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Conference> Buddhism in Dialogue with Contemporary Societies, 20-22 June 2018
The Museum für Völkerkunde, Rothenbaumchaussee 64, 20148 Hamburg
The Academy of World Religions and the Numata Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of Hamburg, Germany, announce the International and Interdisciplinary Conference "Buddhism in Dialogue with Contemporary Societies," 20-22 June 2018 at the Museum für Völkerkunde, Rothenbaumchaussee 64, 20148 Hamburg.
For more information and program see:
You are most welcome to register here:
With best wishes,
Dr. Carola Roloff
Universität Hamburg, Akademie der Weltreligionen
Von-Melle-Park 8, 20146 Hamburg, Germany
Tel. +49 (0)40 42838-7768, Fax: +49-(0)40-42838-3441
Conference announcement: Buddhism and Law: Between Text and Context
2019.09.27 ~ 2019.09.29
the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy at the Buffalo Law School SUNY, New York
Announcing the Second International Conference on Buddhism and Law hosted by the journal, Buddhism, Law & Society. The conference will be held at the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy at the Buffalo Law School SUNY, New York. The proposed dates are Friday–Sunday, September 27–29, 2019.
The format will be themed panels and two keynote speakers.
Topics may include: different versions of the vinaya in Sanskrit, Pali and other vernacular sources; the relationship of Buddhist law and constitutionalism in emerging democracies, Buddhism and social policy, the relationship of Buddhism and the state to religious education, family law, criminal law, law and economy, property, colonialism, and legal process.
All housing, food and local transportation with be provided by the Baldy Center as well as some assistance with conference airfare. We remain open to your interests and proposals for papers and panels. Papers produced for the conference will be published in the journal, Buddhism, Law & Society. For more information, please contact:
Josh Coene, Managing Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Petra Kieffer-Pülz, Articles Editor, email@example.com;
Rebecca R. French, Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CFP> Panel "The Lay Sciences in Tibet." 15th IATS seminar, Paris, July 7-13, 2019
2019.07.07 ~ 2017.07.13
I would like to invite interested scholars to participate in a panel entitled "The Lay Sciences in Tibet," to be held at the 15th IATS seminar in Paris from July 7-13, 2019. Please see the panel's abstract below for more details, and contact me with any further question.
Centre for Buddhist Studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute
P.O. Box 21277, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tibetan intellectual culture has been shaped in great part by its inheritance of Indian models of knowledge, which organize the various fields of knowledge under the category of the five (“inner science” or Buddhism, linguistics, healing, logic, and arts) or ten sciences (adding astrology, poetics, prosody, synonymics and drama). This panel will look at the way Tibetan culture has appropriated those sciences, how they have evolved in the Tibetan context, and how they relate to other elements of Tibetan culture. Issues treated may include the relation between the lay sciences and the inner science of Buddhism, Tibetan developments of those sciences, Tibetan attitudes towards non-Buddhist knowledge, both historically and in the contemporary period, and the ways Tibetan Buddhist culture has been influenced or transformed by lay sciences.
Summer Pacific Seminar - 21st Century
JODO SHINSHU CENTER 2140 Durant Avenue (btwn Shattuck and Fulton), Berkeley, CA 94704
About Pacific Seminar:
Continuing in the spirit of the Pacific Seminars which enlivened the Jodo Shinshu movement in the US after WWII, the IBS and the BCA Center for Buddhist Education re-initiated the Pacific Seminar – 21st Century in 2008 shortly after the Jodo Shinshu Center first opened, ushering in a new era for Jodo Shinshu Buddhist education. In addition to the two-day annual summer session, one-day Winter and Spring Pacific Seminar sessions have been hosted in Southern California and in the Northwest.
