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[Announcement] Dialog der Kulturen posted date:2017-04-19
Time:2017.10.15 12:00 ~ 12:30
Location:IGA Campus

Mit dem Pavillon „Dialog der Kulturen“ eröffnet die Internationale Gartenausstellung in Berlin Marzahn-Hellersdorf am 13. April um 15 Uhr einen besonderen Begegnungsort für Religions- und Glaubensgemeinschaften. Alle Interessierten sind dazu herzlich eingeladen.

Feierliche Eröffnung am 13. April

Die feierliche Eröffnung findet am Donnerstag, den 13. April 2017, ab 15 Uhr statt.

Nach einführenden Worten von Haladhara Thaler, Künstler und Mitglied im Berliner Forum, werden kurze Denkanstöße aus religiösen Traditionen der Welt vorgetragen, abwechselnd mit Musik. „Heilige Texte, Quellen der Weisheit – Ansprache für Herz und Verstand, werden im Pavillon übergeben – und können ab da von allen Besucherinnen und Besuchern entdeckt werden“, erklärt der Koordinierungskreis.

Service Mail: service@iga-berlin-2017.de
IGA-Hotline: 01801 442 2017
(0,04 €/min dt. Festnetz, höchstens 0,42 €/min dt. Mobilfunknetz)
Related Link:https://iga-berlin-2017.de/projekte/pavillon-dialog-der-kulturen

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[Announcement] Bodhisvara website: Recitation of Nāgārjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā in Sanskrit posted date:2017-03-29
Location:on website

We are very happy to announce the publication of our latest Bodhisvara project for the preservation of the tradition of reciting Classical Sanskrit Buddhist Literature. Please visit our Bodhisvara Website to listen to and read Nāgārjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā in Sanskrit.
The Mūlamadhyamakakārikā (‘Root Verses on the Middle Way’) is the magnum opus of the Indian master Nāgārjuna (c. 150 – 250 CE). Generally regarded as one of the most influential works in the history of Mahayana Buddhism, this text delves into a thorough investigation of ultimate reality that revolutionized Indian Buddhist thought.
Related Link:http://www.bodhisvara.com/

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[Conference] Shin Buddhism: Current Challenges and Future Prospects posted date:2017-05-25
Time:Deadline 2017.08.06

Date: 2017.08.18 ~ 2017.08.20

The 2017 Summer Pacific Seminar - 21st Century “Shin Buddhism: Current Challenges and Future Prospects” will build upon last year’s theme of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism as a worldwide religion. Shin Buddhists from around the world will relate their experiences and insights on Shin Buddhism today and in the future.

Keynote speaker, Rev. John Paraskevopoulos, a Shin Buddhist priest based in Australia, will touch upon several themes including the importance of spiritual realization and religious experience; rehabilitating the sacred in response to “secular” Buddhism; difficulties in doctrinal terminology; and the relationship of Shin Buddhism to other Buddhist schools as well as other religions.

Deadline for registration is August 6, 2017.

Related Link:http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ee4ze3652e0930fe&llr=7khxescab

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[Conference] XVIIIth IABS Congress posted date:2017-05-17
Time:2017.08.20 ~ 2017.08.25
Location:University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

General Information

Please allow me to once more remind everyone that they must be a fully paid member of IABS for the year 2017 in order to attend the event, deliver a paper or sit on a panel in Toronto. IABS membership fees were due by December 31, 2016, but can still be paid retroactively anytime this year. IABS membership can be secured through the online form at the IABS website: www.iabsinfo.net. Initial enquiries about eligibility should be sent to the association’s Secretary General, Dr. Ulrich Pagel (up1@soas.ac.uk).

The Planning Committee received an overwhelming amount of excellent and exciting submissions, and it was with a heavy heart that we were not able to accept every paper. I wish to still encourage everyone who was not able to present this year to still attend the events in Toronto. Presentation of a paper is not required to attend the Congress, and everyone is subject to the same Congress registration fee.

Online Congress registration opened October 1st, 2016, and will close just prior to the start of the proceedings, August 18th, 2017. Please see below for further details on how to register, information about the fee structure, as well as the amenities covered by the fee.

Though our field spans myriad linguistic regions and our members represent diverse language backgrounds, it is IABS policy that official Congress proceedings, including papers and presentations, be conducted in an English-language medium.

