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[Conference] 15th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women posted date:2017-03-01
Time:2017.06.22 - 2017.06.28
Location:The University of Hong Kong

15th Sakyadhita International Conference Theme

The conference theme, “Contemporary Buddhist Women: Contemplation, Cultural Exchang e & Social Action,” highlights the diversity of contemporary Buddhist women throughout the world.

Buddhism is a significant cultural force in our world, influencing virtually every sphere of human activity from business to popular music. This global spread of Buddhist ethics, iconography, meditation, and philosophy is having an impact on science, psychology, government, and the arts. Today, women have more pathways to self-enrichment than at any time in recorded history. Whether the choice is career, family, or monastery, women are expanding beyond traditional roles in creative and beneficial ways. Women also take different paths and approaches to spirituality. Depending on their cultural backgrounds and personal interests, they may be inclined to meditation, scholarship, social activism, or the arts. The 2017 conference theme is broad enough to encompass the many aspects of what Buddhism means to women and to embrace the range of Buddhist women's experiences.

"Contemplation" includes personal introspection, mindfulness practice, meditation, and reflection on contemporary life issues.
"Cultural exchange" incorporates interreligious dialogue, indigenous Buddhist experience, inter-generational dialogue, and Buddhist transcultural exchange, expressed through music, literature, drama, painting, social media, and the martial arts.
"Social action" takes many forms, including charitable activities, social entrepreneurship, community leadership, and other ways of transforming society. The 15th Sakyadhita Conference will be a forum for making connections across cultures and traditions, exploring a wide range of Buddhist teachings, values, and techniques for living a meaningful life.

For the further information, please see the link below

Related Link:http://sakyadhita.org/conferences/15th-si-con.html

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[Conference] China through Augustan Eyes: Ethnocentrisms, Anachronisms, and the Problem of a Chinese Imperial Religion posted date:2017-03-01
Time:2017.04.21 14:30 ~ 15:00
Location:Indiana University

13th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought
Date: April 21-22, 2017
Friday, April 21 (in the Hoagy Carmichael Room, Morrison Hall), 14:30
Speaker: Filippo Marsili (Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University)
This paper, by contesting the applicability of the model of Augustan Rome to early imperial China, argues that the creation of a Han identity was not rooted in a shared and unitary conception of “religion.” When the Han replaced the unifiers of China, the short-lived Qin (221 – 206 BCE), the multifarious beliefs and rituals of the ancient Warring States could hardly represent the basis for the construction of a cohesive imperial ideology. Archaeological evidence demonstrates that the Han people did not conceive the extra-human sphere as a consistent whole or as the ultimate source of foundational values. Before the introduction on Buddhism in the first century BCE, Chinese popular rituals addressed deities that were deeply rooted in local folklore, strictly linked to specific environments, and exclusively meaningful to the communities that worshipped them. Through an analysis of Western and Eastern Han “official” and “heterodox” sources, this paper makes the point that it was only in the late 1st century BCE that a “Confucian” conception of imperial sovereignty was established and then anachronistically projected onto the past. This vision represented a reaction to centralizing policies of the Qin and early Han. It was founded on the formalization of two “rituals spheres:” that of li, exclusive to the emperor and elites, based on the “Confucian” classics and aimed at reinforcing social hierarchies and a devolutionary conception of the state; and that of si, which implied direct contact with spirits and ghosts, was practiced at the local level and could represent the source of political disorders.

For the further information, please see the link below
Related Link:http://www.indiana.edu/~mcct/2017_conference.php

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[Conference] Interdependence/Intersectionality posted date:2017-03-01
Time:2017.04.14 15:00 ~ 17:30
Location:Jodo Shinshu Center, 2140 Durant Ave Berkeley, CA 94704 United States

Symposium: Interdependence/Intersectionality
April 14 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
This symposium brings together Buddhist scholars, teachers, and activists to discuss issue of marginalization and oppression related to race, gender, and sexuality both inside and outside American Buddhist communities both historically and at the present. Speakers will discuss such topics as: how did the racialization of Japanese American Buddhists relate to World War II internment? How are Asian and white Buddhist communities in conversation or at odds? How have new Buddhist communities developed or responded to historical or contemporary exclusion related to gender or sexual orientation? How might Buddhists respond to the current US political climate?

Speakers include:
Ann Gleig, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Central Florida
Funie Hsu, Assistant Professor of American Studies, San Jose State University
Natalie Quli, Research Fellow, Institute of Buddhist Studies
Harry Bridge, Resident Minister, Buddhist Church of Oakland

More information is forthcoming.
Related Link:http://www.shin-ibs.edu/event/symposium-interdependenceintersectionality/

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[Conference] From the Caoxi Creek to Mogao Cave: Interdisciplinary Studies of Chan Buddhism and the Dunhuang Cache from Multiple Sources and Perspectives posted date:2017-02-22
Time:2018.01.13 ~ 2018.03.15
Location:DILA, Taiwan

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 participation in this 3-day (January 13-15, 2018) conference at DILA, Taiwan.
This is the first of a series of conferences and workshops to be held at DILA on the textual, doctrinal, ritual, historical, sociopolitical, and multi-cultural history of Chan Buddhism.
Interested scholars are invited to email proposals and cvs to FrogBear.Project@ubc.ca by April 15, 2017.

