm
Location:3335 Dwinelle Hall At UC Berkeley

It is commonly held that when Buddhism was first transmitted to China, this foreign religion was understood — or rather, misunderstood — through a Daoist conceptual lens. The first Buddhist translators, so we are told, made free use of Daoist terminology, creating confusion thaat was only cleared up centuries later, when Kumārajīva and his colleagues began to eliminate such terms from Buddhist discourse. According to this scenario, Chinese Buddhist translations followed a clear trajectory of "progress," with the inappropriate choices made by early translators being rectified in the more careful work of their successors. This paper examines some of the indigenous religious terminology used during the first two centuries of Buddhist translation activity in China. As it hopes to show, the actual pattern of usage is much more complicated — and more interesting — than the simplistic picture of the early appropriation, and subsequent abandonment, of "Daoist" religious terms.

Jan Nattier's publications include Once Upon a Future Time: Studies in a Buddhist Prophecy of Decline (on Buddhist predictions of the decline and disappearance of Buddhism), A Few Good Men: The Bodhisattva Path according to the Inquiry of Ugra (on early Mahāyāna Buddhism), and A Guide to the Earliest Chinese Buddhist Translations: Texts from the Eastern Han and Three Kingdoms Periods, as well as a number of articles on early Mahāyāna Buddhism, Chinese Buddhist translations, and Buddhism in Central Asia. She is now living and working in Hua Hin, Thailand, where she is engaged in the study of 2nd and 3rd century Chinese Buddhist translations.

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[講座] The Chuyao jing (出曜經, Taishō 212): translation or compilation? posted date:2013-11-04
Time:Wednesday December 4th, 2013
Location:the Library and Information Center, 4th floor Dharma Drum Buddhist College

Ken Su (蘇錦坤)
  Ken Su (蘇錦坤) was born in Taiwan in 1951. He is an independent scholar in the field of ?gama studies, especially on the summary stanzas (uddānas) ans tructural aspects of the Chinese ?gamaa. Among his research interests, there is also textual criticism of Chinese Buddhist texts. He is currently working on a comparative study of the stanzas of the Chinese Dharmapada / Udāna collections (Taishō nos. 210, 211, 212 and 213).

The Chuyao jing (出曜經, Taishō 212): translation or compilation?
  On attempting an evaluation of the translation accuracy as well as the translated materials themselves of the Chuyao jing (出曜經, T 212), a number of issues become apparent. The Chuyao jing (出曜經) seems to have derived several passages directly from the Faju jing (法句經, T 210); it contains some duplicated verses; it shows various translation errors; and it appears to include verses originally composed by Master Fajiu (尊者法救). This lecture presents the textual situation of the Chuyao jing (出曜經) as a whole, in order to assess if the above mentioned findings are really sufficient to conclude that the Chuyao jing (出曜經) is not the direct translation of an Indic original.

Related Link:http://agamaresearch.ddbc.edu.tw/?page_id=219

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[Lecture] CASS Lectures by Dr. Orna Almogi on 9 October, 2013 posted date:2013-10-14
Time:Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
Location:Beijing, China

LECTURE : The Māyopamādvayavāda–Sarvadharmāprati??hānavāda Distinction¾A Survey of Eleventh-Century Indian Sources

9:30 am to 11:00 am

Conference Room 940, Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences No.5 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China.

Language: English

ABSTRACT:

Both ways of subclassifying Madhyamaka¾that is, the division into Sautrāntika-Madhyamaka and Yogācāra-Madhyamaka prevalent during the early
propagation of Buddhism in Tibet and the division into Svātantrika-Madhyamaka and Prāsa?gika-Madhyamaka introduced during the later propagation period¾have been attempts made by Tibetan scholars to systematically define and differentiate the various strands of Madhyamaka found in Indian sources. However, although these two ways of subclassifying Madhyamaka are based on in one way or another correct observations by Tibetan scholars, they do not seem to have existed as such in India. In fact the only clear distinction between two branches of Madhyamaka found in Indian sources seems to be the division into Māyopamādvayavāda and Sarvadharmāprati??hānavāda, that is, into ” (henceforth Māyopamavāda) and “those who maintain that all phenomena have no substratum whatsoever” (henceforth Aprati??hānavāda).

As already noted by various scholars, this division can be traced to several Indian sources, including the *Tattvaratnāvalī* of Advayavajra (11th cent.), the *Paramārtha-bodhicittabhāvanākrama* ascribed to a certain A?vagho?a/?ūra, and Candraharipāda’s (11th cent.) *Ratnamālā*. One may add here Jñānavajra’s *Tattvamārgadar?ana*, several other works by Advayavajra, the *Guruparamparakramopade?a* by the latter’s disciple Vajrapā?i (11th cent.), and several works ascribed to Ati?a. Most of these sources can be dated with certainty to the eleventh century, and it could well be that this is also when this division came into existence, and that too, probably in circles of scholars belonging to the Madhyamaka–Vajrayāna synthesis.

We now have sufficient evidence that this division was also prevalent in Tibet in the 11th century, and probably also in the 12th century. In fact
several prominent Tibetan scholars can be identified as Aprati??hānavādin. At the same time, however, we also know that the Māyopamavāda-Aprati??hānavāda distinction has been vehemently criticized and even entirely rejected by numerous Tibetan scholars and that finally it faded out, while the Svātantrika–Prāsa?gika distinction has in course of time become the dominant Madhyamaka subclassification in Tibet.

The nature of the Māyopamavāda–Aprati??hānavāda distinction is still very much unclear and further studies would be required in order to thoroughly
understand it. Thus in my talk I would merely address some of the main problems or ambiguities connected with this subdivision and briefly discuss the controversy surrounding it.

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ALL WELCOME

Please note that this event is free and open to the public, and no registration is required.

For further information, please contact HE Huanhuan at:
pkuhhh@gmail.com

Related Link:http://philosophy.cass.cn/

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[Lecture] Harvard Buddhist Studies Forum Oct 7: Matthew Sayers posted date:2013-10-14
Time:Monday, October 7th at 4:15PM
Location:Harvard University, Cambridge

Feeding the Dead: Buddhist Influences on the Tradition of Ancestral
Offerings in Ancient India

Matthew R. Sayers, Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Lebanon
Valley College

Mahindra Humanities Center (Barker Center), Room 133
12 Quincy ST
Cambridge, MA

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The HBSF is a long-standing lecture series at Harvard University at which
scholars are invited to present on a topic related to the field of Buddhist
Studies. The HBSF strives to promote a wide range of disciplines,
geographical areas, and methodologies.

