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1. CFP> ACLA Seminar: Ignorance and Translations and Dispersions of Buddhism
2. RESOURCE> Cataloging project for North American Silk Road collections by the International Dunhuang Project and Georgetown University
3. CFP> XVIIIth IABS Congress, Toronto, 2017, paper submission deadline approaching
4. NEW BOOK>The Great Transference at Drikung: Its Last Traditional Performance
5. NEW BOOK> Esoteric Buddhism in Mediaeval Maritime Asia: Networks of Masters, Texts, Icons
6. RESOURCE> H-Net Timeline
CFP> ACLA Seminar: Ignorance and Translations and Dispersions of Buddhism
by Ryan Jones
Seminar proposals are now open for the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Meeting 2017 (6–9 July, Utrecht University), and Ben Van Overmeire and I call for papers on the topic of ignorance and translations and dispersions of Buddhism. The deadline for paper proposals is 23 September. We've included our CFP below:
Buddhist writers talk about ignorance (Skt. avidyā), one of the fundamental “three poisons” of Buddhist thought, often as negative, an obstructing veil. Ignorance of the ultimate nature of self blocks one’s path to liberation, and leaves one struggling in the proverbial dark. Then it’s ironic ignorance’s pivotal place in Buddhism’s historical development and dispersion. Ignorance of Indian philosophical traditions meant exegesis inhered in translating Buddhism beyond the subcontinent. Imperial projects to standardize translations occurred in China and Tibet, part of the constituting of so-called Chinese and Tibetan Buddhism. The genesis of “Western Buddhism” develops similarly, as a history of misunderstanding and—sometimes willful—ignorance. Buddhism spoke of liberation as a lamp burning brightly in darkness, but early Western commentators characterized Buddhism as devoid of the light of Christ—instead of combating ignorance, it was ignorance. In contrast, modern audiences often admire Buddhism exactly because it proposes ignorance is generative: Shunryu Suzuki’s popular Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind advocated unlearning received knowledge and returning to the exploratory mind of a child. More recently, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick proposed Buddhism’s pedagogy lies exactly in realizing what one does not know, a calm and joyous acceptance of one’s ignorance and mortality.
Ignorance’s polyvalence among Buddhist traditions, at times exchanging a negative characterization for a positive liberative one, itself suggests considering ignorance as a constitutive quality of Buddhist thought and history, a heuristic tool to investigate and deconstruct its various transnational manifestations. The panel draws particular inspiration from Paul De Man’s insight that it is exactly what we do not see that allows for our most creative and distinctive moments. Matthew Arnold’s epic poem about Buddha, The Light of Asia, was a popular success arguably because of Arnold’s incomplete knowledge of Buddhism. Gary Snyder had never been to Asia when he wrote some of his finest examples of Buddhist verse. Ignorance may also lead to cultural disconnects. Asian-American Buddhists, for example, found little appeal in the Buddhism of 1960s American counterculture, the Buddhism of Kerouac’s Dharma Bums.
We invite papers that consider the often-ambiguous role ignorance plays in Buddhism, where Buddhism is a product of the transnational imagination that wants to turn the local into the global. This panel probes these manifestations as they appear in all cultural productions, in particular, sites of colonial and postcolonial tension, and more broadly, early modern and modern dispersions and translations.
Paper topics could include, but are not limited to:
• Connections and disconnections between Buddhism and modes of thinking, like affect theory or queer studies, that seek to unlearn dominant knowledge paradigms
• The question of Buddhist writings within the category of “world literature”
• Western ignorance, from the Transcendentalists to the Mindfulness movement, of Buddhist religious practices in Asia
• Buddhist literature and a poetics of ignorance or uncertainty
• Performing ignorance in various ways, for example as a guru or Zen master, as a Christian missionary, or as a Western diplomat or academic
• The uses of ignorance and dramatic irony in Buddhist writing
Paper proposals must go through the ACLA website. The page for our seminar is http://www.acla.org/ignorance-and-translations-and-dispersions-buddhism, and it includes a submission link. We hope to generate some cross-disciplinary interest with this CFP, and look forward to a stimulating and insightful seminar.