For the further information, please see the link below
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/167991/conference-caoxi-creek-mogao-cave-%E5%BE%9E%E6%9B%B9%E6%BA%AA%E5%88%B0%E6%95%A6%E7%85%8C-interdisciplinary-studies

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[Conference] Diversity in the Dharma: Buddhist Women Engage Race and Exclusionary Politics in America posted date:2017-02-08
Time:2017.04.01 08:00 ~ 16:30
Location:University of the West 1409 N. Walnut Grove Avenue Rosemead, CA 91770

Speakers: Myokei Caine-Barrett, Shonin, Pamela Ayo Yetunde
Join lay and monastic dharma practitioners from diverse communities to explore how the politics of race and exclusion can be understood and addressed through a lens of the Buddha's teachings. Learn how several dharma communities are turning exclusion into inclusion. Formulate an Action Plan for yourself or for your community toward a broader outreach inspired and undergirded by a deeper practice.
San Francisco Zen Center
Against the Stream, Los Angeles, CA
East Bay Meditation Center, Oakland, CA
Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Funie Hsu

Early Registration (ended January 15)
Laypersons $30 | Monastics/Students/Unemployed $10
Regular Registration January 16 - March 24
Laypersons $40 | Monastics/Students/Unemployed $20
Late Registration (after March 24) or at the door
Laypersons $50, Monastics/Students/Unemployed $20
Lay and Monastic Scholarships
Request an application, email susa@sakyadhitausa.org

For the further information, please see the link below

Related Link:http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07edgyk5tta92e7bb8&llr=w4vqasdab

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[Conference] Tathāgatagarbha-Related Materials in North China, 6th-7th Centuries posted date:2017-02-08
Location:Ho Center for Buddhist Studies 450 Serra Mall, Bldg 70, Room 71E Stanford

Hwei Tai Seminar: April 22-23, 2017

speaker: Wendi L. Adamek

In this seminar we examine tathāgatagarbha-related texts used in sites in 6th-7th century North China or written by figures active in that milieu. Selections include passages from the Nirvāṇa-sūtra, the Dasheng qixin lun 大乘起信論 (Treatise on the Awakening of Faith in the Mahāyāna), Jingying Huiyuan’s 淨影慧遠 (523-592) Dasheng yizhang 大乘義章 (Chapters on the Meaning of the Mahāyāna), a mortuary inscription for Huiyuan’s collaborator Huixiu 慧休 (547-646), and others.

Contact Email: tanya@stanford.edu

For the further information, please see the link below
Related Link:https://hcbss.stanford.edu/events/wendi-adamek-tath-gatagarbha-related-materials-north-china-6th-7th-centuries

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[Conference] Buddhism's Future Life - Secular Vision of Buddhism posted date:2017-01-18
Location:Bodhicharya, Kinzigstr. 25-29, 10247 Berlin

Theme:Jenseits des Buddhismus – eine säkulare Vision des Buddhismus
Speaker:Stephen Batchelor
Time:2017.05.27 10:00~18:00
2017.05.28 10:00~14:00
Fee:150,- Euro, erm. 110,- Euro

For the further information, please see the link below

Related Link:http://www.buddhistische-akademie-bb.de/termine_AkademieSpezial.htm#stephen

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[Conference] XVIIIth Congress of the IABS posted date:2015-05-05
Time:AUGUST 20-25, 2017

The XVIIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS) will be held at the University of Toronto, Canada from 20th to 25th August 2017.

This is an academic conference which is held every three or four years. It serves as the premier international forum for scholars of Buddhism to present their research.

On the forthcoming conference official website you will be able to find information about the congress and its academic program, including all dates and deadlines, current proposals for panels and individual papers, registration procedures, travel arrangements, exhibitors and social programs. Relevant news will be published continuously on the website.

We look forward to welcoming you to Toronto as a participant of the XVIIIth IABS Congress in Toronto.

Related Link:http://iabsinfo.net/conferences/

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[Contribution] The Study of Religion in Critical Times posted date:2017-03-22
Time:Deadline: 2017.04.02
Location:University of Cape Town

University of Cape Town, 13-14 July 2017

The academy in Southern Africa undoubtedly faces its most critical period since the fall of apartheid. The next annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Religions (Southern Africa) will address the challenges and opportunities that emerge from these developments with papers and panels at its annual meeting in Cape Town.

We invite you to submit papers on our ongoing conversions on Theory, Method, Religion Education, Christianity, Ethics, and Muslim identities. In 2016, we set our course on rethinking the future of the study of religions from the South. We invite you to continue these conversations with your research and reflections at the meeting.

In addition, we invite you to send creative and critical panel proposals on the intersection between the study of religions, and the critical times in which we live. Panels focusing on critique, on the construction and production of religious knowledge, on ethics, on race and class, and on LGBT identities would be warmly received. Critical and comparative papers would be prioritized.

Please complete the online proposal form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSepgp7TbJzNAfVhzQ0YtyOMy1j86R5kYtua0vqAY5IQK1lEVQ/viewform?c=0&w=1)
All proposals will be reviewed for clarity, coherence and their fit in the conference theme.
Do not exceed the deadline (2 April) as our internal review process needs time.
Please encourage your Phd students and completed Masters students to submit proposals.
Encourage colleagues working in other disciplines to join submit papers.
Please book your travel and accommodation as soon as possible. We will send you some information that we have collected upon registration.