The Harvard Buddhist Studies Forum is jointly sponsored by the Asia Center,
Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard
Divinity School, the Committee on the Study of Religion, and the Department
of South Asian Studies.

Join our email list! Send us a note at: harvardbsf@gmail.com

Related Link:http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k21071

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[Lecture] Oslo Buddhist Studies Forum program for fall 2013; next lecture: Th, 26.9.2013, Prof. Yannick Bruneton posted date:2013-09-16
Time:26 September, 2013
Location:Norway

please find below the preliminary fall program of the Oslo Buddhist Studies Forum.

You are cordially invited to attend the next lecture:

Prof. Yannick Bruneton, University Paris Diderot
“Korea: Buddhism and State in the Medieval Period”
Time and place: Sep 26, 2013 04:15 PM - 06:00 PM, Sem.room 10 PAM


Further activities scheduled for for this fall:

Tuesday, 1.10.2013:
Professor Janice Leoshko (UT at Austin)
“Buddhist Art and European Modernism”

Tuesday 19.11.2013:
Dr Carola Roloff (Jampa Tsedroen)
“Revival of Ordination for Buddhist Nuns in the Tibetan Tradition”

Tuesday 26.11.2013:
Stacey Van Vleet (Department of History, Columbia University, NY) (title
tba)

3.-4.12.2013:
Oslo Conference: "Buddhist Modernities"
(http://www.hf.uio.no/ikos/english/research/network/obsf/buddhist-modernities/)

Preliminary list of speakers and respondents:
Jens E. Braarvig, Hildegard Diehmberger, Halvor Eifring, Heidi Fjeld, Iselin Frydenlund, Valeria Gazizowa, David Gellner, Hanna Havnevik, Theresia Hofer, Astrid Hovden, Ute Huesken, Kim Hwansoo, Richard Joffe, Hiroko Kawanami, Fabio Rambelli, Aike Rots, Marcus Teeuwen, Antonio Terrone Vladimir Tikhonov, Koen Wellens.

Related Link:
http://www.hf.uio.no/ikos/english/research/network/obsf/events/2013/korea%3A-buddhism-and-state-in-the-medieval-period-.html

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[Lecture] PTS Horner Lecture by Charles Hallisey posted date:2013-09-16
Time:20 September 2013
Location:London

Dr Charles Hallisey (Yehan Numata Senior Lecturer in Buddhist Literatures, Harvard Divinity School) will deliver the

15th I. B. HORNER MEMORIAL LECTURE

"Pali and World Literature"

Friday, 20 September 2013, 5.30 p.m.

Room B111 (Brunei Gallery)
School of Oriental and African Studies
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London WC1H OXG

Charles Hallisey has taught at the University of Wisconsin, Loyola University in Chicago, and at Harvard University. His research centres on Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, Pali language and literature, Buddhist ethics, and literature in Buddhist culture. He is currently working on a book project entitled "Flowers on the Tree of Poetry: The Moral Economy of Literature in Buddhist Sri Lanka".

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[Lecture] Hinüber, Scribes, Leaves and Manuscripts: The Pāli Manuscript Tradition in South and South East Asia posted date:2013-07-19
Time:25, July, 2013, 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM (JST)
Location: Meeting Room (7F), A Building, Soka University

You are cordially invited to the following lecture by Prof. emer. Dr. Oskar von Hinüber at the International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology, Soka University in Tokyo.

Lecturer: Dr. Oskar von Hinüber (Freiburg University)

Theme: Scribes, Leaves and Manuscripts: The Pāli Manuscript Tradition in South and South East Asia

Date and Time: 25, July, 2013, 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM (JST)

Place: Meeting Room (7F), A Building, Soka University.
1-263, Tangi-cho, Hachioji, Tokyo

Contact Phone number: +81-(0)42-691-2695 Contact Email Address: iriab@soka.ac.jp

All those who are interested in the topic will be welcome.

Related Link:http://www.soka.ac.jp/en/access.html

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[Lecture] ICBS Fall 2013 Lecture Series -- Dr. Jiang Wu (Jue Ji) posted date:2013-07-19
Time:September 27-30, 2013
Location:ED201, University of the West

ICBS Fall 2013 Lecture Series

Title:
The World of the Chinese Buddhist Canon

Lecturer:
Dr. Jiang Wu, associate professor, Department of East Asian Studies, the University of Arizona

Time:
9/27 Fri 6-9pm Lectures #1-2
9/28 Sat 1-4pm Lectures #3-4
9/29 Sun 1-4pm Lectures #5-6
9/30 Mon 6-9pm Lectures #7-8

Place:
ED201, University of the West
1409 Walnut Grove Ave, Rosemead, CA
Tel: (626) 571-8811 ext. 158
E-mail: icbs@uwest.edu

Free admissions! All are welcome!

About the lecture series:

This course aims at introducing the history of the Chinese Buddhist canon in East Asian context to a wider audience who are interested in Buddhism and East Asian culture. The importance of the canon in Chinese and East Asian Buddhism will be highlighted through studying the phenomenon of the Cult of the Canon and through exploring popular literature and legends about the canon such as Journey to the West. Basic information about the technical and physical aspects of the canon will be provided to gain in-depth knowledge about the production and circulation of the canon. In addition, three case studies of the Chinese Kaibao Canon, the Korean Goryeo Canon, and the Japanese Taishō Canon will be included.

Course Outline:

(1) An Overview of the Canon Tradition in East Asian Buddhism
(2) The Canon in Chinese Popular Culture: Tripitaka in Journey to the West (Xiyouji)
(3) Imagining Tripitaka: Legends of the Canon in Chinese Buddhist Literature
(4) From the Cult of the Book to the Cult of the Canon
(5) Technology of Canon-making: Tripitaka as a Collection of Books
(6) The First Printed Canon: Kaibao Canon
(7) The Korean Goryeo Canon and its Role in East Asian Buddhism
(8) The Modernization of the Canon Tradition and the Emergence of Taisho Canon

For free online attendance, contact extendedstudies@uwest.edu

This lecture series will be edited as HBL240 online course, with 1.2 Continuing Education Units. (CEU)

Related Link:http://www.uwest.edu/icbs/lectures/lecture20.html

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[Lecture] Meditation Practices in Chinese Buddhism, Huifeng Shi, Nan Tien Institute, Australia posted date:2013-07-19
Time:10:00am – 11:30am, Saturday, 10 August 2013
Location:Conference Room, Nan Tien Institute, Berkeley, NSW
The Nan Tien Institute in Australia cordially invites you to a free public lecture by Venerable Dr Huifeng.

