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Announcement> Royal Asiatic Society Call for Book Proposals posted date:2018-03-01
Time:Refer in links for deadline

The Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland invites the submission of book proposals on subjects related to the cultures, history, languages and religions of Asia. The Society supports the publication of 4 to 5 books a year in collaboration with a variety of publishers which include Routledge, University of Edinburgh Press, National University of Singapore Press, University of Hong Kong Press, Cambridge University Press, India and the Gingko Library. Recent publications include Anglo-Indians and Minority Politics in South Asia: Race, Boundary Making and Communal Nationalism, U. E. Charlton-Stevens, Routledge (2017), Women in Mongol Iran: The Khatuns, 1206-1335, Bruno De Nicola, Edinburgh University Press with the RAS (2017), Southeast Asia in Ruins, Art and Empire in the Early 19th Century, Sarah Tiffin, National University of Singapore Press with the RAS (2016). Please see http://royalasiaticsociety.org/publications/ for guidelines on the submission of proposals.
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/1424351/royal-asiatic-society-call-book-proposals

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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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Conference> Call for Applications: International Program of Lecture Series, Conference/Forum, and Fieldwork on Buddhism and East Asian Cultures posted date:2018-03-23
Location:Mount Wutai, Shanxi, China

International Program of Lecture Series, Conference/Forum, and Fieldwork on Buddhism and East Asian Cultures

July 3-12, 2018, Mount Wutai, Shanxi, China

The Wutai International Institute of Buddhism and East Asian Cultures (WII), Research Center for Buddhist Texts and Arts (RCBTA) at Peking University, Institute for Ethics and Religions Studies (IERS) at Tsinghua University, Center for East Asian Religions at the University of Zhejiang (ZU-CEAR), and the Buddhist Studies Forum at the University of British Columbia (UBC-BSF) in Vancouver, Canada cordially invite applications for a 10-day (July 3-12, 2018) program of lecture series, conference/forum, and fieldwork on Buddhism and East Asian Cultures at Great Sage Monastery of Bamboo Grove (Dasheng Zhulin si 大聖竹林寺), Mount Wutai 五臺山, Shanxi, China.

I. Venue: Great Sage Monastery of Bamboo Grove.

II. Schedule——July 3-12, 2018:

July 3, 2018: Registration, Opening Ceremony;
July 4-5, 2018: international conference;
July 6, 2018: Lecture Series, Young Scholars’ Forum (Panel 1);
July 7-9, 2018: Seminar Series (1-3);
July 10, 2018: Young Scholars’ Forum (Panels 2-5);
July 11, 2018: Tour of famed religious sites in Shanxi;
July 12, 2018: Leaving.

III. Four-part Lecture Series:

The program organizers have invited three international scholars to conduct a three-part lecture series related to Buddhism and East Asian Culture, with each part composed of three consecutive 120-minute lectures with a general theme (over three days). These three speakers and their lecture themes are:

Jinhua Chen 陳金華 (University of British Columbia 加拿大英屬哥倫比亞大學): Identity & Network as a Paradigm for the Study of East Asian Buddhism 身份認同與網絡構建作為研究東亞佛教的範式;
Bernard Faure 佛雷 (Columbia University 美國哥倫比亞大學): Two Great Traditions of East Asian Buddhism: Chan/Zen and Esoteric Buddhism 東亞佛教之雙峰並峙: 禪宗與密教;
Seishi Karashima 辛島靜志 (Soka University 日本創價大學): Mahāsāṃghikas and Mahāyāna 大衆部與大乘.

This three-part lecture series will be accompanied by Five Lectures by Five China-based Scholars on Buddhism and East Asian cultures.

IV. Four Additional Projects: In addition to this four-part intensive lecture series, this program also sponsors the following four projects:

An International Conference on Identity & Network, titled “Identity and Networks in Buddhism and East Asian Religions,” to be held at the Great Sage Monastery of Bamboo Grove between July 3-5, 2018 (conference information announced at http://frogbear.org/call-for-papers-identity-and-networks-in-buddhism-and-east-asian-religions/).
An International Young Scholars Forum on Buddhism and East Asian Cultures (July 6 and 10 at the Great Sage Monastery of Bamboo Grove). 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 孙英剛, and Prof. Jinhua Chen 陳金華, respectively.
Taste of the Dharma: a series of 1-2 hour sessions providing monastic experiences, including seated meditation, tea-ceremony and other temple rituals.
Occasional Visits to Renowned Local Historical Sites (especially Buddhist and other religious temples and shines) on the Wutai range, and in other sites in Shanxi as well (July 11).

V. Applications: Participants are required to take part in all of the activities supported by this program, including the four-part lecture series, the regular conference and the Young Scholar Forum (paper presentations are optional, but attendance is required), field trips on the Wutai range, monastic experience session, etc. Senior undergraduate students and 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 April 30, 2018. Each application should include (1) an application form (to be provided upon request via the above email), (2) an updated curriculum vitae, (3) one writing sample, and (4) a reference letter (to be emailed by the referee directly to the above email address).

VI. Program Expenses: Successful candidates will be exempted from all tuition fees. Program organizers will also provide free boarding (lodging and meals) in China during the program period, although participants are expected to cover the costs for the transportation between their home cities and Mount Wutai; and an administration fee of 1,000RMB≈US$150.

Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/1566177/call-applications-international-program-lecture-series

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Buddhist Inscriptions and Petroglyphs of the Upper Indus Transit Zone in Northern Pakistan posted date:2018-03-23
Time:2018.05.05 10:00~13:00
Location:Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: S211

Prof. Jason Neelis (Wilfrid Laurier University)

In this seminar, participants will examine selected Kharoṣṭhī and Brāhmī inscriptions and samples of Buddhist petroglyphs of stūpas, Buddha and Bodhisattva figures, and jātaka illustrations from Shatial and other sites along the Karakorum Highway in Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces. A preliminary report on the initial season of fieldwork in April 2018 for a project on “Upper Indus Petroglyphs and Inscriptions in Northern Pakistan” will highlight efforts to apply advances in imaging methods, including photogrammetry, RTI, and 3D scanning and modeling.

