September 20–22, 2019 at UBC, St. John’s College.
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August 24–25, 2019. School of Foreign Languages, Peking University.
August 20-21, 2019; Oxford, UK.
June 3-5, 2019. Mount Wutai.
May 17-18, 2019. Princeton University.
December 6-8, 2019, Peking University.
March 6-8, 2020. University of British Columbia.
Conference January 7-9, 2019 at DILA.
June 23-24, 2018. Nagoya University, Japan
August 29-31, 2018; Cambridge, UK.
August 17-19, 2018; Xi’an, China.
Sept 21-23, 2018 Berkeley, California
Mount Wutai, Shanxi province, China; July 3-5, 2018.
April 20-22, 2018 in Vancouver, Canada.
January 13-15, 2018 at DILA, Taiwan.
September 1-2, 2017. UBC Vancouver, Canada.
August 11-12, 2017 at Ewha Womans University, Seoul Korea
July 31 – August 2, 2017. The Shaolin Monastery 少林寺, Mount Song 嵩山, Henan 河南
July 12-15, 2017. Great Sage Monastery of Bamboo Grove, Mount Wutai
June 16-18, 2017. Vancouver Canada.
March 25-27, 2017. Shanxi, China.
August 27, 28, 2016. Madrid, Spain.
August 9, 2016. Vancouver, Canada.
The relationship between literary and religious activities has been a lasting theme for any society of any time all over the world. One lens to see through the patterns of interactions between the religious and literary practitioners is provided by the relationship between Chan Buddhism and literature in medieval China. This one-day workshop, co-sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the UBC Buddhist Studies Forum, invites several top scholars based in China and Canada to jointly shed new light on this intriguing issue.
May 26-28, 2016. Vancouver, Canada.
While considering reading, writing, and media today alongside Asian traditions of the past, this event will also look ahead toward ways of preserving and transmitting the past, including demonstrations of digitization in the fields of education, library studies, journalism, history, literature, and religion. The roundtable will bring scholars, curators, librarians, community leaders, and policymakers into conversation to examine an array of approaches and technologies.
July 19-24, 2016. Great Sage Monastery of Bamboo Grove, Mount Wutai, China.
Located in central China, the mountain range known as Wutai 五臺 was perceived as the new Chinese abode for the famous Indian bodhisattva, Mañjuśrī. As such, it came to be widely venerated by Buddhist believers from all over East Asia. This conference explores a plethora of trans-cultural, multi-ethnic, and cross-regional factors that contributed to the formation and transformation of the cult centered on Wutai and its dwelling bodhisattva (Mañjuśrī), as well as the “international” roles (religious, political, economic, commercial, diplomatic and even military) that the Wutai-centered cult has played in Asia and beyond.
May 29, 2016. Vancouver, Canada.
This workshop aims to throw light on East Asian Buddhism’s involvement in warfare and other violent and semi-violent activities (e.g., military chaplains and counsellors, warriors, practitioners and promoters of the martial arts, and spices). In addition to bringing to light an important (and severely understudied) front in which the samgha (i.e., Buddhist community) intervened in the secular world, this workshop will also underscore the necessity to move beyond studying the “real situation of Buddhism” through the prism of the Buddhist precepts, which prescribed, rather than described, the circumstances under which the samgha grew and was transformed. Another aim is to study new features and patterns of state-samgha relations in East Asia.
January 20-22, 2017. Princeton University.