“Meditation Practices in Chinese Buddhism”

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am, Saturday, 10 August 2013

Venue: Conference Room, Nan Tien Institute, Berkeley, NSW

Due to the circumstances under which Western culture has contacted Buddhism (and other Asian religions), “meditation” has become a key topic of interest. Chinese Buddhist meditation practices are conversely relatively unknown in the West. However, Chinese Buddhism and its meditation practices have a long and rich history, which has continued up to the present. This talk will examine Chinese Buddhism in four parts.

1. A review of the deeper underlying doctrinal models which serve as the theory for meditation.

2. We shall look into the various practices that were brought from India.

3. From these imported forms, we shall examine several key forms of Sinicized Buddhist meditation. In particular, the so-called Chán and Pure Land schools, but not limited to often forced sectarian historical models.

4. The situation in modern Chinese Buddhism, which contains not only the classical Sinicized traditions, but also a combination of both revived and new practices as reflected by underlying theoretical models. That is, a modern revision of the historical development of Buddhism and globalization has also elicited changes. In particular, a return to the classical texts of India, as both familiar Mahāyāna literature, but also much interest in South Asian Theravāda forms of meditation.

BIOGRAPHY

Venerable Dr Huifeng is originally from New Zealand. Having been introduced to Buddhism at a young age, he dedicated himself to full time Buddhist practice in the late 1990s, studying at several of Fo Guang Shan’s Buddhist Colleges and Universities, receiving full ordination in 2004.
From 2006 to 2011 he studied first a Masters and then a PhD degree at the University of Hong Kong, with his PhD dissertation entitled “Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā: Literary Parallelism Connecting Criticism & Hermeneutics in an Early Mahāyāna Sūtra”. He is an Assistant Professor at Fo Guang University, Taiwan, teaching at the Department of Buddhist Studies. His areas of academic focus include Indian Buddhism, in particular early Mahāyāna sūtra and ?āstra, translation and hermeneutics, and practices of contemporary Taiwanese Buddhism.

Enquiries:contact Juewei (juewei@nantien.edu.au) or info@nantien.edu.au

Nan Tien Institute
180 Berkeley Road, Berkeley, NSW 2506. Australia.
+61 (2) 4272 0648

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[Lecture] Reinhard Emmerich (Münster):Reliquien und die staatliche Förderung des Buddhismus im China der Dynastien Sui und Tang posted date:2013-07-16
Time:2013-07-17 (in 6 days)
Location:Köln, Germany
Lecture Date: 2013-07-17 (in 6 days)

Date Submitted: 2013-07-08

Announcement ID: 204941

Art der Veranstaltung: Vortrag

Titel der Veranstaltung: Reinhard Emmerich (Münster) "Reliquien und die staatliche Förderung des Buddhismus im China der Dynastien Sui und Tang"

Datum und Ort: 17. Juli 2013, 18.00 Uhr, Bibliothek des Internationalen Kollegs Morphomata - Weyertal 59 (Rückgebäude, 3. Etage), 50937 Köln

Ivanka Klein, M.A.

Internationales Kolleg Morphomata
Genese, Dynamik und Medialität kultureller Figurationen
Universität zu Köln
Albertus-Magnus-Platz
50923 Köln

Tel. 0221-470-1822

Email: ivanka.klein@uni-koeln.de

Visit the website at
http://www.ik-morphomata.uni-koeln.de/startseite.html


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[Lecture] Kyoto Asian Studies Group meeting posted date:2013-07-02
Time:July 8th, 2013
Location:Room 212 of the Fusokan on the Doshisha University Campus
The speaker for the July meeting of the Kyoto Asian Studies Group is Heather Blair, who will present “Mere Mummery or Real Religion? A Noblewoman’s Religiosity in the ‘World of the Shining Prince.’” (see abstract below).

The lecture will be held on Monday, July 8th from
6:30-8:30 in Room 212 of the Fusokan on the Doshisha University Campus (see link below for access information).

Abstract:
Mere Mummery or Real Religion? A Noblewoman’s Religiosity in the ‘World of the Shining Prince’

In his 1964 classic, _The World of the Shining Prince_, Ivan Morris characterized much of the religious culture of Heian-period aristocrats as “mere mummery” and superstition. This talk begins by re-visiting influential twentieth-century models of Heian religiosity, including Morris’s, and examining their ongoing influence. Working from the premise that aristocrats used ritual action and the rhetoric of piety to construct and navigate their world, this talk aims to reassess Heian religiosity through a consideration of the career of Minamoto no Reishi (1040-1114). Though she is virtually unknown today, Reishi was a grand lady in her own right. Born into an eminent family, she played the roles of mother and wife to Fujiwara regents and foster-mother to an empress. It is possible to piece together a mosaic-style representation of Reishi’s religious undertakings, as well as their role in shaping her social reputation, by reading votive texts she commissioned from male literati and combing through the diaries of her male family members. At the same time, this exercise raises questions about how we construe religion, the role of gender categories in Heian society and contemporary research, and the boundaries between reportage and the telling of tales.

Heather Blair
is assistant professor of East Asian religions in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, and a postdoctoral researcher with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science at Kyoto University during 2012-13.

Sponsored by the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies.

Please refrain from bringing food or drinks into the meeting room.

Contact: Hillary Pedersen, hillyped@yahoo.com

Related Link:http://www.doshisha.ac.jp/english/access/ima_campus.html

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[Lecture] Emptiness in the Perfection of Wisdom Texts, Lewis Lancaster posted date:2013-06-07
Time:2013/6/18-28; 6:00 - 7:30pm PST
Location:ED201 (Education Building), University of the West, 1409 N. Walnut Grove Ave., Rosemead, CA 91770
ICBS (the Institute of Chinese Buddhist Studies) cordially invites you to
attend the Summer 2013 Lecture Series given by Dr. Lewis Lancaster held at
University of the West on June 18-21, and June 25-28, 2013.

