Buddhist Studies

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The seminar discusses issues and ongoing research in Buddhist Studies, as well as the interface between Buddhist Studies and other humanistic and scientific disciplines. Buddhism has been a powerful cultural and intellectual, as well as religious, current in all of the Asian civilizations. Its manifestations engage the scholarly concern of members of a wide range of disciplines: religious studies (itself an interdisciplinary enterprise), philosophy, psychology, history, sociology, anthropology, comparative literature, art history, and political science, among others. The seminar is focused not on a narrow range of issues concerning the Buddhist religions, but on a broad range of philosophical, cultural, social, and scientific subjects arising from the long and rich historical experience of the numerous Buddhist civilizations.

Professor Michael I. Como

Professor Max Moerman

Tianran Hang

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



10/26/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Angry Spirits and Urban Soundscapes in Ancient Japan
Michael Como, Columbia University

11/09/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Snakes and Gutters: Nāga Imagery in the Western Deccan and the Birth of Buddhist Rainmaking Rituals
Robert DeCaroli, George Mason University

12/07/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Legitimacy for Shugendo, Supported by Forged Origins and History
Kawasaki Tsuyoshi, Shujitsu University and Harvard University

Notes: This talk will be in Japanese.
02/08/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
The Architecture of Hyperbole: Problematics of Scale and Style in Early Chinese Buddhist Architecture
Jun Hu, Northwestern University

03/08/2019 Faculty House. Columbia University
6:00 PM
Soldiers-Turned-Laborers/Guards: Buddhist Monks in Chosŏn Korea at the Turn of the Sixteenth Century
Nam-lin Hur, University of British Columbia

04/12/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
“True Forms” and “True Faces”: Daoist and Buddhist Discourse on Images
Gil Raz, Dartmouth College