Related Link:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ptPOq2IjP3enEPmvG4uuFUHBekLpaWQfa4R1RFd_nC4/edit#

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[Contribution] Buddhist Studies Graduate Student Conference at FSU posted date:2017-03-15

The Florida State University Department of Religion, in conjunction with the Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies, and the Fifth Annual Sheng Yen Buddhist Studies Lecture Series are pleased to announce the 2017 Buddhist Studies Graduate Student Conference.
Buddhism and Identity: Discourse, Marginality, and Misrepresentation

November 3-5, 2017—Tallahassee Florida

Dr. Meir Shahar of Tel Aviv University will deliver the keynote address as a part of the Sheng Yen Buddhist Studies Lecture Series. The conference will conclude with a second keynote address and a Buddhist Studies roundtable discussion consisting of guest respondents and FSU Buddhist Studies faculty, whose expertise cover Chinese, Tibetan, and Japanese Buddhism.
This conference aims to feature Buddhist Studies as an interdisciplinary field, and actively seeks papers that present a multiplicity of approaches and perspectives that cross departmental lines. Focusing on the theme of “Buddhism and Identity,” we welcome presentations about how Buddhism is represented not only as a religion, but how, as an idea, it is conceived of and understood as a social, cultural entity. Specifically, applicants are encouraged to consider how the study of Buddhism manifests from and exists within the margins in multiple contexts—historical, philosophical, psychological, and sociological—and how marginal groups or individuals construct themselves, or are constructed by the religious majority and scholars, through certain discourses from both pre-modern and modern perspectives.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to: Marginal/Minority Experiences of Buddhism; Buddhism in the Creation and Maintenance of Personal or Group Identity; Buddhism within, or as a Power Structure of Identity Creation; Buddhist Identity and Popular Culture; Academia and Buddhism; The Body as a site of Buddhist Identity; Negotiation No-Self and Personal Identity.
Please send proposals in the form of an abstract of approximately 300 words, a list of key terms, and a one-page CV to Corbin Nall and Greige Lott (cgn15b@my.fsu.edu; gal16f@my.fsu.edu) by August 15, 2017. Final papers must be submitted by October 5, 2017.
For more information, please see the link below

Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/170436/cfpbuddhist-studies-graduate-student-conference-fsu

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[Contribution] The Ganden Phodrang Army and Buddhism posted date:2017-03-15

The Ganden Phodrang Army and Buddhism, International Symposium, Paris
Type: Call for Papers
Date: July 11, 2017 to July 12, 2017
Location: France
Subject Fields: Asian History / Studies, Early Modern History and Period Studies, Contemporary History
The deadline for submitting abstracts on this website is the 30 March 2017.

In the framework of the international symposium “The Ganden Phodrang Army and Buddhism” (11-12 July 2017, Paris), we invite research contributions based on primary sources illustrating the role of the Tibetan Army vis-à-vis different aspects of the Buddhist religion during the historical period of the Ganden Phodrang (1642-1959).

Alice Travers and Federica Venturi (CNRS, CRCAO, Paris)
Contact Email: erctibarmy@gmail.com

The full text of the Call for papers and all relevant information concerning the submission process can be found on the conference website:

Related Link:https://tibarmysymp2017.sciencesconf.org/

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[Contribution] 18th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies posted date:2017-01-25
Time:Deadline: 2017.05.31
Location: Musashino University, Tokyo, Japan

Institute of Buddhist Studies’ faculty and community have long contributed and supported the work of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies (IASBS). IBS hosted the the 17th Biennial IASBS conference, and we are pleased to share the following information about the upcoming 18th Biennial Conference themed “Self-Benefit and Benefit of Others” in Pure Land Buddhism, at Musashino University in Tokyo, June 30 to July 2, 2017. More information is forthcoming; please see contact information below.
Preliminary Announcement
Date: Friday, June 30 – Noon of Sunday, July 2, 2017.
Theme: “Self-Benefit and Benefit of Others” in Pure Land Buddhism
Keynote speaker: Prof. Fumihiko Sueki (Professor Emeritus, Tokyo University and International Research Center of Japanese Studies )
Language: English and Japanese
Full Paper Submission Deadline: May 31, 2017

For the further information, please see the link below
Related Link:http://www.shin-ibs.edu/iasbs-2017-announcement/

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[Contribution] Conference on the Shaolin Temple and Buddhism under the Northern Dynasties, Call for Papers posted date:2017-01-24
Time:Deadline: 2017.07.01

The Shaolin Temple, the Institute for Ethics and Religions Studies of Tsinghua University, the Center for Buddhist Studies of Peking University, the Institute of Buddhist Culture of China, have decided to jointly sponsor a “Conference on the Shaolin Temple and Buddhism under the Northern Dynasties” at the Shaolin Temple on Mount Song, Henan, between July 31 and August 2, 2017.

Interested scholars are encouraged to submit their proposals and C.V. to vicky.baker@ubc.ca by February 28, 2017.
A draft paper is expected by July 1, 2017 and may be written either in English or Chinese, the two working languages for this forum.
Fully completed papers are due by the end of 2017, to be included in the conference proceedings scheduled to appear by the end of 2018.

Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/162193/call-papers-conference-shaolin-temple-and-buddhism-under-northern

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[Contribution] "Critical Perspectives on Corporate Mindfulness" - Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion, Call for papers posted date:2017-01-24
Time:Deadline: 2017.04.01

Ronald Purser and Edwin Ng will be guest editing a special issue for the Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion on the theme “Critical Perspectives on Corporate Mindfulness.”

Deadlines for submissions will be April 1, 2017.
Online pre-publications will appear February 2018, and in print June 2018.

Here is a link to the Call for Papers: http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/bes/rmsr-corporate-mindfulness

Related Link:http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/bes/rmsr-corporate-mindfulness

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[Contribution] Essay Collection, "Sīmās: Histories, Practices, and Politics," Call for Contributions posted date:2016-12-01
Time:From Now on
Location:Whittier College

Jason A. Carbine and Erik Davis are in the process of completing a collection of essays dealing with sīmās. They are looking for two or three more contributors. If you are working on sīmās, and have interest in participating in the volume, please be in contact with them. Women and authors from Asia would especially be welcome.