All future communication will be distributed via email. Please write to me, Christoph Emmrich, directly, if you have any questions about future communications. My address is found at the bottom of this circular under ‘Correspondent,’ or on our website here: http://www.iabs2017-uoft.ca/contact/. If you wish to update or confirm your correct email address, please write to Nicholas Field (nicholas.field@utoronto.ca), who oversees our Congress mailing list.

For the further info, please see the link below:
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/179657/conference-xviiith-iabs-congress-toronto-2017-third-circular

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[Conference] Graduate Student Symposium: Mass Meditation: Practices and Discourses in Contemporary Global Buddhisms posted date:2017-04-26
Location:Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley, California

Mass Meditation: Practices and Discourses in Contemporary Global Buddhisms

October 6th, 2017—Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley, California

This conference will focus on the phenomenon of mass meditation (e.g., lay meditation practices, mindfulness, secularization) in contemporary global Buddhism. Of particular focus will be the means by which Buddhist meditation is understood and promoted in various contexts. We welcome submissions that consider how meditation has gained an ambivalent relationship to Buddhism—sometimes being promoted as a “spiritual technology” not connected to any particular tradition, sometimes as the condition sine qua non for Buddhist identity and the only practice recommended by the Buddha. Through the presentations given, we hope to reflect not only on the ways that meditation has been constructed through the Buddhist encounter with modernity, but how it has altered modernity and modern peoples through its global impact.

Topics include but are not limited to: the origins and popularization of lay meditation practices in Burma, Thailand and Sri Lanka; the Vipassanā (Insight) and Mindfulness movements in North America, Europe, and Asia; meditation practice and the construction of Buddhist identity or subjectivity; the “mystification” of meditation in promotional literature; the use of scientific language to justify and promote meditation both within and beyond Buddhist contexts.

Dr. Erik Braun, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia and author of The Birth of Insight (winner of the 2014 Toshihide Numata Book Award in Buddhism), will serve as the symposium’s keynote speaker.

Graduate students at any stage of their program are encouraged to submit paper proposals. Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words to Thomas Calobrisi (tcalobrisi@ses.gtu.edu). The deadline for submission is July 15, 2017. Applicants will be notified about their submission by August 15, 2017.

Limited travel funds may be available; low-cost housing is available on site at the Jodo Shinshu Center.
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/176494/cfp-graduate-student-symposium-mass-meditation-practices-and

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[Conference] 2017 AAR Annual Meeting - Registration & Housing posted date:2017-04-19
Time:2017.11.18 ~ 2017.11.21
Location:Boston, Massachusetts

The American Academy of Religion brings thousands of professors and students, authors and publishers, religious leaders and interested laypersons to its Annual Meeting each year. Co-hosted with the Society of Biblical Literature, the Annual Meetings are the largest events of the year in the fields of religious studies and theology.
Join us for the 2017 AAR & SBL Annual Meetings in Boston! More than 1,200 events—academic sessions, additional meetings, receptions, tours, and workshops—will be offered. Registration, the Exhibit Hall, and the Employment Center will be held in the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02115. Sessions will be held in the Hynes Convention Center, Fairmont Copley Plaza, Hilton Back Bay, Marriott Copley Place, Park Plaza Hotel, Sheraton, and Westin Copley Place. Conference hotels are located within walking distance of one another, except the Park Plaza, which will have a shuttle from the Hynes at peak hours. Register soon to get the best attendee rate and hotel selection!

For the further information, please see the link below.

Related Link:https://www.aarweb.org/annual-meeting/registration-housing

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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] 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] Author-Scholars wanted for short reference articles on women and Buddhism, call for papers posted date:2017-05-25
Time:Deadline: 2017.09.01
Location:Encyclopedia of Women in World Religions

The new Encyclopedia of Women in World Religions is 75 percent done, but there are still a few topics in need of authors. If anyone has an interest in contributing to this project, please send an email with credentials (any old cv is fine) to Susan de Gaia at sjdegaia@gmail.com. Work on the following topics (or parts thereof) is especially welcome.

Women and the Feminine in Mahayana Buddhism
Women in Contemporary Buddhist Societies
Women's Lay Buddhist Movements
Women's Buddhist Networks
Other topics may be suggested, but may already be covered.
Articles should be factual overviews of the topic, from 500 to 2000 words depending on the topic.

