XVIIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, Toronto

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The XVIIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies will be held in Toronto, August 20-25, 2017.

Here is the agenda. Scroll down for the specific topics of panels, papers, and presentations…

Congress Schedule

*All event venues are at the University of Toronto, St. George Campus

Saturday, August 19, 2017
15:00 – 18:00 Pre-registration (Bahen Centre, Atrium)

Sunday, August 20, 2017
10:00 – 18:00 Registration (Bahen Centre, Atrium)
15:00 – 17:00 Opening Session (Convocation Hall)
18:00 – 20:00 Welcome Reception (Hart House, The Great Hall)

Monday, August 21, 2017
09:00 – 10:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
10:30 – 11:00 Tea & Coffee
11:00 – 12:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
15:30 – 16:00 Tea & Coffee
16:00 – 17:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
17:30 – 19:00 The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto: Roundtable (Royal Ontario Museum Auditorium)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

09:00 – 10:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
10:30 – 11:00 Tea & Coffee
11:00 – 12:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
15:30 – 16:00 Tea & Coffee
16:00 – 17:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
17:00 – 19:00 IABS Board Meeting (Simcoe Hall, President’s Boardroom)
18:00 – 19:00 Introducing the Fo Guang Buddhist Art Encyclopedia (Bahen Centre)
18:00 – 19:00 Publishers Panel (Bahen Centre)
18:00 – 20:00 Buddhist Universal Digital Archive: Workshop (Bahen Centre)
19:00 – 20:00 Humanistic Buddhism in the Contemporary Age: Fo Guang Shan 佛光山 at 50 (Bahen Centre)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
09:00 – 10:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
10:30 – 11:00 Tea & Coffee
11:00 – 12:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
15:30 – 16:00 Tea & Coffee
16:00 – 17:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
18:00 – 19:00 Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai Fellowship: Roundtable (Bahen Centre)
18:00 – 20:00 Buddhist Studies in Canada: Roundtable (Bahen Centre)

Thursday, August 24, 2017
09:00 – 10:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
10:30 – 11:00 Tea & Coffee
11:00 – 12:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
Afternoon Excursions

Friday, August 25, 2017
09:00 – 10:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
10:30 – 11:00 Tea & Coffee
11:00 – 12:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
15:30 – 16:00 Tea & Coffee
16:00 – 17:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
18:00 – 19:30 General Meeting (Convocation Hall)
20:00 – 22:00 Farewell Dinner (Hart House, The Great Hall)

*Please note that the Planning Committee reserves the right to make programme changes as necessary. 

Academic Program

The Congress has been organized into panels and section. Individual panel and section papers are limited to 20 minutes each, with an additional 10 minutes permitted for discussion. Individual papers will begin on the hour and half hour as per the conference schedule.


Monday, August 21st, 2017
Morning Session Afternoon Session
Buddhism and the Information Network in Medieval East Asia Monastic Espionage in East Asia in the Age of Isolationism, 14th to 19th Century
The Manuscript Tradition of the Pali Texts in South and Southeast Asia Bell Inscriptions Across the Buddhist World
Buddhist Tourism in Asia: Sacred Sites within Global Networks Discipline, Agency, Inquiry: Vinaya Reception in Women’s Monastic Communities Past and Present
The Roles of Iconic Imagery in South Asian Buddhist Architectural Contexts Buddhism and Medicine
Concepts and Techniques of Prognostication Information Technologies in Buddhist Studies
Buddhist Places Early Buddhism
Buddhist Literature Buddhist Literature
Buddhism and Its Relation to Other Religions Buddhism and Its Relation to Other Religions
Epistemology and Logic in Buddhism Epistemology and Logic in Buddhism


Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
Morning Session Afternoon Session
Monastic Espionage in East Asia: Modern Period Conventional Reality, Conventional Truth
Early Buddhist Manuscripts from Gandhāra: New Discoveries and Research What Makes a Monastery a Great Monastery?
Ritual, Doctrine, and Monasticism: Buddhist Practices in Dunhuang Recent Research on the Dīrghāgama
Buddhist Ways of Reading Travel, Transmission, and Affiliation: Lineage in the Buddhist Crossroads of Inner Asia
New Approaches to Wŏnhyo and His Thought—A Panel in Commemoration of the 1400th Anniversary of His Birth Transparent, Translucent, or Opaque: Chinese Translations of Indic Texts as Windows onto Indian Buddhism
New Research on Newar Buddhism Reconstructing the History of Late Indian Buddhism (Part III)— Relationship between Tantric and Non-tantric Doctrines ―
Epistemology and Logic in Buddhism Manuscripts, Codicology, and Epigraphy
Buddhism and Society Buddhism and Society
Mahāyāna Buddhism


Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
Morning Session Afternoon Session
Recent Approaches in Vinaya Studies Stories Behind the Story: Revisiting the Buddha’s Hagiography
Buddhist Cosmology and Astral Science Vinaya Commentaries
Literatures of Contemplation Zones of Contact: Facets of Buddhist Interactions in Eastern Central Asia During the 9th-14th Centuries
Transmission and Transformation of Buddhist Logic and Epistemology in East Asia (I): Dignāga and Pre-Dignāga Logic Transmission and Transformation of Buddhist Logic and Epistemology in East Asia (II): Dharmapāla, Bhāviveka, Xuanzang, and their impact on East Asian Buddhism
The Buddha’s Footprint in Asian Cultures Theravāda Buddhism
Mahāyāna Buddhism Manuscripts, Codicology, and Epigraphy
Tantric Buddhism Tantric Buddhism
Buddhist Art and Architecture Buddhist Art and Architecture
Mahāyāna Sūtras