Sīmās: Histories, Practices, and Politics.
Jason A. Carbine, Whittier College, jcarbine@whittier.edu
Erik Davis, Macalester College, davise@macalester.edu

Prompting critical reflection across disciplinary boundaries (e.g., religious, historical, legal, political, art, economic, and ritual studies), as well as regional (e.g., South and Southeast Asian) and global distances, this collection addresses the topic of sīmās. Common in the Theravāda and Sāsana Buddhist cultures of Sri Lanka and mainland Southeast Asia, sīmās are traditionally consecrated boundaries for ordinations and other monastic rituals. Sīmās are thought to legitimate lineage, and function in many other social, religious, cultural, and political ways. The focus of a growing body of scholarly inquiry (from the seminal studies by Petra Kieffer-Pülz, to essays, dissertations, masters theses, etc.), a great deal of research remains to be done on this crucial, “local” category of Buddhist thought and practice. Papers may adopt any disciplinary or interdisciplinary method and mode of analysis (e.g., text-comparative, historical, ethnographic, art-historical, and political-analytical methods), and examine sīmās anywhere in the world, past or present. Papers that address ordination structures other than sīmās, such as kaidans, would also be welcome for consideration.
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/154201/cfp-s%C4%ABm%C4%81s-histories-practices-and-politics

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[Contribution] C. Pierce Salguero, "Buddhism and Medicine: An Anthology of Modern Sources, " Call for Contribution posted date:2016-10-17
Location:The Abington College of Penn State University

C. Pierce Salguero, Associate Professor of Asian History & Religious Studies, The Abington College of Penn State University, is producing a 62-chapter anthology of translations of texts related to Buddhism and medicine in premodern Asia. This project has involved 55 contributors from Buddhist Studies, History of Medicine, and related fields. Although strongest in India, China, and Japan, the volume has pan-Asian coverage—including contributions from Thailand, Burma, Mongolia, Vietnam, and Korea. It will be published in the first half of next year as: C Pierce Salguero (ed.), Buddhism and Medicine: An Anthology (Columbia University Press, 2017).

He is now looking for a companion volume covering the early modern and modern periods (say, roughly, 1600 to the present). In addition to text from Asia, European accounts of Buddhist healing are also welcome (from missionaries or colonial authorities, for example). Contributors should produce accessible translations of texts or parts thereof that focus on any aspect of Buddhist engagement with healing, medicine, disease, or health writ large. The translations can be quite short (one contribution to the current volume was one page long) or quite long (up to 20-25 pages), and each should be accompanied by a introduction of 1000 words maximum. The target audience is advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and general readers with an interest in Buddhism and health.

Contact salguero@psu.edu to discuss the particulars in more detail.

Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/147178/cfc-buddhism-and-medicine-anthology-modern-sources

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[Contribution] Buddhist Tourism: Sacred Sites within Global Networks, Call for Panelists posted date:2016-08-22
Time:August 20-25, 2017
Location:University of Toronto

One additional panelist is needed for the International Association of Buddhist Studies Conference at the University of Toronto on August 20-25 2017. Here is the panel description:

Buddhist Tourism: Sacred Sites within Global Networks


With Asia becoming one of the top tourism destinations and recent trends such as Myanmar opening to tourism and increased numbers of Chinese travelers, there is a need to analyze the contemporary realities of tourism in this region regarding sacred sites of Buddhism. Sacred Buddhist sites become a cultural heritage attraction, a religious festival becomes a tourism promotion opportunity, and a difficult pilgrim route becomes a physical, spiritual and cosmopolitan achievement. Across Asia, Buddhists, government organizations, business corporations, and individuals participate in re-imaginings of Buddhism by patronizing sacred mountains, temples, and Buddhist practices. Advertising for Buddhist tourism promotes markers of belonging, so that tourists are not traveling to a particular nation-state but to a Buddhist world. This panel seeks investigate the ways Buddhist worlds are evoked for targeted audiences, both Buddhist and non-Buddhist. This panel will generate a comparative investigation of Buddhist spaces, identities, and practices as dynamic entities that shift significance along with networks of travelers and international relationships. This panel is concerned with, but not limited to, both mapping the networks and circuits of Buddhist travel and theorizing the relationship between Buddhism and tourism.

If you are researching this area of Buddhist tourism from either a historical or contemporary perspective, please send your 500 abstract as soon as possible to:

Courtney Bruntz (Courtney.bruntz@doane.edu) and Brooke Schedneck (brooke@iseaa.org)
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/139166/cfp-buddhist-tourism-sacred-sites-within-global-networks

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[Course] IBA Studies Online posted date:2016-11-21
Time:From Now on
Location:International Buddhist Academy (IBA)

The International Buddhist Academy in Kathmandu, Nepal was established by Khenchen Appey Rinpoche in 2001. Each year IBA aims to teach one philosophy text and one pith instruction text which supports practice. These two courses are designed to complement each other, providing a balanced approach between understanding the profound meaning of the Buddha’s teachings and applying it in one’s life.

The IBA STUDIES ONLINE website has been created to offer students from all over the world access to the Dharma courses held over the past years at the International Buddhist Academy in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The courses are all free of cost. In accordance with the ancient tradition of requesting the Dharma from the teacher, we ask students to register on this website to have full access to the courses.

Related Link:http://www.ibastudiesonline.com/

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[Lecture] Buddhist Sectarianism in Burma’s Last Kingdom posted date:2017-03-01
Time:2017.05.02 17:00
Location:Alexandra Kaloyanides, Ho Center for Buddhist Studies, Stanford University

Speaker: Alexandra Kaloyanides is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford University. She researches Burmese religions and American religious history. Her book manuscript, “Objects of Conversion, Relics of Resistance,” examines the religious contestations, conversions, and transformations during the nineteenth-century American Baptist mission to Burma.

