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Chinese Philosophy at Fudan University, Shanghai posted date:2017-09-28
Time:Deadline: 2018.02.20(Priority, for scholarships) and 2018.05.01(for admission).


These programs are aimed to offer opportunities of learning Chinese and studying Chinese philosophy to overseas postgraduates or college juniors and seniors who have not yet been able to master the Chinese language. In addition to Chinese language classes, these programs offer courses on Chinese philosophy as well as other related courses in English at Fudan University. Fudan University is a leading institution of higher education in China, and is experienced with and renowned for educating overseas students. The School of Philosophy at Fudan is a top philosophy program in China. The university is located in Shanghai, the most dynamic city of China that belongs to a region that is rich in Chinese traditions and cultures. It has been seven years since these programs were launched in 2011, and 73 students have been enrolled in either the M.A. program (61 students) and the visiting student program (12 students). They are from the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, Barbados, the U.K., Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Iceland, Poland, Romania, Yugoslavia, Montenegro, Russia, Israel, Turkey, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Gambia, and many of them are top students in their classes, majoring in philosophy, classics, and/or East Asian or Chinese studies. The above facts make these programs simply the most successful of their kind (English-based post-graduate programs in Chinese philosophy) in mainland China.

M.A. Program: a two-year degree program, 27 credits (with 6 credits for 3 courses in Chinese Language) and a master thesis.

Visiting Student Program: a one-year program, 3-4 major courses, and 1-2 courses of Chinese, a certificate to be offered upon the completion.

Audit Program: individual-course-based program.

Tuition and Living Expenses: RMB 50,000 a year for tuition; on-campus housing: from RMB 1,200 per month to 2,700 per month; meals at an on-campus dining facility: RMB 1,000 per month.

Scholarships and part-time jobs abundantly available.

Application Deadlines: Feb. 20 (Priority, for scholarships) and May 1 (for admission).

For Further Information: http://iso.fudan.edu.cn/xuewei.htm
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/293651/program-chinese-philosophy-fudan-university-shanghai

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Chao Seminars Emptiness, Mind, and Reality Buddhist Interventions in the Realism Versus Anti-Realism Debate in Modern Philosophy posted date:2018-01-12
Time:2018.03.13/2018.03.15/2018.03.20/2018.03.22 17:00~19:00
Location:370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley

Registration for the seminars is encouraged. Those registered will have access to assigned readings through a dropbox link. Register by sending an email to buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu.

Does it make sense to think that we inhabit a world that exists and has a nature independently of how anyone takes it to be? Realists answer yes, and argue that objective knowledge is impossible unless it tells us how things are independently of what anyone might think. Mahāyāna Buddhist philosophy, however, specifically the Madhyamaka and Yogācāra traditions, is usually understood to be anti-realist, because it denies either that things have intrinsic natures (Madhyamaka) or that things have intrinsic natures independently of the mind (Yogācāra). Philosophical scholarship on Madhyamaka and Yogācāra often relates them to anti-realist or idealist ideas in modern European philosophy (e.g., from Kant, Wittgenstein, and Phenomenology). For example, Madhyamaka is variously interpreted as a form of conventionalism, global anti-realism, or quietism, while Yogācāra is sometimes read as a form of transcendental phenomenology. These four seminars will examine core ideas from Madhyamaka and Yogācāra in light of the resurgence of realism in contemporary philosophy. For example, Hubert Dreyfus and Charles Taylor argue that we can “retrieve” realism by giving up the idea that knowledge consists of ideas in the mind representing the external world; by denying this “meditational epistemology” we can regain a view of knowledge as being based on our direct access to the everyday world and the physical universe of science. Quentin Meillassoux argues that the way to be a realist is to give up “correlationism,” which is the idea that we only ever have access to the correlation between the mind and the world and never to either one considered apart from the other, and he argues that the reason to reject correlationism is that it cannot make sense of the meaning of scientific statements about the world anterior to the appearance of human beings. How should the contemporary Madhyamaka or Yogācāra philosopher respond to these kinds of arguments? What contributions can Madhyamaka and Yogācāra make to the contemporary debates about realism and anti-realism? These questions will be the guiding ones of the four seminars. We will read selections (in translation) from Nāgārjuna’s Fundamental Verses on the Middle Way (Mūlamadhyamakakārikā) and The Dispeller of Disputes (Vigrahavyāvartanī), as well as Vasubandhu’s Treatise on the Three Natures (Trisvabhāvanirdeśa), together with relevant secondary readings relating these texts to contemporary philosophy.

Seminar 1: March 13: Madhyamaka Versus Realism: Setting up the Debate
Nāgārjuna, Fundamental Verses on the Middle Way, Chapters 15, 24, 25. (Garfield translation, pp. 220-224, 293-334; Siderits and Katsura translation, pp. 204-216, 354-406).
Hubert Dreyfus and Charles Taylor, Retrieving Realism.
Quentin Meillassoux, After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency.
Mark Siderits, Studies in Buddhist Philosophy, 1. Madhyamaka and Anti-Realism.
Jan Westerhoff, Nāgārjuna’s Madhyamaka: A Philosophical Introduction.

Seminar 2: March 15: Epistemology: Madhyamaka Versus Nyāya
Nāgārjuna, The Dispeller of Disputes, 1-4, 21-29; 5-6, 30-51; 70 (Westerhoff translation, pp. 43-94, 129-133).
Matthew Dasti and Stephen Phillips, The Nyāya-sūtra, chapters 1-3.
Mark Siderits, Studies in Buddhist Philosophy, 4. Epistemology; 6.1 Nyāya Realism, Buddhist Critique.

Seminar 3: March 20: Yogācāra: Mind and World.
Jay Garfield, “Vasubandhu’s Treatise on the Three Natures: A Translation and Commentary.”
Jay Garfield, “I Am a Brain in a Vat (Or Perhaps a Pile of Sticks by the Side of the Road).”
Nāgārjuna, The Dispeller of Disputes, 13-16, 65-67 (Westerhoff translation, pp. 116-120).
Hilary Putnam, Reason, Truth and History, chapter 1.
Hilary Putnam, “A Defense of Internal Realism.”

Seminar 4: March 22: Ambiguity, Paradox, Dialetheism, Quietism
Ted Toadvine, “The Elemental Past.”
Simon P. James, “Madhyamaka, Metaphysical Realism and the Possibility of an Ancestral World.”
Jay Garfield and Graham Priest, “Nāgārjuna and the Limits of Thought.”
Jay Garfield and Graham Priest, “Mountains Are Just Mountains.”
Tom Tillemans, “Philosophical Quietism in Nāgārjuna and Early Madhyamaka.”

Attendees at the Chao Lecture and Chao Seminars may also be interested in the workshop on Conceptuality and Nonconceptuality in Buddhist Philosophy, to be held on Thursday-Sunday, March 22-25, 2018 (see below).

