Buddhist Transformations and Interactions

Buddhist Transformations and Interactions

The volume Buddhist Transformations and Interactions originated from a conference organized by Jinhua Chen in Beijing in the winter of 2006 in memory of Antonino Forte, who passed away that summer. It is edited by Victor Mair, one of our project’s advisors; contributors to the volume include two more advisors (T. H. Barrett and P. Granoff), and several key team members including Michael Radich, James Robson, Koichi Shinohara and Jinhua Chen, the project’s Director. Here is the full list of contributors:

Introduction (Victor Mair, University of Pennsylvania)

Chapter 1  On the Origins of the Great Fuxian Monastery in Luoyang (Antonino Forte)
Chapter 2  Buddhist Nirvana and Its Chinese Interpreters: A Note (Timothy Barrett, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)
Chapter 3  The Borderland Complex and the Construction of Sacred Sites and Lineages in East Asian Buddhism (Jinhua Chen, University of British Columbia)
Chapter 4  Maya in Buddhist Art and in the Buddhist Legend (Hubert Durt, formerly of the International College for Advanced Buddhist Studies Tokyo)
Chapter 5  A Modern Border Crossing: Fakir Mohan Senapati’s Life of the Buddha (Phyllis Granoff, Yale University)
Chapter 6  The Correspondence Between Chinese Tiantai and Japanese Tendai Monks in the Mid-Heian Period (Paul Groner, University of Virginia)
Chapter 7  Glimmerings of India: Nukariya Kaiten and the Transmission of Zen from India to China (John R. McRae [(1947–2011], formerly of Indiana and Cornell Universities)
Chapter 8  Problems of Attribution, Style, and Dating Relating to the “Great Cloud Sutras” in the Chinese Buddhist Canon (T 387, T 388/S. 6916) (Michael Radich, Victoria University of Wellington)
Chapter 9  Pre-Mortem Rites in East Asian Buddhism (James Robson, Harvard University)
Chapter 10  Borders and Border Crossing in East Asian Buddhist Historiography (Koichi Shinohara, Yale University)
Chapter 11  Chan Yulu as a Means of Integration across Culture: Reflections on the Fictional Background to Chan’s “Encounter Dialogues” (Yulu) (Albert Welter, University of Arizona)
Chapter 12  A Pavilion for Amitabha: Yorimichi’s Phoenix Hall in Transcultural Perspective (Mimi Yiengpruksawan, Yale University)

The honoree of the volume, Antonino Forte, was a worldwide esteemed scholar and beloved mentor and friend to many scholars of Sinology and East Asian Buddhism active all over the world (many of whom are associated with this SSHRC project). Forte delivered the inaugural lecture for the UBC Buddhist Studies Lecture Series in the fall of 2002. The lecture was later edited by Jinhua Chen and several other colleagues, and was published in the inaugural issue of the Studies in Chinese Religions, edited by Jinhua Chen, who also included a memorial note for Forte in the article:

On the origins of the Great Fuxian Monastery 大福先寺 in Luoyang
(available at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23729988.2015.1028202)

This article is now republished in this volume.
The Italian School of East Asian Studies (ISEAS) founded by Forte in Kyoto has acted as a haven for different generations of young scholars doing research in Kyoto. In particular, it has been a principle source of inspiration for the conception of this international and interdisciplinary SSHRC project. We are proud to present this volume in memory of Prof. Forte.

Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia

Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia

[photo caption: Sisyu + teamLab, What a Loving, and Beautiful World, 2011. Interactive digital installation. Calligraphy: Sisyu; Sound: Hideaki Takahashi. Courtesy of the artists and Pace Gallery]

May 11 – October 9, 2017 at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC.

We invite you to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia, which honours the special significance that written forms hold across many diverse cultures in Asia.

The exhibition features artworks by contemporary artists from Afghanistan, Japan, Thailand and Tibet along with works from the Aga Khan Museum, and highlights of our Asian collection such as Chinese calligraphy, Islamic calligraphy, Southeast Asian palm leaf manuscripts and Sumerian bricks: http://moa.ubc.ca/traces

Thursday, May 11, 2017 | 7-10pm

No RSVP required. Free admission. Cash bar.
Remarks at 7:15.
Calligraphy performance with Kimura Tsubasa to follow.
Parking at MOA and the Rose Garden parkade is only $2 for the opening. At pay stations, select COUPON and enter TRACES.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Exploring Ink and Brush: Japanese Calligraphy for Beginners
10:30am–12:30 pm
Led by calligrapher Kimura Tsubasa, this workshop will guide you through the tools, materials and methods of this fascinating art form. Register at http://moa.ubc.ca/portfolio_page/japanese-calligraphy/

Curator Tour
1pm– 2pm
Join exhibition curator Fuyubi Nakamura on a special tour that explores the varied forms of expression associated with writing throughout Asia. Free with admission.

