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

Xiao Xiao

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



12/07/2017 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University
5:00 PM
Right Thoughts at the Last Moment: Buddhism and Deathbed Practices in Early Medieval Japan
Jacqueline Stone, Princeton University

02/23/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Buddhism and the Politics of Public School Education in Postwar Japan
Jolyon Thomas, University of Pennsylvania

03/09/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
The Poetry Demon: Literary Cultures of Monks in Song dynasty China
Jason Protass, Brown University

04/20/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Examining Scriptural Networks Through the Lens of Textual Practice and Transmission: The cases of Great Notes (Maka shō) and Raishin’s Notes (Raishin shō)
Brian Ruppert, Bates College

04/23/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
12:00 PM
Variations on a Theme of Inversion: Nirvāṇa as Permanence, Joy, Self, and Purity
Wendi Adamek, University of Calgary