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   Admission
Chinese Philosophy at Fudan University, Shanghai posted date:2017-09-28
Time:Deadline: 2018.02.20(Priority, for scholarships) and 2018.05.01(for admission).

Overview

These programs are aimed to offer opportunities of learning Chinese and studying Chinese philosophy to overseas postgraduates or college juniors and seniors who have not yet been able to master the Chinese language. In addition to Chinese language classes, these programs offer courses on Chinese philosophy as well as other related courses in English at Fudan University. Fudan University is a leading institution of higher education in China, and is experienced with and renowned for educating overseas students. The School of Philosophy at Fudan is a top philosophy program in China. The university is located in Shanghai, the most dynamic city of China that belongs to a region that is rich in Chinese traditions and cultures. It has been seven years since these programs were launched in 2011, and 73 students have been enrolled in either the M.A. program (61 students) and the visiting student program (12 students). They are from the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, Barbados, the U.K., Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Iceland, Poland, Romania, Yugoslavia, Montenegro, Russia, Israel, Turkey, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Gambia, and many of them are top students in their classes, majoring in philosophy, classics, and/or East Asian or Chinese studies. The above facts make these programs simply the most successful of their kind (English-based post-graduate programs in Chinese philosophy) in mainland China.

M.A. Program: a two-year degree program, 27 credits (with 6 credits for 3 courses in Chinese Language) and a master thesis.

Visiting Student Program: a one-year program, 3-4 major courses, and 1-2 courses of Chinese, a certificate to be offered upon the completion.

Audit Program: individual-course-based program.

Tuition and Living Expenses: RMB 50,000 a year for tuition; on-campus housing: from RMB 1,200 per month to 2,700 per month; meals at an on-campus dining facility: RMB 1,000 per month.

Scholarships and part-time jobs abundantly available.

Application Deadlines: Feb. 20 (Priority, for scholarships) and May 1 (for admission).

For Further Information: http://iso.fudan.edu.cn/xuewei.htm
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/293651/program-chinese-philosophy-fudan-university-shanghai

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Tianzhu-SSHRC Fellowships 2018-2019 posted date:2017-08-15
Time:Deadline: 2017.11.30

Deadline: November 30, 2017

Summary: The Tianzhu Foundation, with support from SSHRC, will offer two fellowships through the Department of Asian Studies to begin in the 2018/19 academic year. Recipients of these fellowships will have the opportunity to participate in a multi-year international and interdisciplinary project, newly sponsored by SSHRC and led by Jinhua Chen (titled: From the Ground Up: East Asian Religions through Multi-Media Sources and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 2016-2023). The fellowship will offer opportunities to participate in research visits to East Asia, and to interact with international scholars and students to develop skills in working with local partners and international peers. Recipients will also receive training on how to identify, document, photograph and transcribe primary source materials. Students will learn to work in diverse multicultural, international, and interdisciplinary environments. Two fellowships are available to students pursuing a PhD, with a $25,000-$30,000 annual stipend in Years 1 and 2 and a $25,000 Research Assistantship in Years 3 and 4. Furthermore, each recipient will have access to $2,000 – $5,000 per year in additional funds for research expenses.

Fellowship period:

PhD: September 2018 – August 2022

Eligibility:

This award is open to those who apply for and are accepted into the University of British Columbia’s graduate program in Asian Studies, either at the Doctoral level, with a research project focusing on East Asian Buddhism. Applicants must also be accepted to the program through the regular admission process, and meet all eligibility requirements listed at: http://asia.ubc.ca/graduate/how-to-apply/ (note the application deadline of November 30).

Evaluation Criteria:

Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria: relevance of research proposal, transcripts, CV, strength of reference letter, and capacity for conducting field visits in the Chinese, Japanese or Korean language.

Application Procedure:

Please send the following electronically to vicky.baker@ubc.ca by November 30, 2017.

  • Application form [click here to download the form]

  • CV

  • Copy of your transcripts

  • Three (3) reference letters. These must be sent directly to vicky.baker@ubc.ca by the person providing the reference.

  • All applications will be forwarded to an adjudication committee led by Professor Jinhua Chen.

    Adjudication Procedure:

    Once the adjudication committee has reviewed all applications, qualified applications will be forwarded to the Graduate Committee for further consideration. Results will be announced with the admissions offer in March 2018.
    Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/189297/fellowship-tianzhu-sshrc-fellowships-2018-2019

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       Conference
    Reading A Gāndhārī Text With its Sanskrit and Pali Parallels posted date:2017-11-01
    Time:2017.11.25 10:00 ~ 13:00
    Location:MB116, Russell Square: College Buildings

    Mark Allon (University of Sydney)
    Date: 25 November 2017Time: 10:00 AM

    Finishes: 25 November 2017Time: 1:00 PM

    Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: MB116

    Type of Event: Seminar

    Bio
    Mark Allon is Chair of the Department of Indian Subcontinental Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia, and Senior Lecturer in South Asian Buddhist Studies. He completed a Diploma of Arts at the City Art Institute, Sydney, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at the Australian National University studying with Prof. J.W. de Jong. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge under Prof. K.R. Norman.

    His primary research interests are the composition and transmission of early Buddhist texts, the ways in which texts have been used by Buddhist communities, and the Indic languages of early Buddhist texts (Pali, Gāndhārī, Sanskrit). He is involved in two major research projects. The first concerns the study and publication of the recently discovered Gāndhārī Buddhist manuscripts from Afghanistan and Pakistan. The second involves the conservation, photographing, and study of the Kuthodaw Pagoda marble stelae recension of the Pali canon in Mandalay, Myanmar.

    He is the author of Style and Function: A Study of Dominant Stylistic Features of the Prose Portions of Pāli Canonical Sutta Texts and Their Mnemonic Function (Tokyo, 1997), Three Gāndhārī Ekottarikāgama-Type Sūtras: British Library Kharoṣṭhī Fragments 12 and 14 (Seattle, 2001), and is currently completing Ancient Buddhist Scrolls from Gandhāra II: The Senior Kharoṣṭhī Fragments, a study and catalogue of the Senior collection of Kharoṣṭhī manuscripts. He is also author of numerous articles on early Buddhist literature.

    The seminar is free but registration is required, and participants should be familiar with either Sanskrit or Pali.

    To register, write to ys13@soas.ac.uk.

    Organiser: SOAS Centre of Buddhist Studies

    Contact email: vt6@soas.ac.uk
    Related Link:https://www.soas.ac.uk/buddhiststudies/events/buddhistforum/25nov2017-reading-a-gndhr-text-with-its-sanskrit-and-pali-parallels.html

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    Ganhwa Seon Conference, Subul Scholarly Awards, Meditation Retreat posted date:2017-10-11
    Time:Deadline for submission of completed paper: 2018.02.28
    Location:University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Center for Buddhist Studies

    The 6th International Conference on Ganhwa Seon, 2nd Subul Scholarly Awards, & Meditation Retreat, July, 2018

    1A. The 6th International Conference on Ganhwa Seon/Kanhua Chan 看話禪

    ※ Date: July 17, 2018 (Tuesday)

    ※ Venue: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Center for Buddhist Studies

    ※ Topic: This year’s preferred topic is “Ganhwa Seon and Contemporary Society.” We will also consider treatments of any aspect of Ganhwa Seon, including its principles, practices, and comparisons with other Buddhist traditions or meditative techniques.