Thursday, August 24th, 2017
Morning Session Afternoon Session
Buddhist Conceptions of History Excursions
Buddhist Studies and the Scientific Study of Meditation
Does Candrakīrti Offer Any Epistemology (pramāṇa)?
Insights into Gandhāran Buddhist Narratives through Art and Texts
Buddhism in the Sātavāhana Empire
Approaches to the Bodhicaryāvatāra
Mahāyāna Sūtras
Buddhist Hermeneutics, Scholasticism, and Commentarial Techniques
Abhidharma Studies


Friday, August 23rd, 2017
Morning Session Afternoon Session
The Avadānaśataka: The Uses of Narrative 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
A New Study of Ratnākaraśānti’s Prajñāpāramitopadeśa Brahmin Buddhists
Dhāraṇī Literature and Textual Cultures Deeds of a Buddha
Images and Practices of Buddhist Kingship across Asia Yogācāra Across Asia: India, Tibet, and East Asia
New Trajectories in the Study of Buddhism and Law Vinaya Studies
Contemporary Buddhism Epistemology and Logic in Buddhism
Buddhist Hermeneutics, Scholasticism, and Commentarial Techniques Buddhist Hermeneutics, Scholasticism, and Commentarial Techniques
Buddhist Art and Architecture Abhidharma Studies
The Canonical Languages of Buddhism


Abstracts of all paper presentations will be available on the Congress website in the coming weeks. Though the Planning Committee will try our best to accommodate everyone, we reserve the right to make programme changes as necessary, and apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused.


Panel 01: A New Study of Ratnākaraśānti’s Prajñāpāramitopadeśa

(Fri., Aug. 25th, 9:00-12:30)

Katsura, Shoryu (Hiroshima University): The Four Yoga Stages of the Prajñāpāramitopadeśa

Shiga, Kiyokuni (Kyoto Sangyo University): On some common scriptural sources cited by Ratnākaraśānti and Kamalaśīla

Nishiyama, Ryo (Ryukoku University): Mādhyamikas in thePrajñāpāramitopadeśa

Hayashima, Satoshi (Ryukoku University): The Theory of Three Natures in the Prajñāpāramitopadeśa

Kataoka, Kei (Kyushu University): Ratnākaraśānti on Prakāśa

Luo, Hong (China Tibetology Research Center): Ratnākaraśānti’s sketch of self-awareness in the Prajñāpāramitopadeśa

Panel 02: Approaches to the Bodhicaryāvatāra

(Thurs., Aug. 24th, 9:00-12:30)

Gyatso, Janet (Harvard University): Seeing Oneself from the Outside, and its Moral Work

Carpenter, Amber (Yale-NUS): Reason and Knowledge on the Path

Ohnuma, Reiko (Dartmouth College): Embodiment in the Bodhicaryāvatāra

Harris, Stephen (Leiden University): Demandingness and Shaping the Self in theBodhicaryāvatāra

Goodman, Charles (Binghamton University-SUNY): Can We Know Whether Śāntideva was a Consequentialist?

Chien, Gloria (Virginia Commonwealth University): The Vision and Moral Formation of a Bodhisattva Practitioner

Panel 03: Bell Inscriptions Across the Buddhist World

(Mon., Aug. 21st, 14:00-17:30)

Willis, Michael (British Museum): Buddhist Bells in the British Museum

Galambos, Imre (University of Cambridge): Buddhist Bell Inscriptions from China: Attempt at an Inventory

Burdorf, Suzanne (Universiteit Ghent): Read the Bell: tracing the cultural and social history of monastic bells through inscriptions from Song (960–1276) China

Doney, Lewis (British Museum): Large Tibetan Imperial Bells and Their Epigraphy

Martin, Dan (Jerusalem): The Tibetan Bell in Armenia and its Inscription: An Account of a Quest to Account for it

Bretfeld, Sven (Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet): Buddhist Bells and the Study of Religious Materiality: Some Theoretical Reflections

Panel 04: Brahmin Buddhists

(Fri., Aug. 25th, 14:00-17:30)

Bausch, Lauren (Dharma Realm Buddhist University): The Kāṇva Brāhmaṇas and Buddhists in Kosala

Bronkhorst, Johannes (University of Lausanne): Were Buddhist Brahmins Buddhists or Brahmins?

Chudal, Alaka (University of Vienna): Brahmin Buddhists in Northern South Asia

McGovern, Nathan (Franklin and Marshall College): Buddhist Brahmans: Taking Early Buddhist Claims to Brahmanhood Seriously

Walser, Joseph (Tufts University): Buddhism and Brahmanism: Who made the distinction (and who refused)?

Freiberger, Oliver (University of Texas at Austin): Discussant

Panel 05: Buddhism and the Information Network in Medieval East Asia 

(Mon., Aug. 21st, 9:00-12:30)

Bauer, Mikael (McGill University): The Chronicle of Jōe: The murder of a young Fujiwara monk in 7th century Japan

Carlton, Kelly (University of Oxford): Monastic Spies, Secret Envoys, and Cross-Border Rendezvous: Buddhist Monk Deokjang 德昌 and His Contemporaries in Three Kingdoms Korea

Chen, Jinhua (University of British Columbia): Monastic Espionage in Sui-Tang and Song dynasties

Deeg, Max (Cardiff College): Gathering Intelligence, Keeping the Precepts: Xuanzang and Tang Imperial Policy

Doell, Steffen (Universität Hamburg): Undercover dharma: Chan Masters in the Kamakura period

Panel 06: 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

(Fri., Aug. 25th, 14:00-17:30)

Goodman, Amanda (University of Toronto): Recycled and Read: Reflections on the Personal Uses of Ritual Handbooks in Late Medieval Dunhuang

