martes, 6 de diciembre de 2016

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Review: Luminosity and Personhood in Indian and Chinese Thought
by buddhistethics

ISSN 1076-9005
Volume 23, 2016
Encounters of Mind: Luminosity and Personhood in Indian and Chinese Thought. By Douglas L. Berger. Albany: SUNY Press, 2015, 262 pages, ISBN 9781438454740 (paperback), $24.95.
Reviewed by Leah Kalmanson
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buddhistethics | December 6, 2016 at 7:47 am | Tags: Chinese Buddhism, Daoism, Indian Buddhism, Mind, selflessness, Yogācāra | Categories: Volume 23 2016 | URL:
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1. NEW BOOK> Sherry Fowler, Accounts and Images of Six Kannon in Japan
2. CALL FOR PAPERS> Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies, Volume 12, 2017
3. PROGRAM> New Summer Study Abroad Program: Spiritual Ecology in Himalayan Buddhism
4. H-Net Job Guide Weekly Report For H-Buddhism: 28 November - 5 December 2016
NEW BOOK> Sherry Fowler, Accounts and Images of Six Kannon in Japan
by Caroline Hirasawa
Dear colleagues,
I write to let you know that my book Accounts and Images of Six Kannon in Japan has been published by University of Hawai’i Press and thank the many members of this list who have helped me along the way with this project.  In addition to the book blurb below, I am taking the liberty of providing a link that members can easily access for their own shopping or to forward to a library for purchase. Thank you.
Sherry Fowler
Professor of Japanese Art History
University of Kansas
(Posted on behalf of Sherry Fowler)

Accounts and Images of Six Kannon in Japan, by Sherry D. Fowler  ISBN: 978-0-8248-5622-9
Buddhists around the world celebrate the benefits of worshipping Kannon (Avalokiteśvara), a compassionate savior who is one of the most beloved in the Buddhist pantheon. When Kannon appears in multiple manifestations, the deity’s powers are believed to increase to even greater heights. This concept generated several cults throughout history: among the most significant is the cult of the Six Kannon, which began in Japan in the tenth century and remained prominent through the sixteenth century. In this ambitious work, Sherry Fowler examines the development of the Japanese Six Kannon cult, its sculptures and paintings, and its transition to the Thirty-three Kannon cult, which remains active to this day.
An exemplar of Six Kannon imagery is the complete set of life-size wooden sculptures made in 1224 and housed at the Kyoto temple Daihonji. This set, along with others, is analyzed to demonstrate how Six Kannon worship impacted Buddhist practice. Employing a diachronic approach, Fowler presents case studies beginning in the eleventh century to reinstate a context for sets of Six Kannon, the majority of which have been lost or scattered, and thus illuminates the vibrancy, magnitude, and distribution of the cult and enhances our knowledge of religious image-making in Japan.
Kannon’s role in assisting beings trapped in the six paths of transmigration is a well-documented catalyst for the selection of the number six, but there are other significant themes at work. Six Kannon worship includes significant foci on worldly concerns such as childbirth and animal husbandry, ties between text and image, and numerous correlations with Shinto kami groups of six. While making groups of Kannon visible, Fowler explores the fluidity of numerical deity categorizations and the attempts to quantify the invisible. Moreover, her investigation reveals Kyushu as an especially active site in the history of the Six Kannon cult. Much as Kannon images once functioned to attract worshippers, their presentation in this book will entice contemporary readers to revisit their assumptions about East Asia’s most popular Buddhist deity.
27 color, 136 b&w illustrations
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CALL FOR PAPERS> Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies, Volume 12, 2017
by Franz Metcalf
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Call for Papers - 12th Edition (2017)
The Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies, published by the David See Chai Lam Centre for International Communication, is a scholarly peer-reviewed, open access, online journal covering all aspects of Buddhist studies. The editorial board recognizes the inherently interdisciplinary and international nature of contemporary Buddhist studies and is open to submissions from scholars working in, but not limited to, anthropology, sociology, psychology, philosophy, history and religious studies. Articles may focus on any region or historical period. Scholars do not have to be affiliated with a Canadian university to submit.

The Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies welcomes articles on classical textual and intertextual analysis, including work on hagiography, Buddhist art, ritual, doctrinal questions and lineage formation, and work on contemporary Buddhist communities concerning, for example, the implications of fluid demographic transformations, cultural hybridity, and challenges associated with communal continuity of praxis and doctrine in a context of global mobilities.

The Canadian context is a key concern of Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies. However, global realities of migration, rapidly changing mass media and telecommunications, and the associated ascendancy of mobilities perspectives in the social sciences necessitate inclusion of articles on Buddhists in countries other than Canada.

