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1. Call for Papers> AAR, 2017, Boston - Buddhism in the West Group
2. Lecture> D. Christian Lammerts to deliver the U of Toronto Burma Lecture, March 3, 2017
3. LECTURE> Numata Talks by Professor Chen-kuo Lin
4. Re: RESOURCE> Bucknell’s Sanskrit grammar tables for digital platforms

Call for Papers> AAR, 2017, Boston - Buddhism in the West Group
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Buddhism in the West Unit
Statement of Purpose:
This Unit seeks to:
• Provide a venue for new studies on Buddhism in non-Asian locales
• Facilitate communication and exchange between scholars working on Buddhism outside of Asia
• Offer a forum within which to collectively clarify the intellectual and methodological underpinnings of research on Buddhism in the West, and consider new possibilities in methods and approaches

Call for Papers:
This unit invites papers or session proposals on the following (but is open to other possibilities):
• Race, ethnicity, gender, cultural identity, and/or privilege in western Buddhist discourse
• Teaching Buddhism in the West: pedagogy, field site visits, thematic choices
• Buddhist meditation retreats, retreat centers, and/or programs
• Asian-American Buddhisms
• Buddhism and politics in the West
• Buddhist youth, generational shifts
• Buddhism and transnationalism
• Buddhism and secularism
• For a possible co-sponsored session with Bioethics and Religion, papers concerning bioethics theory or practical issues involving Buddhism in the West
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Lecture> D. Christian Lammerts to deliver the U of Toronto Burma Lecture, March 3, 2017
by Christoph Emmrich
Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Southeast Asia Seminar Series and
Center for South Asian Studies at the Asian Institute
Munk School of Global Affairs

A Lecture in the Arts, Histories, Literatures, and Religions of Burma

D. Christian Lammerts (Rutgers University)
Buddhist Law in Burma: A History of Dhammasattha Texts and Jurisprudence, c. 1250–1850 CE

Friday, March 3, 2017
4:00 – 6.00 pm
Department for the Study of Religion
Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street, Room 318

The legal history of Burma over the course of the second millennium CE offers a series of literary, juridical, and intellectual contributions that are unique when considered in relation to the wider Buddhist world of South, Central, and East Asia. From the 13th through 19th centuries upper Burma was a regional center for the production of a distinctive genre of Buddhist legal literature known as dhammasattha ("treatise on law"), whose laws claimed jurisdiction over all members of society, including monks and laypersons, and kings, commoners, and slaves. Prose and verse dhammasattha texts were composed in Pali and vernacular languages (Burmese, Mon, Arakanese, Shan, etc.), as well as in bilingual gloss versions (nissaya), and there is extensive testimony, dating from the mid-13th century onward, for their utilization by judges in contexts of dispute resolution. Aspects of the early history of this genre can be gleaned from lithic epigraphy, vernacular poetry, and bibliographic catalogues (piṭakat samuiṅḥ), although surviving dhammasattha treatises, transmitted in palm-leaf and paper manuscripts, can be dated no earlier than circa 1637, whereas the youngest examples of the tradition were written under British colonialism around 1900. For the past decade Christian Lammerts has been involved in the first major study of this genre—its textual histories, laws, and shifting modes of reception and jurisprudence—on the basis of extensive fieldwork in Burma and close investigation of the epigraphic corpus and manuscript archive, which preserves hundreds of discrete texts in multiple, sometimes highly variant, versions. In this presentation Lammerts will discuss the results of this project, drawn from his forthcoming book, Buddhist Law in Burma: A History of Dhammasattha Texts and Jurisprudence, c. 1250–1850 CE (University of Hawai'i Press).
D. Christian Lammerts is Assistant Professor of Buddhist and Southeast Asian Studies at Rutgers University. He is interested in the cultural and intellectual histories of Buddhism and religious law in Burma and Southeast Asia, and is currently at work on a study of juridical curses, oaths, and ordeals around of the Bay of Bengal from the late first millennium CE up to the early colonial era. His publications may be accessed via
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LECTURE> Numata Talks by Professor Chen-kuo Lin
by Wendi Adamek
The Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies at the University of Calgary is pleased to present:

Two Talks by Professor Chen-kuo Lin (National Chengchi University)

The Annual Leslie S. Kawamura Memorial Lecture
Gallery Hall, Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary
Thursday March 9, 7-9pm