Ryan Jones, McGill University &
Ben Van Overmeire, St. Olaf College
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RESOURCE> Cataloging project for North American Silk Road collections by the International Dunhuang Project and Georgetown University
by Miki Morita
My name is Miki Morita, and as the Georgetown-IDP Postdoctoral Research Fellow for North American Silk Road Collections, I am writing to draw your attention to a new initiative of the International Dunhuang Project (IDP) and Georgetown University, funded by the Luce Foundation, to catalogue manuscripts, artworks, and archaeological artifacts from northwestern China and eastern Central Asia that are presently housed in North American library and museum collections.
The International Dunhuang Project is a partnership of museums, libraries and other institutions which aims to make all manuscripts, paintings, artifacts and textiles from northwestern China and eastern Central Asia freely available to scholars on a multilingual website (http://idp.bl.uk/). Its directorate is at the British Library and its partners include the Dunhuang Academy, the National Library of China, the Guimet Museum, Paris, the Museum of Asian Art, Berlin, among others. It also has included over twenty other collaborating institutions.
This year, the IDP’s new joint project with Georgetown University aims to cooperate with North American libraries, museums, and private collections to incorporate any manuscripts, art works, and artifacts from the region into its database. The IDP has already begun discussions with several North American institutions, yet we anticipate that there are many more materials whose existence in North America we have not noticed. I am therefore writing to request that you inform us of any information regarding pieces from northwestern China and eastern Central Asia in North American library and museum collections.
The target objects of this project can be defined as follows:
• Various types of media, such as manuscripts, woodblock prints, paintings, artifacts and textiles.
• From a geographical region covered by archaeological expeditions in the early 20th century (roughly corresponding to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, western Inner Mongolia, and Gansu Province of the People’s Republic of China). We are also interested in objects considered to originate from “Central Asia,” “Mongolia,” “Tibet” as potential material for the database.
• From the period between 200 BC and AD 1400.
• Any archival records (ex. letters and photographs) related to archaeological expeditions in the early 20th century which covered a geographical region defined above.
Exemplary pieces can be found in the IDP’s database. Please be reminded that the scope of the IDP database also encompasses possibly forged pieces.
If your institution holds pieces that are possibly relevant to the IDP’s database, please contact Miki Morita (email@example.com). Please feel free to circulate this announcement to your colleagues at other institutions. Thank you very much for your time.
Georgetown-IDP Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Art and Art History
1221 36th Street NW, Walsh 102
Washington, DC 20057-1210
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CFP> XVIIIth IABS Congress, Toronto, 2017, paper submission deadline approaching
by Christoph Emmrich
This is a quick and brief reminder meant for all those who may like to be reminded of the date and who are still considering to present at the XVIIIth IABS Congress in Toronto, August 20-25, 2017. The deadline for individual paper submissions is October 1, 2016, and hence not too far away. For context, I am recirculating the Second Circular: please find it pasted below.
Looking forward to hearing from you, with warm regards,
XVIIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS):Second Circular
Dear Colleagues, Dear Friends:
Preparations are well underway for the XVIIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS), which takes place at the University of Toronto, August 20th to the 25th, 2017. On behalf of the IABS, my university, and the conference’s Planning Committee, I kindly send you this Second Circular to share the panels that will be presented, to invite individual papers for the panels and sections here proposed, and to encourage all IABS members and supporters to attend the Congress in Toronto.
This Congress is a unique opportunity for Buddhist Studies scholars from around the world to convene and celebrate the excellence of our field. As Chair of the Planning Committee, I enthusiastically encourage you to circulate this Second Circular to colleagues, students, on message boards, electronic forums and on social media. This Second Circular is sent to all current IABS members, those who have filled out the electronic ‘Mailing List’ request form on the website, and to those who wrote me directly. We strive to convene as inclusive a Congress as possible, and welcome the attendance of a diverse range of scholars, students and supporters.
I would once again kindly remind everyone that they must be a fully paid member of IABS for the year 2017 in order to attend the event, deliver a paper, or sit on a panel in Toronto. To be a member of the association in 2017, those wishing to participate in the Congress will need to pay their IABS dues by December 31, 2016. All participants will also need to pay a Congress registration fee used to help us cover the cost of hosting the event, stipulated below. IABS membership can be secured through the online form at the IABS website: www.iabsinfo.net. Kindly keep in mind that on registration, to complete the process aspiring participants will be required to provide proof of payment of their IABS dues for 2017. Initial enquiries about eligibility should be sent to the association’s Secretary General, Dr. Ulrich Pagel (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Submission of panel proposals for the Congress has already closed, and I, along with the Planning Committee, would like to generously thank all those who took time to submit their panel proposals. Given the high volume of submissions—an IABS record—not every panel was accepted, though all were of superior quality and testify to the wide-ranging excellence of our field.
