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Enrollment Options posted date:2018-11-28
Time:Refer in links for deadline

Degree and Certificate Program Students
Degree and certificate program students (sometimes referred to as regular students) have completed an application form and have been accepted into a specific degree or certificate program. Please review program overviews and admissions requirements for more details on how to enroll as a regular degree or certificate student.

Non-Degree Students
Special Student

Students who do not wish to matriculate in a degree or certificate program may apply for status as a special student.

Special student status is either: (1) for students preparing to enroll at IBS as a degree program student, in which case the status is normally maintained for no more than one academic year; or (2) for students wishing to take classes for credit to transfer to another institution. Special students are expected to be able to work at the graduate level, and are required to fulfill all academic work expected of other students in the class(es) they take. They receive most privileges accorded to degree program students, with the exception of academic advising and library privileges at GTU and UCB. The same tuition and registration fees, policies and procedures apply to Special Students as apply to degree program students.

click here for: IBS Special Student Application


Some courses are open to enrollment by auditors. No grade is given to the auditor, nor is any record of attendance maintained by the Institute. Transcripts are not available for audited classes. Auditor status does not include library privileges or academic advising. Permission to audit a course is always at the discretion of the instructor. Whereas auditors can expect to work at the graduate level, attend all class sessions, and participate in discussion, the instructor’s first priority will always be to regular students. The auditor shall not expect to receive any guidance, feedback, or advising from the instructor.

click here for: IBS Reg Form AY18.19 special students and auditors

Please contact the IBS Registrar’s Office for more information on our enrollment options and procedures.
Related Link:http://www.shin-ibs.edu/admissions/enrollment-options/

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Distance Learning> MA in Buddhist Studies at Otago posted date:2018-11-28
Location:Campus in Dunedin

We are pleased to announce the introduction of a new MA in Buddhist Studies by coursework at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Further details may be obtained at https://www.otago.ac.nz/courses/subjects/budh.html or from Will Sweetman (will.sweetman@otago.ac.nz).

Each year, one of the elective courses for the MA (RELS 521 Readings in Buddhist Texts) will be taught by a visiting lecturer. In 2019, Professor Justin McDaniel will read Buddhist Cosmological Texts and Contexts. The MA is available by distance learning, but students taking RELS 521 will need to be present on campus in Dunedin for an intensive seminar from 11-16 February 2019.

If you have students who you think would be interested in the MA, we'd be grateful if you would draw it to their attention.

Best wishes

Will Sweetman


Associate Professor Will Sweetman

Head of Department / Tumuaki

Theology and Religion / Te Tari Whakapono

University of Otago / Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo

+64 3 479 8793


Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/3022958/ma-buddhist-studies-otago

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Transmission and Innovation: Mapping Charisma in Modern Chinese Buddhism (Seminar) posted date:2018-11-29
Time:2019.01.26 9:00~13:00
Location:Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: S113

Dr Francesca Tarocco (NYU Shanghai)

Organiser: SOAS Centre of Buddhist Studies

Contact email: es27@soas.ac.uk

Sponsor: Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation
Related Link:https://www.soas.ac.uk/buddhiststudies/events/26jan2019-transmission-and-innovation-mapping-charisma-in-modern-chinese-buddhism-seminar.html

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“Softened Words Of Praise" An In-depth Look at Shinran Shonin’s Wasan posted date:2018-11-28
Time:Deadline: 2019.01.31
Location:Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, 815 E. First Street Los Angeles, CA 90012

Download flyer in English/Jpnz

Download registration form Individual/Group

Related Link:http://www.buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/center-for-buddhist-education/

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Conference> Digital Humanities 2021 (DH2021) at UTokyo posted date:2018-07-06
Time:2021.08.23 ~ 2021.08.28
Location:The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

We are delighted to be able to tell you that the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (#ADHO) has selected the University of Tokyo as host for DH2021 (@DH2021_Tokyo)!! We hope that all Buddhist Studies scholars who are running digital projects will put this date on your distant calendar.
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/1987492/conference-digital-humanities-2021-dh2021-utokyo

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Conference announcement: Buddhism and Law: Between Text and Context posted date:2018-05-25
Time:2019.09.27 ~ 2019.09.29
Location: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, editor@buddhismandlaw.org;

Petra Kieffer-Pülz, Articles Editor, kiepue@t-online.de;

Rebecca R. French, Editor, rrfrench@buffalo.edu.
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/1860595/conference-announcement-buddhism-and-law-between-text-and-context

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CFP> Panel "The Lay Sciences in Tibet." 15th IATS seminar, Paris, July 7-13, 2019 posted date:2018-05-18
Time: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.

Yours truly,

Philippe Turenne
Associate Professor
Kathmandu University,
Centre for Buddhist Studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute
P.O. Box 21277, Kathmandu, Nepal

Panel description:

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.
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/1836151/cfp-panel-lay-sciences-tibet-15th-iats-seminar-paris-july-7-13

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CFP> Call for Papers for "Bad Buddhism" Special Issue with Journal of Global Buddhism posted date:2018-12-12

Following on from the successful "The good in 'bad Buddhism: beyond ancient wisdom for contemporary woes" panel at ASA2018 Oxford, the convenors are organising a Special Issue with The Journal of Global Buddhism on the topic of "Bad Buddhism". We are opening up this Call for Papers outside of conference panellists to diversify the ethnographic and theoretical scope of contributions.

The Journal of Global Buddhism is an open access, peer reviewed scholarly journal established to promote the study of the globalisation of Buddhism, both historical and contemporary, and its transnational and transcontinental interrelatedness (more here).

The Special Issue will address thequestion, “How do we move on from asking the question ‘is this Buddhist?’ and searching for an answer in text?” It will be broadly organised into three sections: 1) Political Buddhisms; 2) Materialistic Buddhisms; and 3) Moral or "Good Bad Buddhisms" (aka practices not deemed 'Buddhist' but nevertheless valorised).

For more details, please see the original Call for Papers for the conference below:

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

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

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

To make a submission, please email the convenors by December 31st 2018 with a title and an abstract of 200-250 words. The deadline for full papers will be March 31st 2019. For more information about article specifications in the Journal of Global Buddhism, please see the author submission guidelines. Please note guidelines on word length and formatting.

If you have any questions, contact:

Hannah Gould, Melbourne University, hannahhg@unimelb.edu.au

Melyn McKay, Oxford University, melyn.mckay@anthro.ox.ac.uk
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/3331473/cfp-call-papers-bad-buddhism-special-issue-journal-global

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New England & Canadian Maritimes Joint Region posted date:2018-11-22
Location:Medford—Somerville campus of Tufts University 419 Boston Avenue, Medford, Massachusetts 02155

2019 Joint Regional Conference of the New England & Canadian Maritimes(NEMAAR) Joint Regional Conference of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the New England/Eastern Canada Region of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)
Friday 22 March 2019 Medford—Somerville campus of Tufts University(419 Boston Avenue, Medford, Massachusetts 02155)

BEFORE Submitting your proposal PLEASE READ ALL THESE DIRECTIONS carefully

The NEMAAR Conference is open to all individuals, though those with accepted proposals must be active (i.e., current paid-up) members of the AAR by no later than February 21, 2019. AAR members from Regions other than NEMAAR are invited to participate, though the Graduate Student Essay Competition is limited only.to graduate students of institutions within the geographical boundaries of NEMAAR. SBL members should apply via the SBL Region
Coordinator at amelia.devin.freedman@gmail.com, by January 18, 2019.