"Emptiness and Violence: An Unexpected Encounter of Nāgārjuna with Derrida and Levinas"

In this talk I will deal with the seeming contradiction between the ideas of emptiness and violence. The question is: how is the issue of violence accounted for in terms of the philosophy of emptiness? The first step of the investigation is to look into how violence is presented in hagiographical narratives about the murders of Nāgārjuna, Āryadeva, and Kamalaśīla in the Mādhyamika Buddhist tradition. Then I will try to see how violence is tacitly treated in Mādhyamika philosophy, while Levinas and Derrida will be taken as interlocutors in order to bring to the surface some hidden insights. The reason why I place Nāgārjuna and Levinas/Derrida together is that all of them show their distrust toward metaphysics of “the same.” They all try to find the exit, the opening space, by which the oppression in metaphysics of identity may hopefully be overcome.

Colloquium, Department of Classics and Religion
Social Sciences 541, University of Calgary
Friday March 10, 3-5pm

“Vasubandhu’s Theory of Memory: A Reading Based on the Chinese Commentaries”

Professor Chen-kuo Lin (National Chengchi University)

In this talk I will take an exegetical approach to the philosophical issue of memory treated in Vasubandhu’s Refutation of the Theory of a Self (Ātmavādapratiṣedha), an appended chapter in the Treasury of Knowledge (Abhidharmakośa), and Twenty Verses on Consciousness-Only (Viṃśikā). Unlike Janet Gyatso’s edited volume, In the Mirror of Memory in 1992, which is indeed a milestone for its studies on the theory of memory (smṛti) in the tradition of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, this lecture deliberately reads these texts from the perspective of Chinese commentaries composed by Puguang (普光, d. 664) and Kuiji (窺基, 632-682), two eminent disciples of Xuanzang (602-664). The main thrust in this paper is to show how Vasubandhu argues against certain forms of the realist theory of memory, claiming that memory can be explained without presupposing the existence of the self (ātman) and the external world. This study concludes that an internalist turn taken by Vasubandhu in the Abhidharmakośa and the Viṃśikā might foresee the memory argument in Dignāga’s theory of self-awareness.

Chen-kuo Lin 林鎮國 is a Distinguished Professor in both the Department of Philosophy and the Graduate Institute of Religious Studies at National Chengchi University. He earned Ph.D. from Temple University in 1991. His research interests includes Buddhist philosophy (Buddhist logic and epistemology, Mādhyamika, Yogācāra), Chinese philosophy (Neo-Confucianism, Daoism), and comparative philosophy. Currently he is conducting two research projects, “Cognition and Mind: A Study and Annotated Translation of Huizhao’s Treatise on Two Means of Valid Cognition” and “The Encounter of Chinese Buddhists with Indian Yogācāra Texts: A Comparative Study of Indian and Chinese Commentaries on Vasubandhu’s Twenty Verses (Viṃśikā).” In addition to several book chapters and journal papers, he published three books: Emptiness and Modernity: From the Kyoto School, Modern Neo-Confucianism to Multivocal Hermeneutics (Taipei: New Century Publication, 1999); A Passage of Dialectics (Taipei: New Century Publication, 2002); and Emptiness and Method: Explorations in Cross-Cultural Buddhist Philosophy (Taipei: The NCCU Press, 2012). All are in Chinese. Recently, A Distant Mirror: Articulating Indic Ideas in Sixth and Seventh Century Chinese Buddhism, co-edited with Michael Radich and published by the University of Hamburg Press, is accessible online at

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Re: RESOURCE> Bucknell’s Sanskrit grammar tables for digital platforms
by Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā
Dear Colleagues,
our apologies, the announcement posted yesterday was premature, being the result of a miscommunication, and should be disregarded. It will still take some time before the digitised tables are ready to be released. I apologise for any inconvenience caused.
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  1. SUMMER SCHOOL> Yoga Studies Summer School 2017 - Jagiellonian University - Kraków, Poland
  2. SEMINAR> Economics and Capitalism in the Study of Buddhism: call for papers, AAR/2017/Boston