CJBS is published annually and welcomes submissions at any time. Article review and copy-edition can take maximumly six months before publication.

The submissions deadline for the twelfth edition (2017) is March 1, 2017.
Article Submissions:
Authors should send articles directly to Journal Manager, Ngoc LE at cjbs(at) Please consult submission guidelines before submitting an article.

Book Reviews:

The Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies does not accept unsolicited book reviews but scholars interested in writing a review are welcome to submit a curriculum vitae and to contact our Book Review Editor, Dr. Jacqueline Ho at jacquelinedho(at) with expressions of interest in reviewing specific publications.

Canadian Buddhist Studies News Blog:

The journal is accompanied by a news blog, a platform for graduate students in the field to catch up with current academic conversations, discuss their researches and share experiences. It can become an effective conduit of communication concerning new courses, conferences and much more. If you are interested in becoming regular contributors to Canadian Buddhist Studies News or know any graduate students who wishes to contribute, please contact Ngoc Le at cjbs(at)

You are also invited to join us on Twitter and Facebook.

Thank you for your interests in the journal and we hope to hear from you.
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Best regards,

Ngoc Le
Journal Manager, Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies
CJBS News Blog | Twitter | Facebook
Simon Fraser University
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PROGRAM> New Summer Study Abroad Program: Spiritual Ecology in Himalayan Buddhism
by Rae Erin
Please share this flyer with details of the University of Arizona's new summer study abroad program in Bhutan. This 6-credit summer intensive will run from May 15th-June 15th 2017 and will provide a rare opportunity for interdisciplinary inquiry,  experiential learning, and mentored field research in Himalayan Buddhism.
For more details on Arizona in Bhutan, see:

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Please feel free to contact me with any questions about the program.

Kind regards,
Rae Dachille, PhD
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Studies
University of Arizona

  Arizona in Bhutan low res.pdf

Arizona in Bhutan Courses:

Spiritual Ecology in Himalayan Buddhism (3 credits): What technologies have Himalayan Buddhists devised to maintain the delicate balance between humans, environment, and cosmos? This course approaches the study of Himalayan Buddhism though a diverse array of ritual, artistic, medical, literary, and political traditions for maintaining the health and success of individual, community, and kingdom. We will engage with interdisciplinary sources to explore myths of demon-taming, buried treasure texts, and precious pills in this pilgrimage through the sacred landscape of the Himalayas.
Mentored Research in Himalayan Buddhism (3 credits): This course will provide mentorship to guide students in navigating the transition between the library and the world of Buddhism on the ground. Students will design individual research projects, familiarize themselves with current research, and collaborate to refine the questions driving the project. Upon arrival in Bhutan, students will have the opportunity to experience new dimensions of their project through visits to key sites like Buddhist temples, monasteries, nunneries, medical and arts institutes, and pilgrimage sites. They will meet with ritual specialists, traditional healers, artists, and scholars to explore their topics more deeply. Through writing and conversation, students will produce a unique work expressive of the academic and experiential aspects of their Himalayan journey. Potential topics for individual research include: Himalayan art, Ritual Dance, Pilgrimage, Buddhism and kingship, traditional medicine, Buddhism and ecology.

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H-Net Job Guide Weekly Report For H-Buddhism: 28 November - 5 December 2016
by Richard Mahoney
Oberlin College - Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese Language
and Culture

St. Thomas University - Limited Term Appointment in Religious Studies
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Jueves 15 de diciembre, 11.00 horas
Mirada a la Política de China hacia América Latina: la visita de Xi Jinping y el Documento de Política China hacia América Latina
Sesión académica a cargo de Yin Hengmin, ex embajador de China en Argentina y actual representante especial del Gobierno Chino en los asuntos de América Latina y el Caribe

Yin Hengmin   Representante Especial del Gobierno Chino en los asuntos de América Latina y el Caribe. Se ha desempeñado como funcionario de la Embajada de la República Popular China en España y en la Dirección General de Europea Occidental del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores. Fue Subdirector General y Director General de América Latina y el Caribe en el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de la República Popular China y Embajador en Perú, México y Argentina

CARI / Uruguay 1037, piso 1°, C1016ACA Buenos Aires, Argentina / Teléfono (0054) 11-4811-0071 al 74 / Fax (0054) 11-4815-4742

lunes, 5 de diciembre de 2016

New post on Journal of Buddhist Ethics

Review: Tracing the Evolution of Esoteric Buddhist Rituals

ISSN 1076-9005
Volume 23, 2016
Spells, Images, and Maṇḍalas: Tracing the Evolution of Esoteric Buddhist Rituals. By Koichi Shinohara. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014, xxii + 324 pages, ISBN 978-0-231-16614-0 (hardback), $55.00.
Reviewed by Joseph P. Elacqua
buddhistethics | December 3, 2016 at 6:24 pm | Tags: Tantra, Tibetan Buddhism | Categories: Volume 23 2016 | URL:

New post on Journal of Buddhist Ethics

Review: Buddhist Reflection on a More Equitable Future

ISSN 1076-9005
Volume 23, 2016
Valuing Diversity: Buddhist Reflection on Realizing a More Equitable Global Future. By Peter D. Hershock. Albany: SUNY Press, 2014, vi + 332 pages, ISBN 978-1-4384-4458-1 (paperback), $29.95.
Reviewed by Seth D. Clippard
buddhistethics | December 3, 2016 at 6:29 pm | Tags: compassion, economics, environment, Indian Buddhism | Categories: Volume 23 2016 | URL:
Sunday, December 4, 2016

Here's what (and who) to read this week on The Cipher Brief

Predicting the Future: Anticipating Security Events with Data Analytics

In the last few decades there has been enormous growth in available electronic data, including anything from social media posts, internet browsing logs, and communications metadata—the who, when, where, and how of our digital interactions—to surveillance camera footage, biometric datasets, criminal databases, and credit card records. The result? An unprecedented pool of information at the fingertips of law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Read more

Russian Energy Leverage in Central and Eastern Europe

Russia has historically used energy politics to influence developments in Central and Eastern Europe. But after the Russia-Ukraine gas dispute in 2009, which cut supplies to southeastern Europe, the Europeans have become more vigilant of their dependence on Russian energy. The Cipher Brief analyzes the current state of Russian energy leverage in Central and Eastern Europe, possible implications for the United States, and what the U.S. can do to help the region gain energy independence from Moscow.
  • David Koranyi Director, Eurasian Energy Futures Initiative, Atlantic Council
  • Balázs Jarábik Nonresident Scholar, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Bitter Enemies to Trusted Friends: The Future of U.S.-Japan Relations

The November 18th meeting between President-elect Donald Trump and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was Trump's first with a foreign head of state, demonstrating both the importance of the U.S.-Japan relationship and Japanese concerns over Trump's views on TPP and East Asian security. As the President-elect's foreign policy vision coalesces, and on the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, The Cipher Brief asks: what is the future of U.S.-Japan relations? 
  • Nicholas Szechenyi Deputy Director of the Japan Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Dr. Thomas Cynkin Former Vice President and General Manager, Fujitsu Ltd.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership After Trump

President-elect Donald Trump repeatedly criticized the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during his campaign as a "bad deal" that would unfairly disadvantage American workers and export jobs to Asia. He has promised to renegotiate the agreement or, more likely, back out of the deal altogether. Assuming that Trump follows through with his campaign promises, The Cipher Brief looks at the future of the TPP and what trade in the Asia Pacific might look like in a period of possible American retrenchment.
  • Clyde Prestowitz Founder and President, Economic Strategy Institute
  • Gary Hufbauer Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

The Cipher Brief Podcast: 15 Minutes

15 Minutes is a weekly interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space.

In a post–election special edition,The Cipher Brief's Executive Editor Fionnuala Sweeney talks to Jack Keane, retired four-star general and former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army. She asks General Keane for his insight on President-elect Donald Trump's choice for Secretary of Defense, retired Marine Corps General James Mattis, who Keane recommended to the transition team.
Listen to 15 Minutes with General Jack Keane on General Mattis

Also this week,The Cipher Brief’s Executive Producer and Reporter Leone Lakhani talks to Steve Murphy, one of the DEA agents who was instrumental in bringing down Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Murphy and his partner Javier Pena were depicted in the Netflix series Narcos, during their hunt for Escobar. Leone asks Murphy how much of the series was accurate, how much was pure Hollywood, and what really happened the day the “King of Cocaine” was killed.

Listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of 15 Minutes with Steve Murphy here.

[A word of warning, if you’re still watching Narcos, here’s your spoiler alert!]

Columnists This Week

Agenda Setter
An Open Letter to the CIA Director Nominee
Doug Wise Former Deputy Director, Defense Intelligence Agency

Fine Print
Walter Pincus The Cipher Brief

Network Take
U.S. Presidents vs. the Kremlin
John Sipher and Stephen L. Hall 
Former Members, CIA Senior Intelligence Service

Strategic View
The Failure to Negotiate with North Korea
Ambassador Joseph DeTrani
 Former Director, National Counterproliferation Center

State of Play
Narcos: An Interview with the DEA's Steve Murphy - Part 2
Leone Lakhani
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