The collapse of Burma’s final kingdom was devastating for the Buddhist organizations that depended on its royal sponsorship. The nineteenth-century encroachment of the British Raj crippled both the Konbaung Dynasty and its once-powerful monastic establishment, but it also created opportunities for opposition parties. One adversarial Buddhist sect, the Paramats, was particularly active between the Second Anglo-Burmese War in 1852 and the total colonization of the country in 1886. This reformist sect has been something of a mystery in the study of Burmese Buddhism because of minimal references to them in official Burmese materials. This paper examines a previously unstudied collection of documents dating from 1830–1880 found in an American missionary archive to argue that the Paramats were not a kind of Mahayanist group dedicated to propounding emptiness teachings, as scholars have argued, but rather, they were a Burmese Buddhist organization concerned with protesting laxity within mainstream monasteries and excess at royally-sponsored shrines. These archival documents suggest that scholars should attend to politics, as well as philosophy, to understand this particular sectarian development and similar religious reform movements at the end of the Konbaung Dynasty.

For the further information, please see the link below

Related Link:http://buddhiststudies.berkeley.edu/events/

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[Lecture] The Logic of Zen Kōans posted date:2017-02-22
Time:2017.04.20 17:00
Location:T. Griffith Foulk, Sarah Lawrence College 180 Doe Memorial Library

The idea that kōans are “logically insoluble riddles” (Arthur Koestler) that are designed to “break down all reasoning” (Erik Zürcher) and thereby induce satori is commonplace, both in the academic literature that treats Zen Buddhism and in the imagination of many Western Zen practitioners. The so-called “Zen of contemplating sayings” (kanna zen 看話禪) that evolved in Japan and Korea on the basis of the teachings of Chan master Dahui Zonggao (1089-1163) is the main source of that idea, for proponents of the practice speak of cutting off all intellectual interpretation and concentrating the mind in a “great ball of doubt” as the prerequisite for a sudden awakening...
Speaker: T. Griffith Foulk

For the further information, please see the link below
Related Link:http://buddhiststudies.berkeley.edu/events/

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[Lecture] Through the Eyes of Another: Visions of Arhats in Song-Dynasty China posted date:2017-02-15
Time:2017.04.19 17:00
Location:308A Doe Memorial Library, Berkeley, CA 94704

Crafted between 1178 and 1188 for ritual use in a small temple near Ningbo, the one hundred hanging scrolls of the Five Hundred Arhats (Daitokuji, Kyoto, Japan) possess a striking peculiarity: more often than not, the set’s eponymous semi-divine monks are simply shown gazing. They gaze at natural wonders, they gaze at supernatural feats performed by their peers, they gaze at episodes from the mytho-history of Buddhism, and most importantly, they gaze even at paintings...

Speaker: Phillip E. Bloom
Related Link:http://buddhiststudies.berkeley.edu/events/

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[Lecture] The lost books of China: A view from Khara-khoto posted date:2017-02-08
Time:2017.05.04 18:00 ~ 19:30
Location:Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford


Speaker:Imre Galambos

In 1908 the Russian explorer P. K. Kozlov discovered amidst the sand-buried ruins of Khara-khoto (Heishuicheng, Inner Mongolia) an enormous quantity of manuscripts and printed books mainly written in Chinese and Tangut. The material recovered by the Russian expedition was immediately shipped to St. Petersburg but subsequent excavations brought to light additional fragments which are today held in Britain and China. The material is mainly Buddhist in content but there are also many other types of texts, including histories...

Contact Email: tanya@stanford.edu

For the further information, please see the link below

Related Link:https://hcbss.stanford.edu/events/imre-galambos-lost-books-china-view-khara-khoto

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[Lecture] Objects of Conversion, Relics of Resistance posted date:2017-02-08
Time:2017.05.18 18:00 ~ 19:30
Location:Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford


Speaker: Alexandra Kaloyanides

"Objects of Conversion, Relics of Resistance: Religious Transformation at the Nineteenth-Century American Baptist Mission to Burma"

The story of the American Baptist mission to Burma is a story of conversion—both failed and sweeping. The Burmese energetically resisted Christian efforts throughout the nineteenth-century and instead promoted Buddhism as their primary source of national sovereignty. Lavish reproductions of Buddhist texts and prominent pagoda construction projects fortified Buddhist identity through the country...

For the further information, please see the link below
Related Link:https://hcbss.stanford.edu/events/alexandra-kaloyanides-objects-conversion-relics-resistance

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[Lecture] Alexandra Kaloyanides: "Objects of Conversion, Relics of Resistance" posted date:2017-01-04
Time:2017.05.18 18:00 ~ 19:30
Location:Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford

"Objects of Conversion, Relics of Resistance: Religious Transformation at the Nineteenth-Century American Baptist Mission to Burma"
The story of the American Baptist mission to Burma is a story of conversion—both failed and sweeping.The Burmese energetically resisted Christian efforts throughout the nineteenth-century and instead promoted Buddhism as their primary source of national sovereignty.