Event Contact: buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu, 510.643.5104
Related Link:http://buddhiststudies.berkeley.edu/events/

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Ganhwa Seon Conference, Subul Scholarly Awards, Meditation Retreat posted date:2017-10-11
Time:Deadline for submission of completed paper: 2018.02.28
Location:University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Center for Buddhist Studies

The 6th International Conference on Ganhwa Seon, 2nd Subul Scholarly Awards, & Meditation Retreat, July, 2018

1A. The 6th International Conference on Ganhwa Seon/Kanhua Chan 看話禪

※ Date: July 17, 2018 (Tuesday)

※ Venue: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Center for Buddhist Studies

※ Topic: This year’s preferred topic is “Ganhwa Seon and Contemporary Society.” We will also consider treatments of any aspect of Ganhwa Seon, including its principles, practices, and comparisons with other Buddhist traditions or meditative techniques.

※ Submission of proposed title and brief abstract: November 30, 2017

※ Deadline for submission of completed paper: February 28, 2018

※ We will accept seven papers for presentation and consideration for the Subul Scholarly Awards.

※ All presenters receive a $2,000 honorarium plus round-trip economy-class airfare, hotel accommodations, and meals.

※ All papers must be written in English and should not have been previously published or accepted for publication.

※ We welcome the participation of advanced Ph.D. students and junior scholars.

※ Copyright of papers delivered at the conference will be retained by the Institute for the Study of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism

※ Paper Style Guidelines: Refer to http://studyen.dongguk.edu/

※ Submissions should be emailed: jonghak@dgu.edu and cbs@international.ucla.edu

1B. 2nd Subul Scholarly Awards

※ Awards: Three of the papers presented at the conference will be selected to receive a Subul Scholarly Award.

Grand Prize (1) $5,000 US dollars

First Prize (1) $3,000 US dollars

Second Prize (1) $2,000 US dollars

* Winners of the Subul Scholarly Awards are required to present their papers at the 6th International Conference on Ganhwa Seon to be held at UCLA on July 17, 2018.

2. Ganhwa Seon Retreat

※ Date: July 18-23, 2018 (Wednesday through Monday)

※ Venue: Retreat center near Los Angeles, California (USA)

※ Number of participants: 50 people maximum

※ Participants: Professors, scholars, Ph.D. students and advanced undergraduates, professional meditation teachers, and serious meditation students in Buddhist or other religious traditions.

※ Fees: Free for professors, scholars, and students enrolled in university. $400/person for all others. All expenses during the retreat (including lodging and meals) will be provided.

※ Application deadline: February 28, 2018 (acceptances in order of submission)

※ Submission email address: jonghak@dongguk.edu

※ Application Form: Refer to website of the Institute for the Study of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism (http://studyen.dongguk.edu/)

* Enquiries:

E-mail : jonghak@dongguk.edu

Tel : 82-2-6713-5141

Events Sponsor: Dongguk University International Seon Center

Conference Organizer: Institute for the Study of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism (Dongguk University) and Center for Buddhist Studies (UCLA)

Retreat Organizer: Institute for the Study of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/393702/conference-ganhwa-seon-conference-subul-scholarly-awards

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Memento Mori: On Lu Yang's Buddhist Entanglements posted date:2017-09-21
Time:2018.01.20 09:00 ~ 13:00


In this seminar we will take a close look at the Buddhist-inspired work of the Shanghai-based media artist Lu Yang. In particular, we will discuss Lu Yang's Hell and Delusional Mandala.


Francesca Tarocco is Associate Professor of Buddhist Studies and Chinese Religious Studies at Ca' Foscari University of Venice. She is also Visiting Associate Professor of Buddhist Cultures at NYU Shanghai and Co-Founder and Director of the Shanghai Studies Society.

Organiser: SOAS Centre of Buddhist Studies

Contact email: vt6@soas.ac.uk
Related Link:https://www.soas.ac.uk/buddhiststudies/events/holectureseries/20jan2018-memento-mori-on-lu-yangs-buddhist-entanglements.html

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James A. Benn: "Controversies in the Doctrine and Practice of Self-immolation in Medieval China" posted date:2017-09-21
Time:2018.04.21(ALL DAY)



In this seminar we will read selected passages from the chapter on self-immolation (sheshen pian 捨身篇) in the seventh-century Chinese Buddhist compendium Fayuan zhulin 法苑珠林. We will see how the compiler of the work—Daoshi 道世 (596?–683) places a range of somatic practices including burning the body within the context of the propagation of Buddhism. We will note how he deploys key jātaka tales and Mahāyāna sutras as scriptural supports for the practice, and reflect on his choice of hagiographical material from China.


James A. Benn received his PhD from UCLA in 2001 and is now Professor of Buddhism and East Asian Religions at McMaster University, where he was Chair of the Department 2011-2016. His undergraduate degree is from University of Cambridge and he has an MA from School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He studies Buddhism and Daoism in medieval China. To date, he has focused on three major areas of research: bodily practice in Chinese Religions; the ways in which people create and transmit new religious practices and doctrines; and the religious dimensions of commodity culture. He has published on self-immolation, spontaneous human combustion, Buddhist apocryphal scriptures, and tea and alcohol in medieval China in journals such as History of Religions, T’oung Pao, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies and Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies. He is the author of Burning for the Buddha: Self-immolation in Chinese Buddhism (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2007) and Tea in China: A Religious and Cultural History (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2015).

Hwei-Tai Seminar

April 21 & 22, 2018

Contact Phone:
Event Sponsor:
Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford, Department of Religious Studies
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Related Link:https://buddhiststudies.stanford.edu/events/james-benn-controversies-doctrine-and-practice-self-immolation-medieval-china

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2017-18 Winter Program: Buddhism and East Asian Cultures posted date:2017-08-15
Time:2018.01.13 ~ 2018.01.21
Location:Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (DILA), Taiwan 台灣法鼓文理學院

2017-18 Winter Program: Buddhism and East Asian Cultures

Buddhism and East Asian Cultures: An Intensive Program of Lectures Series, Conference/Forum, and Fieldwork

2017-18年度 佛教與東亞文化國際研修班: 講座系列,研討會/論壇,與參訪

The Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (DILA), Sheng-yen Education Foundation, the Buddhist Studies Center in the Humanities College at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou 廣州, China, and the Buddhist Studies Forum at the University of British Columbia (UBC-BSF) in Vancouver, Canada cordially invite applications for a 9-day program of lecture series, conference/forum, and fieldwork on Buddhism and East Asian Cultures (January 13-21, 2018) in DILA, Taiwan. 台灣法鼓文理學院、聖嚴教育基金會、中山大學人文學院佛學研究中心 (廣州)、 加拿大英屬哥倫比亞大學佛學論壇於2018年1月13-21日,假法鼓文理學院聯合舉辦「佛教與東亞宗教密集研修班」,誠邀海內外青年學子參與!