The publisher is ABC-CLIO, and expected date of publication is August 2018. Due date for all articles is Sept. 1, 2017.
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/180049/call-papers-author-scholars-wanted-short-reference-articles-women#reply-181123

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[Contribution] The 14th Conference of Asian Studies in Israel Call for Papers posted date:2017-04-26
Time:Deadline: 2017.11.06
Location:Hebrew Unviersity, Jerusalem

Call for Papers:The 14th Conference of Asian Studies in Israel (ASI18)

We are delighted to announce that the 14th Biennial Conference of Asian Studies in Israel (ASI18) will take place at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus Campus, on Wed-Thu, May 23-24, 2018.

We invite proposals on Asian-related topics (Central, South, East and South-East Asia). Priority will be given to thematic panels (3-4 papers + chair and/or discussant), but individual paper submissions are also welcome. The deadline for submitting proposals for either organized panels or individual papers is November 6, 2017.

The proposal should include the title of the panel or the individual paper together with a short abstract (150-200 words), as well as a short CV (1 page max) of the presenter/s. With the exception of roundtables, panel proposals should also include the title and abstract of each paper. Please indicate in your proposal what equipment, if any, will be required for your panel or lecture. The conference will be bi-lingual (Hebrew/English). Abstracts can be submitted in either English or Hebrew (preferably both).

Proposals for panels/papers, as well as all enquiries, should be submitted by email to the conference mail (asi18huji@gmail.com( with copies to the Frieberg Center (eacenter@mail.huji.ac.il) and to the conference's convener, Prof. Michal Biran (ercmongol@gmail.com).

Conference guests are welcome to stay at the Beit Maiersdorf Faculty Club, located at the conference venue. Priority will be given to foreign participants. The Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies at the Hebrew University will help in covering the accommodation costs of foreign participants but will not be able to participate in the cost of travel.

Please distribute this call for papers among your colleagues and networks. Both Hebrew and Non-Hebrew speakers are most welcome.

On behalf of the organizing committee,

Prof. Michal Biran, Convener, The Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies

Dr. Nissim Otmazgin, Department of Asian Studies, HUJI

Dr. Orna Naftali, Department of Asian Studies, HUJI

Dr. Eviatar Shulman, Department of Asian Studies, HUJI

Dr. Jooyeon Rhee, Department of Asian Studies, HUJI

The Department of Asian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is the oldest in Israel and is one of the biggest departments in the Faculty of Humanities, home to over 300 students specializing in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Indian Studies. The department is characterized by its excellence in research and teaching, and it maintains an environment of cooperation between students and faculty in a wide array of extracurricular activities. To read more about the department, visit: http://asia.huji.ac.il/en.
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/176969/conference-asian-studies-israel-may-23-24-2018

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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] 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] 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] VU Amsterdam Summer School: Buddhism and Psychology posted date:2017-04-11
Time:2017.07.08 ~ 2017.07.22
Location:VU Amsterdam Summer School

Buddhism and Psychology: A rare journey of self-discovery

Who should join this course?

Students of the humanities and social sciences, particularly those interested in Religious Studies, Psychology or Asian Studies.

Course content
Since the late nineteenth century, various forms of Buddhism have emerged from modernizing Asia and, with apparent ease, have penetrated new cognitive, spiritual and cultural domains—many far removed from their origins, geographically as well as epistemically. But how has this happened? What does the most recent global rise of interest tell us about Buddhism, and what does it reveal about those who are interested …?

For more details follow the links below.
Related Link:http://bachelors.vu.amsterdam/en/summer-school/courses/buddhismandpsychology/index.aspx

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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] Lay Bodhisattvas in late Indian Buddhism, and the ādikarmika literature dedicated to their practices posted date:2017-05-25

While lay bodhisattvas play an important role in East Asian traditions, it is less well known that they also feature in the Indic tradition, and that there are a few closely related texts from the 12th century (which apparently originated in the milieu of Vikramaśīla) that treat the vows taken by lay bodhisattvas and their daily practices. These practices are identified as ādikarmika, that is, introductory or foundational (ādi). Befitting the developmental stage of late Indian Buddhism, they presume a tantric framework, albeit without engaging with the initiatory practices of the higher tantras. This talks introduces to the little studied ādikarmika literature and gives an overview of the vows and practices they prescribe, including the gurumaṇḍala. It also discusses what these texts can teach us about the state of Indian Buddhism in its final phase.

Alexander von Rospatt為加州大學柏克萊分校南亞與東南亞學系(Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley)之專任教授,並擔任佛教研究中心主任。von Rospatt教授早期致力於阿毘達磨研究,並於1999年出版其專著《佛教剎那滅學說》(The Buddhist Doctrine of Momentariness)。在該著作中,von Rospatt教授詳細地探討剎那滅學說的起源、剎那滅論證、關於心法的剎那滅(the momentariness of mental entities)學說發展等議題。
近十年來,von Rospatt教授關注內瓦爾佛教(Newar Buddhism)。數年間多次遠赴尼泊爾對內瓦爾佛教儀式進行田野調查。在其即將出版之新書《加德滿都的斯瓦揚布紀念塔與其翻修工程》(The Svayambhū Caitya of Kathmandu and its Renovations)中,von Rospatt教授重建了斯瓦揚布翻修工程的宗教儀式歷史以及社會背景脈絡。
Related Link:http://buddhica.nccu.edu.tw/forum/read.php?1265,84958

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[Lecture] Du Sutra de l’Ornementation fleurie à la vie des cinq harmonies du Vénérable Maitre Hsing Yun posted date:2017-04-19
Time:2017.06.04 14:00 ~ 15:30
Location:Fo Guang Shan France

Sujet: Du Sutra de l’Ornementation fleurie à la vie des cinq harmonies du Vénérable Maitre Hsing Yun
Date: dimanche 4 juin 14h00 - 15h30
Fo Guang Shan France
Vénérable Man Qian

Related Link:http://fr.foguangshan.fr/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/manqianyanjiang2017-1.jpg

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[Lecture] SHIN BUDDHISM IN THE LAND OF SHAKYAMUNI posted date:2017-03-29
Time:2017.07.10 ~ 2017.07.30
Location:Oahu, Big Island, Maui & Kauai

Rev. Sonam Wangdi Bhutia Head Priest, Kathmandu-Hongwanji, Nepal
Raised as a monk in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Rev. Sonam, at age 28, encounters Jodo Shinshu, a Japanese Pure Land school. Eventually he founds Nepal’s fi rst Hongwanji temple. Hear about his dramatic personal journey and how the Buddha’s story resonates today in Shakyamuni’s birthplace.

2017 National Speaking Tour
Public Lectures • Seminars • Dharma Talks • Open to the Public
JULY 10-21: HI: Oahu, Big Island, Maui & Kauai
JULY 22-24: IL: Chicago
JULY 26-30: NY: New York City

cbe@bcahq.org • (510) 809-1460
Related Link:http://buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017_07_BCA_CBE_speaking_tour.pdf

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[Work Shop] Summer Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials posted date:2017-05-10
Time:2017.08.04 ~ 2017.08.07
Location:Otani University, Kyoto

The Shin Buddhist Comprehensive Research Institute at Otani University, together with the Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and Ryūkoku University’s Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures, announces the second in a series of workshops led by Mark Blum, Mitsuya Dake, and myself devoted to the critical examination of premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin school of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read religious text in postwar Japan.

This current workshop will be held from August 4 to 7, 2017, at Otani University in Kyoto. The first workshop was held successfully in March 2017 in Berkeley and succeeding workshops will continue until 2021, with meetings planned twice a year, in late March in Berkeley and early August in Kyoto, where it will be hosted alternately by Ōtani and Ryūkoku universities. Attendance at the first workshop is not a requirement for application to this one, but those who will be able to consistently attend through the course of the project will be particularly welcome.

Organized around close readings of the most influential materials produced in early modern and modern Japan, the workshop aims at producing a critical, annotated translation detailing the salient ways in which this text has been both inspirational and controversial, as well as a series of essays analyzing a wide spectrum of voices in Japanese scholarship and preaching that have spoken on this work.

The current workshop will focus on a careful reading of Edo-period commentaries by Enchi (1662), Jukoku (1740), Jinrei (1801-1808), and Ryōshō (1841). There will also be presentations by participants in the first workshop related to modern commentaries by authors such as Akegarasu Haya (1911), Chikazumi Jōkan (1930), and Soga Ryōjin (1947), as well as important themes within the Tannishō itself.
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/178681/workshop-summer-workshop-tannish%C5%8D-commentarial-materials-august-4

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[Work Shop] Summer Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials posted date:2017-05-10
Time:2017.08.04 ~ 2017.08.07
Location:Otani University, Kyoto

The Shin Buddhist Comprehensive Research Institute at Otani University, together with the Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and Ryūkoku University’s Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures, announces the second in a series of workshops led by Mark Blum, Mitsuya Dake, and myself devoted to the critical examination of premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin school of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read religious text in postwar Japan.

This current workshop will be held from August 4 to 7, 2017, at Otani University in Kyoto. The first workshop was held successfully in March 2017 in Berkeley and succeeding workshops will continue until 2021, with meetings planned twice a year, in late March in Berkeley and early August in Kyoto, where it will be hosted alternately by Ōtani and Ryūkoku universities. Attendance at the first workshop is not a requirement for application to this one, but those who will be able to consistently attend through the course of the project will be particularly welcome.

Organized around close readings of the most influential materials produced in early modern and modern Japan, the workshop aims at producing a critical, annotated translation detailing the salient ways in which this text has been both inspirational and controversial, as well as a series of essays analyzing a wide spectrum of voices in Japanese scholarship and preaching that have spoken on this work.

The current workshop will focus on a careful reading of Edo-period commentaries by Enchi (1662), Jukoku (1740), Jinrei (1801-1808), and Ryōshō (1841). There will also be presentations by participants in the first workshop related to modern commentaries by authors such as Akegarasu Haya (1911), Chikazumi Jōkan (1930), and Soga Ryōjin (1947), as well as important themes within the Tannishō itself.
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/178681/workshop-summer-workshop-tannish%C5%8D-commentarial-materials-august-4

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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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[Others] Applications for a preceptor in Sanskrit posted date:2017-04-26
Time:Deadline: 2017.06.30
Location:Harvard University, Department of South Asian Studies

The Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University, seeks applications for a preceptor in Sanskrit. The appointment is expected to begin July 1, 2017. The preceptor will be responsible for language instruction and course development at all levels and across all genres and time periods of Sanskrit. The position is full time with teaching duties of five courses per year. The position is for one year. Reappointment may be possible on a yearly basis for up to eight years (within the eligibility guidelines of the FAS), contingent on performance, enrollments, curricular need, position availability, and divisional dean authorization. The successful applicant should have demonstrated experience in teaching Sanskrit. A strong graduate record in any field of Sanskrit by the time of appointment is required. A strong doctoral record is preferred, as is knowledge of a second South Asian language.
Closing Date 06/30/2017
Related Link:https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/7562/

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[Others] Sommer-Jugend-Retreat im Saarland posted date:2017-04-19
Time:2017.08.07 ~ 2017.08.13
Location:D-66693 Mettlach-Tünsdorf, Neumühle, Saarland

07. bis 13. August 2017 im Saarland

Nach nunmehr 10 wunderbaren Jahren Winter-Jugend-Retreat findet aufgrund hoher Nachfrage erstmalig ein SITA Sommer-Jugend-Retreat statt.
…für junge Leute bis ca. 30 Jahre.
Wir leben in einer Welt, in der gerade jungen Menschen unendlich viele Möglichkeiten offenstehen. Das ist einerseits eine wunderbare Chance – andererseits bringt es auch wahnsinnig viel Druck und Stress mit sich. HÖHER – SCHNELLER – BESSER scheint das Motto unserer Zeit zu sein, egal ob für Studierende, Young Professionals oder diejenigen von uns, die gerade nicht wissen, welche Entscheidung sie für ihren weiteren Weg treffen sollen. Im schnelllebigen und oft stressgeladenen Alltag junger Leute fehlt vor allem eines: Zeit und Raum, um einfach nur ZU SEIN.
Um ein Gefühl für die SITA Jugendprogramme zu bekommen, sieh Dir unser Video an, lies diesen Bericht von Karl-Ludwig Leiter, unserem Meditationslehrer oder höre ein Radio-Interview mit Hanna.

Wenn du Fragen hast, melde Dich gerne bei Susanne und Malwina unter youthwinterretreat@gmail.com.

Regelmäßige Updates zum SITA Sommer-Jugend-Retreat gibt es außerdem auf Facebook (BITTE TEILEN!). Wir freuen uns total auf Dich! Die Anmeldung findest Du weiter unten.

Preis: 390 Euro (inkl. Unterkunft in 2-3 Bettzimmern mit Etagenbad/WC, Vollpension und Seminarkosten und auf Wunsch Abholung vom Bahnhof Mettlach). Einzelzimmer nach Verfügbarkeit kosten 490 € (mit Bad/WC) . Gemeinschaftsschlafraum (bringe bitte eigene Unterlage, Schlafsack und Kissen mit) nach Verfügbarkeit 250 Euro.
Seminarleiter ist Karl-Ludwig Leiter.
Wo? Das Retreat findet in der Neumühle im Saarland statt.
Die Vorträge finden auf Englisch statt. Das Publikum kommt aus europäischen Ländern. Übersetzung ist gerne möglich.

Bei weiteren Fragen, bitte E-Mail an Malwina und Susanne senden: youthwinterretreat@gmail.com

Related Link:http://www.sitameditation.de/jugendprogramme/sommer-jugend-retreat/

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[Others] Fo Guang Buddhist Monastic Retreat posted date:2017-04-11
Time:2017.07.09 ~ 2017.08.05
Location:Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Taiwan

The Retreat is aimed at and designed for English speaking university and college students and recent graduates aged 18-35 yrs who would like to have an authentic experience of Chinese Buddhist monastic life. We strongly support equality and accept students of any nationality, ethnic identity, religious faith, sexual orientation, and gender. Applicants must be presently enrolled students, or no more than three years after graduation, at a university, college or any other tertiary education institution. All study majors or degree programs will be considered. However, an interest in Asian religion and culture, especially Chinese Buddhism, would be a valuable asset. While personal religious conviction in Buddhism is not required, and no tests of faith will be made on applicants, note that students will constantly be surrounded by the strong character of the monastery and monastics. Due to the often radical religious and cultural differences between Chinese Buddhism and Western culture in general, while allowing the students to directly experience monastic life as much as possible, our staff will be on hand to provide the bridge between cultures where necessary. The challenges and benefits faced with the cultural full immersion experience is one of the key elements of the retreat.

50-60 university / college students or recent graduates, aged 18-35,
interested in experiencing authentic Chinese Buddhist monastic life

How Much?
Free! Airfare not included.

Apply Online:

Related Link:https://www.fgs.org.tw/events/fgmonasticretreat/index.html

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[Others] 2017 Fo Guang Shan (Europe) 7 Days Meditation posted date:2017-04-11
Time:2017.07.01 ~ 2017.07.07
Location:Fa Hua Ch'an Temple, Fo Guang Shan France

1. Objectives: To cultivate mindfulness through the practice of meditation, awaken our
innate potential, develop the right view and a deeper understanding of meditation.
2. Date: pt July '" 7th July, 2017 (Saturday '" Friday)
3. Venue: Fa Hua Ch'an Temple, Fo Guang Shan France
4. Language(s): Chinese with English/French interpretation.
5. Eligibility:
a. Anyone who has strong faith in Buddhism, and is interested in practicing
meditation as well as willing to abide by the rules of the Meditation Hal l. Good
health condition, with no bad habits are essential.
b. Age: between 18'" 70 years old
c. Can complete the whole course and observe the rules of meditation hal l.
6. Quota: 80 people only.
7. Fee:
a. 120{ (80{ for those with Student Card )
b. Borrowing and Laundry fee for meditation practitioner's outfits provided by the
temple. Please bring with you:
(1) At least five sets of underwear and socks. Should be disposable or token home
to wash after the retreat.
(2)Shoes should be easily worn and token oft and should not make any sounds
when walking. )
(3)Meals & accommodation are free, however, donations are welcome.
8. Application:
a. From now on until the quota is full.
b. Application form can be downloaded from http://www.foguangshan.fr. Summit
the completed application form and documents (copy of passport, one passport
size photo, biography (either in Chinese or in English, not less than 300 words) to
our affiliated temple(s) in Europe, where interview will be arranged.
c. Confirmation letter will be sent to successful applicant(s).
d. Please apply as soon as possible.
9. Schedule: 10:00 - 12:00 Registration time (1st July, Saturday)
Retreat commences after lunch (1st July, Saturday)
Accomplish after lunch (7th July, Friday)
10. Correspondence Address:
3 allee Madame de Montespan 77600 Bussy Saint Georges FRANCE
Tel: 33 (1) 6021 36 36 E-mail : activities@foguangshan.fr
Related Link:http://fgs-tempel.de/tw/archives/1156

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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] 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] 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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