Proposal Submission Deadline & Practicalia By Friday January 18, 2019 please e-mail a onepage, double-spaced Paper Proposal (c. 250 words) in a PC-compatible electronic file (doc, docx, or pdf) named with your own surname to NEMAAR Regional Coordinator James Bretzke at jbretzke@jesuits.org with “NEMAAR Paper Proposal” in the Subject Line. Include within the proposal itself your own name, your institutional affiliation (if any), and contact information, including e-mail address. Please indicate your current AAR membership status, as only paid-up members may present. As we plan on including the e-mail information in the Conference Program, and if you wish not to have such information included please state this clearly in your Proposal Information. We do need, though, the e-mail address for internal communication with all those submitting a proposal.

While there is no set Conference Theme, we are especially interested in papers/panels which may intersect with subject matter of the Society of Biblical Literature with whom we are cosponsoring the joint conference. Other paper or panel proposals also are welcome. In your proposal indicate the general subject or interest area (e.g., Ethics, Religions in Asia, Historical Theology, Gender & Sexuality, Theology & Art, Islam, Comparative Religions, Spirituality, etc.) as well as the specific title of your paper. Also please indicate if you will need any AV equipment or have other special needs. If you have someone who might serve as a convener for your Session please indicate that as well. If no Convener is designated we will do our best to find a volunteer.

Panel proposals are most welcome, and in the case of a successful panel proposal an entire 75 minute Session will be devoted to the Panel Presentation and Discussion.

Abstract: Also include a c. 75 word Abstract of your paper, which will be used in the Conference Program should your paper be accepted. The Abstract does NOT “count” in the limit of the one-page Paper Proposal.

Conference Format
Individual, concurrent Conference Sessions will be 75-80 minutes in length. Single Papers accepted will be grouped with another Paper in the same general area, so presenters each would be asked to limit their individual presentation to about 25 minutes, which comes to 12-13 pages of written text, double-spaced and with 12 point font. This format then would allow time for some reasonable follow-up discussion and questions. Panel proposals accepted will have the entire 75 minute concurrent session at their disposal (i.e., only one panel per 75-80 minute concurrent session will be scheduled).

Notification of Paper Proposal Acceptance
Authors of proposals will be notified by the second week of February and at that time all accepted paper presenters must become active (i.e., paid up) members of the American Academy of Religion and will also be expected to complete paid registration for the conference itself.

Conference Registration, Fees, and Practicalia
The Conference Registration itself will be handled by the SBL, and will be modest, including a box lunch and limited snacks and beverages. Very, very limited funds may be available for travel by NEMAAR members only outside of Metro Boston. Please send the details for your travel request in a separate e-mail to James Bretzke at jbretzke@jesuits.org with NEMAAR Travel Funds Request in the subject header. No other conference-related expenses such as housing, parking, etc. can be paid for Conference participants by NEMAAR.
All those whose proposals have been accepted are expected to present their own papers at the regional conference.

• an address by Jack Miles, Corcoran Chair in Jewish-Christian Relations, Boston College, and Pulitzer Prize winning author. See his biography here: https://www.bc.edu/bcweb/bcnews/campuscommunity/faculty/new-corcoran-chairholder.html.

• a panel discussion on the topic of academic labor moderated by the SBL Regional President, Yonder Gillihan (Boston College), and the AAR Regional president, Paul Firenze (Wentworth Institute of Technology). Panelists TBA.

• “Race in and in Front of the Classroom,” a panel discussion organized by the SBL Regional Student Committee and the AAR Student Director Alex Mayfield. Panelists TBA.

• Student Gathering: The SBL Regional Student Committee and the AAR Student Director Alex Mayfield invite all student attendees to meet them at a local restaurant for a self-pay social gathering after the conference’s closing reception. Details TBA.

Annual Regional Business Meeting
In addition to the Conference presentations there will be the annual NEMAAR Business Meeting convened by the outgoing NEMAAR President Paul Firenze and the incoming President Eva Pascual, assisted by the retiring NEMAAR Regional Coordinator Rev. Dr. James Bretzke, SJ.
Elections for new NEMAAR officers, including the Vice-President and Regional Coordinator, will be held at this annual Business Meeting.

Graduate Student Paper Competition
Graduate student presenters
who are currently enrolled in a degree program in an institution within the geographical boundaries of NEMAAR (New England and Maritime States) are eligible to enter the competition for best graduate student paper, which comes with a small monetary award. Papers considered for this competition should be 5,000 - 7,000 words, 12-point font and double-spaced, and must be submitted no later than February 21, 2019 to Professor Ann Marie Bahr at annmarie.bahr@sdstate.edu. Winners will be announced, and must be physically present at the Conference Business Meeting on March 22, 2019.

For any Conference-related questions not already answered in this CFP please e-mail NEMAAR Regional Coordinator James Bretzke at jbretzke@jesuits.org and indicate your question in the subject-header.

Transportation: The Conference site is accessible by the MBTA participants are encouraged to
take public transportation, car-pool, taxi, Uber, Lyft, etc. Subway Red Line to Davis Square, and
Bus Routes 80, 94, 96. Some on-site parking though will be available in a Tufts lot.

The Full Conference Program, when it is ready in early March 2019, will be posted to the
NEMAAR node on the AAR web-site
Related Link:https://www.aarweb.org/

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Pacific Northwest posted date:2018-11-22
Location:Central Washington University

Guidelines for Submitting Proposals
Step 1: Complete the Individual-Proposal-Participant-Form-for-Submissions (click on the title to open) for any proposal submitted. Carefully note any audiovisual equipment you require before you submit your proposal.
Step 2: E-mail with Attachments: Submit your proposal via email attachment to the Program Unit Chair/Co-Chairs no later than Wednesday, January 30th, 2019. Any deadline extension that might be required should be cleared with chairs.
Step 3: Notification of your proposal acceptance status for the Annual Regional Meeting program will be sent by Friday, March 1st, 2019.

General Participation Requirements at the Regional Meeting

Membership to AAR, SBL or ASOR is not required to submit a proposal in response to the Call for Papers.
However all participants must be members in order to present, and all participants accepted to the program must be registered for the Regional Meeting by Friday, March 29th, 2019 at 11:59pm.
You must make your own travel and housing arrangements to present at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. See below for more details on discounted housing arrangements.

Registration and Housing (Information will be updated soon)

Click here to register for the 2019 conference!
Hotel registration (Information coming soon)
Saturday Banquet registration (information coming soon)

Call for papers 2019
Submit proposals electronically to section chairs by Wednesday, Jan 3oth, 2019
Paper proposals should be 400-500 words.
Papers should be no longer than 17-20 minutes in length.

All accepted presenters MUST register by Friday March 29th, 2019 or their presentation will be cancelled and omitted from online program.

Membership is not required to submit a proposal, but membership IS REQUIRED to present at the conference. A small number of partial scholarships to assist with membership fees for currently enrolled students are available.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS are due to program chairs by Wednesday, JANUARY 30, 2018 by 11:59pm


Annual Meeting of the Pacific Northwest Regional of the American Academy of Religion

Central Washington University, May 3-5, 2019


The mission of ASOR is to initiate, encourage and support research into, and public understanding of, the peoples and cultures of the Near East from the earliest times.

Call for Papers
We invite abstracts detailing original research, archaeological excavations, and studies of all aspects related to ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean art, archaeology, and ancient Near Eastern languages. Undergraduate and graduate students and independent scholars are welcome to present papers.