I. Venue 地點: Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (DILA), Taiwan 台灣法鼓文理學院

II. Schedule 時間: January 13-21, 2018

  • January 13: Registration 報到, Opening Ceremony 開幕式, Keynote speech session for the Conference 研討會主題演講;

  • January 14-15: Conference 研討會;

  • January 16-18: Main Programs (Intensive lecture series) 密集型講座系列;

  • January 19: Young Scholars’ Forum 青年學者論壇;

  • January 20: Tour of sacred sites in Northern Taiwan 北台灣宗教聖蹟參訪;

  • January 21: Home-going 賦歸 (participants who wish to utilize the excellent collection at DILA may apply to spend 3-7 extra days with free boarding. 有需要利用法鼓文理學院豐富藏書者,歡迎申請在課程之後多逗留數日至一週;承辦方將繼續免費提供食宿).

III. Four-part Lecture Series 四個演講系列:

The program organizers have invited three international scholars to conduct, all bilingually (English and Chinese), a three-part lecture series related to Buddhism and East Asian Culture, with each part composed of four consecutive 120-minute lectures with a general theme (over four days). These three bilingual speakers and their lecture themes are: 研修班課程邀請以下三位國際學者 (以姓氏羅馬字順序為序),中英文雙語提供3個演講系列 (每個系列圍繞一主題,每個主題涵蓋3個各120分鐘的講演,分別在三天進行):

  • Professor Jinhua Chen 陳金華 (Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada): Knotless Net: Identity and Network in East Asian Buddhism 無結之網: 東亞佛教中的身份與網絡問題;

  • Professor James Robson 羅柏松 (Department of East Asian Languages and Civilization, Harvard University): Buddhist Meditation: From Ideals to Realities 佛教禪定:從理想到現實;

  • Professor Barend ter Haar 田海 (Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford): Writing, Reciting and Buddhism 書寫,誦讀與佛教.

This three-part lecture series will be accompanied by a fourth of five lectures on Buddhism and East Asian cultures, to be delivered by five scholars based on Taiwan and mainland China. 除此三個雙語演講系列外,還將由五位資深的兩岸學者接力演講 (演講者另行宣佈),蟬連而成另一關於佛教與東亞文化的演講系列。

IV. Four Additional Projects 其他四項活動:

In addition to this four-part intensive lecture series, this program also sponsors the following four projects 除四個密集型的演講系列外,還將組織以下四項活動:

  • An international conference on Chan Buddhism and Dunhuang Studies, titled “From the Caoxi Creek to Mogao Cave: Interdisciplinary Studies of Chan Buddhism and the Dunhuang Cache from Multiple Sources and Perspectives,” to be held at the DILA, January 13-15, 2018 (conference information announced at http://frogbear.org/from-the-caoxi-creek-to-mogao-cave-interdisciplinary-studies-of-chan-buddhism-and-the-dunhuang-cache-from-multiple-sources-and-perspectives/); 一個關於禪學與敦煌學的國際研討會:「從曹溪到敦煌:多重資料和不同視角下的跨學科禪宗研究和敦煌寶藏研究」,2018年1月13-15 日假台灣法鼓文理學院舉行 (研討會信息見 http://frogbear.org/from-the-caoxi-creek-to-mogao-cave-interdisciplinary-studies-of-chan-buddhism-and-the-dunhuang-cache-from-multiple-sources-and-perspectives/)

  • Young Scholars’ Forum on Buddhism and East Asian Cultures 青年學者論壇, January 19, 2018; Excellent articles may be recommended to academic journals for publication. They include the Fojiao wenxian yanjiu 佛教文獻研究 (Studies on Buddhist Texts), Foxue yanjiu 佛學研究 (Buddhist Studies), Fojiao shi yanjiu 佛教史研究(Historical Studies of Buddhism), Studies in Chinese Religions, edited by Prof. Fang Guangchang 方廣錩, Prof. Shengkai 聖凱, Prof. Sun Yinggang 孫英剛, and Prof. Jinhua Chen 陳金華, respectively. 計劃於 2018年1月19日假法鼓文理學院 舉行青年學者論壇(研討會)。部分優秀論文可推薦至國內外質優雜誌發表,包括方廣錩教授主編的《佛教文獻研究》、聖凱教授主編的《佛學研究》、孫英剛教授 主編的《佛教史研究》、以及陳金華教授編輯的Studies in Chinese Religions (社科院與英國出版社Routledge合作) 。
  • Taste of the Dharma 禪悅: a series of 1-2 hour sessions providing monastic experiences, including seated meditation, tea-ceremony and other temple rituals 一系列旨在體驗寺院生活的禪悅活動,包括坐禪、品茶、儀軌觀摩等;

  • Tour 參訪: Occasional visits to renowned historical sites (especially Buddhist and other religious temples and shrines) in northern part of Taiwan 參訪北台灣地區的佛寺與文化古蹟.

  • V. Applications 申請手續:

    Participants are required to take part in all of the activities supported by this program, including the four-part lecture series, the Young Scholars’ Forum (paper presentations are optional, but attendance is compulsory), and monastic experience session, etc., with the only exception of field trips, the participation of which is optional. Graduate students specializing in any Buddhist tradition(s) or East Asian religions, and postdoctoral fellows working on relevant fields, are encouraged to apply. Please direct applications and inquiries to buddhistseminarandfieldwork@gmail.com. Please submit applications before October 15, 2017. Each application should include:每位學員應參加本項目所支持的所有活動 (包括演講系列、論壇[可選擇發表或不發表論文,但需列席] 、以及禪悅體驗等)。參訪則隨意。歡迎佛教與東亞宗教或相關專業的研究生以及博士後報名參與 。入學申請務必於2017 年10月15日前提交至 buddhistseminarandfieldwork@gmail.com。申請材料需包括:

  • an application form (to be provided upon request via the above email) 申請表(可經由上述郵箱索取);

  • an updated curriculum vitae 申請者的個人簡歷;

  • one writing sample 寫作樣本 (發表或未發表的);

  • a reference letter (to be emailed by the referee directly to the above email address) 一封推薦信 (需由推薦人直接电邮至以上電子郵箱).

  • VI. Program Expenses 課程費用:

    Successful candidates will be exempted from all tuition fees. Program organizers will also provide free boarding (lodging and meals) in Taiwan during the program period, although participants are expected to cover 學費以及研修期間的食宿──免費

  • the costs for the transportation between their home cities and Taiwan 往返學員所在地與研修地點的機票或車票費用──學員自理

  • an administration fee of US$150 管理費 (1000元人民幣或4500元新台幣)──學員負擔
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    VII. Enrollment Limit 定員: 100 名.

    Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/190251/conference-2017-18-winter-program-buddhism-and-east-asian-cultures

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    2018 Jangseogak Hanmun (Classical Chinese) Summer Workshop posted date:2018-01-02

    Type: Summer Program
    Location: Korea South
    Subject Fields: Asian History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Korean History / Studies
    Call for Applications: 2018 Jangseogak Hanmun Summer Workshop (Intensive Literary/Classical Chinese Training Course for Students and Junior Scholars)

    The Jangseogak Archives at the Academy of Korean Studies is accepting applications for 2018 Jangseogak Hanmun (Classical Chinese) Summer Workshop, a three-week intensive on-campus language course from 2nd July to 20th July, 2018. We welcome application from undergraduate students, graduate students or advanced degree holders of Korean Studies and/or East Asian Studies. Applicants must have studied at least one year of Classical Chinese or completed comparable course in Asian Studies.