Keyworth, George A. (University of Saskatchewan): Recovering Medieval Shintō-Buddhist Rituals at Matsuo Shrine through Eighth-Century Manuscripts from Bonshakuji, Fushimi, and Mt. Hiei

Lin, Pei-ying (Fu Jen Catholic University): The Tendai Undertaking of Travelogues to Ninth-Century China

Lowe, Bryan (Vanderbilt University): A Sermon on Verso, A Preacher in the Provinces: Re-centering the Study of Heian Buddhism

McBride II, Richard D. (Brigham Young University): How Did Buddhists Venerate the Avataṃsaka-sūtra in Late Premodern Korea? Insights from Two Manuscript Rituals Texts

Zhai, Minhao (Princeton University): Faces of Power:
A Reexamination of the Foshuo qiqianfo shenfu jing 佛說七千佛神符經

Robson, James (Harvard University): Discussant

Panel 07: Buddhism in the Sātavāhana Empire

(Thurs., Aug. 24th, 9:00-12:30)

Collett, Alice (Nalanda University): Women under Sātavāhana Rule

Ollett, Andrew (Harvard University): Sātakarṇi and Nāgārjuna: Buddhism as a Public Religion under the Sātavāhanas

Efurd, David (Wofford College): The Satavahana-Ksaharata War and Early Buddhist Patronage

Shimada, Akira (SUNY New Paltz): Royal and Non-Royal Buddhist Patronage in the Early Deccan

Visvanathan, Meera (Shiv Nadar University): The Idea of the ‘Perpetual Gift’: The akṣaya-nīvi in the inscriptions of the Early Historic Deccan

Zin, Monika (University of Leipzig): Kanaganahalli in the Satavahana Art and Buddhism

Panel 08: Buddhist Conceptions of History

Thurs., Aug. 24th, 9:00-12:30)

Kieschnick, John (Stanford University): Dreams, Omens and Prophecy in Chinese Buddhist Historiography

Stortini, Paride (University of Chicago): Promulgating the Law through History: What is Modern in Nanjō Bunyū’s A Short History of the Twelve Japanese Buddhist Sects?

Balkwill, Stephanie (University of Southern California): Who Owns the Buddhist Past?: The Northern Wei as Bearers of High Buddhist Culture in Medieval China

Stone, Jacqueline (Princeton University): Time, History, and the Lotus Sūtra in Nichiren’s Thought

MacCormack, Ian James (Harvard University): Buddhist Rule and Historical Thinking in Seventeenth-Century Tibet

Thompson, Luke Noel (Columbia University): Japanese Buddhist Optimism about the Future, as seen in the Rebuilding of Nara and the Fabrication of New Myths

Panel 09: Buddhist Cosmology and Astral Science

(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 9:00-12:30)

Huntington, Eric (Princeton University): Cosmology as a Framework for Expression in Text and Image

Satinsky, Ruth (University of Lausanne): Untangling the historical relationship between the concepts of Mount Meru in early Buddhist, Jaina, and Brahmanical literature

Hiyama-Karino, Satomi (Ryukoku University): Iconography of Sumeru in the Buddhist Art in Central Asia

Mak, Bill M. (Kyoto University): The Buddhist transmission ofGrahamātṛkādhāraṇī and other planetary astral texts

Okada, Masahiko (Tenri University): The emergence of Buddhist astronomy and Buddhist science in nineteenth century Japan

Yano, Michio (Kyoto Sangyo University): Discussant

Panel 10: Buddhist Studies and the Scientific Study of Meditation

(Thurs., Aug. 24th, 9:00-12:30)

Braun, Erik (University of Virginia): Mindful but not Religious:  Meditation and Enchantment in the Work of Jon Kabat-Zinn

Davis, Jake (Brown University): The Value of Mindfulness

Wilson, Jeff (University of Waterloo): The New Science of Health and Happiness: Investigating Buddhist and Non-Buddhist Engagements with the Scientific Study of Mindfulness

Edelglass, William (Marlboro College): Buddhism, Happiness, and the Science of Meditation

McMahan, David (Franklin & Marshall College): Epistemic Presuppositions in the Scientific Study of Meditation

Panel 11: Buddhist Tourism in Asia: Sacred Sites within Global Networks

 (Mon., Aug. 21st, 9:00-12:30)

Jaffe, Richard (Duke University): Following the Cotton Road: Japanese Corporate Pilgrimage to India, 1926–1927

Geary, David (University of British Columbia): Performing Love: Tourism and Transnational Courting at the Place of Buddha’s Enlightenment

Lau, Ngar-Sze (Lancaster University): Constructing Burmese meditation communities in mainland China through Buddhist Tourism

Marchman, Kendall (Young Harris College): Buddhism and the Bottom Line: The Nanshan Group and Buddhist Culture Parks

Friedrich, Daniel (McMaster University): Recreational Buddhists: Travel and the construction of contemporary Japanese Buddhist identities

Bruntz, Courtney (Doane University): Discussant

Schedneck, Brooke (Chiangmai University): Discussant

Panel 12: Buddhist Ways of Reading

(Tue., Aug. 22nd, 9:00-12:30)

Hallisey, Charles (Harvard University): Reading Buddhist Texts for Texture and Density

Derris, Karen (Redlands University): Sharing Time: The Importance of Community Across Cosmic and Historic Time in Pāli Commentaries

Shulman, Eviatar (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem): The Buddha’s Death as a Literary Event

Gummer, Natalie (Beloit College): Speech Acts of the Buddha

Nance, Richard (Indiana University): Reading as Yielding: Passages of Reception in Indian Buddhist Literature

Heim, Maria (Amherst College): Discussant

Panel 13: Concepts and Techniques of Prognostication

(Mon., Aug. 21st, 9:00-12:30)

Scheuermann, Rolf (IKGF, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg): What can we learn from Tibetan Buddhist divinatory manuals?