Jason Neelis, Associate Professor, Religion and Culture Department, Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada), is currently visiting Vienna University as a Numata Buddhist Studies Chair. In Early Buddhist Transmission and Trade Networks (Brill 2011) and in other publications, he seeks to understand patterns of early Buddhist transmission in historical, economic and material contexts with an emphasis on issues related to processes of cross-cultural mobility and exchange. He coordinated a project on Buddhist rebirth narratives in literary and visual cultures of Gandhara with support from a collaborative research grant from the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation for Buddhist Studies and is co-editing avadānas in 1st century CE Gāndhārī manuscripts of the British Library collection with Timothy Lenz. He directs a recently initiated project on Upper Indus Petroglyphs and Inscriptions in Northern Pakistan: A partnership for cultural heritage preservation and promotion, funded by a Partnership Development Grant from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Organiser: SOAS Centre of Buddhist Studies
Related Link:https://www.soas.ac.uk/buddhiststudies/events/buddhistforum/05may2018-buddhist-inscriptions-and-petroglyphs-of-the-upper-indus-transit-zone-in-northern-pakistan.html

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Creating the World of Chan/ Sŏn /Zen: Chinese Chan Buddhism and its Spread throughout East Asia posted date:2018-03-12
Location:The University of Arizona

Sponsors: American Council of Learned Societies (Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation)

Fo Guang University

Chung Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies

Sheng Yen Educational Foundation

Hosted by Department of East Asian Studies & Center for Buddhist Studies

March 28 (Wednesday)

5:00–8:00 (Poetry Center)

Center for Buddhist Studies Inaugural Ceremony

Khyentse Foundation Lecture # 1, Master Guangquan (Lingyin Monastery, Hangzhou):

“Telling the Story of Chinese Buddhism: Promoting exchange and mutual learning among civilizations”

March 29 (Thursday)

9:00-11:15 (Old Main, Silver & Sage)

Session # 1: Foundations of Chan/Sŏn/Zen Buddhism: Geographical, Intellectual & Theoretical Considerations

Shūdō Ishii (Professor Emeritus of Komazawa University), “An Intellectual History of Kōan: An Initial Study”
John Jorgensen (LaTrobe University), “The Spread of Buddhism as Glimpsed Through the Lens of Language”
Master Guangquan (Lingyin Monastery, Hangzhou), “On the spread of Buddhism in the Southern Song Dynasty: Focusing on Hangzhou”
Albert Welter (University of Arizona), “Repositioning Chan/ Sŏn/ Zen Buddhist Studies: The Hangzhou Region and the Spread of East Asian Buddhism”
12:15–3:00 (Old Main, Silver & Sage)

Session # 2: Song Dynasty Chan and its Influences

Guodong Feng (Zhejiang University), “Buddhist Immigration in Song Dynasty”
George Keyworth (University of Saskatchewan), “The Lute, Lyric Poetry, and Literary Arts in Chinese Chan and Japanese Zen Buddhism”
Jason Protas (Brown University), “Challenges to Conceptions of Song Dynasty Wenzi Chan”
Yi-hsun Huang (Fo Guang University), “Chan Isn’t Just Meditation: The Role of Zhizheng zhuan 智證傳 in Chan Buddhism”
Gaoxing Qiu (China Jiliang University), “Relationship between Dahui Zonggao and monks & layman from the perspective of social network”
3:15–5:00 (Old Main, Silver & Sage)

Session # 3: Chinese Chan Dynamics

Jiang Wu (University of Arizona), “Performing Authenticity: Li Zhi 李贄 (1527-1602), Chan Buddhism, and the Rise of Textual Spirituality”
Chen-kuo Lin (National Chengchi University), “How a Chan Buddhist copes with the method of hetū-vidyā? – A case study of Miyun Yuanwu (1566-1642) in the debate on the Thesis on No-Motion of Things”
Ken Hollaway (Florida Atlantic University), “Searching for Zen Roots: from Guodian to Vimalakirti”

March 30 (Friday)

9:00–12:30 (Old Main, Silver & Sage)

Session # 4: Transmissions to Korea & Japan and Beyond

Morten Schlütter (University of Iowa), “The Transmission of the Platform Sūtra to Korea and Japan”
Juhn Ahn (University of Michigan), “The Origins of the Public Chan or Sŏn Monastery in Korea: The Monk Tamjin and his Impact on Sŏn Buddhism”
Steven Heine (Florida International University), “Yuanwu Keqin’s Chinese Chan Influence on the Formation of Early Japanese Zen”
Steffen Döll (Hamburg University), “A Single Golden Dragon up my Sleeve: Chinese Emigrant Masters in Japan, 1246–1317”
Sungwook Kim (Columbia University), “From Center to Peripheries: Encounter Between Sŏn Buddhism and Popular Religions in Late Chosŏn Korea”
Kirill Solonin (Renmin University), “Hongzhou Chan in the Tangut texts”
1:30–4:00 (Old Main, Silver & Sage)

Session # 5: Modern Transformations of Chan/Sŏn/Zen

Eric Goodell (Fo Guang University), “Taixu’s History of the Chan Tradition”
Jimmy Yu (Florida State University), “The Use of the Huatou as the Fulfilment of Doctrine”
Jin Y. Park (American University), “Rethinking T’oeong Sŏngch’ŏl’s Vision of Sŏn Buddhism and its Relation to Chinese Chan Buddhism”
Bernard Senécal (Sogang University), “The Struggle of Chogyejong to Define its Identity as a Meditative School in Contemporary Korea”
James Mark Shields (Bucknell University), “Chan Influence on Japanese Buddhist Progressives of Late Meiji”
6:00-7:30 (Poetry Center):

Khyentse Foundation Lecture # 2, Robert E. Buswell, Jr. (University of California, Los Angeles –– UCLA)

“Is Zen “Enlightenment” Sudden or Gradual?: Insights from the Korean Buddhist Tradition”

For questions or further information, please contact Dr. Jiang Wu (Director, Center for Buddhist Studies; jiangwu@email.arizona.edu) or Dr. Albert Welter (Head, Department of East Asian Studies, and conference orgainizer; awelter@email.arizona.edu).

Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/1502560/creating-world-chan-s%C5%8Fn-zen-chinese-chan-buddhism-and-its-spread

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11th biennial conference of the International Society for Media, Religion, and Culture (ISMRC) posted date:2018-02-07
Time:2018.08.08 ~ 2018.08.11
Location:Village Center Dining and Community Commons University of Colorado Boulder 3300 Baseline Road Boulder, Colorado 80303

The Center for Media, Religion and Culture and the College of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado Boulder will host the 11th biennial conference of the International Society for Media, Religion, and Culture (ISMRC), which will explore the relationship between media, religion and public scholarship. This conference will be held August 8-11, 2018 and will bring together international scholars from various disciplines including media studies, journalism, politics, religious studies, the anthropology and sociology of religion, history, the study of literature and public policy. The conference, since its first meeting in 1996, has become the leading international gathering for the discussion of research in religion, media and culture. We invite proposals for panels, workshops and/or roundtable sessions as well as for individual papers. The Call for Papers can be found here . https://www.colorado.edu/ismrc/sites/default/files/attached-files/cfp_ismrc_2018-4.pdf

Following the success of the first doctoral student pre-conference at the 2016 ISMRC conference in Seoul, we will also host a workshop for PhD students on Tuesday, August 7. Participants register for this during conference registration. Details about this workshop, along with the Call for Papers, can be found here. https://www.colorado.edu/ismrc/conferences/conference-media-religion-and-public-scholarship/call-papers-doctoral-colloquium-pre

Additional details about the conference, including conference registration, can be found here. https://www.colorado.edu/ismrc/conferences/conference-media-religion-and-public-scholarship
Related Link:https://www.colorado.edu/cmrc/events/upcoming-conference-august-2018

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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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Call for Papers> International Conference From the Silk to the Book Road(s) posted date:2018-03-23
Location:Berkeley, California, USA

International Conference From the Silk to the Book Road(s): Networks of Commerce, Artifacts, and Books Between Central and East Asia

September 21-23, 2018; Berkeley, California, USA

Call for papers deadline April 15, 2018.