    ※ Submission of proposed title and brief abstract: November 30, 2017

    ※ Deadline for submission of completed paper: February 28, 2018

    ※ We will accept seven papers for presentation and consideration for the Subul Scholarly Awards.

    ※ All presenters receive a $2,000 honorarium plus round-trip economy-class airfare, hotel accommodations, and meals.



    ※ All papers must be written in English and should not have been previously published or accepted for publication.



    ※ We welcome the participation of advanced Ph.D. students and junior scholars.

    ※ Copyright of papers delivered at the conference will be retained by the Institute for the Study of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism

    ※ Paper Style Guidelines: Refer to http://studyen.dongguk.edu/

    ※ Submissions should be emailed: jonghak@dgu.edu and cbs@international.ucla.edu



    1B. 2nd Subul Scholarly Awards

    ※ Awards: Three of the papers presented at the conference will be selected to receive a Subul Scholarly Award.

    Grand Prize (1) $5,000 US dollars

    First Prize (1) $3,000 US dollars

    Second Prize (1) $2,000 US dollars

    * Winners of the Subul Scholarly Awards are required to present their papers at the 6th International Conference on Ganhwa Seon to be held at UCLA on July 17, 2018.

    2. Ganhwa Seon Retreat

    ※ Date: July 18-23, 2018 (Wednesday through Monday)

    ※ Venue: Retreat center near Los Angeles, California (USA)

    ※ Number of participants: 50 people maximum

    ※ Participants: Professors, scholars, Ph.D. students and advanced undergraduates, professional meditation teachers, and serious meditation students in Buddhist or other religious traditions.

    ※ Fees: Free for professors, scholars, and students enrolled in university. $400/person for all others. All expenses during the retreat (including lodging and meals) will be provided.

    ※ Application deadline: February 28, 2018 (acceptances in order of submission)

    ※ Submission email address: jonghak@dongguk.edu

    ※ Application Form: Refer to website of the Institute for the Study of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism (http://studyen.dongguk.edu/)

    * Enquiries:

    E-mail : jonghak@dongguk.edu

    Tel : 82-2-6713-5141

    Events Sponsor: Dongguk University International Seon Center

    Conference Organizer: Institute for the Study of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism (Dongguk University) and Center for Buddhist Studies (UCLA)

    Retreat Organizer: Institute for the Study of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism
    Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/393702/conference-ganhwa-seon-conference-subul-scholarly-awards

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    Memento Mori: On Lu Yang's Buddhist Entanglements posted date:2017-09-21
    Time:2018.01.20 09:00 ~ 13:00
    Location:TBA

    Abstract

    In this seminar we will take a close look at the Buddhist-inspired work of the Shanghai-based media artist Lu Yang. In particular, we will discuss Lu Yang's Hell and Delusional Mandala.

    Bio

    Francesca Tarocco is Associate Professor of Buddhist Studies and Chinese Religious Studies at Ca' Foscari University of Venice. She is also Visiting Associate Professor of Buddhist Cultures at NYU Shanghai and Co-Founder and Director of the Shanghai Studies Society.

    Organiser: SOAS Centre of Buddhist Studies

    Contact email: vt6@soas.ac.uk
    Related Link:https://www.soas.ac.uk/buddhiststudies/events/holectureseries/20jan2018-memento-mori-on-lu-yangs-buddhist-entanglements.html

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    James A. Benn: "Controversies in the Doctrine and Practice of Self-immolation in Medieval China" posted date:2017-09-21
    Time:2018.04.21(ALL DAY)
    Location:TBA



    BY INVITATION ONLY

    Abstract:

    In this seminar we will read selected passages from the chapter on self-immolation (sheshen pian 捨身篇) in the seventh-century Chinese Buddhist compendium Fayuan zhulin 法苑珠林. We will see how the compiler of the work—Daoshi 道世 (596?–683) places a range of somatic practices including burning the body within the context of the propagation of Buddhism. We will note how he deploys key jātaka tales and Mahāyāna sutras as scriptural supports for the practice, and reflect on his choice of hagiographical material from China.

    Bio:

    James A. Benn received his PhD from UCLA in 2001 and is now Professor of Buddhism and East Asian Religions at McMaster University, where he was Chair of the Department 2011-2016. His undergraduate degree is from University of Cambridge and he has an MA from School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He studies Buddhism and Daoism in medieval China. To date, he has focused on three major areas of research: bodily practice in Chinese Religions; the ways in which people create and transmit new religious practices and doctrines; and the religious dimensions of commodity culture. He has published on self-immolation, spontaneous human combustion, Buddhist apocryphal scriptures, and tea and alcohol in medieval China in journals such as History of Religions, T’oung Pao, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies and Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies. He is the author of Burning for the Buddha: Self-immolation in Chinese Buddhism (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2007) and Tea in China: A Religious and Cultural History (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2015).

    Hwei-Tai Seminar

    April 21 & 22, 2018

    Contact Phone:
    650.721.6609
    Event Sponsor:
    Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford, Department of Religious Studies
    Contact Email:
    tanya@stanford.edu
    Related Link:https://buddhiststudies.stanford.edu/events/james-benn-controversies-doctrine-and-practice-self-immolation-medieval-china

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    2017 Annual Meeting in Boston, Nov 18-21 posted date:2017-08-16
    Time:2017.11.18 ~ 2017.11.21
    Location:boston


    The American Academy of Religion brings thousands of professors and students, authors and publishers, religious leaders and interested laypersons to its Annual Meeting each year. Co-hosted with the Society of Biblical Literature, the Annual Meetings are the largest events of the year in the fields of religious studies and theology. Some 10,000 people are expected for the 2017 Annual Meetings, where more than 1,000 academic sessions and additional meetings will be offered. Plan to join your friends and colleagues in beautiful Boston for the 2017 Annual Meetings!
    Related Link:https://www.aarweb.org/2017-annual-meeting-in-boston-nov-18-21

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    2017-18 Winter Program: Buddhism and East Asian Cultures posted date:2017-08-15
    Time:2018.01.13 ~ 2018.01.21
    Location:Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (DILA), Taiwan 台灣法鼓文理學院

    2017-18 Winter Program: Buddhism and East Asian Cultures

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

    2017-18年度 佛教與東亞文化國際研修班: 講座系列,研討會/論壇,與參訪

    The Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (DILA), Sheng-yen Education Foundation, the Buddhist Studies Center in the Humanities College at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou 廣州, China, and the Buddhist Studies Forum at the University of British Columbia (UBC-BSF) in Vancouver, Canada cordially invite applications for a 9-day program of lecture series, conference/forum, and fieldwork on Buddhism and East Asian Cultures (January 13-21, 2018) in DILA, Taiwan. 台灣法鼓文理學院、聖嚴教育基金會、中山大學人文學院佛學研究中心 (廣州)、 加拿大英屬哥倫比亞大學佛學論壇於2018年1月13-21日,假法鼓文理學院聯合舉辦「佛教與東亞宗教密集研修班」,誠邀海內外青年學子參與!

    I. Venue 地點: Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (DILA), Taiwan 台灣法鼓文理學院

    II. Schedule 時間: January 13-21, 2018

    • January 13: Registration 報到, Opening Ceremony 開幕式, Keynote speech session for the Conference 研討會主題演講;

    • January 14-15: Conference 研討會;

    • January 16-18: Main Programs (Intensive lecture series) 密集型講座系列;

    • January 19: Young Scholars’ Forum 青年學者論壇;

    • January 20: Tour of sacred sites in Northern Taiwan 北台灣宗教聖蹟參訪;

    • January 21: Home-going 賦歸 (participants who wish to utilize the excellent collection at DILA may apply to spend 3-7 extra days with free boarding. 有需要利用法鼓文理學院豐富藏書者,歡迎申請在課程之後多逗留數日至一週;承辦方將繼續免費提供食宿).



    III. Four-part Lecture Series 四個演講系列:

    The program organizers have invited three international scholars to conduct, all bilingually (English and Chinese), a three-part lecture series related to Buddhism and East Asian Culture, with each part composed of four consecutive 120-minute lectures with a general theme (over four days). These three bilingual speakers and their lecture themes are: 研修班課程邀請以下三位國際學者 (以姓氏羅馬字順序為序),中英文雙語提供3個演講系列 (每個系列圍繞一主題,每個主題涵蓋3個各120分鐘的講演,分別在三天進行):

    • Professor Jinhua Chen 陳金華 (Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada): Knotless Net: Identity and Network in East Asian Buddhism 無結之網: 東亞佛教中的身份與網絡問題;

    • Professor James Robson 羅柏松 (Department of East Asian Languages and Civilization, Harvard University): Buddhist Meditation: From Ideals to Realities 佛教禪定:從理想到現實;

    • Professor Barend ter Haar 田海 (Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford): Writing, Reciting and Buddhism 書寫,誦讀與佛教.


    This three-part lecture series will be accompanied by a fourth of five lectures on Buddhism and East Asian cultures, to be delivered by five scholars based on Taiwan and mainland China. 除此三個雙語演講系列外,還將由五位資深的兩岸學者接力演講 (演講者另行宣佈),蟬連而成另一關於佛教與東亞文化的演講系列。

    IV. Four Additional Projects 其他四項活動:

    In addition to this four-part intensive lecture series, this program also sponsors the following four projects 除四個密集型的演講系列外,還將組織以下四項活動:

  • An international conference on Chan Buddhism and Dunhuang Studies, titled “From the Caoxi Creek to Mogao Cave: Interdisciplinary Studies of Chan Buddhism and the Dunhuang Cache from Multiple Sources and Perspectives,” to be held at the DILA, January 13-15, 2018 (conference information announced at http://frogbear.org/from-the-caoxi-creek-to-mogao-cave-interdisciplinary-studies-of-chan-buddhism-and-the-dunhuang-cache-from-multiple-sources-and-perspectives/); 一個關於禪學與敦煌學的國際研討會:「從曹溪到敦煌:多重資料和不同視角下的跨學科禪宗研究和敦煌寶藏研究」,2018年1月13-15 日假台灣法鼓文理學院舉行 (研討會信息見 http://frogbear.org/from-the-caoxi-creek-to-mogao-cave-interdisciplinary-studies-of-chan-buddhism-and-the-dunhuang-cache-from-multiple-sources-and-perspectives/)

  • Young Scholars’ Forum on Buddhism and East Asian Cultures 青年學者論壇, January 19, 2018; Excellent articles may be recommended to academic journals for publication. They include the Fojiao wenxian yanjiu 佛教文獻研究 (Studies on Buddhist Texts), Foxue yanjiu 佛學研究 (Buddhist Studies), Fojiao shi yanjiu 佛教史研究(Historical Studies of Buddhism), Studies in Chinese Religions, edited by Prof. Fang Guangchang 方廣錩, Prof. Shengkai 聖凱, Prof. Sun Yinggang 孫英剛, and Prof. Jinhua Chen 陳金華, respectively. 計劃於 2018年1月19日假法鼓文理學院 舉行青年學者論壇(研討會)。部分優秀論文可推薦至國內外質優雜誌發表,包括方廣錩教授主編的《佛教文獻研究》、聖凱教授主編的《佛學研究》、孫英剛教授 主編的《佛教史研究》、以及陳金華教授編輯的Studies in Chinese Religions (社科院與英國出版社Routledge合作) 。
  • Taste of the Dharma 禪悅: a series of 1-2 hour sessions providing monastic experiences, including seated meditation, tea-ceremony and other temple rituals 一系列旨在體驗寺院生活的禪悅活動,包括坐禪、品茶、儀軌觀摩等;

  • Tour 參訪: Occasional visits to renowned historical sites (especially Buddhist and other religious temples and shrines) in northern part of Taiwan 參訪北台灣地區的佛寺與文化古蹟.



  • V. Applications 申請手續:

    Participants are required to take part in all of the activities supported by this program, including the four-part lecture series, the Young Scholars’ Forum (paper presentations are optional, but attendance is compulsory), and monastic experience session, etc., with the only exception of field trips, the participation of which is optional. Graduate students specializing in any Buddhist tradition(s) or East Asian religions, and postdoctoral fellows working on relevant fields, are encouraged to apply. Please direct applications and inquiries to buddhistseminarandfieldwork@gmail.com. Please submit applications before October 15, 2017. Each application should include:每位學員應參加本項目所支持的所有活動 (包括演講系列、論壇[可選擇發表或不發表論文,但需列席] 、以及禪悅體驗等)。參訪則隨意。歡迎佛教與東亞宗教或相關專業的研究生以及博士後報名參與 。入學申請務必於2017 年10月15日前提交至 buddhistseminarandfieldwork@gmail.com。申請材料需包括:

  • an application form (to be provided upon request via the above email) 申請表(可經由上述郵箱索取);

  • an updated curriculum vitae 申請者的個人簡歷;

  • one writing sample 寫作樣本 (發表或未發表的);

  • a reference letter (to be emailed by the referee directly to the above email address) 一封推薦信 (需由推薦人直接电邮至以上電子郵箱).


  • VI. Program Expenses 課程費用:

    Successful candidates will be exempted from all tuition fees. Program organizers will also provide free boarding (lodging and meals) in Taiwan during the program period, although participants are expected to cover 學費以及研修期間的食宿──免費

  • the costs for the transportation between their home cities and Taiwan 往返學員所在地與研修地點的機票或車票費用──學員自理

  • an administration fee of US$150 管理費 (1000元人民幣或4500元新台幣)──學員負擔
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    VII. Enrollment Limit 定員: 100 名.

    Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/190251/conference-2017-18-winter-program-buddhism-and-east-asian-cultures

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       Contribution
    Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies posted date:2017-10-25
    Time:Refer in links for deadline

    Dear colleagus,


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


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

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


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

    Best wishes,
    Jimmy Yu and Dan Stevenson
    Editors, Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies
    jyu2@fsu.edu or dbsteve@ku.edu
    Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/592427/cfpjournal-chinese-buddhist-studies

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    Journal of Chinese Religions posted date:2017-10-12

    Call for Papers

    Journal of Chinese Religions

    The Journal of Chinese Religions welcomes original research articles, shorter research notes, essays, and field reports on all aspects of Chinese religions in all historical periods. In the 45 years of its existence, JCR has provided a forum for studies in Chinese religions from a great variety of disciplinary perspectives, including religious studies, philology, history, art history, anthropology, sociology, political science, archaeology, and literary studies. See the table of contents below for a snapshot of the current issue (November 2017).

    JCR appears in two issues per year and volume, in May and November respectively, both online (http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/yjch20) and in print.

    All prospective authors receive an initial response from the editor within two weeks as to whether their submission is suitable for JCR and can be passed into the peer review phase without significant revisions. Two external reviewers are then given a maximum of three months to conduct a double-blind review of the submitted manuscript. If no major revisions are required at any stage, a manuscript can thus be accepted for publication within less than four months. Accepted articles are queued for publication by acceptance date. At the present time, the earliest open slots for accepted manuscripts are in JCR’s vol. 46, no. 2 (November 2018).

    All submissions should be sent to the editor by email attachment in two file formats (Word and PDF).

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

    Best wishes,

    Philip Clart

    Editor, Journal of Chinese Religions

    jcr@uni-leipzig.de



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    JOURNAL OF CHINESE RELIGIONS 45, no. 2 (2017)

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    ARTICLES

    Bodhidharma outside Chan Literature: Immortal, Inner Alchemist, and Emissary from the Eternal Realm

    STEPHEN ESKILDSEN


    Ancestral Force in Iconic Imagery: Death and Continuance in a South China Village

    GÖRAN AIJMER


    Making “Science” from “Superstition”: Conceptions of Knowledge Legitimacy among Contemporary Yijing Diviners

    WILLIAM MATTHEWS


    REVIEWS

    Sébastien Billioud and Joël Thoraval, The Sage and the People: The Confucian Revival in China (ANNA SUN)

    King Pong Chiu, Thomé H. Fang, Tang Junyi and Huayan Thought: A Confucian Appropriation of Buddhist Ideas in Response to Scientism in the Twentieth Century (ERIK HAMMERSTROM)

    Jennifer Eichman, A Late Sixteenth-Century Chinese Buddhist Fellowship: Spiritual Ambitions, Intellectual Debates, and Epistolary Connections (YIQUN ZHOU)

    Eirik Lang Harris, The Shenzi Fragments: A Philosophical Analysis and Translation (YURI PINES)

    Steven Heine, Chan Rhetoric of Uncertainty in the Blue Cliff Record: Sharpening a Sword at the Dragon Gate (DESHENG ZONG)

    Jeehee Hong, Theater of the Dead: A Social Turn in Chinese Funerary Art, 1000–1400 (AURELIA CAMPBELL)

    Wilt L. Idema, trans., The Immortal Maiden Equal to Heaven and Other Precious Scrolls from Western Gansu (KATHERINE ALEXANDER)

    Jan Kiely and J. Brooks Jessup, eds., Recovering Buddhism in Modern China (HUNG-YOK IP)

    N. Harry Rothschild, Emperor Wu Zhao and Her Pantheon of Devis, Divinities, and Dynastic Mothers (HUAIYU CHEN)

    Paul Rouzer, On Cold Mountain: A Buddhist Reading of the Hanshan Poems (CHRISTOPHER BYRNE)

    Barend J. ter Haar, Practicing Scripture: A Lay Buddhist Movement in Late Imperial China (THOMAS JANSEN)

    Brook A. Ziporyn, Emptiness and Omnipresence: An Essential Introduction to Tiantai Buddhism (WING-CHEUK CHAN)
    Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/426788/cfp-journal-chinese-religions

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    Fifth Annual Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities posted date:2017-09-27
    Time:2017.12.31

    Please see:

    CFP, Fifth Annual Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities

    Regards,

    Chuck
    Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/293650/cfp-fifth-annual-stanford-berkeley-graduate-student-conference

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    Journal of the Japanese Association for Digital Humanities, vol 3 (JJADH) posted date:2017-09-21
    Time:Deadline: 2017.11.30

    Dear Colleagues,

    We are now seeking submissions for Volume 3 of the Journal of the Japanese Association for Digital Humanities, to be published in Sept. 2018. Papers on topics that treat Buddhism and DH are warmly welcomed.

    Please see http://www.jadh.org/JJADHv3CFP for details.

    Best regards,

    Charles Muller
    Editor-in-Chief, JJADH
    Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/246788/cfp-journal-japanese-association-digital-humanities-vol-3-jjadh

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    Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies at the Old Library of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford posted date:2017-09-14
    Time:2017.12.04 ~ 2017.12.06
    Location:Old Library of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford




    The Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies is a forum for discourse and presentation of papers by scholars who have a particular interest in the study of religion. Canon Brian Mountford MBE, former Vicar of St Mary's Church and Fellow of St Hilda's College in the University of Oxford, will host the meeting.

    You are invited to make a presentation and lead a discussion of a relevant aspect of religious studies, or you may wish to participate as a panel member or as an observer. Your disquisition must adhere to an abstract of about 300 words approved by the Programme Committee of the Symposium. You are, also, encouraged to submit a paper, in keeping with your abstract, which may be published in an appropriate journal, book of conference proceedings. All papers presented for publication or inclusion in books or sponsored journals will be subject to peer review by external readers.
    Related Link:https://www.oxfordsymposiumonreligiousstudies.com/

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    Books on Tibet posted date:2017-08-15
    Time:From now on

    Several new books have come into H-Buddhism recently on Tibet, and I'm looking for people willing to review them. I'm particularly interested in finding someone to review a book in French. Please contact me offline (john.powers@deakin.edu.au)
    if you're interested, and I'll add you to my list and inform you of future titles.
    Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/189370/call-reviewers-books-tibet

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    Traditional Religions, Secularisms, and Revivals: Buddhism and Shamanism in Northern Eurasia posted date:2017-08-01
    Time:Deadline: 2017.09.10

    Type: Call for Papers
    Date:
    March 9, 2018 to March 10, 2018
    Location: Germany
    Subject Fields: Area Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Eastern Europe History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology
    The Käte Hamburger Kolleg “Dynamics in the History of Religions” of the Ruhr-University Bochum (http://khk.ceres.rub.de/en/) invites paper proposals for the Workshop “Traditional Religions, Secularisms, and Revivals: Buddhism and Shamanism in Northern Eurasia” to be held on March 9–10, 2018.