Proposals should be submitted directly to the Chair: Monique Vincent, Walla Walla University monavincent@gmail.com

The Arts and Religion section provides a space for interdisciplinary exploration of religion through the arts (in broad contexts). We invite multiple perspectives, embodied passionate scholarship, and rich discussion of the vital role arts have played and continue to play in attempts to create meaning of the human condition, and to address the enduring questions posed by the world’s religions and spiritual traditions.

Call for Papers
As co-chairs of the “Arts and Religion” section of the Pacific Northwest American Academy of Religion (PNW-AAR) we welcome your proposals. Whether you are a student-scholar, a faculty member, or an independent scholar no longer in formal schooling, you may wish to revisit some of your work from the last year or so, and think about submitting a proposal as you continue with your scholarly work this fall. The Pacific Northwest AAR/SBL is a generally open and friendly crowd, and a great place to share your ideas and get more presentation experience!

Proposals should be submitted directly to the co-chairs: Marion Dumont, mariondumont@gmail.com and Karen Villanueva, knvillaneuva@yahoo.com

To promote scholarship in non-Western areas of religion and theology and to assess various comparative methods of investigation.

Proposals should be submitted directly to the Chair: Nick Gier, University of Idaho ngier@uidaho.edu

Call for Papers

The GRSP unit announces its inaugural call for papers exploring all aspects of Religion and Gender or Sexuality for the May 2018 Regional Conference at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. We are open to all papers which explore the intersection of religion and any aspect of gender or sexuality and social power. We are particularly looking for papers in 2018 which explore issues of the public performance of gender or sexuality in religious terms such as in speculative fiction, for example the meditations on the soul of the transgendered android robot at heart of David Weber’s bestselling Safehold series, or in media discourse as a whole, for example the construction of American religious normativity in media coverage of the “gay marriage” issue. Other areas which might be explored are those of the technological image of the human or the thinning of discourse. Papers exploring specific religious perspectives of sexuality, such as Islam or Christianity are welcome. An apt topic area in the current year may be the oppositional use of sexuality as a Democratic or a Republican wedge electoral tool. Interested scholars may propose a full panel in any related area. We are also open to papers from advanced undergraduate or Master’s students, papers which would also be considered for the annual student paper prize (please identify your status with your proposal submission).

Please submit all abstracts or proposals to the co-chairs and Coordinator, Bruce Hiebert, Independent Scholar brucehiebert@shaw.ca and student coordinator, Jennifer Newman, Independent Scholar Jennifer.Elizabeth.Newman@gmail.com

Our section welcomes all papers related to ethics, contemporary social issues or events, and social scientific perspectives on religion. Recurring themes in our discussions include neuroscience, psychology of religious experience, demographic and cultural transitions, war and violence, science, and Speculative Fiction (SF).

Call for Papers
The Religion and Society Unit invites interdisciplinary perspectives that address topics across religion and society. Of particular interest are papers that address various forms of societal conflict such as racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and xenoracism. The goal of this call for papers is to help religious and community leaders to understand various forms of societal conflict, through religious and social scientific methods of analysis, and develop tools and resources that will equip religious and community leaders to address societal conflict. Papers may address the method(s) and the role(s) of forgiveness, religious ethics, social justice, and leadership studies to enter into conversations of conflict resolution.

Proposals should be submitted directly to the co-chairs: Joseph Paxton, Claremont School of Theology, joseph.paxton@cst.edu and Jenna Ferrey, University of Calgary, jennaferrey@gmail.com


Call for Papers
Religion and Society is proud to host an inaugural call for papers for a new unit, Religion and the Social Science, The RSS Unit invites interdisciplinary perspectives that address the integration of religious scholarship with various social scientific disciplines, including anthropology, economics, education, psychology, sociology, or social work. Both religion and social science involve the careful examination and understanding of human experience, and this unit hopes to provide a venue to showcase and discuss scholarship that advances the intersection of this two streams of scholarship. Presentation proposals may consider, for example, topics including religion and mental health; neuropsychology and theology; guilt, shame, and/or forgiveness; humility; religion and sexuality; the psychology of the pastorate; religion and business ethics; and the sociology of faith communities.

Proposals should be submitted directly to the co-chairs: Marcia Webb, Seattle Pacific University, marcia@spu.edu and Joseph Paxton, Claremont School of Theology, joseph.paxton@cst.edu


The Theology and Philosophy of Religion Section exists to provide a forum for scholars to critically examine politics, scriptures, ethics, history, art, literature and/or culture from explicitly philosophical and theological perspectives. We welcome diverse perspectives, and encourage the collegiality of frank and open dialogue between and among disciplinary areas.

Open Call for Papers

The Theology and Philosophy of Religion Section welcomes proposals for papers or panels concerning any aspect of theology and/or the philosophy of religion. Proposals may focus on any topic or issue, including the topic of “paganism.” Please note that all individual presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes in order to allow time for questions and conversation immediately after the presentation. Proposals should be submitted directly to the co-chairs: Sarah Gallant, smgallant@hotmail.com, and Norman Metzler, npjmetzler@gmail.com.


This section explores the lives of women in religion from antiquity to the modern era. It is a forum for the inquiry into literary and material culture of the activity and presence of women in religion and the history of interpretation. It is also a forum for how female and gender related issues are portrayed in sacred texts.

Call for Papers
The Women and Religion section invites papers related to any aspect of our field. Our sessions offer opportunities for thoughtful conversations between presenters and listeners as we create a community of scholars engaged with one another’s work. We welcome proposals for individual papers as well as for themed panels. Given the unforgettable political events that have occurred since we last met, we encourage, as always, reflections on social, gender, and racial justice.

Proposals should be submitted directly to the co-chairs: Elizabeth Goldstein, Gonzaga University, goldstein@gonzaga.edu
Related Link:https://www.aarweb.org/

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Eastern International Region posted date:2018-11-21
Location:McGill University<br>        Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Call for Papers 2019

Call for Papers

2019 Eastern International Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion

April 13-14, 2019

The Eastern International Region of the AAR invites you to submit proposals for papers and panels to be presented at the 2019 Regional Meeting. Alongside the regular panels, the conference will include a series of special sessions on the theme, “Religion in Harm and Healing.” We invite critical reflection on what it means when religious traditions are used to make sense of harm and/or healing, or when religion itself is understood as responsible for harm and/or healing.

Proposals are welcome in all areas within the study of religion, including:

Trauma theory
Medical ethics
Diaspora and transnational studies
Gender studies
Method and theory
Religion and politics
Textual studies

The EIR will once again meet concurrently with SCRIPT (the Society for Comparative Research on Iconic and Performative Texts). Proposals for SCRIPT papers should respond to its call for papers at www.script-site.net. We are also delighted this year to be running concurrently with McGill’s History/Islamic Studies conference “Angelical Conjunctions: Crossroads of Medicine and Religion, 1200-1800” as well as McGill-CREOR’s graduate student conference, which will focus this year on religion and healing.

Alongside individual paper proposals, the Program Committee also welcomes proposals for nontraditional sessions, such as roundtables, dialogues, book discussions, etc.

Each proposal should contain the following in a single e-mail attachment in MS Word format:

One-page abstract (300 words maximum) describing the nature of the paper or panel
Cover page that includes the submitter’s full name, title, institution, status at the institution (undergraduate, graduate student, faculty, staff, etc.), phone number, fax number, e-mail, and mailing address.
For panel proposals, identify the primary contact person

Please send your proposal to eiraarsubmission@gmail.com.

Deadline for submissions is February 1, 2019.