Lecture Title: Emptiness in the Perfection of Wisdom Texts

Date: June 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28 (2013)

Time: 6:00 - 7:30pm PST

Venue: ED201 (Education Building), University of the West, 1409 N. Walnut
Grove Ave., Rosemead, CA 91770
Tel: 626-571-8811, ext. 158

Schedule:
Jun 18, Tue Lecture 1: Seeing Emptiness
Jun 19, Wed Lecture 2: Unseen Emptiness
Jun 20, Thu Lecture 3: Words and Emptiness
Jun 21, Fri Lecture 4: Time and Space Emptiness
Jun 25, Tue Lecture 5: Mystical Emptiness
Jun 26, Wed Lecture 6: Cause and Emptiness
Jun 27, Thu Lecture 7: Emptiness as Basis for Enlightenment
Jun 28, Fri Lecture 8: Role of Emptiness in Experience

About the lecturer:
Dr. Lewis Lancaster: Professor Emeritus UC Berkeley and internationally
renowned Buddhist scholar; research professor, former president of
University of the West.

About the lecture:
One of the most important concepts of Buddhism is that of Emptiness. Often
misunderstood, the term is at the heart of Buddhist teaching. In these
lectures, we explore how to interpret the information found in the famous
Perfection of Wisdom literature. At the same time, it is important to
understand that the doctrine can be seen through the lens of modern
approaches to science, cognition, and philosophical discourse.

Organizer: Institute of Chinese Buddhist Studies (ICBS), University of the
West

Admission is free! All are welcome to attend!
Related Link:http://www.uwest.edu/icbs/lectures/lecture19.html

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[Lecture] On the Five Treatises of Maitreya by P. Turenne posted date:2013-05-03
Time:2013/5/5, 10am
Location:International Buddhist Academy, Tinchuli, Boudha/Kathmandu
We are very happy to invite you to our next Academic Talk at IBA
(Kathmandu) this coming Sunday.

Philippe Turenne of RYI will speak on:
The Five Treatises of Maitreya: Lessons from a Tibetan Concept

Time: Sunday, May 5, 2013, 10am
Venue: International Buddhist Academy, Tinchuli, Boudha/Kathmandu

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[Lecture] Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions Seminars and Fora 2012-13 posted date:2013-05-03
Time:2013/5/9, 5:00-7:00 pm
Location:Room Khalili Lecture Theatre (SOAS, Russell Sq. Building)
The SOAS Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions (CSJR) is pleased to host a lecture by Brian Victoria.

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Thursday, 9 May 2013, 5:00-7:00 pm, Room Khalili Lecture Theatre (SOAS, Russell Sq. Building)

A Tale of Two Buddhisms: Will the 'Real' Buddhism Please Stand Up?
By Brian Daizen Victoria (Antioch University)

This lecture compares and contrasts martyred Uchiyama Gudo's politically left-wing understanding of Buddhism with that of Imperial Army General Matsui Iwane, 1939 founder of the Kōa (Develop Asia) Kannon temple. In the Tokyo War Crimes trials, Iwane was found responsible for the December 1937 Nanking Massacre and executed in December 1948. The goal of this lecture is not to determine which of these two understandings of Buddhism is correct, but to serve as a catalyst for exploring what Buddhism's political ideology might be (should it have one).

Brian Daizen Victoria is professor of Japanese Studies and director of the AEA Japan and Its Buddhist Traditions Program at Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio. In addition to a 2nd, enlarged edition of Zen At War (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006),Professor Victoria’s major writings include Zen War Stories; an autobiographical work in Japanese entitled Gaijin de ari, Zen bozu de ari (As a Foreigner, As a Zen Priest); Zen Master Dōgen, coauthored with Prof. Yokoi Yūhō of Aichi-gakuin University; and a translation of The Zen Life by Sato Koji (Weatherhill, 1972).

Please note that the event will be followed by a wine reception

ALL WELCOME

This event is free and no registration is required.
Related Link:www.soas.ac.uk/csjr/events

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[Lecture] Zen as a Cult of Death posted date:2013-05-02
Time:2013/5/3, 5pm
The last Japan Forum Lecture of this semester at the University of Leeds, UK:

Brian Victoria (Antioch) May 3 at 5pm, Social Sciences SR 9.11

"Zen as a Cult of Death in the W.W. II Writings of D.T. Suzuki"

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[Lecture] CASS Lectures by Prof. SAITO Akira posted date:2013-04-25
Time:2013/5/7 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Location:Conference Room 941, Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences No.5 Jianguomennei
The CASS Center for Sanskrit Studies and the Institute of Philosophy is pleased to invite Professor SAITO Akira, University of Tokyo, to deliver two lectures on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013.

LECTURE 1: In Search of the Identical Self: The Debate about *?tman* and its Background

LECTURE 2: Sanskrit Studies in Present-day Japan

ALL WELCOME
Please note that this event is free and open to the public, and no registration is required.

For directions to the venue, please visit the website:

http://philosophy.cass.cn

For further information, please contact HE Huanhuan at:
pkuhhh@gmail.com


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[Lecture] Sander and Falk, Soka University, Tokyo (Kudo) posted date:2013-04-25
Time:2013/5/1 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM (JST)
Location: Meeting Room (6F), A Building, Soka University. 1-263, Tangi-cho, Hachioji, Tokyo
Lectures by Dr. Lore Sander and Dr. Harry Falk at the International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology, Soka University in Tokyo.

Lecturer: Dr. Lore Sander (Ex-curator, Indian Museum, Berlin)
Theme: Tocharian Royals in Kizil Caves

Lecturer: Dr. Harry Falk (Prof. Emer., Free University of Berlin)
Theme: Wine in the Buddhist monasteries of Gandhāra

Place: Meeting Room (6F), A Building, Soka University.
1-263, Tangi-cho, Hachioji, Tokyo

Contact Phone number: +81-(0)42-691-2695 Contact Email Address: iriab@soka.ac.jp

Access (Japanese): http://www.soka.ac.jp/about/access/index.html
Access (English): http://www.soka.ac.jp/en/access.html

See also: http://iriab.soka.ac.jp/orc/pdf/13-64-Meeting.pdf

All those who are interested in the topic will be welcome.

Related Link:http://www.soka.ac.jp/en/access.html

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[Lecture] The April Meeting of the Kyoto Asian Studies Group posted date:2013-04-16
Time:2013/4/23 6:30-8:30
Location:Room 212 of the Fusokan on the Doshisha University Campus
The speaker for the April meeting of the Kyoto Asian Studies Group is Jeff Schroeder, who will present “Class Struggle, Free Speech, and the New Science of Shin Buddhism: The 1928 Heresy Incident of Kaneko Daiei” (see abstract below).

The lecture will be held on Tuesday, April 23rd from 6:30-8:30 in Room 212 (please note room change!) of the Fusokan on the Doshisha University Campus.