    Focusing on Buddhism and Shamanism in Mongolia, Siberia, Central Asia, Tibet, and the Himalayas, the workshop will trace the introduction of Eurocentric secular projects of defining and limiting religion to cultural contexts in which religions, philosophies, and worldviews fundamentally challenge these secular definitions. The categories of “religion” and “secularism” are both products of European modern intellectual history, but they developed out of European perceptions of Christianity and its contrast to non-European “others” and their religions. Scholarship on secularism and its effects, however, has focused overwhelmingly on monotheistic contexts, largely ignoring the role of secularism and the category of religion in socialist secular projects and non-monotheistic religious traditions. The concept of “religion” was not merely imposed from above. It was appropriated and redefined by Buddhists and Shamanists in the twentieth and twenty-first century creating new hierarchies and stimulating new asymmetrical power relations. Since the early twentieth century Buddhism was increasingly used in the processes of nation-building, while Shamanism was continuously marginalized. The socialist secular project in Siberia, Mongolia, and Central Asia demonstrated attempts to integrate religion into building new states (1920s), rigid anti-religious campaigns (1930s), and the moderate recognition and even support of organized religion (1950s—1980s). In contemporary Mongolia and Siberia, Buddhism has once again been elevated to the status of “national” or “traditional” religion, while in Nepal it became a marker of one’s subnational ethnic belonging. In view of the expectations about what national or traditional religion is supposed to be, Shamanism remained contested in all four regional contexts, yet became increasingly popular in heterogeneous revival movements defying both state and religious authority. Examining the ways in which secular projects intersected with Buddhist and Shamanist religious projects promises to open new perspectives on secularism, socialism, and colonialism. Christopher Atwood (University of Pennsylvania) and Nikolay Tsyrempilov (Nazarbayev University) will give keynote lectures.

    We invite papers that focus on the demands to define Buddhism and Shamanism as religions in nationalist, socialist, and post-socialist contexts and the attempts to embrace, surpass and resist such definitions; the interactions between religion and politics and the anti-religious campaigns of the twentieth century; the tensions between religion, nationalism, and the processes of de-secularization or re-secularization that engendered alternative ethnic/religious revivals; the involvement of politicians, academics, and lawmakers with religion and that of shamans, monks, and believers with politics, academia, and law. Submissions on related topics within the relevant geographic and religious areas are welcome. Each paper must explicitly address the issue of secularism or desecularization and, preferably, discuss interactions between different religious denominations or groups within the same religion. The organizers intend to submit a selection of papers to the e-journal Entangled Religions (http://er.ceres.rub.de) for possible peer-reviewed publication. We will be able to provide hotel accommodation and cover travel expenses within Europe, but encourage participants to seek additional funding from their home institutions.

    Please submit a 300-word abstract along with brief biographical information to Secularisms.Bochum@gmail.com before September 10, 2017. Notes of acceptance will be sent before October 10, 2017. Invited participants will be expected to submit full papers of 7,000–10,000 words by February 15, 2018.

    Contact Email: Secularisms.Bochum@gmail.com
    Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/186083/cfp-traditional-religions-secularisms-and-revivals-buddhism-and

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    The 7th International Conference Buddhism & Australia, call for capers and essays posted date:2017-05-31
    Time:Deadline: 2017.12.31
    Location:Perth, Western Australia

    Call for Papers and Essays
    We have pleasure to announce that the 7th International Conference Buddhism & Australia will be held on 1-3 February, 2018 in Perth, Western Australia. All Buddhists, scholars and members of the general public interested in Buddhism are invited to present their papers in this coming conference. Researchers across a broad range of disciplines are welcomed as well the submission of pre-formed panel proposals
    Important Dates
    Deadline for Abstract Submission: 25 October, 2017
    Deadline for Full Paper Submission: 25 November, 2017

    For those who have prepared for certain big task and who are able to put some sort of idea on certain topics, we have a proposal to compose an essay which needs to create a bridge back to the Buddha. Anyone, from any country, is free to apply. Selected essays will be published on the conference website. Topics
    • Buddha for every home
    • Buddha versus Jesus
    • Buddhism is in the way of economy
    • Buddhist monks - people with weak vitality and mentality
    • Buddhist cosmology and contemporary astronomy and astrophysics are not brothers
    • Virtual reality as the modern day Nirvana
    • Could Buddha turn on a computer?
    • Is virtual reality beyond our reality or not?
    • Who reads the teachings of the dead Buddha?
    Deadline for Essay Submission: 31 December, 2017

    Proposals should be submitted to the following email: info@buddhismandaustralia.com
    We acknowledge receipt and answer to all proposals submitted.

    For detailed information please see here: www.buddhismandaustralia.com

    Contact:
    Organizing Chair Marju Broder
    info@buddhismandaustralia.com
    tel. +61 0 405549923
    www.buddhismandaustralia.com

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

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       Exhibition
    The Buddha’s Word @ Stanford posted date:2017-09-14
    Time:2017.10.18 ~ 2018.03.18
    Location:Madeleine H. Russell Gallery

    This exhibition showcases Buddhist manuscripts and prints held at the Cantor and in Stanford libraries, rangiSutrang in dates from around the 11th century to the early 20th century, and coming from various parts of the traditional Buddhist world, from Sri Lanka to Japan. The Buddha’s Word highlights the written word not simply as the visual counterpart to speech but as a thing of beauty and sacredness in and of itself.

    IMAGE: Artist unknown (Nepal, 12th C.), Pages from a Manuscript of the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra (Prajnaparamita), detail, 12th century. Ink and color on palm leaf. Museum Purchase Fund, 1964.115.a
    Related Link:https://museum.stanford.edu/view/exhibition_sched_new.html#future_exhibitions

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       Lecture
    Sanskritisation and the diction of early Buddhist texts posted date:2017-10-24
    Time:2017.11.23 17:30 ~ 19:00
    Location:Brunei Gallery Room: B111

    Abstract
    A comparison of Pali versions of early Buddhist texts with their Sanskrit parallels, which in their language and diction, at least, certainly stem from a later period, shows that the wording of the latter is commonly more elaborate. For example, in the Sanskrit version or versions sequences of parallel word elements, such as adjectives, nouns, and verbs, are commonly longer; descriptions of concepts, actions, and events are commonly more detailed; and generally more information is given.

    In this paper I will discuss some of the differences encountered when parallel versions of canonical discourses and verse texts preserved in Pali, Prakrit and Sanskrit are compared and attempt to identify those changes that are likely to have happened as a result of or in conjunction with Sanskritisation and those that took place when the texts were still being transmitted in Prakrit, particularly in the light of recent Gāndhārī and Sanskrit manuscript finds from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    Bio
    Mark Allon is Chair of the Department of Indian Subcontinental Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia, and Senior Lecturer in South Asian Buddhist Studies. He completed a Diploma of Arts at the City Art Institute, Sydney, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at the Australian National University studying with Prof. J.W. de Jong. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge under Prof. K.R. Norman.

    His primary research interests are the composition and transmission of early Buddhist texts, the ways in which texts have been used by Buddhist communities, and the Indic languages of early Buddhist texts (Pali, Gāndhārī, Sanskrit). He is involved in two major research projects. The first concerns the study and publication of the recently discovered Gāndhārī Buddhist manuscripts from Afghanistan and Pakistan. The second involves the conservation, photographing, and study of the Kuthodaw Pagoda marble stelae recension of the Pali canon in Mandalay, Myanmar.

    He is the author of Style and Function: A Study of Dominant Stylistic Features of the Prose Portions of Pāli Canonical Sutta Texts and Their Mnemonic Function (Tokyo, 1997), Three Gāndhārī Ekottarikāgama-Type Sūtras: British Library Kharoṣṭhī Fragments 12 and 14 (Seattle, 2001), and is currently completing Ancient Buddhist Scrolls from Gandhāra II: The Senior Kharoṣṭhī Fragments, a study and catalogue of the Senior collection of Kharoṣṭhī manuscripts. He is also author of numerous articles on early Buddhist literature.