Maurer, Petra (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität): Diagrams on Astrology and Divination

Smith, Alexander (École Pratique des Hautes Études): Prognostic Structure and the Question of Efficacy

Guggenmos, Esther-Maria (FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg): The Availability of the Future–A Reflection on the Adaptability of Mantic Practices in Chinese Buddhism

Seymour, Kelsey (University of Pennsylvania): Child Idols: Possession, Purity, and Prognoses in Accounts of Child Mediums in Medieval Chinese Buddhism

Panel 14: Conventional Reality, Conventional Truth

(Tue., Aug. 22nd, 14:00-17:30)

Prueitt, Catherine (Emory University): Conventional Truth When There Is No Conventional Reality: Understanding Dharmakīrti on Conventional vs. Ultimate Means of Trustworthy Awareness

Arnold, Dan (University of Chicago): How ‘Conventional’ is Conventional Truth?Thoughts on the Divergent Intuitions of Candrakīrti and Śāntarakṣita

McClintock, Sara (Emory University): Recognizing the Ultimate as the Conventional—from Nāgārjuna to Kamalaśīla

Finnigan, Bronwyn (Australian National University): Is svasaṃvedana conventionally false? The search for a minimal self

Thompson, Evan (University of British Columbia): Cognitive Science and Conventional Truth: The Case of Self-Awareness (Svasaṃvedana)

Sharf, Robert (University of California, Berkeley): Two Truths, Dialetheism, and Chan

Panel 15: Deeds of a Buddha

(Fri., Aug. 25th, 14:00-17:30)

Tournier, Vincent (SOAS, University of London): What a Buddha Must Do: Spread and Scope of the Notion of buddhakārya in Indian Buddhist Narratives of the Middle Period

Luczanits, Christian (SOAS, University of London): Variations on a Theme: The Buddha’s Deeds in the āyaka Reliefs at Kanaganahalli

Ciurtin, Eugen (Institute for the History of Religions, Romanian Academy): The Deed of an Earthquake: The Seismic Web of a Buddha and the Cāpāla Shrine Narrative Cycle

Schmid, Neil (University of Vienna): The Corporeality of Buddha’s Deeds: Visual Depictions from Mogao and Yulin

Almogi, Orna (Universität Hamburg): Tibetan Scholars on the Mahāyāna Concept of buddhakārya/buddhakriyā against the Backdrop of Madhyamaka Philosophy in 12th–15th Century Tibet

Sernesi, Marta (SOAS, University of London): The Buddha’s Twelve Deeds and Eight Places in Early Tibetan Historiographical Sources

Panel 16: Dhāraṇī Literature and Textual Cultures

(Fri., Aug. 25th, 9:00-12:30)

Harrison, Paul (Stanford University): Remarks on the Sanskrit text of theViśeṣavatī Dhāraṇī in the Schøyen Collection

Hidas, Gergely (The British Museum): Weather Control and Agriculture: The Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja

Holtz, Katherin (University of Lausanne): The Bhadrakarātrī-sūtra: A Buddhist apotropaic text from Central Asia

Overbey, Ryan Richard (Wesleyan University): Envisioning the Buddhist abecedary in the Amoghapāśakalparāja

Davidson, Ronald M. (Fairfield University): Dhāraṇīs and the Sanctification of Painting

Panel 17: Discipline, Agency, Inquiry: Vinaya Reception in Women’s Monastic Communities Past and Present

(Mon., Aug. 21st, 14:00-17:30)

Langenberg, Amy Paris (Eckerd College): The Textual Community of the Mahāsāṅghika-lokottaravādin Bhikṣuṇī-vinaya

Dhammadinnā, Bhikkhunī (Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts): The legal status of the sikkhamānā & the contemporary re-establishment of the Theravāda bhikkhunī lineage

Heirman, Anne (Ghent University)

Chiu, Tzu-Lung (Ghent University): Body Movement and Sport Activities for Buddhist Nuns: A Normative Perspective from India to China

Hüsken, Ute (Oslo University): The Re-making of the Bhikkhunīsaṃgha in Transcultural Contexts

Therī, Tathālokā (Bhikkhunī Vibhaṅga Project): Coming into Our Own: The Re-making of the Bhikkhunīsaṃgha in Transcultural Contexts

Ng, Zhiru (Pomona College): Rethinking Vinaya Practice in Urban Buddhist Architecture and Space: A Female Buddhist Community in South Taiwan

Mrozik, Susanne (Mt. Holyoke College): Discussant

Panel 18: Does Candrakīrti Offer Any Epistemology (pramāṇa)?

(Thurs., Aug. 24th, 9:00-12:30)

Garfield, Jay L. (Smith College): Prāsaṅgika, Pramāṇa and the Problem of Foundations

Powers, John (Deakin University): ’Jam dbyangs bshad pa’s Polemical Doxography

Duckworth, Douglas (Temple University): Truth or Consequences: Implicit Commitments and the Logic of Prāsaṅgika

Doctor, Thomas (Rangjung Yeshi Institute): Madhyamaka Dynamics: Early Tibetan Attitudes to Knowledge and the Problem of Emptiness

Thakchoe, Sonam (University of Tasmania): The Problem of No-mind and Buddhahood: Taktsang and Tsongkhapa on Candrakīrti’s Epistemology

Yi, Jongbok (Stockton University): Discussant

Panel 19: Early Buddhist Manuscripts from Gandhāra: New Discoveries and Research

(Tue., Aug. 22nd, 9:00-12:30)