REV. DR. JEROME DUCOR
Born and living in Geneva, Jerome Ducor studied Buddhism at Lausanne University. He graduated thereafter in religious studies and passed his doctorate in Japonology at the University of Geneva. He specialized in Japanese Buddhism at Ryûkoku University and received ordination and a masters degree in the Jôdo-Shinshû school of Buddhism at Hompa-Honganji (Kyôto). He presently acts as the resident minister at Shingyôji temple in Geneva and as the president of the Institut d'études bouddhiques in Paris. From 1992 to 1993 he taught East-Asian religions at McGill University (Montreal). He is the curator in charge of the Asia Department of Geneva's Ethnographic Museum (MEG), and teaching as a Privat-Docent at the Department of Oriental Languages and Civilizations of the University of Lausanne, as well as a Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies at University of Geneva. Rev. Ducor e is also an Associated Member of the Centre de Recherche sur les Civilisations de l'Asie Orientale (CNRS - CRCAO / UMR8155 Japan)
Deadline for registration: June 20, 2018
11th biennial conference of the International Society for Media, Religion, and Culture (ISMRC)
2018.08.08 ~ 2018.08.11
Village Center Dining and Community Commons University of Colorado Boulder 3300 Baseline Road Boulder, Colorado 80303
The Center for Media, Religion and Culture and the College of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado Boulder will host the 11th biennial conference of the International Society for Media, Religion, and Culture (ISMRC), which will explore the relationship between media, religion and public scholarship. This conference will be held August 8-11, 2018 and will bring together international scholars from various disciplines including media studies, journalism, politics, religious studies, the anthropology and sociology of religion, history, the study of literature and public policy. The conference, since its first meeting in 1996, has become the leading international gathering for the discussion of research in religion, media and culture. We invite proposals for panels, workshops and/or roundtable sessions as well as for individual papers. The Call for Papers can be found here .
Following the success of the first doctoral student pre-conference at the 2016 ISMRC conference in Seoul, we will also host a workshop for PhD students on Tuesday, August 7. Participants register for this during conference registration. Details about this workshop, along with the Call for Papers, can be found here.
Additional details about the conference, including conference registration, can be found here.
Call for Papers: Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies - Issue 14 (2019)
The Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies is looking for papers for the 14th issue, which is planned to be published in 2019. We are open to submissions from scholars working in, but not limited to, anthropology, sociology, psychology, philosophy, history and religious studies. Articles may focus on any region or historical period. Scholars do not have to be affiliated with a Canadian university to submit.
The CJBS welcomes articles on classical textual and intertextual analysis, including work on hagiography, Buddhist art, ritual, doctrinal questions and lineage formation, and work on contemporary Buddhist communities concerning, for example, the implications of fluid demographic transformations, cultural hybridity, and challenges associated with communal continuity of praxis and doctrine in a context of global mobilities.
The Canadian context is a key concern of CJBS. However, global realities of migration, rapidly changing mass media and telecommunications, and the associated ascendancy of mobilities perspectives in the social sciences necessitate inclusion of articles on Buddhists in countries other than Canada.
Article Submission Deadline
for CJBS Issue 14 (2019) is
June 30, 2018.
Please consult our submission guidelines before submitting an article.
Scholars interested in reviewing a book(s) from this list are welcome to contact our Book Review Editor Dr. Jacqueline Ho at email@example.com with expressions of interest by
December 1, 2018
(to allow for adequate shipping times).
We also accept suggestions for book reviews that are not on the list. Please contact Jacqueline Ho at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to suggest a book for review.
Book Review Submission Deadline
for CJBS Issue 14 (2019) is
February 1, 2019.