The Buddhist Studies Forum at the University of British Columbia, with the assistance of the Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, cordially invites proposals for an international conference on “From the Silk to the Book Road(s): Networks of Commerce, Artifacts, and Books Between Central and East Asia” to be held between September 21-23, 2018, in Berkeley, California. The conference is made possible with generous support from the Sixth Patriarch Temple based in Guangzhou, China.

Silk may be the most famous commodity once traded across numerous land and sea routes that linked China to the west, but the trade of Buddhist—and other religious—texts, books, images, and ritual implements from India, Central Asia, and East Asia is much better documented in premodern sources, and the flow of exchange was multidirectional. As early as the eighth-century through the late nineteenth, there is tantalizing evidence of a book road—or trade—between eastern Chinese ports and Nagasaki, Japan. This conference explores the trans-cultural, multi-ethnic, and cross-regional networks of the exchange of commerce, texts, books, rituals, and objects along the Silk Road(s) that connected China to points south and west, and back again across the East and South China Seas with Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia.

Topics for this conference include, but are not limited to:

Studies of manuscripts, printed texts, and/or epigraphy preserved along the Silk Road(s) in Chinese, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Khotanese, Tangut, and so forth, with special consideration of textual production and/or preservation;
Studies of Buddhist or religious literature (printed texts, manuscripts, and/or epigraphy), rituals, performances, and sacred spaces tied to networks of exchange in Central and East Asia;
Various patterns of interactions between different religious traditions and the narratives of the Silk and Book Road(s);
Studies of the exchange and/or production of particular manuscripts or printed books (codicology) in Central and East Asia;
Presence of and interactions between different Buddhist traditions (Chan, Tiantai, Pure-land, Vinaya, Esotericism, Tibetan Buddhism, etc.) along the Silk and/or Book Road(s);
Political and military uses of commerce, texts, books, rituals, and objects exchanged along the Silk and/or Book Road(s);
Studies of narratives connected to or engendered by singular or multiple sites along the Silk or Book Road(s);
Premodern and modern uses of the Silk and Book Road(s) to construct multiple religious, cultural, or different identities;
Studies of imagination and perceptions of the Silk and/or Book Road(s) in South, Central, and East Asian countries and regions beyond China;
Sites along the Silk and/or Book Road(s) as models for other sacred sites (including sacred mountains, temples, and shrines) mentioned in scriptures or religious literature “cloned” in elsewhere in Asia (Korea, Japan, Vietnam, and Central Asia);
Narratives of networks of exchange along the Silk and Book Road(s) not in religious literature.

The organizing committee welcomes paper proposals related to any aspect(s) of the multidisciplinary, inter-cultural, and cross-regional networks of exchange across the Silk and Book Road(s). All conference-related costs, including, local transportation, meals and accommodation during the conference period, will be covered by the conference organizers, who—depending on availability of funding—may also provide a travel subsidy to selected panelists who are in need of funding. Interested scholars are invited to email proposals and CVs to FrogBear.Project@ubc.ca by April 15, 2018.

A conference volume will collect all the papers in English, plus the English translations of several papers written in non-English languages; a Chinese volume, to be published in China, will include the Chinese versions for all non-Chinese papers in addition to those papers contributed by our colleagues based in China. Only scholars who are confident in finishing their draft papers by the end of August and publishable papers by the end of 2018 are encouraged to apply.

Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/1566180/cfp-international-conference-silk-book-roads

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Call for Papers> "The good in 'bad Buddhism': beyond ancient wisdom for contemporary woes" @ ASA2018 in Oxford posted date:2018-03-23
Location:The University of Oxford

The annual conference for The Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth, ASA2018, will take place at The University of Oxford, 18-21st September 2018. Call for papers deadline closes 20 APRIL, 23:59 GMT.


Panel convenors: Hannah Gould (The University of Melbourne) and Melyn McKay (Oxford University).

This panel asks how historical imaginings of Buddhism intersect with contemporary ethnographic experience. We invite scholars working in all regions to consider how their engagement with Buddhism's consumerism, violence, or politics creates opportunities for re-thinking the anthropology of religion.


From global peace icons like the Dalai Lama, to discourses of anti-materialism and medical studies of the benefits of meditation, Buddhism has garnered a reputation in global popular culture as a 'good' religion. Often, this shining image is couched in an imagining of Buddhism as an "ancient salve" for modern times, free from the degenerate violence, politics, and consumerism of contemporary (often Western) society. Inside academia, work on canonical texts similarly fixes 'true' Buddhism in a long-passed era and diminishes the centrality of transformations in understanding and practice.

For anthropologists, who are methodologically primed to resist reproducing orthodoxy, contemporary Buddhism thus presents a challenge. Some scholars explore divergences as sites of separation between faith and social processes; others, who assert the lived nature of contemporary religion, find themselves writing ethnographies of 'bad Buddhists' and 'bad Buddhism'.

This panel explores how historical imaginings of Buddhism intersect with contemporary ethnographic experience. We invite scholars working in all geographical regions to take points of disconnection between Buddhism's imagining, materiality and sociality as opportunities for re-thinking the anthropology of religion. Particularly, we ask them to consider how their work's engagement with Buddhism's consumerism, violence, or political engagement relates to a 'thing called Buddhism' in both academia and popular culture. How might we view these phenomena as a part of Buddhism, rather than responses to social pressures cloaked in religious symbolism, for efficacy, influence, and popular acceptance? Does speaking of multiple 'Buddhisms' help us? Or can a re-imagined anthropology offer an escape from 'bad Buddhism'?

To propose a paper, please visit the ASA2018 website: https://nomadit.co.uk/asa/asa2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/6863
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/1574139/cfp-good-bad-buddhism-beyond-ancient-wisdom-contemporary-woes

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Call for Papers> From Chang’an to Nālandā: The Life and Legacy of the Chinese Buddhist monk Xuanzang (c. 602-664) posted date:2018-03-23
Location:Xi’an, China

An International Conference: From Chang’an to Nālandā: The Life and Legacy of the Chinese Buddhist monk Xuanzang (c. 602-664)

August 17-19, 2018; Xi’an, China

The Chinese Guiyuan Society of Promoting the Xuanzang culture (中國歸元玄奘文化促進會), assisted by the Jintai Cultural Academy in Shannxi 陝西金臺書院, the UBC Buddhist Studies Forum, and the Research Institute of Xuanzang 玄奘研究院 at the Northwest University 西北大學 in China, cordially invites proposals for an international conference on “From Chang’an to Nālandā: The Life and Legacy of the Chinese Buddhist monk Xuanzang (c. 602-664)” (從長安到那爛陀:玄奘其人及其遺產) to be held between August 17-19, 2018, in Xi’an, China. This conference, exclusively devoted to the different aspects of the eventful life and far-reaching legacy of this complex monk and man, will be the first in a series of conferences on Xuanzang and East Asian Culture to be sponsored by the newly established Chinese Guiyuan Society of Promoting the Xuanzang culture.