Baums, Stefan (University of Munich): Manuscripts from Gandhāra and Gāndhārī Texts: History and State of the Field

Strauch, Ingo (University of Lausanne): The Prātimokṣasūtra Fragments of the Bajaur Collection of Kharoṣṭhī Manuscripts

Marino, Joe (University of Washington): Burning, Blazing, Glowing: “The Great Conflagration Hell” and Other Problems in a Gāndhārī Sūtra of the Senior Collection

Cox, Collett (University of Washington): Commentarial Entanglements: The Case of the University of Washington Scroll

Schlosser, Andrea (University of Munich): The Bajaur Mahāyāna Sūtra in Relation to Other Buddhist Texts

Ching, Chaojung (Kyoto University): Gāndhārī Manuscripts and Documents from Kuchean Buddhist Monasteries

Panel 20: Images and Practices of Buddhist Kingship across Asia

(Fri., Aug. 25th, 9:00-12:30)

Zimmermann, Michael (Universität Hamburg): On Buddhas, Kings and Bodhisattvas: Spiritual and Worldly Rule in Indian Mahāyāna Buddhism

Berkwitz, Stephen C. (Missouri State University): What is a Bodhisattva King? Sri Lankan Perspectives on Buddhist Kingship

Pranke, Patrick (University of Louisville): The King who would be Buddha: King Bodawpaya’s Critique of Burmese Buddhist Origins and His Quest for the True Teachings

Bryson, Megan (University of Tennessee): Humane Kings on the Border: The Renwang jing in Dali Buddhism

Dotson, Brandon (Georgetown University): Debasing the God: Buddhism and Kingship in the Tibetan Empire

Sango, Asuka (Carleton College): The Emperor Dreamed of Golden Light Lectures in Heian Japan (794–1185)

Panel 21: Insights into Gandhāran Buddhist Narratives through Art and Texts

(Thurs., Aug. 24th, 9:00-12:30)

Neelis, Jason (Wilfrid Laurier University): Regional Diversity and Doctrinal Standardization in the Transmission of Gandhāran Narratives

Allon, Mark (University of Sydney): Accounts of the Buddha’s life in the Senior Kharoṣṭhī Manuscript collection and their counterparts in the art of Gandhāra and ancient India

Lenz, Timothy (University of Washington): What is the Buddha’s Gandhāran Game?

Pons, Jessie (CERES, Ruhr-Universität Bochum): Two Ascetics between Gandhāra and Dunhuang and back: Transformations in the Depiction of the Śyāma and the Dīpaṃkara Jātakas

Giuliano, Laura (National Museum of Oriental Art, Rome): The Archery Competition of Siddhārtha in Gandhāran art

Zhu, Tianshu (University of Macau): Reassessing the Iconography of the Request of Brahmā and Indra from Gandhāra

Panel 22: Literatures of Contemplation

(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 9:00-12:30)

Crosby, Kate (Kings College): Traces of Experience: the texts of traditional Theravada meditation (borān kammaṭṭhāna/yogāvacara)

Germano, David (University of Virginia): Gnostic Skies, Texts and the Nomads who Wander Between: Direct Transcendence (thod rgal) Practice and Literature in the Great Perfection (rdzogs chen)

Greene, Eric (Yale University): What exactly are “meditation texts” and what should we do with them?

Kachru, Sonam (University of Virginia): Overhearing Śāntideva

Quintman, Andrew (Yale University): Illuminating Carefree Awareness: Tibetan Poetry Collections and the Landscape of Self

Schaeffer, Kurtis (University of Virginia): Nature Imagery in Tibetan Contemplative Poetry

Panel 23: Monastic Espionage in East Asia in the Age of Isolationism, 14th to 19th Century

(Mon., Aug. 21st, 14:00-15:30)

Wu, Jiang (University of Arizona): Was Yinyuan a Chinese Spy? Buddhism during the Ming-Qing Transition in Early Modern East Asia

Bingenheimer, Marcus (Temple University): Disguised as Monks in Ming and Qing China: Glimpses and Anecdotal Evidence

Olah, Csaba (International Christian University, Tokyo): Gozan monks and the gathering of domestic and international intelligence in the 15-17th century Japan

Panel 24: Monastic Espionage in East Asia: Modern Period

(Tue., Aug. 22nd, 9:00-12:30)

Sen, Tansen (Baruch College): Monk-spies? The Activities of Chinese Monks in South Asia in the Early Twentieth Century

Hamar, Imre (Eötvös Loránd University): Ignatius Timothy Trebitsch-Lincoln (1879-1943): International Spy and First Westerner Ordained as a Buddhist monk in China

Schicketanz, Erik (University of Tokyo): Japanese Buddhism and Military Intelligence in North China–The Case of the Sino-Japanese Society for the Study of Esoteric Buddhism

Brose, Benjamin (University of Michigan): Missionary or Mole? Mizuno Baigyō’s Forty Years in China, 1904–1944

Jagou, Fabienne (Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient): Ouyang Wuwei歐陽無畏 (1913˗1991): a Han monk working for the Chinese intelligence service in Tibet

Panel 25: New Approaches to Wŏnhyo and His Thought– A Panel in Commemoration of the 1400th Anniversary of His Birth

(Tue., Aug. 22nd, 9:00-12:30)

Buswell, Jr., Robert E. (UCLA): Wŏnhyo (617-686) as Commentator

Cho, Eun-su (Seoul National University): Approaching Buddha-Nature in a Mādhyamika Way—Wŏnhyo’s Commentary on the Nirvana Sutra

Guerra-Glarner, Monika (University of Geneva): Tankuang’s Commentary on the Dasheng Qixin Lun: Evidence of Wonhyo’s influence