Announcing the publication of Buddhism, Law & Society, Vol. 2 – 2016-2017
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We are pleased to announce the publication of the second volume of
Buddhism, Law & Society
VOLUME 2 – 2016-2017
Rebecca Redwood French
– Editor's Introduction
Jens W. Borgland
– “Undetermined Matters: On the Use of Lay Witnesses in Buddhist Monastic Procedural Law”
This paper investigates one aspect of Buddhist monastic procedural law set forth in the aniyata (“undetermined”) section of the Prātimokṣa/Vibhaṅgas of the extant monastic law codes (vinaya). Here we find rules concerning how to handle cases in which a monk is accused by a trustworthy female lay follower (upāsikā) of having stayed alone in a secluded place with a woman. These rules have hitherto received comparatively little study, most of which has focused on the (Theravāda) Pāli vinaya. By examining the aniyata rules and their canonical commentaries in all six extant vinayas, I show that the treatment of these rules in the Pāli vinaya is not representative of Buddhist monastic law in general, and that the commonly held notion that any punitive legal action taken against a monk at the very least requires that he acknowledge the act, if not the offense with which he stands accused, is in need of revision. This paper further shows that there are significant differences between the Tibetan and Chinese translations of the Vibhaṅga of the Mūlasarvāstivāda vinaya (MSV), and so contributes to recent investigations into multiple MSV traditions. It also discusses some differences and similarities between the different vinayas, especially common elements between the Sarvāstivāda, Mūlasarvāstivāda and Mahāsāṃghika vinayas.
Vesna A. Wallace
– “The Interface of Mongolian Nomadic Culture, Law and Monastic Sexual Morality”
In traditional Mongolian nomadic society, which had its own culturally embedded dimensions of sexuality and highly flexible rules regulating social life, the monastic institutionalization of sexuality was a long process that has been met with resistance to this day. Mongolian Buddhists’ lenient attitude toward sexual desire also found its support in the Buddhist tantric teachings, as it has been often pointed out by contemporary monks in Mongolia in their response to the critics of their sexual conduct. A study of various laws instituted in Mongolia from the seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries reveals a variety of ways in which different governing bodies sought to negotiate the problem of monks’ sexual misconduct through their prohibitive and penal measures.
Richard W. Whitecross
– “Of Texts and Drama: Delivering Justice in Bhutan”
This paper presents a short history of the development of legal texts in Bhutan with some analysis of how the later texts reflect the globalized language of the rule of law refracted through recent attempts to anchor and legitimize Bhutanese court process with cultural imagery. It then moves to a discussion of religious cultural imagery and its recent fascinating use in the legal system, a change that has occurred in just the last twenty years. This imagery in the form of huge masks in the courtrooms comes from a key drama enacted throughout Bhutan at the annual tshechu (religious festivals) depicting the judgement of the dead by Yama, Lord of the Dead. The paper argues that the role and meaning of religious belief and its presence in the judicial sphere needs to be examined and re-examined in each context for its presence and use. Building on Brown (2015) the paper argues that we need to consider the different worldviews expressed in different periods, as reflected in the texts examined, when we consider the complex interrelationship between Buddhism and law in Bhutan.
– “Translocal Debates and Legal Hermeneutics: Early Pāli Vinaya Texts in the Adjudication of Sīmā Procedures, c. 1200–1900 CE.”
From the 5th/6th c. ce onwards Vinaya condensations replaced the study of the monastic law code (Vinaya) and its commentary, the Samantapāsādikā, in the daily curriculum of the monks of the Theravāda tradition in present-day Sri Lanka. Directives in the royal ordinances (katikāvata) of Lanka dating from the 12th/13th and 18th c. ce regarding the texts to be memorized by young monks show that, in addition to the condensations, the katikāvatas themselves were an issue in the education of the monks. Thus it seems that the Vinaya and its commentary were pushed into the background. In the present contribution I try to show that this attitude in daily life does not reflect the situation in crises of the Buddhist community, when it becomes necessary to prove specific issues by authoritative statements. In such cases the most authoritative source, that is, the monastic law code which is considered the “Word of the Buddha,” the fully Enlightened One, by tradition, came into play again, together with the commentary considered to include the information from the earliest commentaries that as it was understood were included already in the 1st saṅgīti. In two challenging legal disputes concerning Buddhist monastic boundaries (sīmā) I will show that in the attempt to solve the legal disputes, the monastic law code and its commentary served as the last resort.