Xuanzang 玄奘 (c. 602-664) was neither the first Chinese Buddhist monk to complete the perilous journey across central Asia to India and back to Chang’an to leave a detailed record of his travels (Bianji’s 辯機 Da Tang xiyu ji 大唐西域記, T no. 2087), maybe nor has he been considered the most influential translator of Sanskrit—or Indic language—Buddhist texts into Chinese (roughly 1330 rolls), nor was he even the first Chinese monastic to delve into complicated and voluminous Indian commentaries. But Xuanzang is undeniably the most famous Chinese pilgrim who traveled to Central and South Asia in search of sacred scriptures, translator of Buddhist scriptures into Chinese, and—especially in Japan—he is considered to be the founder of a separate tradition of East Asian Yogācāra exegesis (Hossō 法相宗). He is credited with translating the largest book in the Chinese Buddhist canon, Mahāprajñāpāramitā-sūtra (Da bore boluomiduo jing 大般若波羅蜜多經 in 600 rolls), numerous arcane Indian commentaries, developing a “new” system of translating Sanskrit into Chinese, and, long before the publication of Wu Cheng’en’s 吳承恩 (1501-1582) legendary Journey to the West (Xiyouji 西遊記), Xuanzang became the most famous Chinese Buddhist monk. The impact of Xuanzang upon East Asia requires attention from both Buddhist and non-Buddhist perspectives, within China and beyond.

Approximately thirty scholars, from mainland China and abroad, have already committed to join this conference. We would now like to enlist ten additional scholars to join us in Xi’an. The organizing committee welcomes paper proposals on any aspect of Xuanzang’s complicated life, legacy, and impact, including but not limited to:

Xuanzang: Biographical and Hagiographical Study
Xuanzang and Yogācāra Buddhism
Xuanzang and the Guiyuan Temple
Xuanzang and Tang Politics
Xuanzang and Buddhist Arts
Xuanzang and Buddhist Translation
Xuanzang and East Asian Literature
Xuanzang in the Context of Sino-Indian Cultural Communication
Xuanzang’s Impact on East Asian Buddhism
Xuanzang and the Silk Road

In addition to covering all conference-related costs during the conference period, including meals and accommodation, a travel subsidy may also be provided to each of the selected panelists on the basis of need. Interested individuals should email their proposals, along with copies of their updated CV, to FrogBear.Project@ubc.ca by April 20, 2018.

A conference volume, to be published in Europe or North America, will collect all the papers in English, plus the English translations of several papers written in non-English languages; a Chinese volume, to be published in China, will include the Chinese versions for all non-Chinese papers in addition to those papers contributed by our colleagues based in China. Only scholars who are confident in finishing their draft papers by the end of July and publishable papers by the end of November, 2018 are encouraged to apply.
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/1577883/call-papers-chang%E2%80%99-n%C4%81land%C4%81-life-and-legacy-chinese-buddhist-monk

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CFP> Identity and Networks in Buddhism and East Asian Religions posted date:2018-03-16
Location:Mount Wutai, Shanxi province, China

International Conference on “Identity and Networks in Buddhism and East Asian Religions”

Mount Wutai, Shanxi province, China; July 3-5, 2018

Call for Papers. Due April 15, 2018

The Wutai International Institute of Buddhism and East Asian Cultures (WII), Research Center for Buddhist Texts and Arts (RCBTA) at Peking University, Institute for Ethics and Religions Studies (IERS) at Tsinghua University, Center for East Asian Religions at the University of Zhejiang (ZU-CEAR), and the Buddhist Studies Forum at the University of British Columbia (UBC-BSF) in Vancouver, Canada, cordially invite proposals for an international conference on “Identity and Networks in Buddhism and East Asian Religions” (佛教與東亞宗教中的身份認同與網絡構建) to be held on July 3-5, 2018, at Great Sage Monastery of the Bamboo Grove (Dasheng Zhulin si 大聖竹林寺), on Mount Wutai 五臺山, Shanxi province, China.

Given a perceived philosophical denial of any permanent, unchanging self-consciousness or self-nature in the Buddhist religion, it may seem paradoxical to talk about identity and networks in the history of Buddhism. Many Mahāyāna treatises even seem to establish that everything is illusory. Yet these doctrinal or philosophical ideas are the product of soteriological or religious, rather than scientific or historiographical, discourse. Buddhist teachings about impermanence need to be juxtaposed with studies of the seemingly stable interconnected world in which people have and continue to live.

In medieval East Asia, lay people, monastics, and their patrons constructed rich networks to produce new identities that shaped religious teachings, doctrines, rituals, produced new texts and compendia of texts, and caused people to interact with one another in new and distinct places within novel groups. The construction of identities and interweaving of identities across multiple networks produced connections that transformed not only the religions of Buddhism and Daoism, but also the social, economic, and political spheres. This conference, with a central theme of “Identity and Networks in Buddhism and East Asian Religions,” aims to foster fruitful discussion on the topics of “Identity and Networks" from multiple perspectives. Interested participants are expected to formulate their discussion in accordance with, but not be limited by, the following sub-topics:

1. Scriptures and the transmission of Buddhism/Daoism 經典與傳播;
2. Buddhist/Daoist precepts and practices 戒律與實踐;
3. Pilgrimage and cross-regional exchange 朝聖與跨域;
4. Spaces, images, and rituals 空間、圖像與儀式;
5. Ethnicity, state, and religious identities 民族 、國家與宗教身份.
Interested scholars are invited to email proposals and CVs to FrogBear.Project@ubc.ca by April 15, 2018. All conference-related costs, including, local transportation, meals and accommodation during the conference period, will be covered by the conference organizers, who—depending on the availability of funding—may also provide a travel subsidy to selected panelists who are in need of funding.

Our goal is to bring 15-20 international scholars to the conference, who will be joined by an equal number of eminent Chinese researchers. Following precedent established during the last three Mount Wutai conferences, this conference will generate two conference proceedings: one in English and another in Chinese. The English volume will collect all the papers in English, plus English translations of outstanding papers written in non-English languages; the Chinese volume, to be published in China, will include Chinese translations of all papers not written in Chinese, in addition to those papers contributed by our colleagues in China. Only scholars who are confident they can finish their draft papers by the middle of June and produce publishable papers by the end of 2018 are encouraged to apply.

This conference is planned as part of our annual Intensive Program of Lectures Series, Conference/Forum, and Fieldwork on Buddhism and East Asian Cultures. Interested graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are welcomed to apply for the whole Summer Program (details to be announced). The intensive program is a component of an international and interdisciplinary program on Buddhism and East Asian religions (From the Ground Up) sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) (www.frogbear.org).
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CFP> "Tibetan Monastery Collections and Museums: Traditional Practices and Contemporary Issues" posted date:2018-03-16
Location:SOAS University of London

An international workshop on "Tibetan Monastery Collections and Museums: Traditional Practices and Contemporary Issues" will take place from 8th–10th November 2018 at SOAS, University of London.

Potential participants are invited to submit an abstract (max. 300 words) by 31 May 2018 to Chiara Bellini: cb97@soas.ac.uk. Please include your name, title, affiliation, e-mail address, and the title of the panel to which you would like to contribute. Applicants will be notified by 15 June 2018.

Tibetan Monastery Collections and Museums: Traditional Practices and Contemporary Issues

8th–10th November 2018, SOAS University of London

Tibetan monasteries are known as repositories of a wide range of ancient objects. Some of these have found their way to the West, while others still serve their original purpose as part of a monastery’s collection. Originally a considerable part of these collections was an integral part of the furnishing of the monastery and its temples, and thus accessible to the visitor. Today, many monasteries have added museum spaces to their premises. While the original impetus for such spaces appears to be rooted in an attempt to accommodate the needs of tourists, the aims and contents of these vary greatly. These spaces are an expression of a modern transformation, the impact of which on the collections is the main focus of this workshop.

This workshop, thus, addresses the usage, management and display of institutional collections of Tibetan artifacts both in situ and in the West. Its main aim is to reflect on traditional practices and contemporary solutions for dealing with collections in monasteries across the Himalayas with the goal of identifying best practice. The workshop is part of an AHRC-funded research project–‘Tibetan Buddhist Monastery Collections Today’—which directly collaborates with monasteries in Ladakh and Mustang to document, assess and support the management of their collections. Representatives of these institutions will participate in the workshop.

The workshop will be organised into the following panels:

Monastery Collections

This panel will analyse the management, usage and display of collections in monasteries both historically and in the present day. It will reflect on the role collections of portable artifacts play within a monastic context, as well as examine traditional attitudes towards the preservation and conservation of such collections. Participants will also be asked to share their vision for the future of such collections.

Monastery and Museum
The addition of museum spaces to monasteries provokes questions about the status of such spaces and their effects on the collection. What is the historic precedence for such spaces? Is there a difference between the objects in the temple and those in the museum? Does the museum transform the experience of the monastery? Can we also observe a degree of museumisation of the temple?

Collection Records
Both monasteries and museums maintain records of their collections, but they differ considerably in their nature, purpose and accessibility. This panel will assess these differences and will reflect on how the respective systems may learn from each other. It also assesses how the adoption of current standards for such records by monasteries may affect the management and accessibility of their collections in future.

Curating Collections
Any collection requires curation, but how are monastery collections curated and are these traditional methods adequate today? Further, there is no traditional precedence for curating museum spaces. Here, recent trends in the curation of Tibetan collections in Western museums provide a considerable range of options. Can these practices be transferred to a monastery museum context or do these sites have particular requirements?
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CFP > The Aesthetics of Religious Belonging: Asian Perspectives posted date:2018-03-12
Location:University of Copenhagen

The Center for Contemporary Buddhist Studies (CCBS) at the University of Copenhagen is organizing a workshop on "The Aesthetics of Religious Belonging: Asian Perspectives" on June 26th, 2018. This workshop seeks to gather researchers who are engaging in research on aesthetics, affect, embodiment and sensory experiences in relation to religion and belonging in Asian contexts. Rather than a call for papers, we are looking for scholars who would like to participate in an engaged discussion on this topic in a more nuanced and informal setting. Instead of papers and presentations, we ask participants to read a selection of texts beforehand in order to maximize collaborative and exploratory discussion on the aesthetics of religious belonging.

Researchers who gather information on religions frequently find difficulty articulating affective dimensions of their findings - that is, giving voice to the feelings evoked via connections forged between people and objects, and the impact of aesthetic choices made by those who construct the ideas, sensorial output, and activities that comprise religion's quotidian existence. Attention to the aesthetic draws us closer to compelling responses to perennial questions that hover over religions research, namely why do people commit themselves to demanding forms of religious self-sacrifice; how can we connect the specific nature of religions' material aspects to the ideas, practices, and social conventions its adherents perpetuate; and how do religious aesthetics affect those who do not ‘belong’? While work in religious studies has come to embrace the ‘affective turn’, research on Asian religions is only now turning in this direction. Put simply, we need to do a better job explaining how Asian religions look and feel, and why aesthetics and affect matter to the traditions we study.

This workshop offers a chance for researchers of religion in Asia, particularly those who regularly carry out ethnography, to strategize on ways we may delve more deeply into the aesthetics of topics we research and how we may better speak and write about our aesthetics-related ethnographic data.

In order to facilitate the planning of the workshop, we ask that you send us an intent to participate, including a short bio and a description of the work you have done that is related to the topic of the workshop, no later than May 1st. With the wish to keep the workshop small in order to better facilitate collaborative discussion, seats are limited. Unfortunately, CCBS does not have additional funding to cover the cost of transportation, lodging, meals, etc.

For more information, please contact:

Elizabeth Williams-Øerberg, University of Copenhagen elizabeth.oerberg@hum.ku.dk

Levi McLaughlin, North Carolina State University lmclaug2@ncsu.edu
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UK Association for Buddhist Studies Annual Conference 2018 posted date:2018-02-12
Time:2018.06.21 ~ 2018.06.22

UK Association for Buddhist Studies Annual Conference
21–22 June 2018
University of Bristol

Call for Papers

We invite proposals for papers for the UK Association for Buddhist Studies Annual Conference, which will take place at the University of Bristol, 21–22 June 2018. The theme of the conference will be ‘Buddhism and Material Culture’. We welcome proposals for papers addressing any aspect of this topic relating to Buddhism ancient or modern, in Asia or the West.

Presenters will be allocated forty minutes for their paper and fifteen minutes for discussion, and will normally be expected to pay their own conference registration and expenses. The conference fee, including food but excluding accommodation, is expected to be £75 for UKABS members (£65 for student, retired, monastic and unwaged members) and £100 for non-members. Final registration details will be announced in February 2018.

We also welcome proposals from doctoral research students, who will be allocated twenty minutes for their paper and ten minutes for discussion, and given free registration.

Some financial assistance may be available to those whose participation depends upon it; please indicate if this is the case when submitting your abstract.

To propose a paper, please send a title and abstract of no more than 500 words to ukabs-conference@bristol.ac.uk by Friday, 9 February 2018.

