The Dharma-Ending Age – Schedule

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General Schedule

Vancouver New York Hamburg Beijing/Taipei Japan
DAY 1 start end start end start end start end start end
Welcome and
Keynote 1 – Barrett*
6:15 PM 7:15 PM 9:15 PM 10:15 PM 3:15 AM 4:15 AM 9:15 AM 10:15 AM 10:15 AM 11:15 AM
Keynote 2 – Benn* 7:30 PM 8:15 PM 10:30 PM 11:15 PM 4:30 AM 5:15 AM 10:30 AM 11:15 AM 11:30 AM 12:15 PM
DAY 2
Panel 1** 4:30 PM 6:10 PM 7:30 PM 9:10 PM 1:30 AM 3:10 AM 7:30 AM 9:10 AM 8:30 AM 10:10 AM
Special book talk – Arntzen** 7:10 PM 8:30 PM 10:10 PM 11:30 PM 4:10 AM 5:30 AM 10:10 AM 11:30 AM 11:10 AM 12:30 PM
DAY 3
Panel 2 6:00 AM 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 11:00 AM 3:00 PM 5:00 PM 9:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 PM 12:00 AM
Panel 3 8:10 AM 9:40 AM 11:10 AM 12:40 PM 5:10 PM 6:40 PM 11:10 PM 12:40 AM 12:10 AM 1:40 AM
Panel 4 9:50 AM 11:20 AM 12:50 PM 2:20 PM 6:50 PM 8:20 PM 12:50 AM 2:20 AM 1:50 AM 3:20 AM
Panel 5 11:30 AM 1:10 PM 2:30 PM 4:10 PM 8:30 PM 10:10 PM 2:30 AM 4:10 AM 3:30 AM 5:10 AM
Panel 6 and closing*** 4:30 PM 6:40 PM 7:30 PM 9:40 PM 2:30 AM 4:40 AM 7:30 AM 9:40 AM 8:30 AM 10:40 AM

 

Additional talk – Lynn 7:30 PM 9:00 PM 10:30 PM 12:00 AM 4:30 AM 6:00 AM 10:30 AM 12:00 AM 11:30 AM 1:00 PM

* Day 1 = October 7 (Friday) in North America, October 8 (Saturday) in East Asia and Europe.
** Day 2 = October 8 (Saturday) in North America, October 9 (Sunday) in East Asia and Europe.
*** Day 3 Panel 6 = October 9 (Sunday) in North America, October 10 (Monday) in East Asia and Europe.

Detailed Schedule

DAY 1 (OCT 7, FRIDAY)

 

Welcome (6:15 PM – 6:30 PM): Jinhua Chen and Rey Sheng Her

Keynote 1 (6:30 PM – 7:15 PM): T. H. Barrett (SOAS): A Sense of an Ending: Chinese Buddhist Eschatology Reconsidered

Keynote 2 (7:30 PM – 8:15 PM): James Benn (McMaster): Buddhist Self-immolation and Climate Change [Glorisun Distinguished Lecture]

 

DAY 2 (OCT. 8, SATURDAY)

Panel 1 (4:30 PM – 6:10 PM): Environmental Sustainability (Chair: SHENG Kai 聖凱; Discussant: Sharon Wesoky)

1.1 Rey Sheng Her (Tzu Chi U): Cherishes Material Life to Reach the Economy of Goodness
1.2 Teresa Zimmerman-Liu (California State University): Applying the Buddhist “Toolkit” to Promote Sustainable Lifestyles: The Case of Taiwan’s Humanistic Buddhists
1.3 Ling Han (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) and Chengpang Lee (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University): Gender, Animal Welfare, and Environmentalism in Taiwanese Buddhism
1.4  Jeff Wilson (Waterloo): Environmental Activities in North American and Hawaiian Jodo Shinshu Temples

 

Special Book Talk (7:10 PM – 8:30 PM) by Sonja Arntzen (U Toronto): Ikkyū and the Crazy Cloud Anthology: Then and Now (Chair: Chris Goto-Jones)

 

DAY 3 (OCT. 9, SUNDAY)

Panel 2 (6:00 AM – 8:00 AM): “Crisis Management”: Mind, Prayers, Arts and Rituals (Chair: Dagmar Schwerk; Discussant: Daniel Capper)