    The workshop will run for 6 hours from Monday to Friday for three weeks (morning lectures and afternoon practicum for translation), and will also include field trips to explore historic sites related to the reading materials addressed in the workshop.

    The workshop aims at creating a global knowledge-building community of Korean studies. All lectures and discussions at the workshop will be conducted in English; at the same time, it will require translation of the original sources into English. Apart from the translation project, each participant will write a no more than ten-to fifteen-page introductory article on one primary source of his/her own choice from a list of fifty texts derived from the Archives (to be completed within six months from the completion of the workshop). The fifty texts will be carefully selected by the scholars of the Archives in consideration of the participants’ expertise and interests. The authorship of each translated piece and article will be accredited to the individual contributor; however, both the translated sources and the introductory articles will belong to the public domain of Korean studies and be published online for academic purposes

    The Academy of Korean Studies will provide the participants with round-trip airfare (no more than 1,800 USD), tuition, and board and lodging. Undergraduate and graduate students are required to submit a letter of recommendation from their advisors.

    Deadline: February 14th, 2018 (6pm Korean Standard Time)
    The application results will individually be notified by March 7th, 2018
    Please send the following materials in single PDF file to hanmun@aks.ac.kr (email application only)
    1) Current CV (including language proficiency)
    2) Statement of Purpose (no more than five pages, double spaced). Please include the following

    a. Academic background and interests
    b. Previous experience in East Asian Languages
    c. Objectives and expectations for attending the workshop
    d. Description of how the study of hanmun and/or Joseon (Chosŏn) source materials will contribute to your research

    3) an unofficial transcript OR a copy of your institutional certificate/degree certificate

    Undergraduate and graduate students only: One confidential recommendation letter addressing the importance of hanmun to your study should be sent directly by the referee by February 14th, 2018 to hanmun@aks.ac.kr.

    Question may be directed to hanmun@aks.ac.kr.

    Contact Info:
    Wonhee Cho (Researcher, Jangseogak Archives, Academy of Korean Studies)

    Contact Email: wonheecho@aks.ac.kr
    Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/988796/cfp-2018-jangseogak-hanmun-classical-chinese-summer-workshop

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    SACP 50th Annual Conference (June 8-11th, 2018) posted date:2017-11-29
    Time:Deadline: 2018.01.31

    Dear Colleagues,

    As a member of the local organising comitee, I'm pleased to invite you to the 50th Annual Conference of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy.

    This anniversary edition, hosted by the Pedagogical University of Krakow, will take place in Krakow (Cracow), Poland, June 8-11th 2018.

    CONFERENCE THEME: Power and Creativity.

    Keynote Speaker: Graham Parkes (University of Vienna), “Will to Power and the Field of Dao/De: Nietzsche and Zhuangzi on Creative Experience”.

    Deadline for Abstracts and Panel Proposals: January 31, 2018.

    Presentation and panel proposal abstracts should be sent electronically to the Secretary of the Society, Marzenna Jakubczak, at sacp2018@gmail.com. Abstracts for presentations should be between 200-300 words, and include a filename that begins with the presenter's last name and closes with the name of our organization and the year of the conference, e.g., 'Berger - SACP 2018'.

    The presenter's name, institutional affiliation, and email address must also be stated in the text of the abstract itself.
    Panel proposals should include the title and a brief description of the panel, as well as the names, affiliations, and email addresses of the participants. Please also provide the titles of each participant's presentation.The deadline for submission is January 31, 2018. Notice of acceptance of proposals will be sent to your e-mail address by the beginning of March, with instructions for how to register and submit the US$160 conference registration fee. For further details, see the conference website: https://sites.google.com/site/50thsacpconferencekrakow2018/

    To encourage student participation, the SACP has once again set up Graduate Student Essay Contest Awards for this conference. Student Essay Contest Prizes are: US$1,000 for First prize, US$750 for Second prize, and US$500 for Third prize. The awards are given in order to assist with the travel and accommodation expenses for those winners who attend and present their work at the 2018 SACP conference only. Graduate students who wish their papers to be considered for these prizes must submit a complete essay of no more than 10 pages (or 4,000 words) and a 300 word abstract to the above email address (sacp2018@gmail.com).


    Jaroslaw Zapart

    Chair for Comparative Studies of Civilisations, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
    Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/950043/cfp-sacp-50th-annual-conference-june-8-11th-2018

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    Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies posted date:2017-10-25
    Time:Refer in links for deadline

    Dear colleagus,

    The Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies (JCBS) welcomes original research articles, research notes, translation of short tracts (with introduction), and methodological reflections regarding the historical study of Chinese Buddhism in the premodern and modern periods. The JCBS seeks to promote the academic 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. It publishes annually, and meets in conjunction with the American Academy of Religion. The deadline for article submissions is December 15. The deadline for special topics proposals is November 1. Publication time for the each volume is in July, both online (http://chinesebuddhiststudies.org/index.html) and in print.

    All prospective authors receive an initial response from the editor within two weeks as to whether their submission is suitable for JCBS and can be passed into the peer review phase without significant revisions. Two external reviewers are then given a maximum of two months to conduct a double-blind review of the submitted manuscript. If no major revisions are required, the manuscript in question will be accepted for publication and be placed in queued for publication in the next issue.

    All submissions should be sent to the editors by email attachment in Word file formatted according to the “Manuscript Formatting” requirements. See submision details here: http://chinesebuddhiststudies.org/submissions.html

    Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have concerning publishing your work in JCBS.

    Best wishes,
    Jimmy Yu and Dan Stevenson
    Editors, Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies
    jyu2@fsu.edu or dbsteve@ku.edu
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    Traditional Religions, Secularisms, and Revivals: Buddhism and Shamanism in Northern Eurasia posted date:2017-08-01
    Time:Deadline: 2017.09.10

    Type: Call for Papers
    March 9, 2018 to March 10, 2018
    Location: Germany
    Subject Fields: Area Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Eastern Europe History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology
    The Käte Hamburger Kolleg “Dynamics in the History of Religions” of the Ruhr-University Bochum (http://khk.ceres.rub.de/en/) invites paper proposals for the Workshop “Traditional Religions, Secularisms, and Revivals: Buddhism and Shamanism in Northern Eurasia” to be held on March 9–10, 2018.

