[Blog] In the Present Moment: Buddhism, Contemporary Art and Social Practice (October 25-27, 2019): A research convening report

Charwei Tsai, Driftwood (detail), 2011. Exhibition view: Sumi ink on driftwood; dimensions variable. Elemental Light, TKG+, Taipei, Taiwan. Photo: Courtesy of the artist By Marina DiMaio In the Present Moment: Buddhism, Contemporary Art and Social Practice is a major multiphase research and exhibition project being developed by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV), led by Curator … Continue reading [Blog] In the Present Moment: Buddhism, Contemporary Art and Social Practice (October 25-27, 2019): A research convening report

[Blog] “All Living Beings Have Buddha-Nature”—the Genesis of the Concept of Universal Buddhahood: Report on Lecture by Dr. Michael Zimmermann at UBC

By Sarah Fink Photo courtesy of Carol Lee (UBC FROGBEAR) On October 7, 2019, Dr. Michael Zimmermann delivered a lecture at the University of British Columbia titled, “All Living Beings Have Buddha-Nature”—the Genesis of the Concept of Universal Buddhahood. Dr. Zimmermann is a Professor of Indian Buddhism at the Asien-Afrika-Institut of Hamburg University. He also … Continue reading [Blog] “All Living Beings Have Buddha-Nature”—the Genesis of the Concept of Universal Buddhahood: Report on Lecture by Dr. Michael Zimmermann at UBC

[Blog] “Thai Forest Buddhism Enters the British Columbian Forest,” a talk by Luke Clossey and Karen Ferguson at Simon Fraser University

By Liam Foster How do we tell Buddhist histories? The diversity of belief amongst Buddhists makes this question puzzling. On October 4th, 2019, Dr. Clossey and Dr. Ferguson of Simon Fraser University told the story of Tom West, better known now as the Venerable Ajahn Sona, from his time as a lay hermit to becoming … Continue reading [Blog] “Thai Forest Buddhism Enters the British Columbian Forest,” a talk by Luke Clossey and Karen Ferguson at Simon Fraser University

[Blog] Premodern Japanese Studies International Conference at McGill, 10-11 October 2019

By Alex Dieplam The “Premodern Japanese Studies International Conference” took place on 10-11 October 2019, under the auspices of McGill University – School of Religious Studies, CREOR, BDK Canada, and the Japan Foundation. Seventeen papers on premodern Japan were presented in English and Japanese over two days, and the topics ranged from exchanges between different … Continue reading [Blog] Premodern Japanese Studies International Conference at McGill, 10-11 October 2019

[Blog] Autumn Canadian Conferences

A guest post by Dr. Jeffrey Kotyk This autumn I had the opportunity to attend two major conferences dealing with Buddhist Studies and more broadly Asian Studies, both of which were hosted at Canadian institutions. It is always heartening to see an international community come together at a university in Canada, much like in August … Continue reading [Blog] Autumn Canadian Conferences

[Blog] Religion and Politics in Bhutan: An Interview with Dr. Dagmar Schwerk

By Ngoc Le Dr. Schwerk’s working paper “Drawing Lines in a Maṇḍala: A Sketch of Boundaries Between Religion and Politics in Bhutan” was published in August 2019. I had an opportunity to chat with her about the research, the Kolleg-Forschergruppe “Multiple Secularities - Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities” project, her upcoming monograph and more. Can … Continue reading [Blog] Religion and Politics in Bhutan: An Interview with Dr. Dagmar Schwerk

[Blog] Naturalizing Buddhism: Tradition and Tension— A Reflection on Bernard Faure’s Leslie S. Kawamura Memorial Lecture at the University of Calgary (March 29, 2019)

By Josh Ereshefsky On March 29th, 2019, The Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies at the University of Calgary hosted its Annual Leslie S. Kawamura Memorial Lecture, featuring Bernard Faure. Faure, the Kao Professor in Buddhism at Columbia University, presented a lecture titled: “Beyond the Hype: Buddhism at the Risk of Neuroscience.” Faure discussed the growing … Continue reading [Blog] Naturalizing Buddhism: Tradition and Tension— A Reflection on Bernard Faure’s Leslie S. Kawamura Memorial Lecture at the University of Calgary (March 29, 2019)

[Blog] The Politics and Pathways of Return: Trans-regional perspectives on a Buddhist homeland (June 28-29, 2019) – A Conference Report

By Ngoc Le “The Politics and Pathways of Return: Trans-regional perspectives on a Buddhist homeland” workshop/ conference took place at the University of British Columbia from June 28 to 29, 2019. Sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society, … Continue reading [Blog] The Politics and Pathways of Return: Trans-regional perspectives on a Buddhist homeland (June 28-29, 2019) – A Conference Report

[Blog] On Chinese Qin and Chan Buddhism Literature: A Lecture by Dr. Huqun Li

By Maggie Mitchell and Sarah Fink Photo courtesy by Carol Lee (UBC FROGBEAR) On March 14, 2019, Dr. Huqun Li, associate professor at the School of Humanities at China University of Political Science and Law, delivered his lecture and performance, "On Chinese Qin and Chan Buddhism Literature: to learn from the performance of Guqin" at … Continue reading [Blog] On Chinese Qin and Chan Buddhism Literature: A Lecture by Dr. Huqun Li

[Blog] Reflections on Attending the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies (2019)

By Gerjan Altenburg  On March 24th, 2019, I presented a paper on so-called Buddhist bioethics, abortion, and vinaya at the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) in Denver, Colorado. The interdisciplinary nature of the AAS provides networking possibilities not found in other scholarly associations. Highlights of the conference included a digital humanities … Continue reading [Blog] Reflections on Attending the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies (2019)