2.1. Brian Nichols (Mount Royal): Buddhist Uncertainty as Antidote to Colonialist Certainty and “Crisis Epistemology”
2.2. Rolf Scheuermann (University of Heidelberg): Countering Climate Change with Prayers? Buddhist EcoActivism between Tibetan sMon lam Practice and Extinction Rebellion
2.3. Daryl Jamieson (Kyushu): Is nowhere free of Bad Tidings?: Artistic Response to the Climate Crisis through Japanese Mappō Thought
2.4. Livia Monnet (U Montréal): “The World as a Koan” or the Art of Radical (Ecological) Insight: In-aesthetics, Performance, and Climate Change in the Animation Art of Miwa Matreyek and Lu Yang
2.5. Kalzang Bhutia (University of Southern California): Rituals to Make the Rain Fall on Time and Repair the Concrete Caves: Himalayan Terma Traditions as Repositories for Rehabilitating the Cosmos in Times of Transformation

Panel 3 (8:10 AM – 9:40 AM): Anthropocene, Capitalocene and Posthumanism (Chair: Melissa Curley; Discussant: Kurt Spellmeyer)

3.1. Chia-ju Chang 張嘉如 (Brooklyn College – CUNY): Baizhang’s Wild Fox: Gong’an as Eco-Therapy for the Anthropocene Crisis
3.2. Sharon Wesoky (Allegheny College): “Chasing Zombies”: Buddhism and Political Subjectivity in the Capitalocene
3.3. Geoff Barstow (Oregon State): The Dharma-Ending Age through the Lens of Posthumanism

 Panel 4 (9:50 AM – 11:20 AM): Eschatology and Apocalypse (Chair: Rolf Scheuermann; Discussant: Brian Nichols)

4.1. Kurt Spellmeyer (Rutgers University): Buddhism after Eschatology
4.2. Barend ter Haar (Hamburg): Black Wind for Seven Days and Nights: A Chinese Apocalyptic Disaster
4.3. Hoai Khai Tran (VinUniversity): Punting through a Shallowed World: Master Buddha’s Watery Eschatology amidst the Rising Tides of Climate Change in the Mekong Delta

Panel 5 (11:30 AM – 1:10 PM): Environmental Ethics (Chair: Geoff Barstow; Discussant: T.H. Barrett)

5.1. Guo Wu 伍國 (Allegheny College): How Can Animals as Moral Agents Inspire Humans—Revisiting the Transmission of the Jātaka into China
5.2. Dagmar Schwerk (Leipzig University): “Times of Strife” as Didactics: Buddhist Ethics, Natural Disaster, and the Climate Crisis
5.3. Melissa Curley (Ohio): Paying Attention to Nonlife in Buddhist Philosophy of Nature
5.4. Daniel Capper (University of Southern Missouri): American Buddhist Environmental Ethics and Aggravations of Climate Change from Space Debris

 Panel 6 (4:30 PM – 6:30 PM): Buddhist Eschatology?; Historical Perspectives (Chair: Rey Sheng Her; Discussant: Guo Wu)

6.1. SHENG Kai 聖凱 (TsinghuaU): 正法與末法:唐宋禪宗的末法觀念
6.2. LIU Yi 劉屹 (Capital Normal University): “末法”之後的世界:存續還是毀滅?
6.3. Songjoo Kim 金松柱 (University of Melbourne): Buddhist Literati Dispute Hierarchies of Life: Responding to Environmental Destruction in the Early Anthropocene
6.4. Kentaro Ide (Princeton): Transforming All into the Powerless: Hōnen’s Critical Use of the Buddhist Eschatology in Early Medieval Japan
6.5. Chris Goto-Jones (UVic): Smoke over Mt. Toribe: Ikkyū and the Dharma of not-turning-away from the End

More Discussion (6:30 PM – 6:40 PM): Rey Sheng Her and Jinhua Chen

 

Additional talk

Please see announcement for “A New Translation and Study of The Zhuangzi (Sayings of Master Zhuang)”, a Special Book Talk by Dr. Richard John Lynn that will take place following the close of the conference – https://frogbear.org/guest-lecture-richard-john-lynn/