Rupert Gethin
Professor of Buddhist Studies

University of Bristol
Department of Religion and Theology
3 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB, UK
Email: Rupert.Gethin@bristol.ac.uk
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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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Rebirth Narratives in Buddhist Literature, Images, and Landscapes of the Northwestern Borderlands posted date:2018-03-23
Time:2018.05.03 17:30~19:00
Location:Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: S209

Prof. Jason Neelis (Wilfrid Laurier University)


This lecture will offer an interpretation of the results of interdisciplinary collaborative research on Gandhāran rebirth narratives in Buddhist literary and visual cultures. While jātaka images are not generally considered to have been as important as Śākyamuni Buddha’s hagiography in Gandhāran narrative art, a comprehensive global survey conducted between 2015-2017 (under the supervision of David Jongeward) resulted in identifications of around 170 images of at least 15 jātakas. The repertoire is dominated by over 120 images of the so-called Dīpaṅkara Jātaka episode of the encounter of the previous Buddha Dīpaṅkara with a Bodhisattva (Megha, Sumati, or Sumedha in literary sources) who vowed to attain Buddhahood in a future birth. Localization of the Bodhisattva’s meeting with Dīpaṅkara in Nagarāhāra (around modern Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan) as attested in accounts of Chinese visitors between the fifth and seventh centuries CE reflects the narrative’s regional importance. In addition to reassessing why this narrative is so prominently depicted in Gandhāran Buddhist art as a prelude to hagiographical events of Śākyamuni’s present birth, I will also address the significance of the Viśvantara Jātaka in Gandhāra. This narrative of Śākyamuni’s penultimate previous birth (in the Pāli jātaka collection) is depicted in multiple images, localized at shrines visited by Chinese pilgrims, and briefly summarized in a series of pūrvayogas in the British Library collection of Gāndhārī manuscripts (edited by Timothy Lenz, 2003). The narrative framework of the Dīpaṅkara and Viśvantara stories will be related to depictions and localizations of the Śyāma and Ṛśyaśrṛṅga jātakas in Gandhāran art and landscapes. Comparisons with versions of rebirth narratives in early manuscripts from Gandhāra and Merv and in anthologies within the Mahāvastu and Divyāvadāna suggest diverse patterns of selective emphasis and elaboration in visual and literary media in the northwestern borderlands.


Jason Neelis, Associate Professor, Religion and Culture Department, Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada), is currently visiting Vienna University as a Numata Buddhist Studies Chair. In Early Buddhist Transmission and Trade Networks (Brill 2011) and in other publications, he seeks to understand patterns of early Buddhist transmission in historical, economic and material contexts with an emphasis on issues related to processes of cross-cultural mobility and exchange. He coordinated a project on Buddhist rebirth narratives in literary and visual cultures of Gandhara with support from a collaborative research grant from the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation for Buddhist Studies and is co-editing avadānas in 1st century CE Gāndhārī manuscripts of the British Library collection with Timothy Lenz. He directs a recently initiated project on Upper Indus Petroglyphs and Inscriptions in Northern Pakistan: A partnership for cultural heritage preservation and promotion, funded by a Partnership Development Grant from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Organiser: SOAS Centre of Buddhist Studies

Related Link:https://www.soas.ac.uk/buddhiststudies/events/buddhistforum/03may2018-rebirth-narratives-in-buddhist-literature-images-and-landscapes-of-the-northwestern-border.html

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Lecture> Gathering to read the Triṃsikā-vijñapti-mātratā, by Koitsu Yokoyama posted date:2018-03-20
Location: The Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley (2140 Durant Ave)

The eminent scholar of Yogâcāra, Koitsu Yokoyama, well give a series of lectures (in Japanese) on the Triṃsikā at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley (2140 Durant Ave), from March 26-30. For details, please call the Center at 510-809-1460, or email to cbe@bcahq.org.

The posters are here: English Japanese.



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Imprints of the protective goddess Mahāpratisarā across Asia and her role in Java posted date:2018-03-19
Time:2018.04.26 18:00~19:00
Location:Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, The Sackler Research Forum, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

By Prof. Marijke Klokke (Leiden University)

Open to all, free admission, advanced booking required. See link below.


Marijke Klokke is professor by special appointment of South and Southeast Asian Art and Material Culture at Leiden University. After studying Indian and Iranian Languages and Cultures in Leiden, with a major in the early history and art history of India and Indonesia, and minors in Old Javanese and Indonesian, she received her PhD from Leiden University in 1990. She worked as assistant curator in the Oriental Department of Leiden University Library and as curator at the Leiden Museum of Ethnology and she has been teaching at Leiden University since 1991. She has published on the Hindu and Buddhist art of Indonesia, in particular that of Java. At present her focus is on the art and architecture of Central Java that flourished in the eighth and ninth centuries.

During that period, Mahayana Buddhism played a major role in intercultural exchange throughout Asia. Inscriptions and material culture demonstrate that Central Java was centrally involved in this cultural contact. Thus, Borobudur, one of the best-known monuments of Central Java, forms a visual compilation of Buddhist texts and ideas that were circulating across Asia among the elite of that time. Less-known pieces of art provide equally fascinating stories of cultural exchange and local adaptation, as the lecture will show. It focuses on images of Mahapratisara, a protective Buddhist goddess, who is the deification of a protective spell. It presents her travel, in text and image, via the northern Silk Roads over land to China, and via the southern maritime routes to Indonesia and the Philippines. It highlights images from Central Java that give us a rare glimpse into the concerns of women in those days.

The lecture will be followed by a reception in the Front Hall.
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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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Workshop> Burmese Nissaya Reading Workshop with Willian Pruitt, University of Toronto posted date:2018-03-23
Location:Jackman Humanities Building 170, St. George Street, Room JHB 318

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto presents

Nissaya Reading Workshop

with William Pruitt, University of Toronto, May 4-6, 2018
Department for the Study of Religion
Jackman Humanities Building 170, St. George Street, Room JHB 318

Composed in a range of Southeast Asian literary idioms, nissayas comment on works in Pali, ranging from simple word-by-word glosses to elaborate commentarial and sub-commentarial disquisitions. These linguistically hybrid texts have been used as reference works and pedagogical tools for centuries and have shaped both the transmission of Buddhism and the development of languages and their literatures throughout the region. Knowing how to read nissayas is key to understanding Southeast Asian Buddhism and literary culture. Burma has produced a particularly rich literature, alive and growing right up to the present date.

William Pruitt, author of Étude linguistique de nissaya birmans (Presses de l'École franc̜aise d' Extrême-Orient, 1994) and a leading expert in the field, will be walking workshop participants through excerpts of a Burmese nissaya on the Milindapañha (“The Questions of King Milinda”), a Pali text from northwestern South Asia, that has enjoyed a special status in Burma. Sections of a printed version of the text, manuscript reproductions, and a transcription of select passages will be shared with the participants to enable them to navigate the text and to translate passages into English. Participants, who should bring with them some knowledge of Pali and/or Burmese, will meet for a total of eleven hours distributed over three days. The workshop will be framed by an introductory lecture to the genre from Dr. Pruitt and by a concluding report on an ongoing Burmese manuscript digitization and archiving project.

