Winter Program 2016

Winter Program 2016

A video of the 2016 Winter Program. December 10-19, 2016 at Dharma Drum Mountain in Taiwan.

Medieval Japan’s Unique Interpretation of Monastic Discipline and the Precepts

May 30, 2016.
Medieval Japanese Buddhism was dominated by the Tendai School, but Tendai monks often were not celibate, drank alcohol, and ate meat, behaviors that were strikingly different from their Chinese and Korean counterparts. In this lecture, Professor Groner, a world authority on Japanese Tendai Buddhism and East Asian vinaya (Buddhist precepts) traditions, will look at some of the doctrinal defenses Japanese monks used for these striking differences.