SUMMER SCHOOL> Yoga Studies Summer School 2017 - Jagiellonian University - Kraków, Poland

by Elizabeth DeMichelis
Dear list members,
This communication is slightly off-centre for this list, but I thought it may nevertheless be of interest to some. Apologies for any cross-posting!
Following the excellent conference held in Kraków last year (, our colleagues at the Jagiellonian University have organised a 2-week intensive Yoga Studies Summer School. This would be of great interest to any student (or indeed anyone) studying or researching any aspect of yoga, or with an interest in sanskrit yoga texts and traditions.
Please note the following deadline:
YSSS application submission: 31st March 2017
I transmit below some information from one of the organisers.
With best regards
Elizabeth De Michelis
Dear Colleagues,
it is with great pleasure that I invite you to the Yoga Studies Summer School that will take place between 21st July and 4th August 2017 at the Institute for the Study of Religions, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland.
The intensive programme will feature lectures by, among others, dr Michel Angot, prof. Gudrun Bühnemann, dr Jason Birch, dr hab. Małgorzata Sacha, and prof. Rafaelle Torella.
You can find more information on the course and some related downloadable documents at the official YSSS webpage:
Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues, students, and friends.
With best regards,
Matylda Ciołkosz
Institute for the Study of Religions
Jagiellonian University
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SEMINAR> Economics and Capitalism in the Study of Buddhism: call for papers, AAR/2017/Boston

by Richard Payne
Economics and Capitalism in the Study of Buddhism Seminar
Call Text:
Collapse of Empires: institutional changes created by larger social, political, and economic changes; this includes historical and contemporary instances, such as the collapse of the Pala Empire, and that of the Tibetan Empire, and more recent instances, such as the dissolution of direct colonialist domination and soviet control of economies; topics therefore also encompass neo-colonialism and post-colonialism. The Seminar actively encourages contributions that extend the horizon of discussion beyond the contemporary, that is, it seeks to include examples from any historical period, not just modern and post-modern. Also, while the Seminar seeks to support a sustained conversation of the different topics falling within its general theme, proposals are welcome from anyone—whether they have participated in the seminar in the past or not.
Mission Statement:
The seminar will allow an extended and focused examination of the historical background of Buddhism in networks of exchange, under colonialism—the previous global socio-economic system—and the present-day effects of global, or late, capitalism with its ability to transcend traditional national boundaries. In the same way that previous eras saw transcontinental and transoceanic patterns of trade as agencies in the transmission and transformation of Buddhism, there is an integral connection between the ability of contemporary consumer capitalism to make a presence in societies over the entirety of the globe and the technological changes that have contributed to increasingly globalized systems of communication and travel. There are two major areas of inquiry that the seminar explores. The first is the economic formation of Buddhism as an institution, such as the ways that Buddhism is represented, commodified, and marketed in capitalist society. The second area of inquiry is the ways that economic relations and capitalism have influenced the conception of Buddhism as an object of academic study.
Anonymity: Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
Method of submission:
Chair - Payne, Richard K., Graduate Theological Union,
Chair - Rambelli, Fabio, University of California, Santa Barbara,

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Seoul protests Tokyo’s maneuver

For fifth year, Abe sends cabinet official to ‘Takeshima Day’

Feb 23,2017
Civic activists gather at a large rally in Gwanghwamun Square, central Seoul, to proclaim that Dokdo islets in the East Sea is Korean territory on Wednesday amid rainfall, after the Japanese government sent a parliamentary cabinet vice minister to take part in Shimane Prefecture’s Takeshima Day ceremony. [YONHAP]
Seoul lodged a protest with the Japanese government Wednesday for dispatching a parliamentary cabinet vice minister to an annual event promoting Tokyo’s claims over Dokdo, Korea’s easternmost islets, for the fifth consecutive year.

The Japanese government earlier that day sent Shunsuke Mutai, a parliamentary vice minister of the cabinet office, to Shimane Prefecture’s Takeshima Day ceremony. Japan refers to the Dokdo islets in the East Sea as Takeshima.

This year, the Japanese central government, along with the local government, was involved in producing the official posters promoting the Takeshima Day event and distributing them to public offices and educational institutions nationwide, which Seoul is interpreting as a move to make the annual celebration a quasi-governmental one.

Shimane Prefecture designated Feb. 22 as Takeshima Day in March 2005, a century after declaring it as Japanese territory. It has held the celebration annually.

The Shinzo Abe administration has sent a parliamentary vice cabinet minister to the local ceremony since 2013.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said in a budget meeting of the Diet’s lower house that Dokdo is “clearly Japan’s inherent territory based on historical fact and under international law,” reported Japanese broadcaster NHK that day.