Lee, Sumi (Dongguk University): Interpreting the Awakening of Faith: Wŏnhyo (617-686) and Fazang’s (643-712) Distinct Readings of the Tathāgatagarbha in the Awakening of Faith

Muller, Charles (University of Tokyo): The Role of Wonhyo’s “System of the Two Hindrances” (Ijang-ui) in East Asian Buddhist Hindrances Discourse

Plassen, Jörg (Ruhr-Universität Bochum): The Textuality of Interpenetration and Fusion: Some Musings on a Signature Feature of Wŏnhyo’s (617-686) Writings

Panel 26: New Research on Newar Buddhism

(Tue., Aug. 22nd, 9:00-12:30)

Emmrich, Christoph (University of Toronto): Lists of Things in Newar Buddhist Ritual

Shakya, Miroj (University of the West): The Worship of Mañjusrī in Nepal

Shakya, Sudan (Shuchiin University): The Nāmasaṃgīti in Newar Buddhism

Alexander, James O’Neill (University of Toronto): Intraparatexts: The Agency of Texts in Newar Buddhism

Bangdel, Dina (Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar):Durgatiparishodhana Tantra in Newar Buddhism

Panel 27: New Trajectories in the Study of Buddhism and Law

(Fri., Aug. 25th, 9:00-12:30)

French, Rebecca (University of Buffalo): Why “Buddhism and Law” Now?

Pirie, Fernanda (University of Oxford): Legal Ideologies in Medieval Tibet

Lammerts, D.C. (Rutgers University): Ordeals in Buddhist Law

Kieffer-Pülz, Petra (Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz): Local Disputes and Transnational Legal Decisions: The Globalization of Legal Decision-Making Regarding Local Disputes of Buddhist Communities

Jansen, Berthe (Universiteit Leiden): Between Buddhism and Law: Tibetan Monastic Authors (?) and their Legal Texts

Thomas, Jolyon (University of Pennsylvania): Public Good and Private Morality in Buddhist Contributions to the 2006 Revision of the Japanese Fundamental Law on Education

Panel 28: Recent Approaches in Vinaya Studies

(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 9:00-12:30)

Yamagiwa, Nobuyuki (Bukkyo University): How to Store Monks’ Food in Buddhist Monasteries: Methods of Food Preservation in the Extant Vinayas.

Aono, Michihiko (University of Tokyo): The Relationship between theDantaponasikkhāpada and Its Introductory Story

Handy, Christopher (McMaster University): Politeness and Propriety in Buddhist Monastic Law: Applying Face Theory to Vinaya Texts.

Sasaki, Shizuka (Hanazono University): Why Does the Mūlasarvāstivāda-vinaya Contain a Large Number of Tales?

Borgland, Jens W. (McMaster University): Preliminary report on the Sanskrit manuscript fragments of the MSV Uttaragrantha in the Schøyen Collection

LaRose, Joseph (McMaster University): Cows, Leather, Sandals and Monks: Materiality in the Carmavastu of the Mūlasarvāstivādavinaya.

Panel 29: Recent Research on the Dīrghāgama

(Tue., Aug. 22nd, 14:00-17:30)

Hartmann, Jens-Uwe (University of Munich): Which Daśottarasūtra? A Curious Fragment and its Manifold Problems

Yao, Fumi (McMaster University): The Mahāgovindasūtra and Mahāgovinda’s Stories: with the Focus on a Version in the Mūlasarvāstivāda Vinaya

DiSimone, Charles (Ludwig-Maxilians Universität)Anyatīrthikaparivrājakas and Their Doctrines as Portrayed in the (Mūla-) Sarvāstivāda Dīrghāgama

Matsuda, Kazunobu (Bukkyo University)

Choi, Jinkyoung (Ludwig-Maximilians Universität): The Source and Structure of the Tridaṇḍisūtra

Melzer, Gudrun (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität): The state of research on the Dīrghāgama manuscript and inquiries into the Śīlaskandha-nipāta

Panel 30: Reconstructing the History of Late Indian Buddhism (Part III)—Relationship between Tantric and Non-tantric Doctrines ―

(Tue., Aug. 22nd, 14:00-17:30)

Yiannopoulos, Alexander (Emory University)Abhiṣeka as Saṃskāra: Initiation and Meditation in Ratnākaraśānti’s Tantric Commentaries

Seton, Gregory (Dartmouth College): Integrating Non-tantric and Tantric Doctrines Through Prajñāpāramitā at Vikramaśīla during the mid-Eleventh Century

Tanemura, Ryugen (Taisho University)

Kano, Kazuo (Koyasan University)

Kuranishi, Kenichi (Taisho University): Ratnarakṣita on the Practice of Meditation—Its Validity and Fruit in Tantric Buddhism—

Miyazaki, Izumi (Kyoto University): The Abhijñās and Preaching Dharma in the Bodhimārgadīpa-pañjikā

Sferra, Francesco (University of Naples “L’Orientale”): Adapting the Middle Path to the Vajra Vehicle: an Enquiry into the Doctrinal Settings of the Wheel of Time

Wangchuk, Dorji (Universität Hamburg): Is Tantric Meditation Like Imagining Oneself a Lion When Afraid of Dogs? The Issue of the Superiority Claim of Vajrayāna

Panel 31: Ritual, Doctrine, and Monasticism: Buddhist Practices in Dunhuang

(Tue., Aug. 22nd, 9:00-12:30)

Coleman, Fletcher (Harvard University): The Buddha and the Brahman: Deciphering Ascetic Imagery in Early Medieval China

Lee, Kwi Jeong (Princeton University): Celebrating the Buddha: Dedication of Images in Medieval Dunhuang

Ding, Yi (Stanford University): Consecrating with Myths, Images, and Rituals: The Case of the Mogao Site

Chen, Huaiyu (Arizona State University): Liturgies for Creating Four Mandalas in Dunhuang Manuscripts

Zhanru (Peking University): The Rituals and Rules for the Household Patrons in Medieval Dunhuang: With Special Reference to the Manuscript P. 2984v.