– “Withdrawal from the Monastic Community and Re-ordination of Former Monastics in the Dharmaguptaka Tradition”
At the apex of Buddhist monasticism are its fully ordained members—Buddhist monks (bhikṣu) and nuns (bhikṣuṇī). The texts on monastic discipline (vinayas) indicate that some monks and nuns, at certain points in their lives, may choose to withdraw from the saṃgha (monastic community). The vinaya texts from every tradition attempt to regulate such decisions, as well as the re-ordination of former monastics. In this paper, I focus on the Dharmaguptaka tradition, the vinaya of which has become standard in China and neighboring regions. My intention is to answer intriguing questions raised by Petra Kieffer-Pülz in her study on the re-ordination of nuns in the Theravāda tradition, which appeared in the first volume of this journal (2015–2016): which options are available to monks and nuns who wish to withdraw from the monastic community; and is it possible for them to gain readmission to the saṃgha? I also address a third question: what does this imply for the Dharmaguptaka tradition? My research focuses on the Dharmaguptaka vinaya, and on the commentaries of the most prominent Chinese vinaya master, Daoxuan (596–667 ce), whose work lies at the heart of standard—and contemporary—understanding of vinayas in China.
– “The Unique Nature of the Mūlasarvāstivādin Law Code for Nuns”
On the basis of an examination of twenty-seven textual witnesses of the section on nuns’ conduct (Bhikṣuṇī-vinayavibhaṅga) in the monastic law code (Vinaya) of the influential north Indian Buddhist school known as the Mūlasarvāstivāda (Mūlasarvāstivāda-vinaya), I argue that a distinct Bhutanese recension is discernible. Found in six of the twenty-seven witnesses—sTog and Shey Palace manuscripts, and four Bhutanese manuscripts (Chizhi, Dongkarla, Gangteng, and Neyphug)—this recension resolves many of the inconsistencies present in the most commonly consulted editions of the Tibetan translation of the Bhikṣuṇī-vinayavibhaṅga. The discrepancies between these two recensions are of considerable interest and importance given that these recensions differ significantly in terms of the presence and absence of certain rules, frame stories, and legal analyses for nuns.
The present article is divided into eight sections. In the first section, I discuss a number of characteristics that make the Mūlasarvāstivāda-vinaya unique among the corpus of extant Buddhist monastic law codes: its linguistic diversity, the sheer volume of canonical texts, the enormous number of commentarial treatises, and the sometimes seemingly insurmountable philological challenges. In the second section, I provide a brief overview of the corpus of canonical Tibetan Buddhist texts devoted to rules for nuns (Bhikṣuṇī-vinayavibhaṅga, Bhikṣuṇī-prātimokṣa, and Ārya-sarvāstivādi-mūla-bhikṣuṇī-prātimokṣa-sūtra-vṛtti). Here too I discuss the unique position of the Mūlasarvāstivāda-vinaya as the only monastic law code preserving frame stories and canonical legal analyses—word-commentaries, casuistries, exception clauses, and discussion of mitigating and aggravating factors—for nuns’ rules which are common to both female and male monastic orders. I also briefly discuss the unique situation of the lack of correspondence between the Tibetan Bhikṣuṇī-vinayavibhaṅga and the Bhikṣuṇī-prātimokṣa, first noted by the Tibetan polymath Bu sTon rin chen grub (1290–1364).
