佛教動物:亞洲宗教及文化中的動物意象反應

會議流程 論文發表者 論文提要 會議擷影 [圖板版權:耶魯大學藝術館] 2018年四月20至22日,加拿大溫哥華英屬哥倫比亞大學(UBC)將舉辦一次國際學術研討會。此次研討會的主辦方是旭日慈善基金會,協辦方爲慈濟基金會加拿大分會和創基於UBC亞洲學系的加拿大社會科學與人文研究基金會合作項目“拔地入雲:佛教與東亞宗教”,三方熱誠邀請來自各國學者參加。 本次研討會探索的是佛教理解和描述鳥獸魚蟲等各種動物的各種方式,歡迎從事文本和視覺表征研究的學者來稿。本次會議不獨探討佛教人士對動物的各種觀念,也歡迎從印度的印度教和耆那教、中國的儒家與道教、以及日本的神道教等申論的論文。我們這次關注的重點是歷史上的觀念,由此也延伸到當代對動物權力的爭論。 我們翹待學界群賢與會,不論是嶄露頭角還是已於學界活躍多年。會議名額初擬在25到28人左右。按照計劃,本次參會論文集結成中英兩版論文集出版。英文版論文集收錄用英語撰寫的與會論文以及非英語論文的英文翻譯;中文版論文集收錄中國同仁撰寫的論文以及非中文論文的中文翻譯,中文版論文集將在中國大陸和台灣出版。 請參閱楊蘼蕪(Mimi Yiengpruksawan)教授為本次會議所作的主題演講“Tweeting the Law: Some Avian Humanoids in Buddhist Discourse”(啁啾教法:佛教思路中的人面鳥身)[點擊此處]   Continue reading

Writing “The Book of Rivers and Lakes”

Writing “The Book of Rivers and Lakes”

September 1-2, 2017. Vancouver, Canada.
“Writing The Book of Rivers and Lakes (Jianghu)” was a planning workshop for a co-authored encyclopedic book-length study entitled The Book of River and Lake. This workshop brought together specialists in a variety of fields to design a learning, teaching, and research resource related to this influential cultural idea.

When the Himalaya Meets with Alps: International Forum on Buddhist Art & Buddhism’s Transmission to Europe

When the Himalaya Meets with Alps: International Forum on Buddhist Art & Buddhism’s Transmission to Europe

August 27, 28, 2016. Madrid, Spain.
As one of the world’s three major religions, during the long process of its transmission, Buddhism continuously disseminated Indian art across vast regions outside of South Asia. At the same time, Buddhism fused with local native cultural and artistic traditions, unceasingly creating new from the old and bringing about the development of numerous new dazzling artistic traditions. The history of the far-reaching transmission of Buddhism is an extremely important, inseparable part of the overall process of development of the arts of mankind.

Lines and Enlightenment: Chan Buddhism and Literature in Medieval China

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.

The Second International Conference on the Wutai Cult

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.

“Compassionate Killing”: Violence in East Asian Buddhism

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.

East Asian Manuscript and Print as Harbingers of the Digital Future

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.