[CFP] Buddhism and Breath Summit

The Buddhism and Breath Summit will be an online event that explores Buddhist practices of working with the breath and/or bodily “winds”. Presenters will address how Buddhist presentations of breath, “wind” or “life force” (prāṇa in Sanskrit, qi in Chinese, or rlung in Tibetan, for example) have influenced contemplative, philosophical, and medical theories and practices in Buddhist traditions. Featuring pre-recorded video and audio conversations or presentations by scholars and practitioners, plus supplementary educational resources, the Buddhism and Breath Summit will be publicly and freely available online in Fall 2021. Co-hosted by Frances Garrett and Pierce Salguero, this event is co-sponsored by the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto and Jivaka.net.

We are inviting participants to contribute a (roughly) 20 minute recorded video lecture on their work on this topic, by June 15. Recorded lectures can be made with Zoom, Powerpoint, Keynote, or other software. This need not be original research (although it can be) — on the contrary, we ask participants to share already published work as the basis of their talk, and moreover to think of this lecture as addressing an undergraduate or even public audience; we hope to offer these collected talks and written references as teaching resources. Participants may also or alternatively present their work in the form of a recorded conversation about their work with one of the Summit hosts — please let us know if this is preferable. We look forward to offering each selected participant an honorarium for their contributions. Please contact frances.garrett@utoronto.ca or pierce.salguero@gmail.com if you’re interested in participating.

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