    Focusing on Buddhism and Shamanism in Mongolia, Siberia, Central Asia, Tibet, and the Himalayas, the workshop will trace the introduction of Eurocentric secular projects of defining and limiting religion to cultural contexts in which religions, philosophies, and worldviews fundamentally challenge these secular definitions. The categories of “religion” and “secularism” are both products of European modern intellectual history, but they developed out of European perceptions of Christianity and its contrast to non-European “others” and their religions. Scholarship on secularism and its effects, however, has focused overwhelmingly on monotheistic contexts, largely ignoring the role of secularism and the category of religion in socialist secular projects and non-monotheistic religious traditions. The concept of “religion” was not merely imposed from above. It was appropriated and redefined by Buddhists and Shamanists in the twentieth and twenty-first century creating new hierarchies and stimulating new asymmetrical power relations. Since the early twentieth century Buddhism was increasingly used in the processes of nation-building, while Shamanism was continuously marginalized. The socialist secular project in Siberia, Mongolia, and Central Asia demonstrated attempts to integrate religion into building new states (1920s), rigid anti-religious campaigns (1930s), and the moderate recognition and even support of organized religion (1950s—1980s). In contemporary Mongolia and Siberia, Buddhism has once again been elevated to the status of “national” or “traditional” religion, while in Nepal it became a marker of one’s subnational ethnic belonging. In view of the expectations about what national or traditional religion is supposed to be, Shamanism remained contested in all four regional contexts, yet became increasingly popular in heterogeneous revival movements defying both state and religious authority. Examining the ways in which secular projects intersected with Buddhist and Shamanist religious projects promises to open new perspectives on secularism, socialism, and colonialism. Christopher Atwood (University of Pennsylvania) and Nikolay Tsyrempilov (Nazarbayev University) will give keynote lectures.

    We invite papers that focus on the demands to define Buddhism and Shamanism as religions in nationalist, socialist, and post-socialist contexts and the attempts to embrace, surpass and resist such definitions; the interactions between religion and politics and the anti-religious campaigns of the twentieth century; the tensions between religion, nationalism, and the processes of de-secularization or re-secularization that engendered alternative ethnic/religious revivals; the involvement of politicians, academics, and lawmakers with religion and that of shamans, monks, and believers with politics, academia, and law. Submissions on related topics within the relevant geographic and religious areas are welcome. Each paper must explicitly address the issue of secularism or desecularization and, preferably, discuss interactions between different religious denominations or groups within the same religion. The organizers intend to submit a selection of papers to the e-journal Entangled Religions (http://er.ceres.rub.de) for possible peer-reviewed publication. We will be able to provide hotel accommodation and cover travel expenses within Europe, but encourage participants to seek additional funding from their home institutions.

    Please submit a 300-word abstract along with brief biographical information to Secularisms.Bochum@gmail.com before September 10, 2017. Notes of acceptance will be sent before October 10, 2017. Invited participants will be expected to submit full papers of 7,000–10,000 words by February 15, 2018.

    Contact Email: Secularisms.Bochum@gmail.com
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    The Buddha’s Word @ Stanford posted date:2017-09-14
    Time:2017.10.18 ~ 2018.03.18
    Location:Madeleine H. Russell Gallery

    This exhibition showcases Buddhist manuscripts and prints held at the Cantor and in Stanford libraries, rangiSutrang in dates from around the 11th century to the early 20th century, and coming from various parts of the traditional Buddhist world, from Sri Lanka to Japan. The Buddha’s Word highlights the written word not simply as the visual counterpart to speech but as a thing of beauty and sacredness in and of itself.

    IMAGE: Artist unknown (Nepal, 12th C.), Pages from a Manuscript of the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra (Prajnaparamita), detail, 12th century. Ink and color on palm leaf. Museum Purchase Fund, 1964.115.a
    Related Link:https://museum.stanford.edu/view/exhibition_sched_new.html#future_exhibitions

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    From chan to Chan: meditation and the semiotics of visionary experience in medieval Chinese Buddhism posted date:2018-01-17
    Time:2018.02.22 17:00
    Location:180 Doe Memorial Library

    In this talk Eric Greene argues that a distinguishing feature of “early Chan” discourse relative to mainstream Chinese approaches to “Buddhist meditation” (chan)was the rejection of the semiotic potential of visionary meditative experiences. Drawing from early Chan texts, contemporaneous non-Chan meditation manuals, and recently discovered stone inscriptions from Sichuan, he suggests that one way Chan partisans redefined what it meant to be a master of “meditation “ was by claiming that extraordinary meditative visions were never signs of attainment. This rejection was, Greene proposes, a key element of the “parting of the ways” that during this time began to separate (ideologically, at least) the streams Chinese Buddhist thought and practice typically classified as “Chan” and “Pure Land” respectively.

    Eric Greene (PhD Berkeley, 2012) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Yale. His research focuses on the history medieval Chinese Buddhism, with a particular focus on Buddhist meditation in China, Buddhist rituals of repentance, and Chines Buddhist translation practices.

    Event Contact: buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu, 510.643.5104
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    講題:Buddhist Pilgrimage: “Fixed and Portable Sanctity for Chinese Buddhist Pilgrims” posted date:2018-01-02
    Time:2018.01.26(五) 19:30~21:30
    Location:香港中文大學利黃瑤璧樓G/F LT3 (大學火車站A出口)

    講者: Prof. Lewis Lancaster

    Related Link:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdY0RSFwKt35ZpAurPddKw5WV1DTNS7NRFJwWwKuQcqLUgHuA/viewform

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    講題:Buddhist Pilgrimage: “The Four Sacred Mountains of Chinese Buddhism: Presence of Bodhisattvas” posted date:2018-01-02
    Time:2018.01.25(四) 19:30~21:30
    Location:香港中文大學信和樓3樓李冠春堂LT 1(大學火車站A出口)

    講者: Prof. Lewis Lancaster

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    2018 Chao Lecture Meditation and Nonconceptual Awareness Perspectives from Buddhist Philosophy and Cognitive Science posted date:2018-01-12
    Location:Evan Thompson, University of British Columbia<br>&nbsp;    Toll Room, Alumni House, UC Berkeley

    Mindfulness meditation practices are often traditionally said to induce “nonconceptual” forms of awareness, and scientists and clinicians often repeat such descriptions. But what does “nonconceptual” mean? Clearly, without a precise specification of what a concept or conceptual cognition is, the notion of nonconceptuality is equally ill-defined. I present an account of concepts, concept formation, and nonconceptual awareness based on combining ideas from Buddhist philosophy and cognitive science. On the Buddhist side, I draw from Dharmakīrti’s “exclusion” (apoha) theory of concept formation and the Yogācāra view of conceptual cognition as necessarily structured by the duality of “grasper” (grāhaka) and “grasped” (grāhya) (i.e., by the duality of subject versus object). On the cognitive science side, I distinguish between sensory discrimination, perceptual categorization, and mental conceptualization (the deployment of concepts in thought). According to both Dharmakīrti’s “exclusion” theory and cognitive science considerations, perceptual categorization is the most minimal form of conceptual cognition. It structures our engagement with the world at a basic and prelinguistic level, and it is motivationally and affectively biased. Combining these Buddhist and cognitive science ideas provides a philosophically precise and empirically useful way to define “nonconceptual awareness” and “nondual awareness.” Nonconceptual mental events do not undergo or result from “exclusion” (apoha), and they do not involve perceptual categorization. Nondual awareness in addition lacks the grasper-grasped (subject-object) structure and is not motivationally and affectively biased. I apply this framework to scientific studies of Buddhist mindfulness meditation practices, with attention to experimental studies of the effects of these practices on the perception and experience of pain. One take-home message is that cognitive scientists, clinical scientists, philosophers, Buddhist scholars, and experienced meditation practitioners need to work together. In particular, more attention needs to be given to the cross-cultural philosophical issues about concepts discussed in the lecture to clarify and advance the empirical investigation of mindfulness meditation practices.