In the third section, I outline the sources used in the present study, and discuss their historical relationships. In the fourth section, I provide an overview of the idiosyncratic numbering system employed in the Tibetan Bhikṣuṇī-vinayavibhaṅga. I also outline one of the key inconsistencies in this text: the fact that the section said to contain 180 pāyantikā rules for nuns contains considerably more than the stated number. In the fifth section, I cite a number of examples of differences between what are ostensibly the same rules in the Tibetan Bhikṣuṇī-vinayavibhaṅga and the Tibetan Bhikṣuṇī-prātimokṣa. In the sixth section, I examine a number of irregularities related to the 72 shared pāyantikā rules for monks and nuns in order to demonstrate the existence of a distinct Bhutanese recension, one which is considerably closer to the normative Mūlasarvāstivādin tradition of the Indian disciplinarian Guṇaprabha (c. 5th–7th cents.) than the text found in other manuscripts and xylographs that are regularly consulted in the study of Indian and Tibetan female monasticism. The conclusion (seventh section) is followed by an Appendix (eighth section) listing details of the twenty-seven witnesses of the Tibetan Bhikṣuṇī-vinayavibhaṅga surveyed herein.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Buddhism, Law & Society
is the first interdisciplinary academic journal to focus on relationship between Buddhism, law, and society. The scope of the journal is broad. Buddhism and its many social and legal manifestations are a central area of interest for the journal, as are the state’s legal relations to Buddhist actors, institutions and texts. We invite articles on jurisprudence, philosophy, procedure, local community practices, ethics, and social sanctions, both historical and contemporary, as they relate to Buddhism and law in society in Asian and global contexts. The journal welcomes submissions from legal practitioners as well as academics in a wide variety of disciplines in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Law and will consider publishing panels of papers from conferences, geographically specific areas, festschrifts and symposia. Articles are published electronically on a rolling basis and compiled into a print volume at the end of each year.
For more information, visit the journal website:
Or, email us:
Josh Coene, Managing Editor,
Petra Kieffer-Pülz, Articles Editor,
Rebecca R. French, Editor,
Rebecca Redwood French
School of Law, SUNY BUffalo
Conference CFP> Zen Buddhism: Roots and Branches
FAU’s Boca Raton campus
The Asian Studies program and the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture of Florida Atlantic University (FAU) invite paper proposals for a conference on Zen Buddhism: Roots and Branches that will be held November 2–3, 2018 at FAU’s Boca Raton campus. The conference’s call for papers is as follows:
Zen Buddhism: Roots and Branches
Today Zen Buddhism is both a religion and a bodily practice with branches that have spread over the entire world. Its roots first developed in China during the Tang Dynasty (618–907 CE), and by the thirteenth century the tradition had spread to Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. In the modern period, the theory and practice of Zen has become prominent in Europe, the Americas, and elsewhere. This conference will provide a forum for scholars to explore both the early development and the later spread of Zen. Areas of particular interest include both ancient and modern issues related to history, ethics, aesthetics, gender, as well as pedagogy.
Abstracts of 250 words and a current CV should be sent electronically as attachments to email@example.com no later than August 1, 2018. Please direct conference inquiries to the same address. Further information about the conference will be made available at http://www.fau.edu/bodymindculture, where you can also consult the programs of the Center’s prior international conferences. Prospective speakers should be notified by August 25, 2018.
Call for Papers> "Religions" special issue on "Buddhism in the US and Canada"
Over the last two decades, a growing body of scholarship has emerged on Buddhism in both the United States and Canada including several edited volumes and monographs such as Harding, Hori, and Soucy’s Flowers on the Rock (2014), Mitchell and Quli’s Buddhism Beyond Borders (2015), and Wilson’s Dixie Dharma (2012). Whereas an earlier generation of scholarship on North American Buddhism was dominated by historical studies, and Numrich’s North American Buddhists in Social Context (2008) brought a much needed sociological lens to the subject, more work is needed to chart the landscape of North American Buddhism.
Wilson has argued that Buddhism in the United States (2015) and Canada (2011) is a local phenomenon. To truly test that hypothesis, sustained ethnographic fieldwork would be needed to critically explore and describe Buddhism’s various expressions in the Midwest, New England, Hawai’i, or the Pacific Northwest. Within these regional locales, Buddhism manifests in a variety of ways, and Buddhists adapt (or resist adapting) their practices to suit local ecological, economic, and cultural conditions. A deeper understanding how North American Buddhists have attuned traditional forms of dress, behavior, economies, or practices to local conditions is needed.