Submission of individual paper abstracts for both panels and sections (each of which is outlined below) opens May 15th, 2016, and closes October 1st, 2016. Please note that individual paper abstracts cannot be accepted after October 1st, 2016, so be sure to take note of the deadline.
Congress registration opens October 1st, 2016, and closes just prior to the start of the proceedings, August 18th, 2017. Registration any time between these dates is permitted. Please see below for further details on how to register, as well as to the amenities covered by the fee.
Though our field spans a myriad of linguistic regions and our members represent the most diverse language backgrounds, it is IABS policy that official Congress proceedings, including papers and presentations, be conducted in an English-language medium.
As all future communication will be distributed via email, I encourage those who wish to attend or stay abreast of Congress news to fill out the electronic “Mailing List” request form found at our website: http://www.iabs2017-uoft.ca/contact/. Please write to me, Christoph Emmrich, directly, if you have any questions or concerns about future communication. My address is found at the bottom of this circular under ‘Correspondent,’ or at the above website address.
In following with past Congresses, the proceedings in Toronto will consist of both panel presentations and paper sections. Panels have been proposed by their respective convenors, and will consist of no more than six papers, each 20 minutes in length, each followed by a 10 minute discussion period. All told, panels will last half a day, including a coffee and tea break after the first three papers. The organizers and I will strive to ensure that papers in each panel begin and end in unison to allow participants to attend select papers from multiple panels.
Sections, in contrast, have been chosen in accordance with past Congresses and are to be compiled from individual paper submissions. They will follow the same format as panels in terms of time and duration: 20 minutes for delivery and 10 minutes of question and answer period immediately following each paper. Please be advised that in the event an insufficient number of qualified entries are made to a given section, the Planning Committee and I reserve the right to decide to cancel the said section and reassign the papers accepted to another, thematically equivalent section as well as the time slot to another section with a surplus of submissions.
Individual Paper Proposals
I cordially invite scholars, students, and independent researchers from across the spectrum of Buddhist Studies to submit abstracts for individual papers, starting May 15th, 2016. Paper abstracts should be no more than 500 words, and preferably in both word and PDF format. In order to contribute a paper to an individual section, please upload abstracts to the Congress website at http://www.iabs2017-uoft.ca/, indicating which section the abstract will address. Please limit your selection to one section. The list of sections is found below. It has been chosen with the aim of being both representative of the traditional profile of the Congress and as inclusive as possible. Some submissions might fit under several section headers, though only one presentation per participant is permitted.
Indeed, to ensure a smooth and balanced program that allows for maximum participation, attendees are limited to act in only one official capacity at the Congress: this limit extends to presenting a paper, convening a panel, or acting as designated discussant (Addendum: however, conveners may act also as presenters only on the panels they are convening). If one has any questions pertaining to this limit, please contact me directly at the correspondence address listed below.
The following are the sections proposed for the XVIIIth IABS Congress:
Āgama and Nikāya Studies
Buddhism and Gender
Buddhism and Its Relation to Other Religions
Buddhism and Its Relation to Science
Buddhism and Society
Buddhism and the Śramaṇas
Buddhist Art and Architecture
Buddhist Hermeneutics, Scholasticism, and Commentarial Techniques
Epigraphy, Manuscripts, and Codicology
Epistemology and Logic in Buddhism
Information Technologies in Buddhist Studies
Śrāvakayāna Buddhism, incl. Theravāda
The Canonical Languages of Buddhism
Panels, unlike sections, are organized by their respective convenor(s), who are responsible for their academic standard, thematic cohesion, and timely submission. Should you wish to contribute a paper towards the conference that in your eyes may fit one of the announced panels, you should contact the convenor(s) directly through the email addresses provided below, before submitting a paper proposal to one of the sections. All decisions regarding acceptance of paper proposals are made by the convenor(s). Once panels have been filled, their convenor(s) can close the panels and direct further submissions to paper sections instead. We welcome convenors to also present on their respective panels (this being the only exception to the one-capacity rule stated above), but also request them to ensure that no more than six papers constitute any one panel and to remind their panelists that they may not commit to joining other panels. Convenors should email a complete package of paper abstracts directly to me no later than October 1st, 2016.