    Evan Thompson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and an Associate Member of the Department of Asian Studies and the Department of Psychology. He is an Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the author of Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy (Columbia University Press, 2015); Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind (Harvard University Press, 2007); and Colour Vision: A Study in Cognitive Science and the Philosophy of Perception (Routledge Press, 1995). He is the co-author, with Francisco J. Varela and Eleanor Rosch, of The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience (MIT Press, 1991, revised edition, 2017). He received his B.A. in Asian Studies from Amherst College and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. He was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto from 2005 to 2013, and held a Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Science and the Embodied Mind at York University from 2002 to 2005. In 2014, he was the Numata Invited Visiting Professor at the Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He has also held invited visiting appointments at the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement (ICE) at Dartmouth College, the Faculty of Philosophy, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, the Ecole Polytechnique (Paris), the Center for Subjectivity Research at the University of Copenhagen, and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

    Event Contact: buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu, 510.643.5104
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    Buddhism and Divination in Tibet posted date:2017-12-06

    Buddhism and Divination in Tibet
    Brandon Dotson, Georgetown University
    2018 Khyentse Lecture
    Heyns Room, The Faculty Club

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    As a poor cousin of both science and religion, a begrudged relative of ritual, and a strange bedfellow of play, divination persists at the margins of established traditions. Buddhism shows some ambivalence toward divination, sometimes barely tolerating it, and other times making full use of divination as a medium for Buddhist messages. Buddhists, for their part, have employed divination in much the way that they have turned to astrology for clues about their karmic accounts, a determining factor in their lives that would be otherwise maddeningly opaque to all but the enlightened.

    In Tibet, various forms of divination persist both within and alongside the Buddhist and Bon religions. Excavated divination texts from Dunhuang and from other Silk Road sites furnish us with traces of the dynamic processes by which Buddhism absorbed various divination techniques practiced in 8th to 10th centuries. This lecture will introduce an early form of Tibetan dice divination involving intimate exchanges with gods and with goddesses (sman), and will consider how Buddhism variously transformed, absorbed, and transmitted such divination practices up to the present day.

    Brandon Dotson is an associate professor of Buddhist Studies at Georgetown University. He did his graduate training at Oxford University (2007), and has worked and taught at Oxford, the School of Oriental and African Studies, and Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich. His most recent books are Kingship, Ritual, and Narrative in Tibet and the Surrounding Cultural Area (edited volume, 2015) and Codicology, Paleography, and Orthography of Early Tibetan Documents (co-authored with Agnieszka Helman-Wazny, 2016).

    Event Contact: buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu, 510.643.5104

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    Phillip E. Bloom: “Born in the Latter Days of the Dharma: Ecology and Eternity in a Song-Dynasty Buddhist Monastery” posted date:2017-11-29


    What are the spatial and temporal environments of a Chinese Buddhist monastery? What place does nature hold therein? To answer these questions, this talk will examine Shizhuanshan (Dazu County, Chongqing Municipality), a hilltop sanctuary in southwestern China constructed by a wealthy layman in the late eleventh century. It will argue that at Shizhuanshan, architecture, image, and text work together to transform the natural environment itself into a site for the eternal performance of Buddhist ritual.


    Phillip E. Bloom is the Director of the Center for East Asian Garden Studies and the Curator of the Chinese Garden at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA.

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    Chinese Buddhism Lectures
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    Altar Modern: Buddhist-inspired Artists and Visual Practices in Contemporary China posted date:2017-09-21
    Time:2018.01.19 17:30 ~ 19:00
    Location:Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: BGLT

    Altar Modern looks at contemporary representations of Buddhism in the visual arts in China. Drawing from a large body of previously unexamined paintings, drawings, photographs and installations, it maps the history of Buddhist visual practices onto a larger trans-regional history of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and North America between 1997 and 2017. It analyses works by artists from across different generations and locations as they reflect both literally and metaphorically on fundamental themes of Chinese Buddhist iconography and ritual, including the relationship between merit making and image making, the use of calligraphy and writing as religious practice, ideas of image consecration, relics, and the ritual use of objects, as sites invoking a "reworking of the imaginary" for contemporary artists.

    Francesca Tarocco is Associate Professor of Buddhist Studies and Chinese Religious Studies at Ca' Foscari University of Venice. She is also Visiting Associate Professor of Buddhist Cultures at NYU Shanghai and Co-Founder and Director of the Shanghai Studies Society.

    Organiser: SOAS Centre of Buddhist Studies

    Contact email: vt6@soas.ac.uk
    Related Link:https://www.soas.ac.uk/buddhiststudies/events/holectureseries/19jan2018-altar-modern-buddhist-inspired-artists-and-visual-practices-in-contemporary-china-.html

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    Oliver Freiberger: "Lines in Water? On Drawing Buddhism's Boundaries in Ancient India" posted date:2017-09-21
    Time:2018.05.24 17:30 ~ 19:00



    This talk explores the ways in which religious agents – and modern scholars – distinguish religions. Illustrated by examples from ancient India, it will problematize the popular notion of blurred boundaries and suggest a multilayered approach for analyzing religious boundary-making. The paper argues that scholars should be prepared to find, even within one religious community, numerous and possibly conflicting ways of drawing a boundary between “us” and “them.”


    Dr. Oliver Freiberger is associate professor of Asian Studies and Religious Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Trained in Indology and Religious Studies, he received his Ph.D. from Göttingen University, Germany. His first book explored the meaning of the sangha (monastic community) in the doctrinal sections of the Pali canon. His second book was a micro-comparative study of ascetic discourses in ancient Indian and early Christian texts. He also co-authored an introductory handbook of Buddhism, (co-)edited several volumes and is the author of numerous articles and chapters on Indian Buddhism, asceticism, and method and theory in the study of religion. Currently he works on a book about the comparative method.

    Buddhist Art

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    Rupert Gethin: "On Death and Rebirth, and What Happens in Between: Two Buddhist Accounts of Why it Matters" posted date:2017-09-21
    Time:2018.05.17 17:30 ~ 19:00



    Ancient Indian Buddhist thinkers for the most part took it as given that death was followed by rebirth, but they disagreed on whether death was followed immediately by rebirth or by an in between state (antarābhava). The lecture will consider two accounts of death and rebirth, both from the fourth to fifth centuries CE but representing the traditions of two different schools: (1) the account found in Vasubandhu’s Abhidharmakośa, which presents the traditions of the Sarvāstivāda school and advocates an in between state, and (2) the account found in the Pali commentaries of the Theravāda school, which advocates immediate rebirth. Both accounts argue that the authority of Buddhist scriptures and reason are on their side. But what other considerations might inform their different positions?