For this volume, we hope to solicit work that focuses on select regions, field sites, or case studies to explore North American Buddhism's various engagements with broader cultural trends. Such trends may include the rise of secular mindfulness programs; social, political, and ecological engagements; local economies, globalization, and the commodification of Buddhist images and icons; or Buddhist higher education and Buddhist practitioners within the academic field of Buddhist Studies. We are also interested in new theoretical approaches to the study of Buddhism in the United States and Canada, as well as critical evaluations of previously understudied Buddhist teachers, leaders, and public figures.
Deadline for manuscript submissions:
November 30, 2018
For more information on this volume, the journal Religions, and submission processes, please see the website here: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions/special_issues/canada
Announcement> Royal Asiatic Society Call for Book Proposals
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The Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland invites the submission of book proposals on subjects related to the cultures, history, languages and religions of Asia. The Society supports the publication of 4 to 5 books a year in collaboration with a variety of publishers which include Routledge, University of Edinburgh Press, National University of Singapore Press, University of Hong Kong Press, Cambridge University Press, India and the Gingko Library. Recent publications include
Anglo-Indians and Minority Politics in South Asia: Race, Boundary Making and Communal Nationalism
, U. E. Charlton-Stevens, Routledge (2017),
Women in Mongol Iran: The Khatuns, 1206-1335
, Bruno De Nicola, Edinburgh University Press with the RAS (2017),
Southeast Asia in Ruins, Art and Empire in the Early 19th Century
, Sarah Tiffin, National University of Singapore Press with the RAS (2016). Please see
for guidelines on the submission of proposals.
UK Association for Buddhist Studies Annual Conference 2018
2018.06.21 ~ 2018.06.22
UK Association for Buddhist Studies Annual Conference
21–22 June 2018
University of Bristol
Call for Papers
We invite proposals for papers for the UK Association for Buddhist Studies Annual Conference, which will take place at the University of Bristol, 21–22 June 2018. The theme of the conference will be ‘Buddhism and Material Culture’. We welcome proposals for papers addressing any aspect of this topic relating to Buddhism ancient or modern, in Asia or the West.
Presenters will be allocated forty minutes for their paper and fifteen minutes for discussion, and will normally be expected to pay their own conference registration and expenses. The conference fee, including food but excluding accommodation, is expected to be £75 for UKABS members (£65 for student, retired, monastic and unwaged members) and £100 for non-members. Final registration details will be announced in February 2018.
We also welcome proposals from doctoral research students, who will be allocated twenty minutes for their paper and ten minutes for discussion, and given free registration.
Some financial assistance may be available to those whose participation depends upon it; please indicate if this is the case when submitting your abstract.
To propose a paper, please send a title and abstract of no more than 500 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, 9 February 2018.
Professor of Buddhist Studies
University of Bristol
Department of Religion and Theology
3 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB, UK
CFP>Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies
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The Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies (JCBS) welcomes original research articles, research notes, translation of short tracts (with introduction), and methodological reflections regarding the historical study of Chinese Buddhism in the premodern and modern periods. The JCBS seeks to promote the academic study, and teaching, of all aspects of Buddhist thought, practice, social, and institutional life in China, including historical interactions with Buddhist developments in South, East, and Central Asia. It publishes annually, and meets in conjunction with the American Academy of Religion. The deadline for article submissions is December 15. The deadline for special topics proposals is November 1. Publication time for the each volume is in July, both online (
) and in print.
All prospective authors receive an initial response from the editor within two weeks as to whether their submission is suitable for JCBS and can be passed into the peer review phase without significant revisions. Two external reviewers are then given a maximum of two months to conduct a double-blind review of the submitted manuscript. If no major revisions are required, the manuscript in question will be accepted for publication and be placed in queued for publication in the next issue.
All submissions should be sent to the editors by email attachment in Word file formatted according to the “Manuscript Formatting” requirements. See submision details here:
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have concerning publishing your work in JCBS.
Jimmy Yu and Dan Stevenson
Editors, Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies