[Blog] Report on the Buddhist Literary Festival (Canada) 2021 by Kimberly Beek

By Kimberley Beek, McMaster University The second Buddhist Literary Festival Canada (BLFC) was held virtually from December 10 to 12, 2021 between 2 and 5 P.M. each day, for a total of nine hours. The festival was conceived and coordinated by Venerable Professor Bhikkhu Mihita (formerly Dr. Suwanda Sugunasiri) and conducted through Emmanuel College of … Continue reading [Blog] Report on the Buddhist Literary Festival (Canada) 2021 by Kimberly Beek

[Blog] From Jetavana to Jerusalem: Sacred Biography in Asian Perspectives and Beyond—An International Conference in Honour of Dr. Phyllis Granoff (November 7–9, 2021)

A conference report by Tan Yingxian (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) The international conference “From Jetavana to Jerusalem: Sacred Biography in Asian Perspectives and Beyond” took place between November 7–9, 2021 in honour of Professor Phyllis Granoff, who recently retired from Yale University. The conference was hosted by the Glorisun Global Network for Buddhist Studies at … Continue reading [Blog] From Jetavana to Jerusalem: Sacred Biography in Asian Perspectives and Beyond—An International Conference in Honour of Dr. Phyllis Granoff (November 7–9, 2021)

[Blog] The Journey of the Deceased: Vietnamese Religion and Mortuary Robe Talismans in Contemporary Vietnam – A Workshop Report

By ZHANG Jie, University of Virginia The workshop, “The Journey of the Deceased: Mortuary Robe Talismans in Contemporary Vietnam” was conducted on July 27, 2021, as part of eight-part FROGBEAR Summer 2021 Training Sessions. The workshop was conducted by Professor Cynthea J. Bogel (Japanese Art History and Buddhist Visual Culture in Asia, Kyushu University), Professor … Continue reading [Blog] The Journey of the Deceased: Vietnamese Religion and Mortuary Robe Talismans in Contemporary Vietnam – A Workshop Report

[Blog] A Report on the 2021 Summer Frogbear Workshop “Multicultural Dunhuang: Manuscripts and Paintings”

By Guanxiong Qi, Florida State University On July 13th, 2021, with collaboration from the Frogbear project, Professors Imre Galambos (Cambridge University), a Dunhuang manuscript scholar, and Michelle C. Wang (Georgetown University), an art historian of the Silk Road and Buddhist art, together held a summer workshop on ninth- and tenth-century Dunhuang manuscripts and paintings with … Continue reading [Blog] A Report on the 2021 Summer Frogbear Workshop “Multicultural Dunhuang: Manuscripts and Paintings”

[Blog] “Basic Patterns of Text-Image/Object Relations” Workshop (May 18, June 29, 2021)

By Kelly Carlton, Princeton University The “Basic Patterns of Text-Image/Object Relations” workshop, one of eight training sessions hosted by FROGBEAR during Summer 2021, convened virtually on May 18 and June 29, 2021. Professors Monica Zin (Leipzig University), Christoph Anderl (Ghent University), and Paul Copp (University of Chicago) lectured on three main topics: relations between Buddhist … Continue reading [Blog] “Basic Patterns of Text-Image/Object Relations” Workshop (May 18, June 29, 2021)

[Blog] A Forest of Knowledge about the Texts and Images regarding Buddhist Saints, Sages, Translators, and Encyclopedists: Conference Report

By Nate Lovdahl, Yale University If Buddhist Studies is itself a forest of knowledge, Koichi Shinohara has proved himself one of its most adept guides. Over his fifty-plus year career, Shinohara’s research has aided scholars across Buddhist Studies (to say nothing of those other forests—Asian Studies or Religious Studies, for example—into which his work has … Continue reading [Blog] A Forest of Knowledge about the Texts and Images regarding Buddhist Saints, Sages, Translators, and Encyclopedists: Conference Report

[Blog] A Forest of Knowledge about the Texts and Images, a conference in celebration of Prof. Koichi Shinohara’s 80th birthday co-hosted by Yale University, the University of Zhejiang, and University of British Columbia, October 14-16, 2021

By Nelson Landry, University of Oxford The “Forest of Knowledge about the Texts and Images” conference took place on October 14-16, 2021, under the auspices of the Glorisun Charitable Foundation in collaboration with the FROGBEAR project at the University of British Columbia. The event was co-hosted by Yale University and the University of Zhejiang. It … Continue reading [Blog] A Forest of Knowledge about the Texts and Images, a conference in celebration of Prof. Koichi Shinohara’s 80th birthday co-hosted by Yale University, the University of Zhejiang, and University of British Columbia, October 14-16, 2021

[Blog] Working with Objects and Manuscripts—Wongaksa Temple Museum, Korea: A Workshop Report

By Jiayi Zhu, University of Chicago On June 15, 2021 the Frogbear workshop, “Working with Objects and Manuscripts—Wongaksa Temple Museum, Korea,” was held on Zoom. Teachers and students from all parts of the world gathered together to carefully study the valuable Buddhist objects collected by Venerable Jeonggak at Wongaksa, Korea. The workshop was divided into … Continue reading [Blog] Working with Objects and Manuscripts—Wongaksa Temple Museum, Korea: A Workshop Report

[Blog] Spirit-Writing and the Study of Spirit-Written Literature in Early Modern and Modern China

By Huizhi Wang, University of Colorado Boulder huwa7544@colorado.edu The “Spirit-Writing and the Study of Spirit-Written Literature in Early Modern and Modern China” was a four-session online workshop as a part of the Frogbear Summer 2021 Training Sessions. The workshop was held separately on June 1, June 3, June 8, and June 10, 2021. Six professors, … Continue reading [Blog] Spirit-Writing and the Study of Spirit-Written Literature in Early Modern and Modern China

[Blog] Meditation in the Communal Context

This is part of the Doing Buddhism at Brandon University series. Read the series introduction here. By Joshua Beaudin, Brandon University Drawing on the work of Robert Thurman (2012) and studies of meditation as mindfulness (Wilson 2014), this paper and composition aim to demonstrate how meditation may lead to wisdom and nirvana, but it may … Continue reading [Blog] Meditation in the Communal Context