The Expressive Art of Japanese Calligraphy: Intermediate Workshop
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Kimura Tsubasa will demonstrate the use of brushes and inks, and lead you through traditional and experimental techniques. Register at http://moa.ubc.ca/portfolio_page/japanese-calligraphy/

Satellite Exhibition
Traces of Words: Asian Materials from the UBC Library Collections
In collaboration with UBC’s Asian Library and Rare Books and Special Collections
On view: May 1-31, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC (level 2 foyer).
Free admission.


Announcement of the Establishment of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies on Buddhism (CEIB) in Paris

Announcement of the Establishment of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies on Buddhism (CEIB) in Paris

Announcement of the Establishment of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies on Buddhism (CEIB) in Paris

At a time when the challenges of religions are again being recognized as crucial in comprehending major global events, the research arm of INALCO on the rue de Lille, Paris, welcomes a completely new federated research center, the CEIB (Centre d’études interdisciplinaires sur le bouddhisme). This new center was created as a joint project by INALCO (Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales), EPHE (École pratique des hautes études) and the Collège de France.

The CEIB is supported by the expertise and networks constituted over the years by colleagues from these three establishments and other French institutions, in order to meet the scientific demands linked to ongoing religious changes and disciplinary reconfigurations, while also preserving and promoting the heritage of two centuries of French Buddhist studies. The center will support the various teams of researchers in France who devote some of their work to Buddhisms, and it is hoped that the center will reinforce their collaboration.

The project of creating CEIB was begun in June 2015 by Catherine Despeux (professor emeritus, INALCO), Jean-Noël Robert (professor at the Collège de France), Anne Cheng (professor at the Collège de France), Vincent Goossaert (Directeur d’études at EPHE), Sylvie Hureau (Maître de conférences at EPHE), and Ji Zhe (Maître de conférences at INALCO and member of the Institut universitaire de France).

The goal from the beginning was to group resources and experts in order to:

1) support students and young researchers, at the scientific, administrative and financial levels;

2) coordinate and finance individual and collective research projects;

3) promote interdisciplinarity of research;

4) reinforce international collaboration and create a permanent international network of researchers;

5) encourage integration of teaching and research, as well as the diffusion of knowledge among researchers, students, and the public interested in academic, non-denominational studies on Buddhism.

With the support of the three founding establishments, the CEIB took shape after more than a year of intensive preparatory work. It is currently attached to the INALCO Equipe ASIEs, and is financed by several foundations. On 22 March 2017, an inaugural ceremony will take place at the rue de Lille, followed by the first presentation of the Lin Li-kouang distinguished lectures for Buddhist studies. For this premiere, we welcome Professor Stephen F. Teiser of Princeton University.

However, this is only the beginning. During the week of the 20th of March, there will also be three more presentations and an international colloquium organized or supported by the CEIB; the journal Buddhism and Modern China will be launched this year, in partnership with Renmin University of Beijing; there will be a call for candidates for doctoral and postdoctoral scholarships before the end of the semester.

These actions, and others to come, should allow the CEIB to take part in the worldwide dynamic of Buddhist studies. Since the beginning of the 20th century, scholarly interest in Buddhism has grown considerably. In North America and Europe, research centers have multiplied: Columbia (1988), Stanford (1997), then UCLA (200), UC Berkeley (2004), Oxford (2004), Ghent (2007), and Hamburg (2007), without mentioning the dozens of centers in Asian universities, in China, Japan and Korea. In this context, the CEIB, as the first French academic center entirely dedicated to Buddhist studies, plans to service as a catalyst to reinforce and highlight French research on Buddhism through its international opening to approaches from every field. It is an ambitious undertaking, but can be achieved through concrete, continuous effort. As the 9th-century Chinese Chan master Changsha Jingcen teaches us, even if we are on “the top of a hundred-foot pole,” we must still “take one step forward.”

CEIB, February 21, 2017

Translated from French by Julie Sullivan

For the French version of this announcement, please consult:


Program of “the Week of CEIB”:


Programme la semaine CEIB 2017 FR