Liu, Cuilan (Emmanuel College): Adoptive Mother or Slave Owner? Adoption and Slavery in Buddhist Monasteries and Nunneries in Dunhuang

Panel 32: Stories Behind the Story: Revisiting the Buddha’s Hagiography

(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 14:00-17:30)

Strong, John S. (Bates College): Buddhist Miracles and the Hagiography of the Buddha

He, Xi (Appalachian State University): Behind the Stories: A Study of the Fo benxing jing

Scheible, Kristin (Reed College): “Behind Every Great Man”: Engendering the Mahāpuruṣa

Shiri, Yael (SOAS): Revisiting the Śākya clan as a marker of Indian monastic self-representation in the Buddha’s Hagiographies

Sasson, V.R. (Marianopolis College): Yasodhara’s story

Nattier, Jan (University of California, Berkeley): Discussant

Panel 33: The Avadānaśataka: The Uses of Narrative

(Fri., Aug. 25th, 9:00-12:30)

Fifield, Justin (Harvard University): Bonds of Affection: Relationships and Group Solidarity in the Narratives of the Avadānaśataka

Muldoon-Hules, Karen (UCLA/UCLA Extension)Darśan (seeing) and the role of faith (prasāda) in the Avadānaśataka

Appleton, Naomi (University of Edinburgh): On the Pratyekabuddhas of theAvadānaśataka

Rotman, Andy (Smith College): Hungry Ghostbusters: Lessons on Ethics in the Avadānaśataka

Fiordalis, David (Linfield College): How Avadānas Work, or the Work of theAvadāna: Reflections on Stories from the Last Two Decades of the Avadānaśataka

Panel 34: The Buddha’s Footprint in Asian Cultures

(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 9:00-12:30)

Skilling, Peter (École française d’Extrême-Orient): Symbols of Power and Fortune in Early India

Analayo, Bhikkhu (Universität Hamburg): The Buddhapada and Early Buddhism

Blackburn, Anne M. (Cornell University): Buddha Footprints in Lankan and Indian Ocean Networks

Handlin, Lilian (Independent Scholar): Uttamasikkha and his Discontents

Chirapravati, M.L. Pattaratorn (Yale-NUS College): Phrachao wai loyteen: Stamping the Buddha’s Footprints in the Northern Thai Region (fifteenth-eighteenth centuries)

Cicuzza, Claudio (Lumbini International Research Institute): A Recently Discovered Manuscript of Buddhapadamangala from Wat Pho (Bangkok)

Kim, Jinah (Harvard University): Discussant

Panel 35: The Manuscript Tradition of the Pali Texts in South and Southeast Asia

(Mon., Aug. 21st, 9:00-12:30)

von Hinüber, Oskar (University of Freiburg): The Wonderful World of Artificial Words in Pāli: An Editor’s Nightmare and a Linguists Delight

Shimizu, Yohei (Otani University): Report on the Pāli Manuscript Tradition and Transmission in Central Thailand

Kasamatsu, Sunao (Sendai National College of Technology): On the Jinālaṅkāra and its ṭīkā

Ruiz-Falqués, Aleix (Dhammachai Tipitaka Project): A Manuscript of the Unpublished Saddanīti-ṭīkā

Gornall, Alastair (Singapore University of Technology and Design): Mapping Late Medieval Science in Southern Asia

von Hinüber, Oskar (University of Freiburg): Discussant

Wynne, Alexander (Liverpool Hope University): Discussant

Yamanaka, Yukio (Dhammachai Tipitaka Project): Discussant

Panel 36: The Roles of Iconic Imagery in South Asian Buddhist Architectural Contexts: Reconstructions and New Perspectives

(Mon., Aug. 21st, 9:00-12:30)

DeCaroli, Robert (George Mason University): Snakes and Gutters: Nāga Imagery as an Aspect of Water Control at Buddhist sites in the Western Deccan

Rhi, Juhyung (Seoul National University): Images in the Showcase: The Architectural Placement of Images and its Bearings on their Significance in Gandharan Monasteries

Huntington, Susan (Ohio State University): The Origin of the Buddha Image and the Buddha Image Hall: Some Thoughts on the Aniconic Theory

Behrendt, Kurt (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York): The Rise of Esoteric Buddhism and the 7th c. rock-cut sites of Dhamnar, Binnayaga and Kolvi

Morrissey, Nicolas (University of Georgia): Observations on the Terracotta Plaques from Nandhadīrghika-vihāra, Jagjivanpur, West Bengal

Dhingra, Sonali (Harvard University): Beyond the vihāra and the stūpa: locating Bodhisattva steles from Odisha, eighth to tenth centuries CE.