Scholars from any region may apply to participate. Only those proposals received by the deadline will be considered for inclusion in the program. Presentations are limited to twenty minutes, with ten minutes allowed for questions. If you require technical support for your presentation/panel (such as an Internet connection or audio and projection equipment), you must request it with your proposal.

As a general rule, the Region discourages panels comprised of scholars from a single institution. Exceptions to this rule would include a presentation from a research team or a panel based on other types of collaborative research.


The Region welcomes submissions from undergraduates in the field of religious studies. We plan to schedule sessions for shorter undergraduate papers of 15 minutes each. Each proposal should contain the following in a single e-mail attachment in MS Word format:

One-page abstract (300 words maximum) describing the nature of the paper or panel
Letter from a faculty member who has supervised the student’s work
Cover page that includes the student’s full name, institution, phone number, e-mail, and mailing address. For panel proposals, identify the contact person

Please send your proposal to eiraarsubmission@gmail.com.

Deadline for submissions is February 1, 2019.

Note: All presenters at the 2019 regional conference with the exception of undergraduates must have active membership in the AAR or the SBL. All participants must register for the conference.

Student Paper Competition

Graduate and undergraduate students in the Eastern International Region are invited to enter the student paper competition. Please note that to be eligible for submission, the student must attend a university in the Eastern International Region. The committee will give preference to work that is new at this conference. The winning award(s) will be formally presented at the business meeting on Sunday, April 14, 2019.

To enter the competition, please include a line in your proposal indicating that you wish to enter your paper into the Student Paper Competition and submit by the February 1, 2019 deadline. A final draft of the paper is due to the EIR Regional Coordinator Cynthia Hogan (chogan@ithaca.edu) by April 1, 2019. To be eligible for this award the student must read the entire paper at the meeting, which means the paper and presentation must conform to the twenty-minute time limit (= roughly 2,500 words) or 15-minutes for undergraduate papers (roughly 2,000 words).
Related Link:https://www.aarweb.org/

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Call For Papers> BDRC Occasional Papers in Buddhist Studies (BOPBS) posted date:2018-10-04

On behalf of the Buddhist Digital Resource Center (BDRC), we are pleased to invite academic papers on all facets of Buddhist Studies for the inaugural publication of the BDRC Occasional Papers in Buddhist Studies (BOPBS) series. BOPBS is an online, open access, peer-reviewed academic publication series that will be one component of BDRC’s next-generation Linked Open Data platform known as the Buddhist Universal Digital Archive (BUDA). The BOPBS series provides the many scholars who cooperate with and contribute to BDRC and use the material we have targeted for preservation with a venue to publish the work resulting from their use of BDRC’s resources as well as other original research. The series is edited and reviewed by scholars on BDRC’s Board of Advisors and is professionally copy-edited ensuring digital academic publications of a high caliber that are of immediate use to all Buddhist Studies scholars and interested parties.

The series covers the following areas:

Papers on all aspects of Buddhist Studies in relation to primary textual sources in any of the known languages of Buddhist textual transmission will be considered for publication including but not limited to work on: Buddhist literature, narrative studies, philology, codicology, epigraphy, textual studies, textual collections, textual preservation, Digital Humanities, methodological issues found within Buddhist Studies as it relates to Buddhist literature, or either classical or digital approaches to the study of any of the aforementioned topics. Critical editions and/or translations of Buddhist texts are also encouraged.

Editorial Board

Stefan Baums
Marcus Bingenheimer
Jowita Kramer
Todd Lewis
Alexander von Rospatt
Vesna Wallace

Date of publication: BOPBS is currently inviting papers for Volume 1 scheduled to be published in Summer 2019.

Submission deadline: Drafts should be submitted by March 1, 2019. Authors are welcome to contact the editor before the submission deadline.

Submission guidelines: All submissions should be sent in both MS Word (or equivalent) and PDF format. Formatting should follow the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. While there is no page limit, submissions should generally fall within 5,000–10,000 words. Authors wishing to submit a substantially longer paper are encouraged to contact the editor. Contributions for subsequent volumes will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be considered as they arrive for the next available upcoming volume. Please include a brief biographical note (50–100 words) with your submission. Send your manuscript, proposals for potential works relevant to the series that are still in the planning stage, and questions to the editor, Charles DiSimone at disimone@tbrc.org
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Journal> Publication of Japan Studies Review vol. XXII (2018) posted date:2018-09-27
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The Japan Studies Review (JSR) is an annual peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the joint efforts of the Asian Studies Program at Florida International University. JSR remains an outlet for publications related to Southern Japan Seminar events that encourages submissions from a wide range of scholars in the field. The 2018 issue (Volume XXII) features five articles branching into different aspects of Japanese studies.

This year’s journal begins with an analytical study by Giancarla Unser-Schutz titled, “How to Fit in: Naming Strategies among Foreign Residents of Japan,” highlighting how foreigners living in Japan adapt their names and the multifaceted difficulties they experience with the way their names are treated. The second article titled, “Youth Nationalism in Japan during the Lost Decades” by Zeying Wu, explores Japanese youth experiences during the economic growth of the 1970s–1980s and the stagnation of the 1990s, while addressing how experiences during the Lost Decades shaped their national identity with distinct political undertones. A third article, “Narratives of the Early Stage of American Occupation in Okinawa” by So Mizoguchi, delves into comparative studies of the early stage of occupation that emphasizes how tales of postwar Okinawa are distinguished from those of mainland Japan. Furthermore, Noboru Tomonari in “Mikuni Rentarō’s Novel and Coming Out as Burakumin,” discusses Rentarō’s biography as one of the most versatile actors of Japanese cinema and his work The Portrait of Rie, mainly to express his identity and discourse on buraku as a significant part of minority history in modern Japan. Finally, “Bureaucracy Meets Catastrophe: Global Innovations from Two Decades of Research” by Margaret Takeda, Ray Jones, and Marilyn Helms is an intricate collective study that reviews emerging themes from recent studies on global disaster management by focusing on important natural catastrophes in Japan and elsewhere.

In addition, there are two essays included in this issue. Joan Torres-Pou presents the intertextuality of two Central American writers’ travelogues, namely Enrique Gómez Carrillo and Arturo Ambrogi, written in the West but marked by unique preconceived Eurocentric visions of Japan and a sense of Otherness. The second essay by Kinko Ito summarizes the oral history of a young Ainu mother known as Tomoyo Fujiwara, comprised of a series of interviews sharing her personal experiences while living in contemporary Japan. There are three book reviews. Kimura Kiyotaka’s Shōbōgenzō zenbon kaidoku [Deciphering the Shōbōgenzō Fascicles] is reviewed by Eitan Bolokan; Mark Ravina’s Understanding Japan: A Cultural History is reviewed by Daniel Métraux; and Steven E. Gump reviews Matt Goulding’s Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels through Japan’s Food Culture.

JSR is now planning the next two issues and invites submissions, whether articles, essays, or book reviews, on topics dealing with Japan or comparative studies. Submissions can be sent as email attachment to asian@fiu.edu. The editor, Dr. Steven Heine, and members of the editorial board will referee all submissions.

Please visit our website for submission requirements at http://www.asian.fiu.edu/jsr. PDF versions of the current along with past volumes are available online.

Related date:

September 21, 2018

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Announcing the publication of Buddhism, Law & Society, Vol. 2 – 2016-2017 posted date:2018-06-06
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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.

Petra Kieffer-Pülz – “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.

Ann Heirman – “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.

Shayne Clarke – “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.


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: http://www.law.buffalo.edu/beyond/journals/buddhism.html.

Or, email us:

Josh Coene, Managing Editor, editor@buddhismandlaw.org;

Petra Kieffer-Pülz, Articles Editor, kiepue@t-online.de;

Rebecca R. French, Editor, rrfrench@buffalo.edu.

Rebecca Redwood French

School of Law, SUNY BUffalo
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Announcement> Royal Asiatic Society Call for Book Proposals posted date:2018-05-02
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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 http://royalasiaticsociety.org/publications/ for guidelines on the submission of proposals.
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CFP>Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies posted date:2018-04-11
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Dear colleagus,

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

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

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

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

Best wishes,
Jimmy Yu and Dan Stevenson
Editors, Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies
jyu2@fsu.edu or dbsteve@ku.edu
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Thus Have I Heard: Sound and Buddhism in Japan posted date:2018-12-17
Time:2019.03.02 13:00~17:00
Location:Brunei Gallery Room: BGLT

Akinobu Tatsumi, Neil Cantwell & Nick Luscombe (Japan Sound Portrait), Dr Lucia Dolce

The foundational status of the phrase ‘Thus Have I Heard’ within the transmission of Buddhist teachings suggests a primary importance for sound within this religious tradition. This is certainly the case within the different Buddhist schools of Japan, where the use of sound is fundamental to their culture and rituals. This event will explore a multitude of both modern and traditional ways in which sound can provide a vehicle for experiencing and understanding wide-ranging facets of Buddhist teachings.
The programme will include three presentations examining a range of personal engagements with sound in a Buddhist context. Elsewhere, attendees will be able to experience a series of Japanese soundscapes in Virtual Reality and step inside a sound installation of the Kongokai / Diamond World mandala. A final round table discussion will provide an opportunity to ask questions to our guest speakers and delve into issues raised by the talks, performances and experiences.
The event is free to attend and all are welcome. You will need a ticket so please register on our eventbrite page.

Akinobu Tatsumi is a remarkable musician who goes by the artist name of TA2MI, and also happens to be a Jodo Shinshuu Buddhist temple priest. He is as comfortable switching between ritual chanting and beatboxing as he is traversing electronic musical genres in his prodigious creations as a producer. Tatsumi will explore the importance of sound and music for him in his role as a priest, both in a traditional ritual context, as well as in using different forms of music to attract different generations to visit his temple.

Neil Cantwell is Co-Director of the film KanZeOn, and, together with Nick Luscombe from BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction, they have created the project Japan Sound Portrait in order to explore what representation of the country emerges through focusing on sound. Building on Neil’s time as a Research Fellow at Kyoto’s Shuchiin University, their presentation will accompany a sound installation based on the Diamond World Mandala that is central to Shingon Buddhist teachings, as well as a sound-based Virtual Reality experience of Japanese locations. Analysing these experiments in how sound is able to transform our perception of the visual and the spatial will lead into discussion of related issues that are prominent within another project of Nick’s called Musicity, which commissions pieces of music in response to pieces of architecture, which can then only be listened to at the location which inspired their creation.

Dr Lucia Dolce is Numata Reader in Japanese Buddhism in the School of History, Religions and Philosophies at SOAS, and Chair of the SOAS Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions. She will chair a round table discussion with the event’s participants.

One further participant is to be confirmed, after which the schedule will be finalised and made available here.

Organiser: SOAS Centre of Buddhist Studies & Japan Sound Portrait

Sponsor: Khyentse Foundation
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Charismatic Moderns: (Re)locating Chinese Buddhism in the Digital Age posted date:2018-12-10
Time:2019.01.25 17:30~19:00
Location:Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: BGLT

Dr Francesca Tarocco (NYU Shanghai)

Organiser: SOAS Centre of Buddhist Studies

Contact email: es27@soas.ac.uk

Sponsor: Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation
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Halle O'Neal: "Word Embodied: Entangled Icons in Medieval Japanese Buddhist Art" posted date:2018-11-14
Time:2019.05.30 17:30~19:00



My project on the Japanese jeweled pagoda mandalas reveals the entangled realms of relics, reliquaries, and Buddhist scripture engendered through intricate interactions of word and image. The twelfth- and thirteenth-century mandalas use precisely choreographed characters from sutras rather than architectural line to compose the central icon of a pagoda. Surrounding this textual image, narrative vignettes pictorialize the content of the scriptures. This talk delves into the materiality of the objects and the dynamic viewing encouraged by such rich surfaces by using a digital animation to map how the textual characters construct the pagoda. Doing so uncovers alternative functions for written word that has jettisoned its exegetical purpose as well as the performative engagement that the paintings require of the viewer. These movements dictated by the surface encourage viewers to experientially constitute the resolution and dissolution of the various instantiations of Buddha body into one. Such a performance enables the concepts of sutra, relic, dharma, body, and pagoda to exist in a fluid and constantly interchanging visual relationship. This examination of the mandalas, therefore, recovers crucial underlying dynamics of Japanese Buddhist art, including invisibility, performative viewing, and the spectacular visualizations of embodiment.

Bio: Halle O’Neal (University of Edinburgh)

Halle O’Neal is a specialist in Japanese Buddhist visual and material culture in the University of Edinburgh’s History of Art department, where she is an assistant professor and director of research. She has published on the subject of word/image interactions, performative viewing, and relics and reliquaries in Word Embodied, a monograph with Harvard University Press, and articles in The Art Bulletin, Artibus Asiae, and Journal of Oriental Studies. From 2017-2019, she is working on a new book project on medieval reuse and recycling in Buddhist palimpsests with the support of a grant from the British Academy.

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This event belongs to the following series
Japanese Buddhism Lectures

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Louis Gabaude: "Buddhist Paths: to the Forest or to the Palace?" posted date:2018-11-09
Time:2019.05.16 17:30~19:00
Location:Tresidder Memorial Union, Cypress Lounge



Buddhist studies in the West have been conditioned first by Greek and then by Christian conceptions of religion as a set of beliefs, doctrines or dogmas. This perspective may not take into account the initial conflicting dynamics of Buddhism, beginning with a renunciant's radical departure from the royal palace for the forest and developing, after the enlightenment, as a "return to the palace", to social concerns and politics. This original contradiction has produced the entire history of Buddhism.

Given the current preoccupation with “engagement”, might we also consider dusting off the stone-cold “two wheels of Dharma” by asking: “Where are you going? To the forest? Or to the palace?”

Bio: Louis Gabaude (Independent Scholar)

Louis Gabaude began his Asian life by volunteering for a civil service in Laos as a teacher (1964-1966), then switched to Asian and Buddhist studies at the l'Ecole pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE) in Paris, before coming back to Laos and Thailand where he has lived since 1973. With a PhD on Buddhadasa's theory of interpretation, he has conducted research within the French School of Asian Studies [École Française d'Extrême-Orient] since 1980, headed the School Centre in Chiang Mai from 1998 to 2005. His main focus has been the history of Buddhist ideas in Thailand.

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The Evans-Wentz Lectureship
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Fabio Rambelli: Music as Dharma: A Buddhist Philosophy of Music in the Sutra of Kinnara King Druma and Its Impact on Japanese Court Music (Gagaku) and Buddhist liturgical dance (bugaku hōyō) posted date:2018-11-07
Time:2019.05.09 17:30-19:00



Early Buddhism had a negative attitude towards music and dance; the Vinaya codes explicitly prohibit monks, nuns, and lay followers not only from performing, but also from listening or watching performances. This stance is still standard in Theravada Buddhism. The Mahayana traditions took a different position; for them, at least some types of music and dances (those who contained Buddhist elements or could be used to promote Buddhism) could be considered offerings to the Buddhas and were therefore allowed. Moreover, canonical descriptions of the Pure Lands are replete with references to music and melodious sounds of all kinds. However, in most Mahayana cultures monks were (and still are) only allowed to play a limited range of ceremonial instruments, and extra-liturgical music and dances are performed by lay people. Japan seems to be a notable exception, both for the richness of music and dances used at Buddhist rituals (Gagaku 雅楽 and Bugaku 舞楽) and for the fact that Buddhist priests also engaged in music and dance in religious and secular contexts.

The involvement of devout Buddhists in artistic production and enjoyment caused doctrinal debates regarding the status of the arts in the Buddhist cultural system. It appears that poetry was discussed first, also because of Chinese precedents (Bo Juyi 白居易, Jp. Hakurakuten 白楽天, 772-846), in arguments that shifted literary creation from “crazy words and ornate discourses” (kyōgen kigyo 狂言綺語) to ways to enhance the human sensibility and promote the Buddhist teachings. However, at about the same time, toward the eleventh century, we also encounter similar discussions about music, which led to the idea that “instrumental music is an activity leading to rebirth in the Pure Land” (kangen mo ōjō no waza/gō to nareri 管弦も往生の業となれり), thus overturning the classical Buddhist precepts on the subject. Professional musicians at court adopted this view, which was explained by their art’s function as offering to the Buddha and as a way to promote Buddhism. In fact, there is a scriptural basis to this: the Sutra of the questions by Druma, King of the Kinnara (Daiju kinnara-ō shomon-gyō 大樹緊那羅王所問経, T. 625; Skt. *Druma-kinnara-rāja-paripṛcchā-sūtra), translated by Kumārajīva in the early fifth century. (An earlier, second-century translation by Lokakṣema also exists, T. 624). It is a little-known scripture today, without an extensive body of critical scholarship. This paper explores the Buddhist philosophy of music expounded in this scripture and its later impact in medieval Japan, where it informed the understanding of music; it was quoted explicitly in the Gagaku encyclopedia Kyōkunshō 教訓鈔 (early thirteenth century), and its imagery seems to inform the Buddhist ceremonial music and dance (bugaku hōyō 舞楽法要) still performed today at Shitennōji 四天王寺 temple in Osaka.

Bio: Fabio Rambelli

University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Religious Studies and Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies (July 2010—present): Professor and ISF Endowed Chair of Shinto Studies, currently Director of UCEAP Tokyo Study Center (August 2016—August 2018)

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2019 Khyentse Lecture posted date:2018-11-07
Time:2019.02.28 17:00
Location:TBD<br>     UC Berkeley

Recently discovered ancient Tibetan manuscripts and what they reveal about old cultures of ritual and some Tibetan Buddhist innovations
Toni Huber, Humboldt University, Berlin

In recent years, two sets of unique 11th century Tibetan manuscripts have been discovered - a sensational development according to many scholars. Texts and paintings in these manuscripts allow new insights into the cultural outlook of the little-known transition period between the 9th century fall of the Tibetan empire, and the radical socio-religious project of forging a thoroughly Buddhist society across the Tibetan Plateau that begun in earnest during the 11th century. These obscure texts mostly record previously unknown types of non-Buddhist rites. They address a range of concerns, including culturally problematic deaths of pregnant and birthing mothers and their infants, and of accident victims, offer solutions to those afflicted by psychic torment, or ensure that new human lives safely enter the world following deaths. One manuscript is richly illustrated with coloured miniatures that count among the oldest paintings from the Tibetan Plateau not directly related to organized religions. This lecture introduces results of new research on these old manuscripts and rites, outlines the previously unknown worldview they represent, and investigates cases where this ancient ritual system influenced some later innovations in Tibetan Buddhism.

Toni Huber has been Professor of Tibetan Studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, since 2003. His research interests and published oeuvre focus on ethnography and cultural history of Tibetan Plateau and eastern Himalayan highland societies, environment and society, ritual and religion, and nomadic pastoralism. His major monographs include Source of Life. Revitalisation Rites and Bon Shamans in Bhutan and the Eastern Himalayas (Vienna, In Press), The Holy Land Reborn. Pilgrimage and the Tibetan Reinvention of Buddhist India (Chicago, 2008), and The Cult of Pure Crystal Mountain. Popular Pilgrimage & Visionary Landscape in Southeast Tibet (New York & Oxford, 1999).

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Michael Radich: “The Mahāparinirvāṇa-mahāsūtra in the Religion of Sixth-Century China, as Glimpsed through 'Sengchou's' Cave at Xiaonanhai” posted date:2018-11-07
Time:2019.04.18 17:30-19:00



The Mahāparinirvāṇa-mahāsūtra (particularly in the version entitled Da banniepan jing 大般涅槃經 T374, translated by Dharmakṣema ca. 421-432) was one of the significant texts in fifth- and sixth-century Chinese Buddhism, and had a tremendous impact on the formation of distinctive currents in Chinese and East Asian Buddhism over a much longer term. However, too little is still known about the way the text was received, and the way it figured in the religious life of Chinese Buddhists during this period. The sūtra features centrally in the textual and iconographic programme of a remarkable cave at Xiaonanhai 小南海 in northern Henan 河南, which was rediscovered in the 1980s, and has close connections with Sengchou 僧稠 (480-560), a famous meditator, and one of the leading clerics in Northern China in the sixth century. In this talk, I will argue for a new interpretation of the programme of the cave, and consider what it tells us about religious life and practice in Sengchou’s time. I will also discuss some implications of the textual material featured at the cave for the nature and provenance of the bulky unique portions of Dharmakṣema’s version of the Mahāparinirvāṇa-mahāsūtra, that is, parts of the text that are unparalleled in our other three main independent witnesses to the sūtra.


Michael Radich is Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Heidelberg. From 2005-2017, he taught at Victoria University of Wellington, in his native New Zealand. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2007 for a dissertation entitled “The Somatics of Liberation: Ideas about Embodiment in Buddhism from Its Origins to the Fifth Century C.E.”. He has authored two monographs: How Ajātaśatru Was Reformed: The Domestication of ‘Ajase’ and Stories in Buddhist History (Tokyo 2011), and The Mahāparinirvāṇa-mahāsūtra and the Emergence of Tathāgatagarbha Doctrine (Hamburg 2015). He spent 2015 at the Numata Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of Hamburg, with the support of an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship for Experienced Researchers.

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This event belongs to the following series
Shinnyo-en Visiting Professor Lectures

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2019 Ryukoku Lecture (2): The World of Theravadins posted date:2018-10-29
Time:2019.03.14 18:00~21:00
Location:Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS)<br>      2140 Durant Ave <br>      Berkeley, CA 94704 United States

Please join us for the 2019 Ryukoku Lecture Series, delivered by Prof. Yukio Hayashi, “The World of Theravadins: It’s Tradition and Transition from the Field Observation since 1981.”

Institute of Buddhist Studies



Related Link:http://www.shin-ibs.edu/event/2019-ryukoku-2/

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2019 Ryukoku Lecture (1): The World of Theravadins posted date:2018-10-29
Time:2019.03.12 18:00~21:00
Location:Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS)<br>      2140 Durant Ave <br>      Berkeley, CA 94704 United States

Please join us for the 2019 Ryukoku Lecture Series, delivered by Prof. Yukio Hayashi, “The World of Theravadins: It’s Tradition and Transition from the Field Observation since 1981.”

Institute of Buddhist Studies



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Buddhist Initiatory Rituals (abhiseka) and the Transmission of Music in Medieval Japan posted date:2018-10-25
Time:2019.02.28 17:00 ~ 18:30
Location:Brunei Gallery Room: B202

Dr Chihiro Inose (Nagoya University)


Speaker Biography

Organiser: Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions & Centre of Buddhist Studies

Contact email: ld16@soas.ac.uk
Related Link:https://www.soas.ac.uk/csjr/events/28feb2019-buddhist-initiatory-rituals-abhiseka-and-the-transmission-of-music-in-medieval-japan.html

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Venerable Tathālokā: "Powerful Challenges, Powerful Rewards Women Awakening Via the Renunciant Path in 21st Century Buddhism" posted date:2018-10-17
Time:2019.04.11 18:00~19:30



What was the Buddha’s unique and successful Middle Way vision of nekkhamma—“renunciation” which led to his goal of liberation? And why are an increasing number of 21st century women freely choosing such a renunciate path, aspiring to and entering Buddhist monastic life—and ordaining as bhikkhunīs—in light of all obstacles and hurdles, even with no traditional religious, social or family compulsion to do so? Ayyā Tathālokā will speak of the challenges, the rewards, and the surprising insights revealed in thirty years of monastic life, as founding teacher of the first Theravāda Buddhist bhikkhunīs monastic community in the Americas, and from a decade of lived experience as the first and only contemporary Western woman to be appointed and serve as a Theravāda bhikkhunī preceptor.


Venerable (Ayyā) Tathālokā is an American-born member of the Buddhist Monastic Sangha. She entered monastic life thirty years ago, and received bhikkhunī upasampadā (full ordination) with the Sri Lankan Sangha in California in 1997, with the late Ven. Havanpola Ratanasāra Mahāthera as preceptor. In 2005 she cofounded Dhammadharini Support Foundation together with the first monastic community for Theravāda bhikkhunīs in the Americas. Inspired by Buddhist Forest traditions, in 2008, she cofounded Aranya Bodhi Hermitage on the Sonoma Coast, and later Dhammadharini Monastery in the Sonoma Mountain area of Northern California. In 2009, she became the first contemporary western woman to be appointed a bhikkhunī preceptor. Ven. Tathālokā first received instruction in Mindfulness and Insight practices at age ten, further studying and training with Indian, Korean, Thai, Sri Lankan and Burmese meditation teachers, including the Thai forest traditions of the most venerable Ajahn Mun Bhuridatta and the Burmese Vipassana meditation masters Sayadaw U Pandita and Pa-auk Sayadaw. Her practice and teaching are profoundly influenced by the Buddha’s teachings as contained in the canonical Early Buddhist suttas, together with the teachings and practices of Forest and Insight meditation traditions.

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TT & WF Chao Distinguished Buddhist Practitioner Lectures
Theravada Buddhism Series

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Funding, Scholarships, and Financial Aid posted date:2018-11-28
Time:Refer in links for deadline

Aid and Eligibility
The Institute of Buddhist Studies offers both institutional aid (scholarships and awards) and, through the Graduate Theological Union, federal student aid (federal direct loans) to eligible students. Financial Aid is awarded based on a standard 9-month academic year, not by calendar year. Students must apply for financial aid each academic year for which they wish to receive financial aid. It is the student’s responsibility to reapply for funding as necessary by completing the Financial Aid Application, FAFSA, and any subsequent documents requested by the IBS Registrar’s Office or the GTU Financial Aid Office. Awarding normally occurs in the Spring, but students entering in the Spring term can apply in the Fall. Financial aid applications for new students are reviewed only after the GTU Financial Aid Office has been notified that a student has been admitted.

Materials are due no later than March 1 for the following academic year. (For students entering in the spring, the financial aid application is due November 1.)

Download the Scholarship Application

Please consult the GTU Financial Aid Office for complete information on application processes and eligibility.

Federal Student Aid
Eligible students may apply for a Federal Direct Student loan. Currently, only students enrolled in the GTU M.A. program and the Certificate in Buddhist Chaplaincy are eligible for Federal Direct Student loans. Please contact the GTU Financial Aid Office for specific eligibility and application requirements.

Requirements for Federal Direct Student loans are:

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen;

  • Be enrolled as a regular student and working toward an eligible degree or Gainful Employment certificate program*;

  • Must have a valid Social Security Number;

  • Be registered with Selective Service (if required);

  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress;

  • Certify that no federal student loan is in a default status and no money is owed on a federal student grant;

  • Be enrolled at least half-time.*

  • Only students enrolled at least half-time (minimum of 6 units) in the GTU M.A. or Buddhist Chaplaincy Certificate programs are eligible for Federal Direct Students loans.

Pursuant to California Education Code §9490 9(a)(11), if a student obtains a loan to pay for an educational program, the student will have the responsibility to repay the full amount of the loan plus interest, less the amount of any refund, and that, if the student has received federal student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of the moneys not paid from federal student financial aid program funds.

Institutional Aid
Institutional Aid generally refers to scholarships and other awards that do not need to be repaid by the student. Members of the Buddhist Churches of America, the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha, and other organizations and individual donors have generously raised funds in support of Buddhist, ministerial, and chaplaincy education.

General requirements for institutional aid (IBS scholarships) are:

  • Applicant must be a regular student enrolled in a degree or certificate program (i.e., auditors and special students are excluded from these awards);

  • Must be enrolled at least half-time;

  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress;

  • Some awards have additional requirements and may include additional application materials.

How to Apply for Scholarships and Loans
Students enrolled in either the GTU M.A. or the Certificate in Buddhist Chaplaincy programs must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and submit supporting documents directly to the GTU Financial Aid Office. Please contact that office for specific instructions, deadlines, and necessary forms.

All students who wish to apply for IBS-specific awards or scholarships must submit an application form directly to the IBS Office of the Registrar. Please contact that office for specific instructions, deadlines, and necessary forms.

Awards and Scholarships
Scholarships by special application

The Hongwanji Scholarship Award

Due to the generous support of the Jōdo Shinshū Hongwanji-ha in Kyoto, Japan, IBS is pleased to offer an annual scholarship to one qualified student enrolled in either the M.B.S. or M.Div. degree program. This scholarship is awarded to a student in need who shows exceptional academic promise or a history of religious leadership with a clear vision of how she/he will apply their education at the IBS post- graduation as a scholar, minister, or chaplain. The applicant must intend to enroll as a full-time student for the duration of the year of the award; the award amount varies by year, but generally is at least $5000 per year. Award recipients are publicly announced in the Buddhist Churches of America’s newsletter, Wheel of Dharma.

All application materials must be received no later than March 1 for the following year.

In addition to the institutional aid application requirements above, applicants should submit:
1. Hongwanji Scholarship Award application sheet (available via the IBS website);
2. Cover letter addressed to the Scholarship Committee detailing why the applicant is qualified for the award, what her/his goals are in the IBS program; and what contribution she/he hopes to make post-graduation in a specific community or academic field;
3. Current resume or curriculum vitae;
4. Two letters of recommendation (may be the same letters of recommendation for program admission if those letters speak to the requirements of this award).

Scholarships by Nomination

Shin Buddhist Ministerial Scholarship

The membership of the Buddhist Churches of America has generously raised funds in support of Jōdo Shinshū ministerial education. Scholarships are awarded annually to those students in need who are enrolled in the Kyōshi Certificate Program, the Shin Buddhist ministerial track of the M.Div. program, or in another program and have participated in the Center for Buddhist Education’s MAP Program. No additional application is required, but students must apply for financial aid via the application process listed here. Nominations are made by the Scholarship Committee after reviewing all applications. Returning students must maintain satisfactory academic progress to be eligible.