Two small bursaries of Canadian $500 each are available for students travelling from outside Toronto.

Organizers: Christoph Emmrich and Anthony Scott

For registration, a detailed programme, reading materials, travel grant application, and for general inquiries, please contact Anthony Scott at anthony.scott@utoronto.ca.
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/1581673/burmese-nissaya-reading-workshop-willian-pruitt-university

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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
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Summer Program> Accredited Classical Tibetan Summer Intensive Program in California posted date:2018-03-20
Location:Rangjung Yeshe Gomde

The Dharmachakra School of Translation, in affiliation with the Rangjung Yeshe Institute at Kathmandu University, is pleased to announce that enrollment is now open for our Summer 2018 Intermediate Classical Tibetan Program, running from June 10th - August 10th.

Located at Rangjung Yeshe Gomde in the idyllic mountains of Northern California, our residential program offers intensive training in Classical Tibetan for students with one year or more of Tibetan language study. Our program is internationally accredited as a 2nd-year Tibetan course through the Rangjung Yeshe Institute at Kathmandu University. Students in the course will be introduced to diverse genres of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist literature composed in Tibetan, while reinforcing and deepening their understanding of Classical Tibetan grammar.

The Dharmachakra School of Translation was founded in 2011, and has attracted students from Yale, Harvard, UC Berkeley, Emory, the University of Chicago, and Kathmandu University, as well a numerous unaffiliated students of the Tibetan language.

For more information and to apply, please visit our website, or contact us at gomdedtc@gmail.com

Best wishes,

Ryan Damron
Director, Dharmachakra School of Translation

Doctoral Candidate
Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies
University of California, Berkeley
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Program> Site Visits to East Asia: Opportunities in China and Korea Summer 2018 posted date:2018-03-02
Location:Various religious sites in East Asia

The project "From the Ground Up: Buddhism and East Asian Religions" (also known as: FROGBEAR) is accepting applications to participate in our research clusters' site visits to various religious sites in East Asia. There is no tuition cost to attend, however participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements. Please visit the website, and direct any questions to frogbear.project@ubc.ca.

Cluster 1.1 From Oral to Digital

Cluster Leaders: Yinggang Sun, Jinhua Chen

Site(s): Jinci Temple晋祠 in Shanxi province: With a Focus on the Stone Scripture of the 80-fascicle Huayan jing 八十卷本華嚴經

Dates: July 20-25, 2018

Language of Instruction: Reading knowledge of classical Chinse is necessary. Some English instruction will be provided. Otherwise, all instruction will be in Chinese.

Summary: The stone scriptures at Yunju monastery 雲居寺 (or Fangshan 房山石經) are justifiably famous, and well-studied, particularly by scholars in China. Most scholars are far less aware of the stone scriptures of the 80 fascicle Huayan jing carved in 699 at the Jinci. Not only are these scriptures material evidence of the tremendous role the sole female emperor of China, Wu Zetian 武則天 (r. 690-705), played in supporting Buddhism, but they also speak to the special place of the new translation of the Avataṃsaka Sūtra by Śikṣānanda 実叉難陀 (652-710). This cluster workshop will investigate the Huayan jing at Jinci from the perspective of the adoption of new media: the transition from manuscripts to early printing. When print took hold amid a strong and enduring culture of manuscripts, this is not unlike our current adoption of blogs, WeChat, and other social media outlets, which are replacing online platforms and newspapers. To address this comparative media approach, the group will study the Jinci Huayan jing stone scriptures alongside digital copies of manuscripts and later printed editions of the Huayan jing to examine the role of authority in establishing and disseminating knowledge through various media. Philological matters concerning different recensions of the text will also be addressed.

Sites of fieldwork for this cluster include various locations important for the production of East Asian religious sources of different media, including Beilin Museum碑林博物館, religious epitaphs around the Wutai area, and religious materials on different media stored at the Jinci Temple 晋祠 in Taiyuan. But the principal focus will be on the 80-fascicle Huayan jing carved on the stone pillars preserved at Jinci. Participants will work closely with scholars, museum curators, and field visit supervisors.

This cluster project examines ways in which we still need to investigate early examples of the transition from manuscript to print and the development of a range of technologies and reading techniques in premodern Asia may inform our understanding of the current global transition from print to digital media. We will focus on transformations in the culture of writing and reading in East Asia as a “distant mirror” (in the words of the European medievalist Barbara Tuchman) to reflect on current developments in the digital humanities and our changing relationships to texts.

Jinci Temple晋祠 is an essential site where we can address the transition from manuscript to print culture at a special moment and place in medieval China.

Student participants will be trained to take photos of the stone epitaphs, to prepare rubbings of the stone texts, to read the stone inscriptions using different methodologies, and to compare epigraphic sources with relevant sources presented through other media, especially in manuscript and print. Physical details will be registered of the stones documented, ideally with an eye to their original placement at the site.

Costs for participants are estimated at $550 CAD (in addition to airfare).

Cluster 2.1 Authenticity and Authority

Cluster Leader: Jinhua Jia

Site: Dongzhen Temple 東鎮廟 in Weifang City 濰坊市, Shandong Province, China

Dates: May 18-23, 2018

Language of Instruction: English and Chinese


After the first field visit in 2017, the cluster has decided to focus its field visits on traditional state sacrifice to major sacred mountains and waters, which was systematized as Wuyue五嶽 (Five Marchmounts), Wuzhen 五鎮 (Five Stronholds), Sihai 四海 (Four Seas), and Sidu四瀆 (Four Waterways). In 2018, we will investigate the religious site of Dongzhen Temple (Temple of Eastern Stronghold) in Weifang City of Shandong. The temple was first built in the Song dynasty and preserves about 100 steles from the Yuan-Ming-Qing period. This is one of the two only remaining temples of the traditional state sacrifice to the mountains of Five Strongholds. We will also visit Mount Yi 沂山 (Mount Dongzhen or Eastern Stronghold) and other nearby religious sites, as local people still worship the spirit of the mountain today.

Like the cluster’s first field visit in 2017, the 2018 field visit seeks to respond the question of how have concerns with identifying “major religious traditions” and “genuine” authors affected perceptions of authority and canonicity and to provide a unique opportunity to address when, where, and who has defined authoritative and authentic religions in China.

The visit comprises three steps. The first step is a half-day workshop, in which experienced and local experts will introduce the religious-historical context and current condition of the site, as well as the method and purpose of the visit. The second step is to visit Dongzhen Temple, Mount Yi, and other nearby religious sites. Investigations of the visits include the architectural styles of the sites, the legacy of state sacrifices to the mountain, stele inscriptions on sites, and current local religious beliefs and activities related to the temple. The third step is an initial processing of the collected data.