Abstract:
In 1928, Shin Buddhist monk and Otani University professor Kaneko Daiei was accused of heresy (ianjin) for denying the existence of the Pure Land and pressured to resign his professorship. These events triggered student protests, mass resignations of faculty, and a storm of press in the Chugai NippoBuddhist newspaper. This incident’s collision of competing factions (including “doctrinal modernists” and “conservatives,”
administrators, students, professors, and journalists) provides a window on the complicated politics of religious change. Here we can take a broad view of Japanese Buddhist “modernization,” seeing doctrinal innovation by the likes of Kaneko Daiei or Kiyozawa Manshi as one factor in a larger story of institutional conflict and social transformation. In this case, the actual content of Kaneko’s theories was apparently only of peripheral importance, considering the striking lack of open discussion of those theories.

In lieu of doctrinal analysis, I analyze Kaneko’s heresy incident from three interrelated perspectives: 1) Economics: emphasizing the perspective of students angered at their “capitalist” sect, I examine how the incident was interpreted in terms of class interest and the sect’s obligations to its donors;
2) Political Rights: focusing on the perspective of the editors of Chugai Nippo, I discuss how the incident was compared to the 1920 Morito Incident and debated as an issue of free speech; and 3) Academics: I examine how Kiyozawa, Kaneko, Soga Ryojin and their critics, including Kiyozawa disciple Tada Kanae and administrator Shimoma Kukyo, debated the potential and limits of the new, quasi-scientific discipline of Shin Buddhist studies. In my interpretation, the incident’s ambiguous resolution (Kaneko was never officially judged a heretic and would be welcomed back into the sect and university in 1941) points to a symbiotic, albeit uneasy relationship between the sect and its “modernist” thinkers in the context of a modernizing society.

Jeff Schroeder is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Religion Department of Duke University.

Sponsored by the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies.

Please refrain from bringing food or drinks into the meeting room.

Contact: Hillary Pedersen, hillyped@yahoo.com

Related Link:http://www.doshisha.ac.jp/english/access/ima_campus.html

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[Lecture] Korea’s Jōdōshinshū: Lay Monk Villages in Colonial Korea" by Hwansoo Kim (Duke University) posted date:2013-04-16
Time:2013/4/25 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Location:East Asian Seminar Room (110C), Doheny Memorial Library, USC
The USC Center for Japanese Religions and Culture is pleased to present a lecture by Professor Hwansoo Kim, Duke University on Thursday, April 25, 2013.

Korea’s Jōdōshinshū: Lay Monk Villages in Colonial Korea (1910-1945)

- CJRC Lecture Series -

ABSTRACT

A newspaper editorial from 1930s colonial Korea characterized the isolated villages of married Buddhist monks spread across the northern border between Korea and China as “the mystery of the century”. These lay monk villages (K. jaega-seung burak or Jp. zaikeso) existed from the seventeenth century until the 1960s. The males in these villages shaved their heads and had wives and children, and they ranged in number from thousands to tens of thousands at their peak. These lay monks and their families comprised the descendents of the Jurchens, an ethnic group from northern China who migrated to Korea and later mixed with Koreans.

In this presentation, based on previous scholarship and on untapped primary sources, he would like to take up two questions. First, how did these villagers come to take on a monastic identity (or, at minimum, the appellation)? Second, how should we understand the history of these communities within the context of Korean Buddhism? While scholars conventionally understanding the origin of this monastic identity as coincidental and unauthentic, he argues that Korean monks fleeing or relocating as a result of Choson Korea’s anti-Buddhist policies perhaps contributed to the formation of a monastic identity of the males in these villages. Finally, he will address how the Neo-Confucian Choson dynasty, imperial Japan, and North Korean authorities politicized these communities for their own purposes. These lay monk communities were an unusual manifestation of Korean Buddhism and as such force us to consider what, and who, defines Korean Buddhism and monastic.


BIOGRAPHY
Hwansoo Kim, Duke University

Hwansoo Kim is an assistant professor at Duke University in the field of Korean Buddhism and culture with the departments of Religion and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies. He received his doctorate from Harvard University in 2007, followed by a post-doctoral appointment with the Harvard Reischauer Institute. He then taught Japanese religions as an assistant professor at the University of Arizona. Kim’s most recent article is “A Buddhist Christmas: The Buddha’s Birthday Festival in Colonial Korea (1928–1945).” He is the author of Empire of the Dharma:
Korean and Japanese Buddhism, 1877–1912 (Harvard Asia Press, 2012).


** This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to cjrc@dornsife.usc.edu **



Related Link:http://religiondepartment.duke.edu/people?Gurl=/aas/Religion&Uil=hwansoo.kim&subpage=profile

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   Scholarship
[Scholarship] 2014-2015 UC Berkeley Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellowship in Japanese Buddhism posted date:2014-03-17
Time:Deadline for applications: March 31, 2014
Location:UC Berkeley

Introduction:

With the generous support of the Shinnyo-en Foundation, the Center for Japanese Studies at UC Berkeley is pleased to invite applications for a postdoctoral research fellowship. The term of the appointment is
August 1, 2014, to May 31, 2015.

The Fellowship is intended to foster the academic careers of recent Ph.D.'s, providing time to pursue their research along with the opportunity to take part in regular events and workshops offered by the Centers for Japanese and Buddhist Studies. Fellows will deliver a public lecture on their research as part of the Center for Japanese Studies Colloquium Series. Fellows will be provided with shared office space, library privileges, and a stipend of $40,000 plus benefits, as well as a $2000 conference travel and research fund.

Applicants must have their doctoral degrees in hand by June 30, 2014, and must be no more than six years out of their doctorate. Candidates who do not yet hold a Ph.D. but expect to by June 30, 2014, should supply a letter from their home institution confirming their schedule to completion.

Application Procedures:

Applicants should submit the following materials (PDF):
- Application cover sheet
- Curriculum vitae
- Graduate school transcripts
- A personal statement of no more than 2000 words outlining previous research (including dissertation), the research the applicant will undertake during the term of the fellowship, future professional goals, as well as any other information deemed relevant to the application
- A writing sample
- Three letters of recommendation

Application Deadline and Notification of Award:

All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be saved as PDF and emailed to cjs@berkeley.edu on or before March 31, 2014. Only complete applications will be considered. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all documentation is complete and has been received in a timely manner by email, and that referees submit their letters of recommendation by the closing date. Awards will be announced in April, 2014.

