Buddhist Beasts: Reflections on Animals in Asian Religions and Culture-Schelule

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Buddhist Beasts: Reflections on Animals in Asian Religions and Culture
Sponsor: The Glorisun Charitable Foundation
Co-sponsors:  TzuChi Canada, SSHRC partnership project “From the Ground Up”

Host:    UBC Buddhist Studies Forum


15:00-15:50   Networking and registration

15:50-16:00   Welcoming Remarks: Jinhua Chen (UBC) and Dr. Michael Chung (Tzu-Chi Canada)

16:00-16:40  Keynote speech: Mimi Yiengpruksawan (Yale University): “Tweeting the Law: Some Avian Humanoids in Buddhist Discourse.” [text here] (Chair: Jinhua Chen [UBC])

16:40-18:40   Panel 1:  Beasts in India & Tibet: Buddhist Perspectives (Chair: Gilles Tarabout [CNRS])

1.1. (16:40-16:55)                     Daniel Stuart (University of South Carolina): “Becoming Animal: Karma and the Animal Realm Envisioned through an Early Yogācāra Lens”

1.2. (16:55-17:10)                     Naomi Appleton (University of Edinburgh): “Badly Behaved Animals in the Jātakas”

1.3. (17:10-17:25)                     Reiko Ohnuma (Dartmouth): “The Heretical, Heterodox Howl: Jackals in Pāli Buddhist Literature”

1.4. (17:25-17:40)                     Geoff Barstow (Oregon State University): “Monastic Meat: Reflecting on the Consumption of Meat in Tibetan Monasteries”

Comment (17:40-17:55)           Daniela Berti (CNRS)

Discussion (17:55-18:40)        Open Floor

19:00-20:30    Dinner  

DAY II   April 21, 2018: Conference (Whole Day) at Fairmont Social Lounge, ST JOHN’S COLLEGE, UBC

8:00 – 9:00   Breakfast

9:00-11:00     Panel 2: Beasts in India & Tibet: Non-Buddhist Perspectives (Chair: Naomi Appleton [Edinburgh])

2.1. (9:00-9:15)                        Phyllis Granoff (Yale University): “Dogs and Merit Making: Some Reflections from Pali Texts”

2.2. (9:15-9:30)                        Petra Maurer (Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities): “Humanising Horses: The Application of Tibetan Medical Concepts in Veterinary Medicine”

2.3. (9:30-9:45)                        Daniela Berti (Centre national de la recherche scientifique [CNRS]): “Animals in the Public Debate: Hunting, Conservationism and Animal Rights in India”

2.4. (9:45-10:00)                      Gilles Tarabout (Centre national de la recherche scientifique [CNRS]): “Compassion for Animals in Indian Law Courts”

Comment (10:00-10:15)           Reiko Ohnuma (Dartmouth):

Discussion (10:15-11:00)        Open Floor

11:00-11:15  Tea/Coffee Break  

11:15-12:25    Panel 3: Beasts in Japan: Buddhist and non-Buddhist Perspectives (Chair: Mimi Yiengpruksawan [Yale])

3.1. (11:15-11:30)                     Bernard Faure (Columbia University): “Vulpine Religion: Animal, Human, and Divine Foxes in East Asia”

3.2. (11:30-11:45)                    Barbara Ambros (UNC Chapel Hill): “Buddhism and Meat-Eating in Contemporary Japan.”

Comment (11:45-12:00)        Robert Sharf (UCBerkeley)

Discussion (12:00-12:25)      Open Floor

12:30-14:00    Lunch Break 

14:00-15:45    Panel 4  Beasts in China: Buddhist Perspectives (Chair: Michael Nylan [Berkeley])

4.1. (14:00-14:15)                    Mingli Sun (Tsinghua University): “An Analysis of the Images of Birds as Shown in the Illustrations of Western Pure Land Sutra in the Sichuan Area, under the Tang and Five Dynasties”

4.2. (14:15-14:30)                   Koichi Shinohara (Yale): “Animals in Chinese Buddhist Monastic Biographies”

4.3. (14:30-14:45)                   Jeehee Hong (McGill University): “The Meditating Monkey: Visualizing Silence in Southern Song Chan Culture”

Comment (14:45-15:00)       T. H. Barrett (SOAS)

Discussion (15:00-15:45)     Open Floor

15:45-16:00     Tea/Coffee Break

16:00-18:00   Panel 5  Beasts in China: Buddhist and non-Buddhist Perspectives (Chair: Robert Sharf [Berkeley])

5.1. (16:00-16:15)                     Michael Nylan (University of California, Berkeley): “Humans as Beasts and Gods in Pre-Buddhist China”

5.2. (16:15-16:30)                     Richard Lynn (University of Toronto): “Birds and Beasts in the Zhuangzi, Interpreted by Guo Xiang and Cheng Xuanying”

5.3. (16:30-16:45)                     Huaiyu Chen (Arizona State University): “Demons, Converts, and Protectors: The Changing Images of Serpents in Medieval Chinese Religions”

5.4. (16:45-17:00)                     Ben Brose (University of Michigan): “Taming the Monkey: Reinterpreting the Journey to the West in Early Twentieth-Century China”

Comment (17:00-17:15)          Jeehee Hong (McGill)

Discussion (17:15-18:00)        Open Floor

18:00-20:00                             Dinner

Day III    April 22, 2018: Conference (Whole Day) at Fairmont Social Lounge, ST JOHN’S COLLEGE, UBC

8:00 – 9:00   Breakfast

9:00-11:20  Panel 6  Animals that Transcend Cultures, Boundaries and Species (Chair: Barbara Ambros [UNC])

6.1. (9:00-9:15)                        T.H. Barrett (SOAS, University of London): “Animals across Boundaries: Buddhist and Other Animals in Trans-cultural Encounters”

6.2. (9:15-9:30)                        Ann Heirman (Ghent University): “Releasing Animals: Vinaya from India to China”

6.3. (9:30-9:45)                        Robert Sharf (University of California, Berkeley): “What Do Nanquan and Schrödinger Have Against Cats?”

6.4. (9:45-10:00)                     Kaiqi Hua (UBC): “Cat and Buddhist Book Culture”

6.5. (10:00-10:15)                     Lina Verchery (Harvard University): “What Do Buddhists See When They Look at Animals?: Olfaction and the Transspecies Imagination in Modern Chinese Buddhism”

Comment (10:15-10:30)          Ben Brose (Michigan)

Discussion (10:30-11:20)        Open Floor

11:20-11:30     Tea/Coffee Break

11:30-12:00    Final Discussion and Concluding Remarks (Co-Chairs: Phyllis Granoff & Jinhua Chen)

 12:00-13:30  Lunch