    Rupert Gethin is Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol and President of the Pali Text Society. His books include Sayings of the Buddha: A Selection of Suttas from the Pali Nikāyas (2008), The Foundations of Buddhism (1998), and The Buddhist Path to Awakening (1992). He has a particular interest in early Indian Buddhist literature and Indian Buddhist systematic accounts of the mind and meditation. He is currently working on a book provisionally titled 'Mapping the Buddha’s Mind: a study of Indian Buddhist systematic thought in the Abhidharma of the Theravāda, Sarvāstivāda, and Yogācāra traditions’.

    Evans-Wentz Lecture

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    Tim H. Barrett: "A Possible Buddhist Influence on Chinese Political Thought" posted date:2017-09-21
    Time:2018.05.03 18:00 ~ 19:30



    Much work has been done in recent decades on the way in which Chinese rulers made use of Buddhism to bolster their power, but in fact some Buddhist ideas concerning kingship found in South Asian materials were quite negative. China was in imperial times an autocracy in which such negativity towards kingship generally did not flourish. But if we look carefully, is there really no trace at all of these Buddhist ideas entering the Chinese tradition of political thought? This lecture will suggest that at one point one subversive suggestion may have slipped in, and may indeed have exerted a hidden but not inconsequential influence.


    Tim H. Barrett is Emeritus Professor of East Asian History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He studied Chinese at Cambridge and Buddhist Studies at Yale, and spent much of his career publishing on the history of the religious traditions of East Asia, primarily with regard to China"

    Shinnyo-en Visiting Professor Lecture

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    Rev. Shojun Ogi: "Re-Focusing Buddhism in Modern Japanese Society: New Dimensions in Contemporary Japanese Buddhism" posted date:2017-09-21
    Time:2018.03.08 17:30 ~ 19:00



    Historically, especially after World War II, Japanese Buddhist temples became focused mainly on conducting funeral rituals, various commemorative memorials, the selling of talismans, and conducting prayer rituals in the name of good fortune, happiness and safety. This led Japanese society, including both Buddhist priests and public at large to come to believe that Buddhism was only relevant regarding death or wishes.

    However, recognizing the declining position of Buddhism in contemporary Japan, some Buddhist priests have begun creating and implementing a variety of new activities and ideas in their attempts to revitalize the teaching of Buddha to deal with contemporary needs in modern society.


    Rev. Shojun Ogi

    Born in 1982, Ogi is the vice resident priest of Choshoji Temple which belongs to the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha sect in Yamaguchi, Japan. He earned a BA from Ryukoku University and an MA from Graduate Theological Union/Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, CA. In 2011 he completed a one-year Residential Fellow Program at the Harvard Divinity School. He has given many lectures on Buddhism at temples, universities, and seminars through his non-sectarian Buddhist promotional activities and developed a unique introduction to the Buddha’s teachings via the mass media on national television and radio programs in Japan. In addition, he has written and translated many articles and books on Buddhism for the contemporary world.

    Distinguished Buddhist Practitioner Lecture Series

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    Barbara Rossetti Ambros: "On Talking Terms with Mihotokesama: Material and Bodily Practices of a Jōdo Shin Healer" posted date:2017-09-21
    Time:2018.03.01 17:30 ~ 19:00



    The life story of Takumi Toyoko (b. 1929) illustrates the material and corporeal practices of popular Jōdo Shin in the Hokuriku region. At the intersection between a secret Jōdo Shin confraternity and a healer with an open clientele, Takumi and her devotees challenge stereotypical notions of Jōdo Shin as being opposed to magic and folk traditions. Rather than emphasizing scriptural authority, Takumi communicates directly with the Buddha Amida and wields her own body as a vehicle of salvation. Yet Amida is not Takumi’s only source of divine wisdom. She also communicates with a variety of Buddhist divinities, Shintō kami, ancestors, and animal spirits and manipulates icons and other material objects to effect healing for her clients. Based on ethnographic fieldwork and Takumi’s autobiography, this paper argues that Takumi’s embodied and affective practices defy hegemonic constructions of a Jōdo Shin identity.


    Barbara Rossetti Ambros is a professor in East Asian Religions in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research on Japanese Religions has focused on issues in gender studies; human-animal relationships; place and space; and pilgrimage. She is the author of Women in Japanese Religions (New York University Press, 2015), Bones of Contention: Animals and Religion in Contemporary Japan (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2012), and Emplacing a Pilgrimage: The Early Modern Ōyama Cult and Regional Religion (Harvard University Asia Center, 2008). She has been serving as co-chair of the Animals and Religion Group of the American Academy of Religions since 2014. Previously, she served as the co-chair of the Japanese Religions Group at the American Academy of Religions from 2008 to 2014 and as the President for the Study of Japanese Religions from 2008 to 2011. She holds a PhD in East Asian Civilization and Languages from Harvard University (2002), an MA in Regional Studies East Asia from Harvard University (1995), and an MA in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University (1993).

    Japanese Buddhism Lectures

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    Heather Blair: "What Counts? Buddhism, Picturebooks, and Japanese Culture" posted date:2017-09-21
    Time:2018.02.22 17:30 ~ 19:00



    Jokes about hell, fake sutras that, though specious, exert miraculous effects, and stories about a bodhisattva who is as well loved for his failures as for his assistance. These and other playful engagements with Buddhist ideas and imagery pervade picturebooks from Japan’s secular mainstream. But do they count as Buddhist? Focusing on picturebooks published for children from the 1960s to the present, this talk asks what it might mean to be culturally—without necessarily being confessionally—Buddhist. It presents an argument that picturebooks foment a doublemindedness among both children and adults, thereby opening up a space for ironic engagement with religious ideas and imagery. As one way of simultaneously doing and not doing religion, this ironic mode suits the current Japanese context, where social belonging matters deeply but believing is not a priority, and where knowledge of religious figures and devotional practices contributes substantially to social competency and cultural literacy. Especially in light of recent academic work that has called attention to the attenuation of mainstream Buddhist institutions and traditional practices in Japan, consideration of the kind of diffuse, unmarked religiosity seen in picturebooks compels us to think carefully about what counts for the study of Buddhism—and how we account for it.


    Heather Blair is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University. A Japan specialist, she focuses primarily on lay religiosity and intersections between visual culture and religion, both in the Heian period and modern-to-contemporary times. Her publications include Real and Imagined: The Peak of Gold in Heian Japan (2015) and articles in venues such as Monumenta Nipponica, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, and Japanese Journal of Religious Studies. She is currently working on a monograph with the provisional title The Gods Make You Giggle: Finding Religion in Japanese Picturebooks.