Below is a list of accepted panels for the XVIIIth IABS Congress in Toronto:
Title Convenor(s) Email(s)
A New Study of Ratnākaraṡānti’s Prajñāpāramitopadeśa Katsura, Shoryu
Hong, Luo email@example.com
Approaches to the Bodhicaryāvatāra Gold, Jonathan C. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bell Inscriptions Across the Buddhist World Doney, Lewis
Bretfeld, Sven email@example.com
Brahmin Buddhists Walser, Joseph firstname.lastname@example.org
Buddhism from the Margins: Using Manuscript Sources to Re-examine the Rituals and Routines of Medieval and Early Modern Buddhist Communities in Japan, Korea, and China Keyworth, George A. email@example.com
Buddhism in the Sātavāhana Empire: The Languages of the Sātavāhanas and the Languages of Buddhism Ollett, Andrew firstname.lastname@example.org
Buddhist Conceptions of History Thompson, Luke email@example.com
Buddhist Cosmology and Astral Science Mak, Bill M. firstname.lastname@example.org
Buddhist Landscapes Made and Remade Carbine, Jason A. email@example.com
Buddhist Studies and the Scientific Study of Meditation Braun, Erik
McMahan, David firstname.lastname@example.org
Buddhist Tourism: Sacred Sites within Global Networks Bruntz, Courtney
Schedneck, Brooke email@example.com
Buddhist Ways of Reading Heim, Maria
Gummer, Natalie firstname.lastname@example.org
Concepts and Techniques of Prognostication Guggenmos, Esther-Maria
Scheuermann, Rolf email@example.com
Conventional Reality, Conventional Truth McClintock, Sara firstname.lastname@example.org
Deeds of a Buddha Tournier, Vincent
Sernesi, Marta email@example.com
Dhāraṇī Literature and Textual Cultures Davidson, Ronald M. firstname.lastname@example.org
Discipline, Agency, Inquiry: Vinaya Reception in Women’s Monastic Communities Past and Present Langenberg, Amy Paris email@example.com
Does Candrakīrti Offer Any Epistemology (pramāṇa)? Westerhoff, Jan
Thakchoe, Sonam firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Buddhist Manuscripts from Gandhāra: New Discoveries and Research Baums, Stefan
Strauch, Ingo email@example.com
Images and Practices of Buddhist Kingship across Asia Berkwitz, Stephen
Dotson, Brandon firstname.lastname@example.org
Insights into Gandhāran Buddhist Narratives through Art and Texts Neelis, Jason email@example.com
Literatures of Contemplation Quintman, Andrew
Schaeffer, Kurtis firstname.lastname@example.org
Monastic Espionage in East Asia: Medieval Period Chen, Jinhua email@example.com
Monastic Espionage in East Asia in the Age of Isolationism, 14th to 19th Century Bingenheimer, Marcus firstname.lastname@example.org
Monastic Espionage in East Asia: Modern Period Brose, Benjamin email@example.com
New Approaches to Wŏnhyo and His Thought – A Panel in Commemoration of the 1400th Anniversary of His Birth Cho, Eun-su
Buswell, Robert firstname.lastname@example.org
New Research on Newar Buddhism Bühnemann, Gudrun email@example.com
New Trajectories in the Study of Buddhism and Law Lammerts, D. Christian
Schonthal, Ben firstname.lastname@example.org
Recent Approaches in Vinaya Studies Borgland, Jens W. email@example.com
Recent Research on the Dīrghāgama Melzer, Gudrun
Choi, Jinkyoung firstname.lastname@example.org
Reconstructing the History of Late Indian Buddhism (Part III)
Relationship between Tantric and Non-tantric Doctrines Kyuma, Taiken email@example.com
Ritual, Doctrine, and Monasticism: Buddhist Practices in Dunhuang Liu, Cuilan
Chen, Huaiyu firstname.lastname@example.org
Stories Behind the Story: Revisiting the Buddha’s Hagiography Sasson, Vanessa email@example.com
The Avadānaśataka: The Uses of Narrative Appleton, Naomi
Muldoon-Hules, Karen firstname.lastname@example.org
The Buddha’s Footprint in Asian Cultures Handlin, Lilian email@example.com
The Manuscript Tradition of the Pāli Texts in South and Southeast Asia Yamanaka, Yukio firstname.lastname@example.org
The Roles of Iconic Imagery in South Asian Buddhist Architectural Contexts: Reconstructions and New Perspectives Morrissey, Nicolas email@example.com
Transmission and Transformation of Buddhist Logic and Epistemology in East Asia (I): Around Dignāga’s Logic and Fallacies of Debate Ono, Mitoi
Inami, Masahiro firstname.lastname@example.org
Transmission and Transformation of Buddhist Logic and Epistemology in East Asia (II): Around Yogācāra and Madhyamaka Texts in Chinese Translations Moriyama, Shinya
Moro, Shigeki email@example.com
Transparent, Translucent, or Opaque: Chinese Translations of Indic Texts as Windows onto Indian Buddhism Witkowski, Nicholas firstname.lastname@example.org