UC Berkeley is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educator. Women, minorities, and international candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Our mailing address is:
Center for Japanese Studies, University of California
2223 Fulton Street, 5th Floor
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-2318

Related Link:http://ieas.berkeley.edu/cjs/postdocs.html

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[Scholarship] CHIBS Research Grant on H-Buddhism posted date:2014-03-17
Time:Deadline for application: July 31, 2014
Location:The Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies (CHIBS)

I. INTRODUCTION

The Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies (CHIBS)—an academic wing of Dharma Drum Mountain Foundation located in Taiwan—is one of the most prestigious Buddhist institutions dedicated to the academic study of Buddhism. Among its many accomplishments are the publication of the /Chung-Hwa Buddhist Journal/and the digitization of the Chinese Buddhist canon through the Chinese Buddhist Electronic Text Association (CBETA). CHIBS is launching an ongoing funding project to facilitate research and publication of book-length monographs on Chinese Buddhism. CHIBS is now accepting proposals. All monographs accepted by CHIBS will be considered by Columbia University Press for publication.

II. GRANT ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for grant funding, projects must focus on Chineseb Buddhism from the Song to the Qing dynasties, but research methodologies may vary. Ancillary topics such as Confucianism, Daoism, Chinese history, politics and so forth may also be addressed.

The grant is designed to award four categories of recipients up to$10,000:
1. Recent Ph.D. graduates who have modified their dissertations into publishable monographs
2.Assistant Professors working on new research projects
3.Independent researchers with Ph.D. degrees
4.Scholars who have attained the rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor (and those retired from these ranks)

III. APPLICATION PROCEDURES

1.Proposal: A 1500-2000 word synopsis of the project including title, key words in Chinese and English, thesis summary, research aim and methodological approach, list of primary and secondary sources (along with an explanation why these sources are relevant), research plan, budget, location, and expected date of completion (if not already completed).

2.Applicants submitting already-completed monographs should send two printed copies to CHIBS, or email a PDF version of the monograph,and complete the required items (1, 3, and 4) of the application procedure.

3.Recommendation letters: Three letters of recommendation from scholars of Chinese Buddhism must be submitted either by mail or electronically (grant@chibs.edu.tw ). Applicants should list recommenders in the Personal Information Form.Letters must include the recommenders’ assessment of the proposed project and the ability of the applicant to complete the project. Recommendations not received within a month of proposal submission may hinder grant processing.

4.Personal Information Form (This form is available on-line at http://www.chibs.edu.tw), Curriculum Vitae, and Supporting Documents.

Application required documents should be sent by e-mail (grant@chibs.edu.tw).

IV. REVIEW PROCESS

1.If an uncompleted monograph is accepted by CHIBS reviewers, the author will receive an advance contract and half of the total amount of the grant. If the final monograph is rejected, the remainder of the contract between CHIBS and the author will be void.

2.When a completed monograph is accepted by CHIBS reviewers, the Author will submit the manuscript directly to the Columbia University Press. The first half of the grant will be awarded to the author. The other half of the grant will be awarded to the author after contract is sign between the author and Columbia University Press.

V. Deadlines and Procedures:

Deadline for receipt of application materials should no later than July 31, 2014. Applications received after this date may not receive consideration. Awards will be decided by Chung-Hwa Institute of
Buddhist Studies Committee. Applicants will be notified of decisions by November or sooner.

VI. CONTACT INFORMATION

Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies
Email Address: grant@chibs.edu.tw
http://www.chibs.edu.tw
Tel: (+886-2) 2498-7171, extension 2357or 2362; Fax: (+886-2) 2498-1176

Printed materials in support of the grant application should be submitted to:
Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies
RE: CHIBS Grant
14-5 Banling,Sanjie Village, Jinshan 20842
New Taipei County, Taiwan, R.O.C.

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[Scholarship] Käte Hamburger Fellowships for Research on (Trans-)Formation of Religious Traditions posted date:2014-02-14
Time:Before March 15th, 2014
Location:Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

The Käte Hamburger Kolleg "Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe" at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, invites applications for research on (trans-)formation of religious traditions in the context of intra- and interreligious contact during the academic year October 2014 through September 2015.

What we can offer:

* Time and space for research in an interdisciplinary environment;
* up to 70,000 € (= about 95,000 $) (gross rate) either as a grant or as a salary for the fellow's substitute at his or her home institution;
* good infrastructure (libraries etc.); travel expenses related to research activities;
* means for organizing congresses or workshops.

What we would expect:

* Research on processes of shaping and condensation, invention and narration of religious traditions in the context of intra- and interreligious contact;
* your presence during the fellowship term;
* committed participation in the consortium's activities;
* substantial research results in form of publications.

The retrospective and relational construct "tradition" is important in the religious field and in Religious Studies in terms of e.g.
identifiablity, adaptability, translatability, comparability etc. of religions. We invite projects focusing on any period from ancient to contemporary, which address aspects of encounter, conceptual construction and historical reconstruction, mutual exchange, formation and transformation of religious traditions in comparative case studies and/or from systematic perspectives.

Applicants must at least hold a Ph.D. The Ruhr University Bochum is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women and members of minorities to apply.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, a current CV including a list of publications, and an exposé of the intended research of about 5 pages. Application materials should be submitted by e-mail. Please send your application before March 15th, 2014 to Brigitte Guthmann (brigitte.guthmann@rub.de).

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[Scholarship] Karmapa Award for Buddhist Studies posted date:2014-01-13
Time:2014
Location:Karmapa International Buddhist Society (KIBS)

Karmapa International Buddhist Society (KIBS) announces the establishment of a yearly “Karmapa Award for Buddhist Studies” in cooperation with the Institute for South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna. The prize is awarded on behalf of KIBS Europe e.V. to honor excellent PhD theses in the field of Buddhist studies, particularly works focusing on topics related to the Kagyu (bka’ brgyud) traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and Mahāmudrā doctrine. Outstanding MA theses may also be considered.

Eligible dissertations contain original research that advances the field, and need to be based on relevant primary language(s). Please note that no more than two years should have elapsed since the awarding of the PhD(/MA) degree at the time of the submission deadline.

The award consists of a prize worth 1000 € as well as a four week stay free of cost (including room and board, but excluding transportation/air travel) for research and study at the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute, New Delhi.