    Japanese Buddhism Lectures

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    Oxford: Two doctoral studentships in the Study of Religion posted date:2017-11-01





    The Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford, intends to offer two three-year studentships, covering University tuition and College fees at the Home/EU or Overseas rate, as well as providing a maintenance grant (up to £14,990 in the first year, and increased by inflation for each year thereafter) to doctoral students intending to write a dissertation on a topic falling within the study of the Abrahamic Religions, the study of Buddhism, the study of Hinduism, the study of Islam, the study of Judaism or the study of religions. The successful candidates will be graduate students in the subject group of the Study of Religions in the Faculty of Theology and Religion (http://www.theology.ox.ac.uk/home) and Lady Margaret Hall (http://www.lmh.ox.ac.uk/) where they will be Scholars of the College with the attendant privileges, including offer of single accommodation in the College’s Graduate Centre for three years (charged at the usual rates).

    The Study of Religions subject group covers a wide range of approaches to the Abrahamic religions, Jewish studies, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam (from historical and textual, to philosophical and theological, to sociological and ethnographic). There is also a strong interest in the social scientific study of religion– sociological, anthropological, and psychological – each with an important body of empirical studies and accompanying theories. Teaching in the subject group draws on all these strands and has a strong interest both in the diversity of religious practices worldwide and in the history of their study. Subject co-ordinator is Professor Anna Sapir Abulafia, Professor of the Study of the Abrahamic Religions, and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall.

    The successful candidates will have an excellent Master’s degree in Theology or in the Study of Religion or other Field which includes studies germane to the advertised studentship, or will have completed all the elements of such a degree by September 2018. They will be expected to have made an application for doctoral study in the Oxford Faculty of Theology and Religion and Lady Margaret Hall by Friday, 19 January 2018 and to have met the usual criteria for acceptance.

    Candidates should list Lady Margaret Hall as their preferred college when applying.

    The successful candidates will be eligible for such conference grants as are open to other doctoral students in the Faculty of Theology and Religion. They will be subject to such procedures for transfer and confirmation of status as are prescribed in the regulations, and the award will be terminated if doctoral status is suspended for any reason. The award is not renewable after three years of full-time doctoral study.

    Applicants for the award should write to graduate.enquiries@theology.ox.ac.uk by Friday, 19 January 2018. They should supply a one-page CV/resumé, including details of their educational experience (including full information about all courses taken at Master’s level and the title of any dissertation or thesis undertaken in that context), and a supporting statement of approximately 500 words describing their intended research project and explaining how their research falls within the area covered by this studentship. The awarding committee will assess applications also on the basis of the materials submitted for the doctoral application to the Faculty, which need not be submitted twice; candidates should ask their three referees, however, to refer directly to their suitability for this studentship in the references they write in support of the doctoral application.


    JC Westerhoff

    Lady Margaret Hall

    University of Oxford

    Norham Gardens

    Oxford OX2 6QA

    United Kingdom


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    Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials posted date:2018-01-15
    Location:Jodo Shinshu Center<br>&nbsp;    2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley/<br>&nbsp;    Ryūkoku University<br>&nbsp;    Kyoto 

    Sponsors: Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University.

    For more information on participation and registration, please visit the Center for Japanese Studies events page.

    Sponsors: Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University

    The Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, together with Ōtani University and Ryūkoku University in Kyoto announce a workshop under the supervision of Mark Blum that will focus on critically examining premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin sect of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read religious text in postwar Japan. 2018 will be the second year in this five-year project that meets twice each year: we will meet in Berkeley from March 2 to 4 and in Kyoto at Ryūkoku University from June 22 to 24. Organized around close readings of the most influential materials produced in early modern, modern, and postmodern Japan, the workshop aims at producing a critical, annotated translation detailing the salient ways in which this text has been both inspirational and controversial, as well as a series of essays analyzing a wide spectrum of voices in Japanese scholarship and preaching that have spoken on this work. For the early modern or Edo period, the commentaries by Enchi (1662), Jukoku (1740), Jinrei (1808), and Ryōshō (1841) will be examined. For the modern period, works by Andō Shūichi (1909), Chikazumi Jōkan (1930), and Soga Ryōjin (1947) will be the major concern. And for the postwar/postmodern period, due to the sheer volume of publications (over 300 titles), reading choices will be selected at a later date in consultation with participants.

    Format: The language of instruction will be primarily English with only minimal Japanese spoken as needed, and while the texts will be in primarily in Classical Japanese and Modern Japanese, with some outside materials in kanbun and English. Participants will be expected to prepare the assigned readings, and on occasion make relevant presentations in English about content.

    Dates: Exact dates will vary from year to year based on academic calendars, but for 2018 the meeting hosted by U.C. Berkeley will take place from the 2nd to the 4th of March at the Jōdo Shinshū Center in Berkeley, and in Kyoto the seminar will be hosted by Ryūkoku University from the 22nd to the 24th of June.

    Cost: There is no participation fee, but in recognition of the distance some will have to travel to attend, a limited number of travel fellowships will be provided to qualified graduate students, based on preparedness, need, and commitment to the project.

    Participation Requirements: Although any qualified applicant will be welcome to register, graduate students will be particularly welcome and the only recipients of financial assistance in the form of travel fellowships. Affiliation with one of the three hosting universities is not required. We welcome the participation of graduate students outside of Japan with some reading ability in Modern and Classical Japanese and familiarity with Buddhist thought and culture as well as native-speaking Japanese graduate students with a scholarly interest in Buddhism. Although we welcome students attending both meetings each year, participation in only one is acceptable.

    Application Procedure: Applications must be sent for each year that one wants to participate. To apply to register for either or both of the workshops for 2018, send C.V. and short letter explaining your qualifications, motivations, and objectives to Kumi Hadler at cjs@berkeley.edu by the end of January, 2018. Applications are by email only, and application deadlines will remain as end-January in subsequent years as well. Requests for a travel fellowship money should be included in this letter with specifics of where you will be traveling from and if you plan to attend one or both meetings that year. Questions about the content of the workshop may be sent to Professor Blum at mblum@berkeley.edu.

    Event Contact: cjs-events@berkeley.edu, 510-642-3415
    Related Link:http://buddhiststudies.berkeley.edu/events/

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    Conceptuality and Nonconceptuality in Buddhist Philosophy workshop posted date:2018-01-12
    Location:Toll Room, Alumni House

    Supported by a generous gift from the Mind and Life Institute. https://www.mindandlife.org/

    Paper presenters:
    Dan Arnold (University of Chicago)
    Christian Coseru (College of Charleston)
    John Dunne (University of Wisconsin)
    Jay Garfield (Smith College)
    Sonam Kachru (University of Virginia)
    Birgit Kellner (Austrian Academy of Sciences)
    Ching Keng (National Chengchi University, Taiwan)
    Catherine Prueitt (George Mason University)
    Robert Sharf (UC Berkeley)
    Mark Siderits (Illinois State University)
    Evan Thompson (University of British Columbia)
    Roy Tzohar (Tel Aviv University)

    Bronwyn Finnigan (Australian National University)
    Susanna Siegel (Harvard University)
    Koji Tanaka (Australian National University)

    Download the abstracts here

    Event Contact: buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu, 510.643.5104
    Related Link:http://buddhiststudies.berkeley.edu/events/

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