    Organiser: SOAS Centre of Buddhist Studies

    Contact email: vt6@soas.ac.uk
    Related Link:https://www.soas.ac.uk/buddhiststudies/events/buddhistforum/23nov2017-sanskritisation-and-the-diction-of-early-buddhist-texts.html

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    Workshop Series on Asian Representations and Constructions of Space (ARCS) posted date:2017-10-05
    Time:2017.10.12 15:00 ~ 17:00、10.26 10:00 ~ 12:00、11.27 10:00 ~ 12:00

    Dear list members,

    With generous support from the Stanford Humanities Center, the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford, and the Stanford Departments of East Asian Languages and Cultures, History, and Religious Studies, I am happy to announce the new Geballe Research Workshop series, Asian Representations and Constructions of Space (ARCS). This workshop series will be of interest to Buddhist studies graduate students and faculty in the Bay Area and is open to the public.

    Throughout the academic year ARCS will invite a total of nine scholars from various disciplines to share works in progress concerning geographical, cosmological, and ritual space in historical Asian contexts from ancient and early modern India, China, Japan, and the Himalayas. Speakers will introduce participants to art, architecture, maps, manuscripts, gazetteers, and digital tools that formulate and depict a broad scope of spatial realms.

    Meetings are hosted by the David Rumsey Map Center in Stanford's Green Library (see here for location and policies) and will vary in format, ranging from book chapter workshops to formal lectures and digital humanities bootcamps. Each meeting is a standalone event and does not require attendance in previous sessions. All meetings are open to the public (please pre-register with the Rumsey Map Center here).

    To subscribe to the ARCS mailing list for limited updates and announcements, sign up here.

    The Fall quarter will feature three meetings with a total of four speakers:

    October 12, 3pm-5pm

    1. Eric Huntington (Postdoctoral Fellow, Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford)

    2. "Frames of Scale and Geo-Spatial Transformations in the Buddhist Maṇḍala"

    3. http://bit.ly/ARCS-Huntington


    October 26, 10am-12pm

    1. Jon Felt (Assistant Professor of History, Brigham Young University)

    2. "The Empire and the Ecumene: Regionalism After the Han Empire"

    3. http://bit.ly/ARCS-Felt



    November 27, 10am-12pm

    1. Joint session with Kären Wigen (Professor of History, Stanford University) and D. Max Moerman (Professor of Asian & Middle Eastern Cultures, Barnard College, Columbia University)

    2. "Imagining 'Asia': Foreign and Native Worldviews in Constructions of Early Modern Japanese Cartography"

    3. http://bit.ly/ARCS-ImaginingAsia



    4. Best,

      Daniel R. Tuzzeo
      PhD Candidate, Buddhist Studies
      Department of Religious Studies
      Stanford University

      Coordinator, Asian Representations and Constructions of Space (ARCS)
      Geballe Research Workshop
      Stanford Humanities Center
      Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/362314/lecture-workshop-series-asian-representations-and-constructions

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    Altar Modern: Buddhist-inspired Artists and Visual Practices in Contemporary China posted date:2017-09-21
    Time:2018.01.19 17:30 ~ 19:00
    Location:Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: BGLT

    Abstract
    Altar Modern looks at contemporary representations of Buddhism in the visual arts in China. Drawing from a large body of previously unexamined paintings, drawings, photographs and installations, it maps the history of Buddhist visual practices onto a larger trans-regional history of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and North America between 1997 and 2017. It analyses works by artists from across different generations and locations as they reflect both literally and metaphorically on fundamental themes of Chinese Buddhist iconography and ritual, including the relationship between merit making and image making, the use of calligraphy and writing as religious practice, ideas of image consecration, relics, and the ritual use of objects, as sites invoking a "reworking of the imaginary" for contemporary artists.

    Bio
    Francesca Tarocco is Associate Professor of Buddhist Studies and Chinese Religious Studies at Ca' Foscari University of Venice. She is also Visiting Associate Professor of Buddhist Cultures at NYU Shanghai and Co-Founder and Director of the Shanghai Studies Society.

    Organiser: SOAS Centre of Buddhist Studies

    Contact email: vt6@soas.ac.uk
    Related Link:https://www.soas.ac.uk/buddhiststudies/events/holectureseries/19jan2018-altar-modern-buddhist-inspired-artists-and-visual-practices-in-contemporary-china-.html

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    Polishing the Buddha’s Sacred Text? A methodological reconsideration of the significance of variant readings in the most popular Mahāyāna code in East Asia posted date:2017-09-21
    Time:2017.12.08 17:30 ~ 19:00
    Location:TBA

    Abstract
    The Fanwang jing or the Scripture of the Pure Divinities' Netted [Banners], sometimes called Brahmajāla-sūtra or Brahmā's Net sūtra, is in fact a Chinese Buddhist apocryphon composed around the mid-fifth century. I have recently published an edition of the text in book form, by consulting over five earlier manuscripts dating from before the 10th century, two stone inscriptions, and ten woodblock print editions during the 12th-18th centuries. Surprisingly enough, the Fanwang jing, which is merely seven pages long in the modern Taisho Canon, has as many as over six hundred variant readings. More importantly, a large majority of those variants suggest not scribal errors but a clear intention to improve ‘awkward’ or ‘ambiguous’ wording in the original text. As a result, I am led to consider a new methodology for editing this type of texts and the reasons such copious amounts of variants were produced; the latter point is directly related with the question of whether the Chinese readers aimed to ‘correct’ the Buddha's words.

    After a short overview of the contents and some essential characteristics of the scripture, I will examine the characteristics of textual emendation, classifying the types of variant readings into several kinds in terms of religio-philosophical contents and consistency/inconsistency of format. I will also briefly compare the nature of Chinese Buddhist apocrypha with Mahāyāna texts in India, and consider a fundamental difference in the value of variant readings between Sanskrit commentarial treatises on Buddhist philosophy and Chinese Buddhist translations of sutras. Finally, referring the commentators' idea on variant readings, I will try to draw a conclusion regarding whether or not medieval Chinese Buddhists intended to correct sacred texts.

    Bio
    Funayama Toru, born in 1961, is currently a professor of Buddhist studies at Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. His research mainly covers two different areas in the history of Buddhism. One is Chinese Buddhism from to the fifth/seventh centuries, a period from the late Six Dynasties period up to early Tang; his focuses are on the formation of Chinese Buddhist translation and apocrypha, spread of the notion of Mahayana precepts, the exegetical tradition on the Nirvana Sutra, and more.

    The other is philological and philosophical issues in Buddhist epistemology and logic in India from the fifth/tenth centuries, particularly Kamalasila’s (the late eighth century) theory of perception. In both areas, he is interested in the concept of saintliness as firmly related with the system of practice.

    His most recent publications included the study and edition of the Fanwang jing: Higashi Ajia bukkyō no seikatsu kisoku Bonmō kyō: saiko no katachi to hatten no rekishi 東アジア仏教の生 活規則『梵網経』─最古の形と発展の歴史 (The Scripture of the Pure Divinities' Netted [Banners] (Fanwang jing), Mahayana Code for Daily Life in East Asian Buddhism: The Oldest Form and Its Historical Evolution), Kyoto: Rinsen shoten, 2017, 528p.

