miércoles, 12 de abril de 2017

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Australasian Association of Buddhist Studies (AABS)
Dear list members,

Our next seminar will be at 6:15-7:45pm on Thursday April 13 in the Rogers Room (N397) of the John Woolley Building, University of Sydney.

We hope you can attend.

Kind regards,
AABS Executive

Michel Foucault Approach to the Vinaya

While some studies have used Foucault’s ideas to understand western monasticism, no postmodern or post structuralist scholars have used Foucault’s ideas to understand the Vinaya. This presentation will demonstrate it has been problematic to call the Vinaya ‘a system of law’, or a ‘system of codes’ as this approach has been based on western understandings of law.

Firstly, rules should be seen as more than prohibitions. Rules also imply ‘transgressions’. In other words, if we examine the relationship between the taboo (for example the Vinaya rule against sexual intercourse) and the transgression of the rule on the prohibition of sex, I suggest we may find that the taboo is not an absolute phenomenon. In fact, ‘prohibition’ and ‘transgression’ form an ensemble that defines social life.

Secondly, the Vinaya ‘rules’ were one of the techniques where subjects were obliged to ‘produce truth and oblige individuals to give an account of themselves’. The effect of ‘telling all’, Foucault tells us, was ‘displacement, intensification, reorientation and the modification of desire itself’.

Lastly, this paper considers the recent debate over the nature of Buddhist ethics largely conducted by scholars who have argued in different ways that Buddhist ethics may be assimilated or may correspond with different forms of western ethical theory. What I call ‘Buddhist aesthetics-ethics’ link with a range of ‘Buddhist hermeneutical issues’, include the testing of personal experience, the degree that ethics or rules should be followed, the role of transgressions and the way that moral acts assume a form of inner and outer beauty in the process of development.

Malcolm Voyce (LLB (Auck), MA, PhD (Lond), PhD (Macq)) is an Associate Professor of Law at Macquarie University. He completed a doctorate on the Vinaya at SOAS, University of London, in 1982 and a second doctorate on Foucault at Macquarie University in 2001. Dr Voyce has published widely on Buddhism and has utilised the work of Foucault and other postmodern writers in his studies. He recently published in Law & Critique, Journal of Legal Pluralism, Journal of Law and Religion and Australian Review of Religious Studies. Foucault and Buddhism (Routledge) was published in January 2017. He is the holder of a Macquarie University Outstanding Teachers Award. Email: Malcolm.voyce@gmail.com.

Buddhist reliquary stupa

Gold leaf covered schist reliquary in the form of a stupa.  Kusana period, North Western India. National Museum, Karachi, Pakistan. Copyright: Huntington, John C. and Susan L.Huntington Archive