Scholarship for Women Shin Buddhist Ministerial Aspirants

This award supports women students who wish to pursue a career in Shin Buddhist ministry. This scholarship is awarded to any qualifying student in need who is enrolled in the Kyōshi Certificate Program, the Shin Buddhist ministerial track of the M.Div. program, or in another program and have participated in the Center for Buddhist Education’s MAP Program. No additional application is required, but students must apply for financial aid via the application process listed above. Nominations are made by the Scholarship Committee after reviewing all applications. Returning students must maintain satisfactory academic progress to be eligible.

Buddhist Chaplaincy Scholarship

These scholarships are awarded annually to those students in need who are enrolled in the Buddhist Chaplaincy Certificate Program, the Buddhist chaplaincy track of the M.Div. program, or in another program and have participated in the Sati Center chaplaincy program. No additional application is required, but students must apply for financial aid via the application process listed above. Nominations are made by the Scholarship Committee after reviewing all applications. Returning students must maintain satisfactory academic progress to be eligible.

Need-Based Awards

Additional need-based scholarships are available to qualifying students in any or certificate program. Students must apply for financial aid via the application process listed here, and must complete the FAFSA by the stated deadline to be eligible. Awards are made by the Scholarship Committee after reviewing all applications. Returning students must maintain satisfactory academic progress to be eligible.
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Mādhyamika and Buddhist Logic posted date:2018-12-17


Related Link:http://buddhica.nccu.edu.tw/forum/read.php?1265,88739

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Shayne Clarke: Select Readings in the Bhikṣu-vinayakārikā-kusuma-sraj posted date:2018-10-11
Location:BLDG 70, RM 72A

In this seminar/workshop, we will read selections from Viśākha(deva)’s Flower Garland, a poetical composition digesting the enormous Mūlasarvāstivāda-vinaya into approximately 62 palm-leaf folios, 14 of which were found in 1936 by Rāhula Sāṅkṛtyāyana in Sa skya monastery in Tibet. The complete text is extant only in Tibetan and Chinese. The Chinese translation was made while Yijing was still in Nālandā, suggesting the importance of this Vinaya digest to the monastic tradition known to him. The Tibetan translation was revised by Rong ston, who also composed a commentary on the text. We will pay particular attention to the choices made in digesting elaborate prose narratives into simple verse, the script, metre, and translation choices into Tibetan and Chinese.

Shayne Clarke is an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies, McMaster University, where he has taught since completing his PhD at UCLA in 2006. Recent publications include Family Matters in Indian Buddhist Monasticisms (2014), Vinaya Texts. Gilgit Manuscripts in the National Archives of India: Facsimile Edition (2014), “The ’Dul bar byed pa (Vinītaka) Case-Law Section of the Mūlasarvāstivādin Uttaragrantha: Sources for Guṇaprabha’s Vinayasūtra and Indian Buddhist Attitudes towards Sex and Sexuality” (2016), and “Lost in Tibet, Found in Bhutan: The Unique Nature of the Mūlasarvāstivādin Law Code for Nuns” (2018).

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This event belongs to the following series: Hwei Tai Seminar in Buddhist Studies

Related Link:https://buddhiststudies.stanford.edu/events/shayne-clarke-select-readings-bhik-u-vinayak-rik-kusuma-sraj

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Call for Proposals> FROGBEAR Research Cluster posted date:2018-12-05

Call for Proposals for Research Funding


This is a Call for Proposals (CFP) for the project “From the Ground Up: Buddhism and East Asian Religions” (also known as FROGBEAR).

Through this Call, the project will fund one new research cluster in Phase 2 of the project (2020-2022) that addresses gaps in the current framework.

The project is funded through a Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council from 2016-2022. It advances the study of East Asian religions by identifying, analyzing, and disseminating significant new textual, visual, archaeological, and material sources preserved in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. It brings together researchers, institutions and students for on-site investigation, workshops, and conferences. The project surveys key sites of religious practice and strategic nodes in the dissemination and preservation of religious knowledge in East Asia. The focus is on the long-term production and transmission of religious knowledge. The project creates a forum for collaborative and interdisciplinary analysis of textual, visual, archaeological, and material sources that were integral to pre-modern religious people across East Asia and continue to be utilized by present-day Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese communities within East Asia and overseas.

Funding Details

The period of funding for this CFP will be from 2020 to 2022. Cluster leaders and co-cluster leaders are allocated $10,000 each annually. Requests for additional funds for knowledge mobilization, language support, or other specific purposes can also be included. Payments will be by the University of British Columbia through reimbursement of expenses, which must adhere to the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide. Applicants are encouraged to secure supplemental funding from external sources, including their home institutions.


Timing: Research clusters are expected to arrange annual visits to religious sites in East Asia over the three-year period from 2020-2022. Field visits will be arranged in each of the three years; however, well-justified proposals for a two-year plan may be submitted. Additionally, field visits typically take place between late spring and early fall; however, proposals may include a site visit with alternate timing if justified. Each visit is expected to last at least one week, although longer visits are welcome.

Location: It is preferred that site visits take place in East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam), however one visit may take place outside of East Asia. Annual visits may include travel to more than one country in East Asia.

Team: FROGBEAR strongly encourages cluster leaders to form partnerships with scholars based in East Asia, particularly in the capacity of co-cluster leaders, as well as institutions in East Asia.

Research Priorities

While there are no restrictions on topics that can be submitted, preference will be given to proposals that include one or more of the following:

A focus on Vietnam
Topics related to women in East Asian religions
Modern and contemporary East Asian religions
Interactions between Buddhism and other East Asian religions


Knowledge Mobilization: Each proposal should include a clear plan to disseminate the results of the research, including one conference over the three-year period.

Publications: Scholarly publications resulting from the project must be published on an open-access platform. Funding is available where needed to cover the additional expense.

Data Collection: Each visit is strongly encouraged to contribute data and metadata to the UBC repository for open access and long-term preservation, or provide an explanation of why this is not feasible. Data collected becomes part of the Creative Commons. Learn more about the Creative Commons licenses.

Additional Details

The applicant (and any co-leaders) identified in the application must hold a faculty position at an accredited post-secondary institution. The successful applicant(s) must be willing to become formal Co-Investigators on the project and will be required to submit a SSHRC CV.

All funded research must comply with the principles set forth in our Code of Conduct. This can be found, along with related information, on the FROGBEAR website: http://frogbear.org/field-trips/fieldtrip-guidelines/

Early consultation with the Research Committee is encouraged, especially for those who are planning visits to China, where institutional supports can be facilitated. Contact Vicky.baker@ubc.ca to arrange a pre-submission review.

Other obligations of funded researchers:

All FROGBEAR researchers are required to submit an annual report of activities.
It is vital for FROGBEAR to demonstrate that our resources are used to build capacity for graduate training. Therefore, we ask all Co-Investigators of FROGBEAR projects to provide us with the names of students conducting FROGBEAR-related research under their supervision, and the titles of their research projects. Titles of all theses produced by students emanating from FROGBEAR-funded research should be forwarded to FROGBEAR.

Download the application form HERE

Where to send your proposal

All submissions must include the application form and a BRIEF 2-page CV and be sent electronically by February 15, 2019 to:

Vicky Baker, Project Manager
From the Ground Up: Buddhism and East Asian Religions
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/3235218/call-proposals-frogbear-research-cluster

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