    Organiser: SOAS Centre of Buddhist Studies

    Contact email: vt6@soas.ac.uk
    Related Link:https://www.soas.ac.uk/buddhiststudies/events/holectureseries/08dec2017-polishing-the-buddhas-sacred-text-a-methodological-reconsideration-of-the-significance-of-.html

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    Oliver Freiberger: "Lines in Water? On Drawing Buddhism's Boundaries in Ancient India" posted date:2017-09-21
    Time:2018.05.24 17:30 ~ 19:00
    Location:TBA



    FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC

    Abstract:

    This talk explores the ways in which religious agents – and modern scholars – distinguish religions. Illustrated by examples from ancient India, it will problematize the popular notion of blurred boundaries and suggest a multilayered approach for analyzing religious boundary-making. The paper argues that scholars should be prepared to find, even within one religious community, numerous and possibly conflicting ways of drawing a boundary between “us” and “them.”

    Bio:

    Dr. Oliver Freiberger is associate professor of Asian Studies and Religious Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Trained in Indology and Religious Studies, he received his Ph.D. from Göttingen University, Germany. His first book explored the meaning of the sangha (monastic community) in the doctrinal sections of the Pali canon. His second book was a micro-comparative study of ascetic discourses in ancient Indian and early Christian texts. He also co-authored an introductory handbook of Buddhism, (co-)edited several volumes and is the author of numerous articles and chapters on Indian Buddhism, asceticism, and method and theory in the study of religion. Currently he works on a book about the comparative method.

    Buddhist Art

    Contact Phone:
    650.721.6609
    Event Sponsor:
    Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford
    Contact Email:
    tanya@stanford.edu
    Related Link:https://buddhiststudies.stanford.edu/events/oliver-freiberger-lines-water-drawing-buddhisms-boundaries-ancient-india

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    Rupert Gethin: "On Death and Rebirth, and What Happens in Between: Two Buddhist Accounts of Why it Matters" posted date:2017-09-21
    Time:2018.05.17 17:30 ~ 19:00
    Location:TBA



    FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC

    Abstract:

    Ancient Indian Buddhist thinkers for the most part took it as given that death was followed by rebirth, but they disagreed on whether death was followed immediately by rebirth or by an in between state (antarābhava). The lecture will consider two accounts of death and rebirth, both from the fourth to fifth centuries CE but representing the traditions of two different schools: (1) the account found in Vasubandhu’s Abhidharmakośa, which presents the traditions of the Sarvāstivāda school and advocates an in between state, and (2) the account found in the Pali commentaries of the Theravāda school, which advocates immediate rebirth. Both accounts argue that the authority of Buddhist scriptures and reason are on their side. But what other considerations might inform their different positions?

    Bio:

    Rupert Gethin is Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol and President of the Pali Text Society. His books include Sayings of the Buddha: A Selection of Suttas from the Pali Nikāyas (2008), The Foundations of Buddhism (1998), and The Buddhist Path to Awakening (1992). He has a particular interest in early Indian Buddhist literature and Indian Buddhist systematic accounts of the mind and meditation. He is currently working on a book provisionally titled 'Mapping the Buddha’s Mind: a study of Indian Buddhist systematic thought in the Abhidharma of the Theravāda, Sarvāstivāda, and Yogācāra traditions’.

    Evans-Wentz Lecture

    Contact Phone:
    650.721.6609
    Event Sponsor:
    Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford, Department of Religious Studies
    Contact Email:
    tanya@stanford.edu
    Related Link:https://buddhiststudies.stanford.edu/events/rupert-gethin-death-and-rebirth-and-what-happens-between-two-buddhist-accounts-why-it-matters

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    Tim H. Barrett: "A Possible Buddhist Influence on Chinese Political Thought" posted date:2017-09-21
    Time:2018.05.03 18:00 ~ 19:30
    Location:TBA



    FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC

    Abstract:

    Much work has been done in recent decades on the way in which Chinese rulers made use of Buddhism to bolster their power, but in fact some Buddhist ideas concerning kingship found in South Asian materials were quite negative. China was in imperial times an autocracy in which such negativity towards kingship generally did not flourish. But if we look carefully, is there really no trace at all of these Buddhist ideas entering the Chinese tradition of political thought? This lecture will suggest that at one point one subversive suggestion may have slipped in, and may indeed have exerted a hidden but not inconsequential influence.

    Bio:

    Tim H. Barrett is Emeritus Professor of East Asian History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He studied Chinese at Cambridge and Buddhist Studies at Yale, and spent much of his career publishing on the history of the religious traditions of East Asia, primarily with regard to China"

    Shinnyo-en Visiting Professor Lecture

    Contact Phone:
    650.721.6609
    Event Sponsor:
    Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford, Department of Religious Studies
    Contact Email:
    tanya@stanford.edu
    Related Link:https://buddhiststudies.stanford.edu/events/tim-h-barrett-possible-buddhist-influence-chinese-political-thought

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    Rev. Shojun Ogi: "Re-Focusing Buddhism in Modern Japanese Society: New Dimensions in Contemporary Japanese Buddhism" posted date:2017-09-21
    Time:2018.03.08 17:30 ~ 19:00
    Location:TBA



    FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC

    Abstract:

    Historically, especially after World War II, Japanese Buddhist temples became focused mainly on conducting funeral rituals, various commemorative memorials, the selling of talismans, and conducting prayer rituals in the name of good fortune, happiness and safety. This led Japanese society, including both Buddhist priests and public at large to come to believe that Buddhism was only relevant regarding death or wishes.

    However, recognizing the declining position of Buddhism in contemporary Japan, some Buddhist priests have begun creating and implementing a variety of new activities and ideas in their attempts to revitalize the teaching of Buddha to deal with contemporary needs in modern society.

    Bio:

    Rev. Shojun Ogi

    Born in 1982, Ogi is the vice resident priest of Choshoji Temple which belongs to the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha sect in Yamaguchi, Japan. He earned a BA from Ryukoku University and an MA from Graduate Theological Union/Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, CA. In 2011 he completed a one-year Residential Fellow Program at the Harvard Divinity School. He has given many lectures on Buddhism at temples, universities, and seminars through his non-sectarian Buddhist promotional activities and developed a unique introduction to the Buddha’s teachings via the mass media on national television and radio programs in Japan. In addition, he has written and translated many articles and books on Buddhism for the contemporary world.

    Distinguished Buddhist Practitioner Lecture Series

    Contact Phone:
    650.721.6609
    Event Sponsor:
    Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford
    Contact Email:
    tanya@stanford.edu
    Related Link:https://buddhiststudies.stanford.edu/events/rev-shojun-ogi-re-focusing-buddhism-modern-japanese-society-new-dimensions-contemporary

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    Barbara Rossetti Ambros: "On Talking Terms with Mihotokesama: Material and Bodily Practices of a Jōdo Shin Healer" posted date:2017-09-21
    Time:2018.03.01 17:30 ~ 19:00
    Location:TBA



    FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC

    Abstract:

    The life story of Takumi Toyoko (b. 1929) illustrates the material and corporeal practices of popular Jōdo Shin in the Hokuriku region. At the intersection between a secret Jōdo Shin confraternity and a healer with an open clientele, Takumi and her devotees challenge stereotypical notions of Jōdo Shin as being opposed to magic and folk traditions. Rather than emphasizing scriptural authority, Takumi communicates directly with the Buddha Amida and wields her own body as a vehicle of salvation. Yet Amida is not Takumi’s only source of divine wisdom. She also communicates with a variety of Buddhist divinities, Shintō kami, ancestors, and animal spirits and manipulates icons and other material objects to effect healing for her clients. Based on ethnographic fieldwork and Takumi’s autobiography, this paper argues that Takumi’s embodied and affective practices defy hegemonic constructions of a Jōdo Shin identity.