Speaker:Alexandra Kaloyanides
Event Sponsor: Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford, Department of Religious Studies
Contact Email: tanya@stanford.edu

For further information, seeing the link below

Related Link:https://hcbss.stanford.edu/events/alexandra-kaloyanides-objects-conversion-relics-resistance

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[Lecture] Paul Rouzer:Troping Dharmas: Buddhism as Poetic Practice posted date:2017-01-04
Time:2017.04.17 16:30-18:00
Location:Room 207, Hall of Graduate Studies, 320 York Street, New Haven, CT 06511

主講人 * Prof. Paul Rouzer (Professor of Asian Languages & Literatures, Univeristy of Minnesota)
主辦單位 * Council on East Asian Studies, Yale University
【CEAS Colloquium Series】
The analysis of the role of Buddhism in Chinese poetry has tended to focus on how philosophical concepts espoused by the faith (Emptiness, Non-Duality, Impermanence) may have influenced the aesthetic underpinning of the poem. This lecture argues that we should focus instead on poetic practice itself and on the ways in which poems with Buddhist content create explicit meaning for their author and audience. Since Buddhist lore had become a form of shared cultural knowledge in the medieval period, poets could rely on this material when employing various modes of expression: witty, didactic, allusive, or emotive. Rereading such verse with particular attention to specific rhetorical style allows us to see more clearly the role of Buddhism in many medieval Chinese texts: not as a predominant metaphysical response to the world, but as a form of coded cultural communication that pervaded literary performance.
Related Link:http://ceas.yale.edu/events/tbd-10

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[Lecture] Thubten Chodron, "Robed Warriors" Series at Smith College posted date:2016-10-03
Time:April 8-13, 2017
Location:The Five Colleges, USA

The ven. Thubten Chodron is abbess of Sravasti Abbey in Washington, a monastic residence for nuns in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. She was ordained in 1977 and was among the first women in the Tibetan tradition to receive full ordination in Taiwan. Her many books include Don't Believe Everything You Think; Open Heart, Clear Mind; Taming the Mind; Buddhism for Beginners; Working with Anger; Guided Meditations on the Stages of the Path; Cultivating a Compassionate Heart: The Yoga Method of Chenrezig; and How to Free Your Mind: Tara the Liberator. She co-authored Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and An Open-Hearted Life with psychologist Russell Kolts. She has edited several books and taught all over the world.

The "Robed Warriors" program brings to the Five Colleges four prominent Buddhist monastic women whose work has transformed contemporary Buddhist practice and the world beyond. This year-long series of visiting scholars comprises five public talks, several class visits, a student seminar, a faculty seminar and a Smith College short-term Kahn Institute program. Each visiting scholar will be in residence for one to two weeks, with Smith College as the home base.

Schedule of Events Featured ven. Thubten Chodron:

April 8, 9 am - 4 pm
Neilson Library, Smith College
Kahn Institute faculty seminar

April 10, 6 pm
Seelye 207, Smith College
"A Nun Goes to Prison: How a Buddhist Nun Brings Compassion to the Incarcerated"

April 13, 5:30 pm
Philosophy Study, Smith College
Five College Buddhist Studies faculty seminar

Related Link:https://www.smith.edu/buddhism/robedwarriors.php

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[Lecture] "Robed Warriors" Series at Smith College posted date:2016-10-03
Time:2016.10.12 ~ 2017.04.13
Location:Smith College, USA

Smith College is to announce the Robed Warriors program, a series of lectures, workshops, and practicum that brings to the Five Colleges four prominent Buddhist monastic women whose work has transformed contemporary Buddhist practice and the world beyond. This year-long series of visiting scholars comprises five public talks, several class visits, a student seminar, a faculty seminar and a Smith College short-term Kahn Institute program. Each visiting scholar will be in residence for one to two weeks, with Smith College as the home base.

These visiting scholars will explore topics ranging from the impact of Buddhist monastics on health care and hospice services, the design of charitable NGOs, cognitive science, values education and feminism to the envisioning of religious life.

Students and scholars in the cognitive and medical sciences, in anthropology, sociology, religious studies, gender studies, South and East Asian Studies and philosophy will find these events of interest. More broadly, the public lectures will appeal to anyone interested in large questions about the role of religion in world culture and the ways in which attitudes and practices that impact our lives can grow out of unlikely sources. More information, schedules of events, etc. can be found at https://www.smith.edu/buddhism/robedwarriors_scholars.php.
Related Link:https://www.smith.edu/buddhism/robedwarriors.php

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   Reading Club
[Reading Club] "Jñānaśrīmitra’s Sākārasiddhiśāstra," with Prof. Harunaga Isaacson posted date:2016-12-05
Time:2017.03.02 ~ 2017.03.28
Location:Mahidol University, Thailand

Prof. Harunaga Isaacson (Hamburg University) will conduct the 3rd instalment of the Ratnākara Readings at Mahidol University, during March 2017. This year he will continue with the Sākārasiddhiśāstra of Jñānaśrīmitra, reading Chapter 2. This little studied text is an extraordinary philosophical compendium, offering a pramāṇa-infused exegesis of a number of important Buddhist sources (including the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā, the Pramāṇavārttika, the Madhyāntavibhaṅga, and the Ratnagotravibhāga), in the light of the position of Sākāravijñānavāda.

March 2017, from 13.00 to 16.00 on the following days: 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 27th, 28th.

International PhD Programme in Buddhist Studies, Department of Humanities, Mahidol University, Salaya Campus, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand (Room yet to be decided).

If you are interested in participating, or if you have any further queries, please contact the Program director, Mattia Salvini (prasajya@gmail.com).
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/155481/event-ratn%C4%81kara-readings-2017-j%C3%B1%C4%81na%C5%9Br%C4%ABmitra%E2%80%99s-s%C4%81k%C4%81rasiddhi%C5%9B%C4%81stra

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   Work Shop
[Work Shop] The Future of Digital Texts in South Asian Studies posted date:2017-03-22
Time:2017.05.22 ~ 2017.05.24
Location:Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA) Hollandstraße 11-13/2, 1020 Vienna, Austria

The Future of Digital Texts in South Asian Studies
A SARIT Workshop

The workshop aims to explore the current state of digital texts in the field of Indology, with a particular focus on historical studies, critical editing, and computational linguistics.

Introduction and practical information
As a conclusion to a four-year project dedicated to developing and enriching a collection of digital texts in Sanskrit and other Indian languages, the team behind SARIT is convening a workshop called “The Future of Digital Texts in South Asian Studies.” The goal is twofold. First, we want to survey and reflect on the current state of digital texts in our field. What is a “digital text”? How are they produced? Who is responsible for them? How are they provided to users? Who are their users, and what do they do with them? How, if at all, have they changed the landscape of research and teaching? Second, we want to reflect on the future of digital texts. What could we be doing with them that we aren’t doing yet? What inspiration can we take from projects in other fields? What emerging technologies can we take advantage of? How can we better integrate our various digital projects? How can we involve communities of students, teachers, and researchers in the production, curation, and publication of digital texts?

T: (+43 1) 515 81 / 6400

For further information please see the link beloow
Related Link:http://www.ikga.oeaw.ac.at/Events/SARIT_Workshop_2017

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[Work Shop] Dharma Training for School Teachers posted date:2017-03-01
Time:Deadline: 2017.06.01
Location:Jodo Shinshu Center, 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704 USA

Thursday, July 20 – Sunday, July 23, 2017

Greetings from the Bishop

I truly believe that teaching is one of the most sacred professions. I also believe that being a schoolteacher is the most difficult position to fill. Schoolteachers need support and respect from parents and communities.

Therefore, I would like to support teachers by providing them with dharma workshops that will benefit them to serve as great community leaders of today and tomorrow.

Let us together help create better communities for everyone by learning ancient wisdom from a Buddhist understanding of people and the world.

Respectfully Yours,

Reverend Kodo Umezu, Bishop
Buddhist Churches of America

Program Fee: $350
Includes: All breakfasts, lunches and Thursday welcome dinner.
Lodging at the Jodo Shinshu Center from July 20-23 (A limited number of rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.)
Financial aid is available. Please see page 3 of the application form for details.
Eligibility: School teacher of grades K-12 grades. (Maximum 20 participants)

Contact: Buddhist Churches of America, Center for Buddhist Education, 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704 USA
Tel: 510-809-1460
Email: cbe@bcahq.org
Web: http://buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/

For the further information, please see the link below

Related Link:http://buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/dharma-training-for-school-teachers/

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[Workshop] Woodenfish Dunhuang Buddhist Studies Workshop 2017 posted date:2017-01-24
Time:2017.06.15 ~ 2017.06.26
Location:Mogao, Dunhuang, Gansu Province, China

Angela F. Howard, Professor Emerita, Rutgers University.
Stephen F. Teiser, Professor, Princeton University.
Sarah E. Fraser, Professor, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg.

The seminar is mainly for graduate student and early career scholars, but established scholars are also invited to apply. Successful applicants will get tuition, room and board covered by the organizers.

Co-organized by the Woodenfish Foundation and Dunhuang Academy (敦煌研究院)

Application deadline: April 1st.
Apply here: woodenfish.org/dunhuang2017

For the further information, seeing the link below

Related Link:http://www.woodenfish.org/dunhuang2017

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[Work Shop] Ho Center for Buddhist Studies Graduate Student Workshop posted date:2017-01-04
Location:Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford

Wendi Adamek (University of Calgary)
Marcus Bingenheimer (Temple University)
Stuart Young (Bucknell University)

Event Sponsor: Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford
Contact Email: tanya@stanford.edu
This event belongs to the following series:Conferences and Workshops


For the further information, seeing the link below

Related Link:https://hcbss.stanford.edu/events/ho-center-buddhist-studies-graduate-student-workshop

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[Others] 2017 Summer program at Mount Wutai posted date:2017-03-22
Time:2017.08.08 ~ 2017.08.18
Location:Mount Wutai 五臺山

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

August 8-18, 2017, Mount Wutai 五臺山, China

The Wutai International Institute of Buddhism and East Asian Cultures (WII), Institute for Ethics and Religions Studies (IERS) at Tsinghua University, Buddhist Studies Center at the University of Zhejiang (ZU-BSC), and the Buddhist Studies Forum at the University of British Columbia (UBC-BSF) in Vancouver, Canada cordially invite applications for a 12-day program of lecture series, conference/forum, and fieldwork on Buddhism and East Asian Cultures (August 8-19, 2016) at Great Sage Monastery of Bamboo Grove (Dasheng Zhulin si 大聖竹林寺), Mount Wutai 五臺山, and Datong, Shanxi, China.
I. Venue:Great Sage Monastery of Bamboo Grove (Dasheng Zhulin si 大聖竹林寺), Mount Wutai 五臺山, Shanxi, China.

II. Schedule——August 8-19, 2017

August 8, 2017: Registration, Opening Ceremony;
August 9-10, 2017: international conference;
August 11, 2017: Tour on Mount Wutai;
August 12-14, 2017: Seminar series;
August 15-16, 2017: Young Scholars’ Forum;
August 17-18, 2017: Tour of famed religious sites in Shanxi;
August 19, 2017: Leaving.
III. Four-part Lecture Series
IV. This three-part lecture series will be accompanied by five lectures delivered by five China-based scholars on Buddhism and East Asian cultures.
V. Four Additional Projects: In addition to this four-part intensive lecture series, this program also sponsors the following four projects
VI. Applications: Please submit applications before May 1, 2017.
VII. Program Expenses: 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/172350/summer-program-2017-summer-program-mount-wutai

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[Others] Buddhist Studies Summer Program posted date:2017-03-08
Time:2017.06.14 ~ 2017.08.10
Location:Northern California center

Program Description

The Buddhist Studies Summer Program consists of two month-long sessions that focus on different elements of the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Tradition. Students have the option of attending the full summer of programs or either of the two sessions. Each session includes daily teachings on a traditional Buddhist text with our resident Tibetan Lama, Tsultrim Sangpo, meditation training from Tibetan and Western Lamas who have completed the traditional three-year retreat, and daily lectures on Indo-Tibetan history and philosophy by faculty from Kathmandu University’s Centre for Buddhist Studies. These activities are offered five days a week, with two days off for personal study, practice, and enjoyment of Gomde California’s beautiful land.