Young researchers of the international scientific community are invited to apply by email to award@kibseurope.org. Please attach the following documents:

- Motivation letter
- Short CV (including full contact information)
- Short summary of the dissertation (around 1000 words)
- Digital copy of the dissertation

Further details:
- The dissertation may be written in English, German or French
- Yearly submission deadline: March 31st of each year

Related Link:http://www.kibsociety.org/images/news/karmapa_award_2014.pdf

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[Scholarship] Sheng Yen Education Foundation Graduate Fellows in Chinese Buddhism for M.A.-level students posted date:2013-11-25
Time:January 5th, 2014
Location:The Florida State University (FSU), Department of Religion

The Sheng Yen Education Foundation Graduate Fellows in Chinese Buddhism offers approximately $15,000 per year plus full tuition waivers for a duration of two years with no teaching obligation requirements. However, recipients of the fellowship usually TA to gain experience teaching. On the third year, the recipient's tuition is waived and his/her stipend will be picked up by the Department of Religion (students will be awarded with Teaching Assistant scholarships). Due to language requirements (Chinese and/or Japanese),M.A. students usually obtain their degrees in the 3rd year. There are, of course, exceptions for those with sufficient language backgrounds. A maximum of two new fellows are designated annually, so the fellowship is competitive.

The FSU Buddhist Studies Program focuses on the academic study of Buddhism across a broad spectrum of historical, doctrinal, and cultural formations. The program offers a variety of research opportunities, scholarly events, and outreach activities, often in collaboration with other departments and programs on campus. We provide interdisciplinary training in the study of religion and in the historical and anthropological study of Buddhism under the rubric of the Department of Religion’s_History and Ethnography of Religions_ track. Students in the Chinese Buddhism subfield will pursue advanced research in the social and cultural histories, ritual studies, and philosophies relevant to the student's research topic. Students may also choose to continue toward the Ph.D. degree here at FSU or elsewhere. My colleagues and I have been focusing on training M.A.-level students and sending them elsewhere for their Ph.D. work. Our track record for placement in Ph.D. programs have been consistently strong.

Students in the Chinese Buddhism subfield will work closely with Dr. Bryan Cuevas, Dr. Kristina Buhrman, and myself. Dr. Cuevas's research focuses on Tibetan history and historiography, including Buddhist popular religion, monastic politics, magic, death rituals, and family-clan relations within the broader context of premodern Tibetan religious culture from roughly 15th to 17th century. Dr. Buhrman's research focuses on Japanese religions, specializing in the pre-modern period (before 1600). Her current research focuses on Onmyōdō, a collection of ritual and divinatory techniques that became popular in Japan during the Heian Period (794 - 1192). She's also interested in astrology and math in esoteric Buddhism. My own research focuses on the intersection of Chinese Buddhism and popular religious practices, with special interests in some of the same topics:magic, death rituals,self-inflicted violence, and bodily practices. However, I am currently researching the construction of modern Chinese Buddhism. All three of us work in roughly the same time period and our interests overlap.

Our Buddhist Studies program is also supported by an excellent group of scholars working in fields such as South Asian religions (Dr. Kathleen Erndl),the history of texts and technology (Dr. François Dupuigrenet-Desroussilles; the study of manuscripts culture), American religions (Dr. Amanda Porterfield; for those who are interested in American Buddhism or related fields), comparative religions (Dr. Sumner Twiss; Chinese religious thought and philosophy; Confucianism), or anthropological approaches toreligion (Dr. Joseph Hellweg). Students also work closely with the Department of ModernLanguages to strengthen their Chinese and/or Japanese.

Interested applicants should follow the same application procedure as stipulated in the Admission page .

Related Link:http://religion.fsu.edu/buddhist_top.html

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[Scholarship] PhD grant in Buddhist Translation at the University of Vienna posted date:2013-11-25
Time:By 1st December, 2013
Location:The University of Vienna

The Institute of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Vienna is pleased to invite applications for one PhD grant in Buddhist Translation.

The grant is supported by the Khyentse Foundation as a component of the Buddhist Translation Studies program developed at the University of Vienna under the direction of Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Mathes. The grant will be provided to an outstanding candidate who wishes to write a doctoral dissertation that relates to the translation of Buddhist literature in Tibetan or Sanskrit. The candidate is expected to have a strong knowledge of Buddhist translation issues and methods as well as a desire to incorporate interdisciplinary methods into his or her research. The dissertation project must be aimed at providing a significant contribution to Buddhist Translation Studies. The candidate must also be willing to actively participate in contributing to the development of the Buddhist Translation Studies program at the university by participating in relevant workshops and conferences, contributing articles, as well as teaching relevant topics at the department.

Deadline for application: 1st December, 2013
Start date: As soon as possible
Duration: Three years
Amount: USD 1200 (about EUR 870) per month

To Apply:
Send one copy of an academic CV, transcripts of all higher education, Master's dissertation or equivalent, contact information of two references, and a dissertation project proposal (no more than two pages) to klaus-dieter.mathes@univie.ac.at.

Following the submission, an interview will be scheduled for the candidates either in-person or over the internet, after which time an awardee will be chosen.

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[Scholarship] Post-doctoral Fellowship in Silk Road Studies posted date:2013-11-25
Time:By December 31, 2013
Location:Georgetown University

Applications are invited for a one-year, non-teaching postdoctoral fellowship at Georgetown University beginning Fall 2014. The postdoctoral fellow will play an active role in the year-long John E. Sawyer Seminar titled “Critical ‘Silk Road’ Studies,” funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and organized by Georgetown faculty members James Millward (Department of History, School of Foreign Service) and Michelle C. Wang (Department of Art and Art History). Applicants whose scholarly work addresses any of the geographical regions covered by the Silk Road, from ancient to contemporary, and represents any discipline in the humanities or social sciences are encouraged to apply. The fellow will be expected to attend all sessions of the Sawyer Seminar and to be an active participant in the Sawyer Seminar and University community. Additionally, the fellow is expected to pursue an active research agenda by making use of the resources of Georgetown University and the greater Washington, DC area.

The goals of the seminar are to provide an interdisciplinary and interregional platform in order to investigate the invention and development of the concept of the Silk Road as well as its on-going impact, its potential and limitations for framing fields of academic inquiry, and even its role in policy-making. By inviting the participation of scholars representing research specializations ranging from ancient and modern history, art history, religious studies, literature, musicology, anthropology, archaeology, as well as foreign policy academics and practitioners in an interrogation and exploration of the notion of the Silk Road, the seminar will furthermore address the challenges of seeing beyond the chronological, regional, linguistic, and disciplinary compartmentalization of specialists in order to better understand the workings of the trans-Eurasian Silk Road as a broader phenomenon.