Travel, Transmission, and Affiliation: Lineage in the Buddhist Crossroads of Inner Asia King, Matthew W. email@example.com
Vinaya Commentaries Clarke, Shayne firstname.lastname@example.org
What Makes a Monastery a Great Monastery? Textual, Art Historical, and Archaeological Evidence from India to [the Borders of] China Forte, Erika email@example.com
Yogācāra Across Asia: India, Tibet, and East Asia Yao, Zhihua
Bayer, Achim firstname.lastname@example.org
Zones of Contact: Facets of Buddhist Interactions in Eastern Central Asia During the 9th-14th Centuries Meinert, Carmen email@example.com
Date Morning Afternoon Evening
Sunday, August 20, 2017 Registration Registration Opening Reception
Monday, August 21, 2017 Panels and Sections Panels and Sections Evening Presentations
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Panels and Sections Panels and Sections Evening Presentations
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Panels and Sections Panels and Sections Evening Presentations
Thursday, August 24, 2017 Panels and Sections Excursions
Friday, August 25, 2017 Panels and Sections Panels and Sections Closing Reception
To assist the organizers in hosting the event, we have set the Congress fee at $330 CAD. This fee includes attendance, coffee, tea and hot lunch during the academic programming, meals at both the Opening and Closing Receptions, as well as printing costs for paper programs. Not included in this fee are meals outside of the academic program and Opening and Closing Receptions, such as breakfasts and dinners, as well as travel, accommodation, excursions, and special events.
Those registering before March 31st, 2017 will enjoy a discounted fee of $300 CAD, while graduate students are entitled to a rate of $250 CAD with confirmation of enrollment status. Students from countries with low currency exchange rates when compared to the Canadian Dollar may request a fee reduction by writing to me directly at the address provided below. Decisions on fee reduction will be made on a case-by-case basis, and I regret that only a limited number of such reductions can be granted.
Fee payment will be made online through our website, where, as mentioned above, you will be expected to provide proof of payment of your IABS membership fee for 2017. Please visit the website on October 1st, 2016 to complete your online Congress registration.
Posters and Exhibits
In addition to panels and paper sections, we welcome the submission of project presentations from scholars and organizations who wish to display their work to the Congress at large. We regret that only a limited number of presentations can be selected. Please write to me directly to inquire about presenting your project at the XVIIIth IABS Congress.
Exhibitors providing professional services or products such as books are also invited to contact me directly to inquire about renting space during the Congress proceedings.
As the Congress will attract scholars and students from all over the world, it is not possible for the organising team to advise or assist with securing visas to Canada, since the process varies widely depending on the country of origin of each attendee. Potential attendees are encouraged to consult the Canadian Embassy or Consulate in their home country or country of residence as early as possible. Travel agencies are also possible sources of information on the visa process. We can, however, provide letters indicating that an individual is in fact registered to attend or present at the Congress. Please write to me directly if you wish to request such a letter.
I wish to gently remind everyone that Congress attendees are responsible for covering all travel to and from Toronto. Currently we are trying to secure a discounted rate for travel by air, and updated information will appear on the website once registration begins, October 1st, 2016. Please check the website after this date for update travel information.
Congress participants are responsible to secure their own accommodation and pay all attendant costs. Below is a list of accommodations near the University of Toronto, St. George Campus, some of which have granted discounted rates to Congress attendees. When booking, please inform them of your attendance at the XVIIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, 2017. A range of options has been provided to suit the different needs of our Congress attendees. Please be advised that the University is located in downtown Toronto, and August is one of the busiest times of the year, so kindly book early if possible.