Students enrolled in the program for academic credit must attend the full summer program. Students enrolled not-for-credit may attend either of the two sessions or the full-summer of courses.
Program Costs

Full tuition for not-for-credit students: $2000

Full tuition for students seeking academic credit: $2500

Session I or II only: $1250

If you have any questions about the program, please contact: mailto:gomdebssp@gmail.com
or see the link below
Related Link:https://gomdeusa.org/all-programs/buddhist-studies-summer-program/

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[Others] 2017 Toshihide Numata Book Award in Buddhism, Call for nominations posted date:2017-02-22
Time:Deadline: 2017.04.15

The Toshihide Numata Book Award in Buddhism (or "Toshi" Award) is awarded on an annual basis to an outstanding book in any area of Buddhist studies.

To be considered for the Award during the 2017 nomination period, a book must have a copyright date of 2016. Books must be written in English. Edited and/or coauthored books are eligible.

Nominations, consisting of the book and a brief nomination letter, must be received by April 15, 2017, and may come from scholars in the field or book publishers. Supporting documentation, such as readers' reports and reviews, are not necessary.

Nomination materials should be sent to:

Toshi Award in Buddhism
University of California, Berkeley
Center for Buddhist Studies
1995 University Avenue, Suite 520F
Berkeley, CA 94704-2318

For the further information, please see the link below
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/167600/call-nominations-2017-toshihide-numata-book-award-buddhism

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[Others] New books on Japanese Buddhism, Call for Reviewers posted date:2017-02-22

Please contact Erez Joskovich if you are interested in reviewing one of the following books:
Bowring, Richard J. In Search of the Way: Thought and Religion in Early-Modern Japan, 1582-1860, 2017.
Stone, Jacqueline I. Right Thoughts at the Last Moment: Buddhism and Deathbed Practices in Early Medieval Japan, 2016.

Reviewers should have demonstrated intellectual expertise and possess or be in the final stages of completion of a doctoral degree in a relevant field.

Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/167821/call-reviewers-new-books-japanese-buddhism

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[Others] Großes Dharma Sommercamp im Meditationshaus Semkye Ling posted date:2017-02-15
Time:2017.07.20 ~ 2017.07.30
Location:Tibetisches Zentrum

Dharma Summer camp in Germany
Speaker: Geshe Pema Samten
In July, 2017, there is a 5th huge Dharma Summer camp! We welcome the fifth Geshes from India. The activities will last for ten days. Let's stay together with monk Pema Samten!

Fax: 05193/ 527 10
Web: sl@tibet.de
Tel: 05193-9821809 und 05193-52511

For the further information, please see the link below
Related Link:https://www.tibet.de/sommercamp/

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[Others] Call for Pictures and Other Original Resources about Master Taixu (太虚) for his 70th Death Anniversary posted date:2017-02-15
Time:Deadline : 2017.05.01
Location:The Buddhist Association of China

Call for Pictures and Other Original Resources about Master Taixu (太虚) for his 70th Death Anniversary

2017 is the 70th anniversary of Master Taixu (太虚,pinyin: Tàixū; Wade–Giles: T'ai Hsü, 1890-1947)’s death. The Buddhist Association of China (BCA; 中国佛教协会) will sponsor a series of activities to celebrate this anniversary.
If you could reach the pictures or other original resources about Taixu, e.g., those published in the old journals, you are welcome to contact us before May 1, 2017. We would be happy to pay for the copyright and other related fees, including but not limited to photocopying and filming.
Contact Email: shaojiade@gmail.com (SHAO Jiade)

For the further information, please see the link below
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/166451/request-call-pictures-and-other-original-resources-about-master

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[Others] The Barn Retreat: Six Day Meditation Retreat posted date:2016-12-15
Location:Barn Retreat Centre

The Barn Retreat Centre runs Six Day Meditation Retreats every week of the year starting on Sundays. Please visit the booking page for dates and availability.

This classic Barn retreat schedule (see below) enables retreatants to develop a mindful approach to life, work and relationships. Reconnecting with the natural environment, and with enquiry and discussion in contemporary western Buddhism, retreatants increase awareness and understanding of themselves and others.

Accommodation and Community Living
Every retreatant has a single room. Living as a small community of up to 12 people (including 2 coordinators), we share household tasks, and cook and eat together. In the afternoons there is free time to practise individually: use our extensive library, talk to like minded people, or walk in our beautiful 550 acre Sharpham Estate. Evening meals are prepared individually or in groups.

We provide six guided meditation sessions and also offer further guidance in meditation practice for beginners on request. Our experienced staff and visiting teachers help deepen your understanding of mindfulness based meditation and its relation to Buddhist philosophy.

Organic Gardening
We grow most of our own vegetables in our organic gardens. When on retreat you will be eating produce grown by previous retreatants, and being kept warm by the wood they chopped - the house is heated by a wood furnace. We therefore spend our mornings gardening and working in the woodlands. This is a chance to practise bringing the awareness cultivated in our meditation into meaningful activity, and to ensure that future retreatants enjoy fresh organic produce. This also helps us to keep our fees low. (NB. We cater for people with all physical abilities.)

Cost and how to book
Standard rate £270; Supported rate £205. (Full board) Click here for details about the supported rate and bursaries.
All rooms are single occupancy.
You can book easily and securely online below or by phoning 01803 732661 or by emailing us.

Related Link:http://www.sharphamtrust.org/Event-Details-Retreats/The-Barn-Retreat-Six-Day-Meditation-Retreat

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