Kishida was reported to have said that Korea is “illegally occupying Takeshima without any basis in international law.”

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in a briefing that day, “Territorial sovereignty is fundamental for a country, and we will continued to put effort into such domestic enlightenment in the future.”

The Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Hideo Suzuki, a minister and deputy chief at the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, Wednesday afternoon to lodge a formal protest.

The ministry said through a statement that the Korean government “strongly protests” a high-ranking Japanese central government official participating in the Takeshima Day event in Shimane, which it called “a continuation of its unreasonable claims over Dokdo.”

Cho June-hyuck, spokesman of the Foreign Ministry, said, “The Japanese government should immediately halt such futile behavior over Dokdo, which is clearly an integral part of Korea’s territory in terms of history, geography and international law, and to humbly face historical facts.”

Civic activists nationwide also protested the Takeshima Day event in Japan and held rallies proclaiming Korea’s sovereignty over Dokdo.

A group of civic organizations gathered in front of the location of the former Japanese Embassy building in Junghak-dong in central Seoul on Wednesday, then marched to Gwanghwamun Square braving rainfall. Similar rallies took place in cities in Gyeonggi, including Seongnam and Osan.

Civic organizations and university newspaper reporters from schools including Korea University and Dongkuk University also gathered at the National Assembly in Yeouido, western Seoul, calling for education about Dokdo to be included in the general university curriculum.

Likewise, hundreds of Ulleung County, North Gyeongsang, residents, county officials and visitors also took part in a rally on Ulleung Island protesting the event in Shimane, calling out “Dokdo is our land!”

Dokdo, effectively controlled by Korea, is considered a part of the county.

Ulleung County’s Dokdo Administration Office on Wednesday said it has issued 28,968 honorary Dokdo residency cards since November 2010. This includes 725 foreigners including seven Japanese who are generally college students and tourists.

Seoul earlier this month protested the Japanese Education Ministry’s new textbooks guidelines for elementary and middle schools that for the first time claimed Dokdo as an inherent part of Japanese territory.


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  1. CALL FOR PAPERS> AAR 2017 panel on Yogācāra and Meditation, East Asia
  2. WORKSHOP> International Max Planck Workshop "Sangha Economies"
  3. NEW BOOK> Research on the Madhyama-āgama
  4. LECTURE> James Benn on “Buddhism and the Invention of Tea Culture in Medieval China”

CALL FOR PAPERS> AAR 2017 panel on Yogācāra and Meditation, East Asia

by Karin Meyers
Dear Colleagues,

I am organizing a panel on Yogācāra and Meditation for this November's annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (Boston, Nov 18-21, 2017), and am in need of proposals focusing on East Asian Buddhism.

A paper for the panel could treat one of a number of related topics: meditation theory/practice as discussed in a Yogacara text; how earlier meditation theory/practice might have influenced Yogacara texts (or debates about this); how Yogacara thought has influenced particular Buddhist practice traditions; Yogacara theory in light of contemporary practice traditions; how Yogacara meditation theory/practice compares to other Buddhist practice traditions, etc.

If you're interested in proposing a paper on this topic, please email me ( your topic idea ASAP. I'll need a 200 word (max) abstract plus a 1000 word (max) proposal by February 26th.

Thanks much,

Karin Meyers

Centre for Buddhist Studies
at Rangjung Yeshe Institute
Kathmandu University, Nepal
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WORKSHOP> International Max Planck Workshop "Sangha Economies"

by Christoph Brumann
Dear all,
Just a quick reminder that the deadline for the below workshop is close. Professor David Gellner (Oxford) has kindly agreed to act as a discussant.
Best, Christoph Brumann


International Max Planck Workshop
"Sangha Economies: Temple Organisation and Exchanges in Contemporary Buddhism"
21 – 22 September 2017
Organisers: Saskia Abrahms-Kavunenko, Christoph Brumann, Beata Świtek (Research Group “Buddhist Temple Economies in Urban Asia”,
Venue: Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, Germany

No other “world religion” has given monasticism such a central role as Buddhism in which the sangha – the community of monks and, where recognised, nuns – is one of the "three jewels" (together with the Buddha and his teachings). While the first monks where itinerant mendicants, their successors settled down, eventually establishing prosperous and often very long-lived institutions. When these house hundreds or even thousands of monks or nuns, it is only natural that economic and management concerns arise. But these are no less pressing when, as in Japan, most temples are sustained by just a single priest and his family.