Budget Single Occupancy Double Occupancy
Admiral St. George: BB and Guesthouse
305 St. George St. / 416-921-1899 $50/Student
Annex Quest House
83 Spadina Road / 416-922-1934 $95/night
Howard Johnson Hotel: Toronto-Yorkville
89 Avenue Road / 416-964-1220 $95/1 Double Bed
$143/King Bed $109/2 Double Beds
Comfort Hotel Downtown
15 Charles St. E. / 416-924-1222 From $119
33 Gerrard Street West
1-800-243-5732 / 416-595-1975 From $169* From $169*
Holiday Inn Toronto: Downtown
30 Carlton Street / 416-977-6655 $177/1 Bed Executive $177/ 2 Double Beds
226 Beverley St / 416-977-0077 $180/Single, $290/Queen
The Grande: Hotel and Suites
225 Jarvis Street / 416-863-9000 $229 Grand Deluxe*
$389 Two Bed Junior
Park Hyatt Toronto
4 Avenue Road / 416-925-1234 From $309/Night
220 Bloor Street West / 416-960-5200 $235/Night*
Windsor Arms Hotel
18 St. Thomas Street / 416-971-9666 $325/Junior Suite* $395/Junior Suite 2 Beds
The Hazelton Hotel
118 Yorkville Ave / 416-963-6300 From $525/Night
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
60 Yorkville Avenue / 416-964-0411 From $565/Night
*Special discounts for Congress attendees. Some of these rates will expire as the date of the Congress moves closer, so make sure to book at least a month in advance of the proceedings.
An updated list of accommodations will be available on the Congress website after registration begins, so please check the website regularly after this date. The Third Circular, due in April, 2017, will also contain more information about accommodations.
Conference Travel Grants
Unfortunately we are not able to provide any grants or scholarships to participants or presenters for this Congress.
I urge you to consult our website regularly for updates and practical information about the upcoming Congress at http://www.iabs2017-uoft.ca/. We will be sure to update it regularly.
In a year from now, April 2017, I will send forth the Third Circular, the final notice before the Congress proceedings in August of that same year. The Third Circular will include a detailed academic program, further information about evening events and excursions, as well as up to date travel and accommodation information.
I truly look forward to seeing everyone in Toronto, 2017.
My warmest regards
Planning Committee of the XVIIIth IABS Congress
President: Anne MacDonald
Chair: Christoph Emmrich
Members: Wendi Adamek, University of Calgary
James Apple, University of Calgary
Dan Arnold, University of Chicago
James Benn, McMaster University
Lara Braitstein, McGill University
Chen Shen, Royal Ontario Museum
Jinhua Chen, University of British Columbia
Shayne Clarke, McMaster University
Deepali Dewan, Royal Ontario Museum
David Drewes, University of Manitoba
Frances Garrett, University of Toronto
Amanda Goodman, University of Toronto
Nam-Lin Hur, University of British Columbia
Chiara Letizia, Université de Québec
Jessica Main, University of British Columbia
Jason Neelis, Wilfrid Laurier University
Mark Rowe, McMaster University
Alicia Turner, York University
Jeff Wilson, University of Waterloo
Advisory Board: Collett Cox, University of Washington
Birgit Kellner, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Ulrich Pagel, University of London
Tom Tillemans, University of Lausanne
Academic Coordination: Anthony Scott, University of Toronto
Dr. Christoph Emmrich, Associate Professor
Chair, Planning Committee of the XVIIIth IABS Congress
University of Toronto, Department for the Study of Religion
170 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8
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NEW BOOK>The Great Transference at Drikung: Its Last Traditional Performance
by Matthew Kapstein
I'm pleased to announce that the Garchen Foundation in Munich has reprinted my documentation of the 1992 Monkey Year teachings at Drikung, for the first time with over 40 photographs in color. A description is given here:
best to all,
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris
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NEW BOOK> Esoteric Buddhism in Mediaeval Maritime Asia: Networks of Masters, Texts, Icons
by Andrea Acri
Dear List Members,
I am pleased to announce the recent publication of my edited volume:
Andrea Acri (ed.), Esoteric Buddhism in Mediaeval Maritime Asia: Networks of Masters, Texts, Icons, Singapore: ISEAS Publishing, 2016. Nalanda-Sriwijaya Series 27. xiv+468 pages (with several illustrations). 79.90 USD (soft cover, ISBN: 978-981-4695-08-4.); 80.00 USD (e-book, ISBN 978-981-4695-09-1). Full details can be found at:
(PDFs of Chapter 1/Introduction, Appendixes, and Front/Back matter are downloadable for free; single chapters cost 6 USD each).