The general schedule is to do field visit in the morning, and to input the collected data in the afternoon.

Costs are estimated at 250 RMB/day for lodging and meals. Group transportation will be provided during the visit.

Cluster 2.2 “Secondary” Producers, “Primary” Roles

Cluster Leader: George Keyworth

Site(s): Haeinsa 海印寺, Tongdosa 通度寺, Pulguksa 佛國寺 (and Sŏkkuram 石窟庵), Hwaŏmsa 華嚴寺, and Songgwangsa 松廣寺. Archival or museum field work: National Museum of Korea, Dongguk University Central Library, and Horim Museum.

Dates: July 11-21, 2018

Languages of Instruction: English-language instruction with guest lectures / presentations in Korean, with English translation.


Cluster 2.2 will accomplish two separate but related research goals in Korea in July 2018. First, we will continue to address two research questions for cluster 2.2: what roles did editors, scribes, translators, and readers play in canon-making of Buddhist literature in Chinese, and how did non-religious factors shape this process? We will, therefore, identify, catalog, and examine where “secondary” production took place and which individuals, groups, or institutions played prominent roles in re-shaping the canon(s). Researchers and students will take field trips to several Buddhist monasteries in South Korea—Haeinsa 海印寺, Tongdosa 通度寺, and Pulguksa 佛國寺—that have played seminal roles in propagating the printed Buddhist canon(s) in classical Chinese in East Asia (1st and 2nd Korean canons, a.k.a. “Tripiṭaka Koreana” 高麗大藏經, ca. 10th-14th centuries). Yet Koreans continued to produce manuscript editions of religious literature and privately printed documents, which have received very little attention outside Korea. Working with Korean colleagues especially at Dongguk University, we will also visit several museums and archives (National Museum of Korea, Dongguk University Central Library, and Leeum Museum) with precious, but severely understudied, examples of manuscripts and extra- or non-canonical printed works to investigate the role(s) Koreans played in producing and reproducing texts that circulated on the continent and in Japan. Special consideration will be given to the first printed Korean canon and extant copies from Korean canons in Japan (e.g., the Kitano Tenmangū shrine 北野天満宮 in Kyoto).

The second research goal will address aspects of clusters 2.5 and 1.1 to investigate the preservation of the 60- and 80-roll translations of the Buddhāvataṃsaka-sūtra 華嚴經 (Kor. Hwaŏmgyŏng, T nos. 278-279). Cluster 1.1 is inspecting the 80-roll translation by Śikṣānanda carved in stone in 699 at Jinci 晉祠 in China. We will investigate the rock-cut Hwaŏmgyŏng at Hwaŏmsa 華嚴寺, which legend holds date back to the founding of the monastery by Ŭisang 義湘 (625-702) in 677 (probably 725). The stones were traditionally stored in the Kakhwangjŏn 國皇殿, but they were severely damaged during the invasions by Toyotomi Hideyoshi 秀吉豊臣 (1592-1598). There is a transformation tableau of Śikṣānanda’s 80-roll Hwaŏmgyŏng at Songgwangsa 松廣寺, which shows how this seminal translation influenced Buddhists in Korea. Comparative analysis of these editions with manuscript editions from the Shōsōin 正倉院 in Japan demonstrates that alternative editions of the Buddhāvataṃsaka-sūtra may have been used in Korea and Japan, and shows that considerable attention needs to be given to the preservation and continued use of scriptures outside China. A conference in China with cluster 1.1 will present some of this new research.

Costs are estimated at $2000 per participant (in addition to airfare).

Cluster 3.2 Historical Reality through the Reflections between Image and Text: Northern Dynasties Buddhism and Beyond

Cluster Leader: Kai Sheng

Site(s): Ye Cheng(邺城),Xiangtangshan(响堂山), Xiaonanhai(小南海),Henan province, China

Dates: July 13-19, 2018

Languages of Instruction: Chinese and English


We will explore extant cave sites in Hebei and Henan provinces, where stone scriptures were carved in premodern Chinese history. We will focus on stone Buddhist sūtras, images, and inscriptions from the Northern Dynasties period (ca. 386-534) at Xiangtangshan 響堂山, Xiao Nanhai 小南海, and Xiangquan monastery 香泉寺 in the Yecheng 鄴城 area. The workshop will compare stone scriptures and other epigraphical evidence with Dunhuang documents from the Northern Dynasties that have recently received special attention within and outside China. Participants in this cluster will, therefore, engage in comparative research looking at manuscript and inscriptions of early Buddhist literature in northern China. Some significant manuscripts and epitaphs will be documented and subjected to scrutiny, both on site and after the field visits.

This composite research project carefully examines Buddhist history, thought, faith, institutions, state support, and social activities during the Northern Dynasties period. The primary focus of our research concerns material evidence of the Dilun 地論 (Shidi jinglun 十地經論, T no. 1522, 6th century translation of the Daśabhūmi-vyākhyāna-śāstra) during the Northern Dynasties period. Collated Dilun documents from many sources and media show complicated and nuanced relationships between documents and images, as well as how to creatively reconstruct certain important aspects of East Asian religious

Costs are estimated at $400 per participant (in addition to airfare).
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/1453364/site-visits-east-asia-opportunities-china-and-korea-summer-2018

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Program> Summer Language Intensives and Year-long Postbaccalaureate Program posted date:2018-03-02

Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages in Berkeley is pleased to announce two programs for 2018-2019.

Summer Language Intensive

From June 25 - August 17, we will offer our seventh annual summer language intensives in classical Tibetan and classical Sanskrit. These 8-week programs are intended to prepare students to enter an intermediate level (2nd year graduate-level) course in the language of their choice. They meet four days a week and require a full-time commitment. Classes are small, with ample opportunity for personalized instruction.

Post-Baccalaureate Program in Buddhist Languages and Translation Studies

The year-long Postbaccalaureate Program is designed for students who are planning to go on to graduate school in Buddhist studies or related fields. It emphasizes language study. A student who completes the program will have the equivalent of two years of graduate-level study in either classical Sanskrit or classical Tibetan. The program also will also offer training in Buddhist Studies and Translation Methods and a Postbaccalaureate Seminar, helping to prepare students for a successful academic career.

The program starts with the Summer Language Intensive, followed by a two semester program that runs from late August through early May.

The syllabus for the Post-Baccalaureate Program was designed by Luis Gómez, who was MRC’s Academic Director until his passing last year, in consultation with our Board of Advisors.

The deadline for applications is May 4, 2018. Partial tuition waivers may be available.

Interested applicants can learn more on the MRC website or contact programs@mangalamresearch.org.

Jack Petranker, Director
Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/1455389/summer-language-intensives-and-year-long-postbaccalaureate

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