    Bio:

    Barbara Rossetti Ambros is a professor in East Asian Religions in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research on Japanese Religions has focused on issues in gender studies; human-animal relationships; place and space; and pilgrimage. She is the author of Women in Japanese Religions (New York University Press, 2015), Bones of Contention: Animals and Religion in Contemporary Japan (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2012), and Emplacing a Pilgrimage: The Early Modern Ōyama Cult and Regional Religion (Harvard University Asia Center, 2008). She has been serving as co-chair of the Animals and Religion Group of the American Academy of Religions since 2014. Previously, she served as the co-chair of the Japanese Religions Group at the American Academy of Religions from 2008 to 2014 and as the President for the Study of Japanese Religions from 2008 to 2011. She holds a PhD in East Asian Civilization and Languages from Harvard University (2002), an MA in Regional Studies East Asia from Harvard University (1995), and an MA in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University (1993).

    Japanese Buddhism Lectures

    Contact Phone:
    650.721.6609
    Event Sponsor:
    Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford
    Contact Email:
    tanya@stanford.edu
    Related Link:https://buddhiststudies.stanford.edu/events/barbara-rossetti-ambros-talking-terms-mihotokesama-material-and-bodily-practices-j-do-shin

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    Heather Blair: "What Counts? Buddhism, Picturebooks, and Japanese Culture" posted date:2017-09-21
    Time:2018.02.22 17:30 ~ 19:00
    Location:TBA



    FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC

    Abstract:

    Jokes about hell, fake sutras that, though specious, exert miraculous effects, and stories about a bodhisattva who is as well loved for his failures as for his assistance. These and other playful engagements with Buddhist ideas and imagery pervade picturebooks from Japan’s secular mainstream. But do they count as Buddhist? Focusing on picturebooks published for children from the 1960s to the present, this talk asks what it might mean to be culturally—without necessarily being confessionally—Buddhist. It presents an argument that picturebooks foment a doublemindedness among both children and adults, thereby opening up a space for ironic engagement with religious ideas and imagery. As one way of simultaneously doing and not doing religion, this ironic mode suits the current Japanese context, where social belonging matters deeply but believing is not a priority, and where knowledge of religious figures and devotional practices contributes substantially to social competency and cultural literacy. Especially in light of recent academic work that has called attention to the attenuation of mainstream Buddhist institutions and traditional practices in Japan, consideration of the kind of diffuse, unmarked religiosity seen in picturebooks compels us to think carefully about what counts for the study of Buddhism—and how we account for it.

    Bio:

    Heather Blair is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University. A Japan specialist, she focuses primarily on lay religiosity and intersections between visual culture and religion, both in the Heian period and modern-to-contemporary times. Her publications include Real and Imagined: The Peak of Gold in Heian Japan (2015) and articles in venues such as Monumenta Nipponica, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, and Japanese Journal of Religious Studies. She is currently working on a monograph with the provisional title The Gods Make You Giggle: Finding Religion in Japanese Picturebooks.

    Japanese Buddhism Lectures

    Contact Phone:
    650.721.6609
    Event Sponsor:
    Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford
    Contact Email:
    tanya@stanford.edu
    Related Link:https://buddhiststudies.stanford.edu/events/heather-blair-what-counts-buddhism-picturebooks-and-japanese-culture

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       Scholarship
    Oxford: Two doctoral studentships in the Study of Religion posted date:2017-11-01
    Time:2018.01.19

    UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD



    FACULTY OF THEOLOGY AND RELIGION



    LADY MARGARET HALL



    TWO DOCTORAL STUDENTSHIPS IN THE STUDY OF THE RELIGIONS



    The Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford, intends to offer two three-year studentships, covering University tuition and College fees at the Home/EU or Overseas rate, as well as providing a maintenance grant (up to £14,990 in the first year, and increased by inflation for each year thereafter) to doctoral students intending to write a dissertation on a topic falling within the study of the Abrahamic Religions, the study of Buddhism, the study of Hinduism, the study of Islam, the study of Judaism or the study of religions. The successful candidates will be graduate students in the subject group of the Study of Religions in the Faculty of Theology and Religion (http://www.theology.ox.ac.uk/home) and Lady Margaret Hall (http://www.lmh.ox.ac.uk/) where they will be Scholars of the College with the attendant privileges, including offer of single accommodation in the College’s Graduate Centre for three years (charged at the usual rates).



    The Study of Religions subject group covers a wide range of approaches to the Abrahamic religions, Jewish studies, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam (from historical and textual, to philosophical and theological, to sociological and ethnographic). There is also a strong interest in the social scientific study of religion– sociological, anthropological, and psychological – each with an important body of empirical studies and accompanying theories. Teaching in the subject group draws on all these strands and has a strong interest both in the diversity of religious practices worldwide and in the history of their study. Subject co-ordinator is Professor Anna Sapir Abulafia, Professor of the Study of the Abrahamic Religions, and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall.



    The successful candidates will have an excellent Master’s degree in Theology or in the Study of Religion or other Field which includes studies germane to the advertised studentship, or will have completed all the elements of such a degree by September 2018. They will be expected to have made an application for doctoral study in the Oxford Faculty of Theology and Religion and Lady Margaret Hall by Friday, 19 January 2018 and to have met the usual criteria for acceptance.



    Candidates should list Lady Margaret Hall as their preferred college when applying.



    The successful candidates will be eligible for such conference grants as are open to other doctoral students in the Faculty of Theology and Religion. They will be subject to such procedures for transfer and confirmation of status as are prescribed in the regulations, and the award will be terminated if doctoral status is suspended for any reason. The award is not renewable after three years of full-time doctoral study.



    Applicants for the award should write to graduate.enquiries@theology.ox.ac.uk by Friday, 19 January 2018. They should supply a one-page CV/resumé, including details of their educational experience (including full information about all courses taken at Master’s level and the title of any dissertation or thesis undertaken in that context), and a supporting statement of approximately 500 words describing their intended research project and explaining how their research falls within the area covered by this studentship. The awarding committee will assess applications also on the basis of the materials submitted for the doctoral application to the Faculty, which need not be submitted twice; candidates should ask their three referees, however, to refer directly to their suitability for this studentship in the references they write in support of the doctoral application.







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    JC Westerhoff

    Lady Margaret Hall

    University of Oxford

    Norham Gardens

    Oxford OX2 6QA

    United Kingdom



    jan.westerhoff@lmh.ox.ac.uk

    www.janwesterhoff.net
    Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/695814/fellowship-oxford-two-doctoral-studentships-study-religion

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       Others
    New books on Japanese Buddhism, Call for Reviewers posted date:2017-02-22
    Time:2017.02.19

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

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

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

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