Questions pertaining to the economic organisation of Buddhist monasteries and temples have been neglected for a long time, reflecting the otherworldly orientation of Buddhist doctrine that sees the attachment to worldly riches as a hindrance for salvation and enlightenment. In recent years, however, there is a perceptible turn towards “managing monks” (Jonathan Silk), with several historical studies showing how economic pursuits were part and parcel of Buddhist monasticism from early on. Contemporary Buddhism is increasingly being scrutinised for its economic entanglements, both in theological attempts to construct a Buddhist economic ethics and in empirical investigations.

In this international workshop, we wish to focus on the sangha, its institutions, and its interactions with the laity. We apply an empirical perspective: doctrinal reasoning is important in real-life situations but does not suffice to explain the actual flow of goods and services within, towards, and away from Buddhist temples. We seek rich ethnographic studies of such flows, how they are socially and politically embedded, and how clergy and laity justify and evaluate them. We are particularly interested in economic transactions that involve monks, priests and nuns within the classic Buddhist traditions of Theravada and Mahayana (Buddhist lay movements and lay practices that bypass the clergy are outside our focus).

Crucial aspects include the conceptualisation of exchanges with the sangha. Can there be such a thing as a “free” and pure-hearted gift, devoid of the self-interest that, in orthodox formulations, would subvert the intended merit-making of the layperson? Payments for ritual services can be interpreted as donations but also as fees and reimbursements, with symbolic distinction being symbolically marked. How do gifts to the sangha affect the status and credibility of giver and recipient, and what happens when family and kin ties influence the flow of resources?

Equally important is the economics of the institutions that build on such clergy-laity exchanges. Can one speak of a unified temple economy at all when sub-units such as colleges, households within temple precincts, and/or individual monks and nuns transact autonomously on the basis of separate property and funds? What is considered acceptable in terms of commercial activities, investments, and paid visits? State law and institutions, expectations of charity and social welfare contributions, and the nature of the setting (with cities having more volatile social relations) also have an influence. Finally, we are interested in the self-reflection of Buddhist practitioners and believers, particularly when socialist ideologies or Buddhist modernism have branded traditional modes of temple support as questionable or even parasitic. Is there a discourse of crisis or is regeneration also a possibility?

We expect participants to pre-circulate their papers and, after the workshop, to revise them for an edited volume or special journal issue by 15 January 2018.

Abstracts of proposals (500 words maximum) should reach all three convenors by 1 March 2017 (<>,<>,<>). Please send inquiries to all of us. The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology will cover travel and accommodation costs for accepted speakers.
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NEW BOOK> Research on the Madhyama-āgama

by Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā
Dear Colleagues,
the Āgama Research Group at the Department of Buddhist Studies of the Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts is happy to announce the publication of the proceedings of the seminar on the Madhyama-āgama that was held in October 2015:
Dhammadinnā (ed.), Research on the Madhyama-āgama (Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts Research Series 5), Taipei: Dharma Drum Publishing Co., 2017.
Here are the contents:
- Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (DILA) Research Series (Bhikṣu Huimin)
- Preface (Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā)
- Sūtras in the Senior Kharoṣṭhī Manuscript Collection with Parallels in the Majjhima-nikāya and/or the Madhyama-āgama (Mark Allon & Blair Silverlock)
- The School Affiliation of the Madhyama-āgama (Bhikkhu Anālayo)
- Ekottarika-type Material in the Madhyama-āgama (Roderick S. Bucknell)
- The Śrutānṛśaṃsa-sūtra of the Dīrgha-āgama in Comparison with the Wende jing 聞德經 of the Madhyama-āgama (Jin-il Chung)
- Back to the Future of Prof. Akanuma’s Age: A Research History of the School Affiliation of the Madhyama-āgama in Japan (Takamichi Fukita)
- A Quantitative Textual Analysis of the Translation Idiom of the Madhyama-āgama and the Ekottarika-āgama (Jen-jou Hung & Bhikkhu Anālayo)
- The Underlying Language of the Chinese Translation of the Madhyama-āgama (Seishi Karashima)
- Were the Ekottarika-āgama and the Madhyama-āgama Translated by the Same Person? An Assessment on the Basis of Translation Style (Michael Radich & Bhikkhu Anālayo)
On the Evolution of Written Āgama Collections in Northern Buddhist Traditions (Richard Salomon)
- The Many Lives of Texts: The Pañcatraya and Māyājāla Sūtras (Peter Skilling)
- The Indic Versions of the *Dakṣiṇāvibhaṅga-sūtra: Some Thoughts on the Early Transmission of Āgama Texts (Ingo Strauch)
Kindly note that the publisher, Dharma Drum Publishing Co., is connected to but independent from the Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts. The book is available for sale through their website or via the distributor BibliaImpex.
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With best wishes,

Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā
Āgama Research Group
Department of Buddhist Studies
Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts
Jinshan, Taiwan
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LECTURE> James Benn on “Buddhism and the Invention of Tea Culture in Medieval China”

by Jimmy Yu
Dear Colleagues,
We are delighted to announce the 4th Sheng Yen Lecture Series speaker this year, Dr. James Benn, who will be speaking on “Buddhism and the Invention of Tea Culture in Medieval China” at the Florida State University, in Dodd Hall Auditorium, on March 3rd, from 4:30-5:30pm. More information can be found here:
The dramatic change in Chinese drinking habits that occurred in the eighth century CE cannot be understood without considering the crucial  role of Buddhist ideas, institutions, and individuals in creating a new culture around the consumption of tea. Benn's lecture will look closely at the surviving artistic, material, and literary evidence for Buddhist involvement in the invention of a Chinese tea culture during the Tang and Song dynasties, roughly seventh through thirteenth centuries.
James Benn is a Professor of Buddhism and East Asian Religions in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University. His research evolves around three major areas of research: bodily practice in Chinese Religions; the ways in which people create and transmit new religious practices and doctrines; and the religious dimensions of commodity culture.  He is the author of Burning for the Buddha: Self-immolation in Chinese Buddhism and Tea in China: A Religious and Cultural History, and numerous other articles.
The lecture is open to public, and you are all invited. If you are unable to attend, a video recording of his talk will eventually be posted on our FSU Religion Dept Youtube channel:
Hope to see you at the lecture.
Best wishes,
Jimmy Yu
Sheng Yen Associate Professor of Chinese Buddhist Studies
Co-editor, Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies
Florida State University
Department of Religion, 120D Dodd Hall
641 University Way
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1520
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If you are looking for a job abroad, there might be work for 

you in North Korea. The first privately funded

 North Korean university is looking for an 

English teacher to work in Pyongyang for several years.

The Pyongyang University of Science and Technology is hiring. The privately funded university is seeking an English teacher from a foreign country. According to a job offer published on a British recruitment website, the university wants a specialist with a "long-term mindset," who would be willing to stay in North Korea for several years.
"English teachers are required to commit to an entire 15-week semester. The spring semester
begins in early March and finishes in mid-June.
The fall semester begins in early September
and finishes in mid-December," the offer reads.
The offer does not disclose the salary or benefits the position brings.
However, earlier job offers from the country came with a
 €1,000 bonus that "covers a return air ticket from
 Beijing to Pyongyang," plus "a North Korean visa, weekend excursions
 around the country, all meals and three-star hotel accommodation," according to a 2015 report by Newsweek.
As for the requirements, applicants must have a master's level degree
 (in any subject) and at least one year's classroom experience
 teaching English at the high school, college or university level.
"An English teaching qualification
(TEFL/ CELTA/ TESOL) is also highly preferred," the offer reads.
The university accepts applicants from a lengthy list of countries,
which includes the United States, Japan and Russia.
South Koreans, on the other hand, need not apply, and
North Korea is known to have banned people who have a
history of working in South Korea regardless of their nationality.
The job offer does point out that working in North Korea brings its
own set of peculiarities.
"Due to the nature of the work and
 campus-based lifestyle, candidates
should also be willing to work as part of a
 team, submit to authority, and
exercise flexibility, cross-cultural
 sensitivity and perseverance."
North Koreans have a record of hiring Evangelical Christians,
 a tradition that goes at least back to 2011, when Kim Jong-Il was
 still the leader of the country. It is likely that the Korean leadership believes
them to be less likely to be spies, according to blog.
The Pyongyang University of Science and Technology is not only the
first privately funded higher education institution in North Korea, it is
also a joint effort by "forces from the North and the South Korea,
along with contributions from groups and individuals from other nations,
 in particular China and the USA," according to the recruitment website.