Junior faculty and recent Ph.D. recipients are eligible to apply for the fellowship. Advanced graduate students with the Ph.D. in hand at the beginning of the fellowship will also be considered. The position offers an annual salary of $50,000 with benefits and office space. Applications consisting of a cover letter addressing research areas and interest in the Silk Road, CV, writing sample, and two letters of recommendation should be submitted through the following link https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/fellowship/3277. Faxed, emailed, or mailed applications will not be accepted. Questions regarding the online application system should be directed to Nicholas Starvaggi at nhs22@georgetown.edu. Questions regarding the postdoctoral position should be directed to Yelizaveta Raykhlina at silkroadseminar@georgetown.edu. The deadline for applications is December 31, 2013, and the successful applicant will be notified by mid-April 2014.

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or other categories protected by law.

Related Link:http://silkroadseminar.georgetown.edu/

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[Scholarship] Deadline for scholarships at Munich extended posted date:2013-10-14
Time:By 15 November 2013
Location:Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich

The deadline for applications to the 2 PhD scholarships at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich - posted on this list 6 weeks ago - has been extended by one month. So the new deadline is 15 November 2013!

Here is the announcement for the scholarships again:

The Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany invites applications for two PhD scholarships for dissertation projects related to Buddhism:

Deadline for applications: 15 November 2013
Start of scholarship: Spring semester 2014 or later
Duration of scholarship: 3 or 4 years
Scholarship amount: 1000 € per month + insurance + support for rent + 460€ per year
Scholarship donor: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The selection process comprises two stages: Applications are sent to the Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies in Munich. The program will select promising candidates and forward their materials to the DAAD. In a second stage, an election committee chosen by the DAAD will decide upon the successful candidates. It is expected that the successful candidates will be chosen and informed by March 2014.

The prerequisites for application are non-German citizenship (foreign applicants should not have lived in Germany for more than fifteen months at the time of their application), a Master of Arts or Magister Artium degree or equivalent, excellent knowledge of at least one Buddhist source language, outstanding qualifications in the subject and fluency in English. A basic knowledge of German is also desirable and willingness to learn German/improve German language skills will be expected.

If you have any remaining questions with regard to the scholarships, please write to paulus.kaufmann@lrz.uni-muenchen.de

Related Link:http://www.en.buddhismus-studien.uni-muenchen.de/currentissues/phd_scholarships/index.html

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[Scholarship] PhD scholarships at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich (Paulus Kaufmann) posted date:2013-08-23
Time:By October 15, 2013
Location:The Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität

The Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany invites applications for two PhD scholarships for dissertation projects related to Buddhism:

Deadline for applications: 15 October 2013
Start of scholarship: Spring semester 2014 or later
Duration of scholarship: 3 or 4 years
Scholarship amount: 1000 € per month + insurance + support for rent + 460€ per year
Scholarship donor: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The selection process comprises two stages: Applications are sent to the Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies in Munich. The program will select promising candidates and forward their materials to the DAAD. In a second stage, an election committee chosen by the DAAD will decide upon the successful candidates. It is expected that the successful candidates will be chosen and informed by March 2014.

The prerequisites for application are non-German citizenship (foreign applicants should not have lived in Germany for more than fifteen months at the time of their application), a Master of Arts or Magister Artium degree or equivalent, excellent knowledge of at least one Buddhist source language, outstanding qualifications in the subject and fluency in English. A basic knowledge of German is also desirable and willingness to learn German/improve German language skills will be expected.

Related Link:http://www.en.buddhismus-studien.uni-muenchen.de/currentissues/phd_scholarships/index.html

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[Scholarship] Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Mangalam Research Center posted date:2013-07-19
Time:no later than August 19, 2013
Location:The Mangalam Research Center

The Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages in Berkeley invites recent Ph.D.'s in Buddhist Studies or closely related fields to apply for a post-doctoral fellowship, available immediately, with flexible starting date. The position is for one year, potentially renewable for a second year.
Advanced language training in Sanskrit and at least one other canonical language is required. A strong interest in Buddhist sūtra and ?āstra traditions and in digital humanities is desirable. Applicants must have been officially awarded the Ph.D. prior to commencement of the fellowship. They should have a serious interest in philology and lexicography, since this will be a major focus of their work.

The primary responsibility of Mangalam Research Fellows will be research related to the Buddhist Translators Workbench, an online resource now under development, funded in part by a grant from the NEH. They will work with the Mangalam Academic Director, current postdoctoral fellows, and short-term Senior Scholars in Residence on the intellectual and practical side of the BTW digital lexicon. The primary focus will be philological and lexicographic, but knowledge in the fields of Buddhist Buddhist philosophy and doctrine is also highly desirable. Average weekly time commitment is 25-30 hours. Housing, some meals, and medical insurance are provided as part of the compensation package, and there is a travel allowance for attending conferences. Previous fellows have received the status of Visiting Scholar from the University of California, Berkeley, which gives them full access to University facilities and resources.

A small, independent institution, the Mangalam Research Center was founded in 2008 and offered its first programs in 2009. Since 2010, its programs have been attended by some 40 senior scholars in Buddhist Studies and related fields. The Academic Director is Professor Luis Gómez, who also supervises the BTW Project and is in residence at various times throughout the year. Other scholars also visit for varying lengths of time, and leading scholars participate in conferences and symposia at various times during the year. Located in downtown Berkeley, a short walk from the campus of the University of California, Mangalam Research Center has a close working relationship with Buddhist Studies programs at UC Berkeley and Stanford University. For more information, see www.mangalamresearch.org.

Applications must be submitted no later than August 19, 2013 and should be sent via email attachment to the Director of Mangalam Research Center, using this address: jackp@mangalamresearch.org.

Applications need take no particular form, but should include the following:

* A detailed description of your academic credentials and
language skills (official transcripts are not required);


* Statement of purpose describing your interests and research
plans and any other information you consider relevant;


* Three letters of reference from academic advisers or persons
in the field who know and can evaluate your work.


Applicants with suitable credentials will be invited for interviews in person or over the internet. Decisions will be announced by September 15, 2013.

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[Scholarship] Postgraduate Research in Thai Studies at the University of Leeds (Bauer) posted date:2013-04-11
Time:2013/7/1
Scholarships from the Royal Thai Embassy in London for Postgraduate Research in Thai Studies at the University of Leeds School of Modern Languages & Cultures with six months of fieldwork in Thailand.

We are very pleased to advertise a total of *three scholarships each of
£12,000 *for postgraduate studies commencing next academic year (October 2013).

For further details:

http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/news/article/3392/scholarships_for_pg_students_researching_in_thai_studies_for_2012-13

Related Link:http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/news/article/3392/scholarships_for_pg_students_researching_in_thai_studi

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