This volume advocates a trans-regional, and maritime-focused, approach to studying the genesis, development and circulation of Esoteric (or Tantric) Buddhism across Maritime Asia from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries AD. The book lays emphasis on the mobile networks of human agents ('Masters'), textual sources ('Texts') and images ('Icons') through which Esoteric Buddhist traditions spread.
Capitalising on recent research and making use of both disciplinary and area-focused perspectives, this book highlights the role played by Esoteric Buddhist maritime networks in shaping intra-Asian connectivity. In doing so, it reveals the limits of a historiography that is premised on land-based transmission of Buddhism from a South Asian 'homeland', and advances an alternative historical narrative that overturns the popular perception regarding Southeast Asia as a 'periphery' that passively received overseas influences. Thus, a strong point is made for the appreciation of the region as both a crossroads and rightful terminus of Buddhist cults, and for the re-evaluation of the creative and transformative force of Southeast Asian agents in the transmission of Esoteric Buddhism across mediaeval Asia.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Acknowledgements, p. ix
List of Abbreviations, p. xi
Conventions, p. xiii
Introduction: Esoteric Buddhist Networks along the Maritime Silk Routes, 7th–13th Century AD (Andrea Acri), p. 1
PART I: MONKS, TEXTS, PATRONS
Coronation and Liberation According to a Javanese Monk in China: Bianhong’s Manual on the abhiṣeka of a cakravartin (Iain Sinclair), p. 29
Saṅ Hyaṅ Kamahāyānikan, Borobudur, and the Origins of Esoteric Buddhism in Indonesia (Hudaya Kandahjaya), p. 67
Traces of Indonesian Influences in Tibet (Jan A. Schoterman), p. 113
The Politics of Esoteric Buddhism: Amoghavajra and the Tang State (Geoffrey Goble), p. 123
(Spi)ritual Warfare in 13th-Century Asia? International Relations, the Balance of Powers, and the Tantric Buddhism of Kṛtanagara and Khubilai Khan (David Bade), p. 141
PART II: ART, ARCHITECTURE, AND MATERIAL CULTURE
Images of Devotion and Power in South and Southeast Bengal (Claudine Bautze-Picron), p. 163
Borobudur’s Pāla Forebear? A Field Note from Kesariya, Bihar, India (Swati Chemburkar), p. 191
Imagery, Ritual, and Ideology: Examining the Mahāvihāra at Ratnagiri (Natasha Reichle), p. 211
Seeds of Vajrabodhi: Buddhist Ritual Bronzes from Java and Khorat (Peter D. Sharrock & Emma C. Bunker), p. 237
Archaeological Evidence for Esoteric Buddhism in Sumatra, 7th to 13th Century (John Miksic), p. 253
The Tale of Sudhana and Manoharā on Candi Jago: An Interpretation of a Series of Narrative Bas-reliefs on a 13th-Century East Javanese Monument (Kate O’Brien), p. 275
PART III: BAUDDHA-ŚAIVA DYNAMICS
Once More on the ‘Ratu Boko Mantra’: Magic, Realpolitik, and Bauddha-Śaiva Dynamics in Ancient Nusantara (Andrea Acri), p. 323
Mid-9th-Century Adversity for Sinhalese Esoteric Buddhist Exemplars in Java: Lord Kumbhayoni and the ‘Rag-wearer’ Paṁsukūlika Monks
of the Abhayagirivihāra (Jeffrey R. Sundberg), p. 349
A Śaiva Text in Chinese Garb? An Annotated Translation of the Suji liyan Moxishouluo tian shuo aweishe fa (Rolf W. Giebel), p. 381
APPENDIX A: The Names of Nāgabuddhi and Vajrabuddhi (Iain Sinclair), p. 389
APPENDIX B: Notes on the Alleged Reading vālaputra on the Pikatan Funeral Stele (Jeffrey R. Sundberg), p. 393
The Contributors, p. 395
Bibliography, p. 399
Index, p. 441
Potential reviewers may contact me at aacri[at]nalandauniv.edu.in / andrea[at]iseas.edu.sg
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RESOURCE> H-Net Timeline
by Charles Muller
Those of you who may have an interest in the history of H-Net may enjoy this new time line.