[Webinar] 2020 Toshihide Numata Book Award Presentation and Symposium

Please see here for the event recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bv5r0zBL0I

Conference/Symposium | November 6 | 12-3:30 p.m. |  Webinar

Sponsors:  Center for Buddhist Studies, BDK America

Registration Required (see below)

The Toshihide Numata Book Award in Buddhism is presented on an annual basis to an outstanding book or books in the area of Buddhist studies. Administered by the Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, the selection is made by an external committee that is appointed annually. This year’s event celebrates the presentation of the 2020 award to Roger R. Jackson (John W. Nason Professor of Asian Studies and Religion, Emeritus, Carleton College), for his book “Mind Seeing Mind: Mahāmudrā and the Geluk Tradition” (Wisdom Publications, 2019).


12:00 – 12:15: Introductory Remarks and Award Presentation
Robert Sharf (UC Berkeley) and George Tanabe (President, BDK America)

12:15 – 1:15: Keynote
Roger Jackson – “Mahāmudrā Embodied and Disembodied: Reflections on Tibetan and Western Uses of the Great Seal.”

1:00 – 2:45: Presentations
Chair: Jacob Dalton (UC Berkeley)

Georges Dreyfus (Jackson Professor of Religion, Williams College), “Can Mahāmudrā Help Us to Understand Consciousness?”

David Higgins (Editor, 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha), “What is it Like to be a Buddha? The Place of Mind in Tibetan Mahāmudrā of the Middle Way.”

Giacomella Orofino (Professor of Tibetan Studies and President of the Centre for Buddhist Studies, University of Naples “L’Orientale”), “Images of Buddha (buddhabimba), Images of Emptiness (śūnyabimba): The Metaphysics of Light in the Indian and Tibetan Esoteric Buddhist Literature of the 11th-12th centuries CE.”

Tom Tillemans (Professor Emeritus, University of Lausanne, Switzerland), “Prospects for Buddhist Philosophies of Mind and Mahāmudrā.”

2:45 – 3:30: Discussion

Registration required 

Registration info:  https://berkeley.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_d3PzR25gR7iiNTzqvmGSvg

Event Contact:  CA, buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu, 510-643-5104

Access Coordinator:  Sanjyot Mehendale,  buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu,  510-643-5104

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