Panel 37: Transmission and Transformation of Buddhist Logic and Epistemology in East Asia (I): Dignāga and Pre-Dignāga Logic

(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 9:00-12:30)

Ono, Motoi (Tsukuba University): “A Reconsideration of Pre-Dignāga Buddhist Texts on Logic (the *Upāyahṛdaya, the dialectical portion of the Spitzer Manuscript, the *Tarkaśāstra and the Vādavidhi)”

Gillon, Brendan S. (McGill University): The emergence of the canonical Indian syllogism as revealed by early Chinese Buddhist texts

Lasic, Horst (Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA), OEAW): How Dignāga treats his opponents – observations from the Pramāṇasamuccaya, chapter two

Muroya, Yasutaka (Austrian Academy of Sciences): On a fragment of Dignāga’s Nyāyamukha

Watanabe, Toshikazu (Austrian Academy of Sciences): On the concept of nyūna in Dignāga’s theory of fallacy

Inami, Masahiro (Tokyo Gakugei University): Pre-Dharmakīrti Interpretations of Dignāga’s Theory of pakṣābhāsa

Panel 38: Transmission and Transformation of Buddhist Logic and Epistemology in East Asia (II): Dharmapāla, Bhāviveka, Xuanzang, and their impact on East Asian Buddhism

(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 14:00-17:30)

Lin, Chen-kuo (National Chengchi University): Allegory and Logic in Dharmapāla’s Commentary on the Viṃśikā

He, Huanhuan (Zhejiang University): Can the Emptiness and the Existence be Proved by the Trairūpya?

Moro, Shigeki (Hanazono University): Was there a dispute between Dharmapāla and Bhāviveka? East Asian Discussions on their Proofs of Śūnyatā

Kobayashi, Hisayasu (Chikushi Jogakuen University): Xuanzang’s Argument for vijñaptimātratā and Its Indian Sources

Tang, Mingjun (Fudan University): Dignāga’s Words on acandraḥ śaśī, A Survey of Its Interpretation in the hetuvidyā-Tradition

Moriyama, Shinya (Shinshu University): Kuiji on the four kinds of contradictory reasons (viruddhahetu)

Panel 39: Transparent, Translucent, or Opaque: Chinese Translations of Indic Texts as Windows onto Indian Buddhism

(Tue., Aug. 22nd, 14:00-17:30)

Zacchetti. Stefano (University of Oxford): The Many Shades of Retranslation

Shimoda, Masahiro (University of Tokyo): Chinese Translations and a Pali Commentary to Bridge a Gap between the “Northern” and the “Southern” Traditions

Radich, Michael (Victoria University of Wellington): New Computer-Assisted Techniques for Assessing Internal Evidence of Questions of Ascription in Chinese Buddhist Canonical Texts

Silk, Jonathan (Leiden University):  Chinese Sutras in Tibetan: Tapping the Guidance of Contemporary Readers of Buddhist Chinese

Baba, Norihisa (University of Tokyo): Language Ideology of Pāli by the Mahāvihāra

Witkowski, Nicholas (University of Tokyo): The Practice of Aśubha-bhāvanā in the Indian Buddhist Monastery: A Presentation of New Evidence from Vinaya Traditions Preserved in Chinese

Panel 40: Travel, Transmission, and Affiliation: Lineage in the Buddhist Crossroads of Inner Asia

(Tue., Aug. 22nd, 14:00-17:30)

Wallace, Vesna (University of California, Santa Barbara): A Formation of the Lineage of the Lordly Incarnations (Noyan Khutukthus) of the Gobi and Its Affiliation with the Kagyu Tradition of Tibet

Tsultem, Uranchimeg (University of California, Berkeley): The Mighty dGe lugs: their Emergence and Domination in Khalkha Mongolia

King, Matthew (University of California, Riverside): Making and Unmaking Monastic, Scholastic, and Tantric Subjects in Late and Post-Imperial Inner Asia

Van Vleet, Stacey (University of California, Berkeley): How Medical Technologies Travelled across Qing Imperial Cultures

Ujeed, Sangseraima (Oxford University): The Biography of Lineages: the “thob yig gsal ba’i me long” of Khalkha Dza-ya Paṇḍita (1642-1715)

Sullivan, Brenton (Colgate University): Instituting Right Religious Practice from Afar: The Celestial Sands of Alashaa, Inner Mongolia and the Monastery of Pendé Gyatso Ling

Panel 41: Vinaya Commentaries

(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 14:00-17:30)

Yonezawa, Yoshiyasu (Taisho University): A Survey of the Vinayasūtra: With Reference to the Mūlasarvāstivāda-vinaya

Nietupski, Paul (John Carroll University): Studying Buddhist Beliefs and Practices through Vinaya Commentaries

Emms, Christopher (McMaster University): Canonical Vinaya Quotations in the Work of Śākyaprabha

Kishino, Ryoji (Bukkyo University): The Implications of Bu ston’s Doubts about the Authenticity of the Vinaya-saṃgraha

Newhall, Thomas (University of Tokyo): Daoxuan’s Vinaya Commentaries: An Overview of Materials Available, the Current State of Research, and Some Important Topics

Clarke, Shayne (McMaster University): On the Nun-Friendly Vinaya Manuscript Traditions of Bhutan and their Relationship to Indian Vinaya Commentaries

Panel 42: What Makes a Monastery a Great Monastery? Textual, art historical, and archaeological evidence from India to [the borders of] China

(Tue., Aug. 22nd, 14:00-17:30)

Scherrer-Schaub, Cristina (Université La Sorbonne): Indian Monastic Residences in Historical Perspective

Brancaccio, Pia (Drexel University): A Mahāvihāra in the Living Rock: The Later Horizon of the Kanheri Caves

Amar, Abhishek S. (Hamilton College): Telhara: What does it mean to be a ‘Mahavihara’ in the Early Medieval Magadha

Srinivasan, Doris Meth (State University of New York at Stony Brook): For Pregnancy and Neonatal Disorders Visit the Jetavana or Kanaganahalli Monasteries

Filigenzi, Anna (University of Naples “L’Orientale”): Early Buddhist monasteries in South Asia: Archaeological Mapping as cultural-historical inquiry

Forte, Erika (Ruhr-Universität Bochum): Defining Greatness: Monasteries of the Tarim Area Oases

Panel 43: Yogācāra Across Asia: India, Tibet, and East Asia

(Fri., Aug. 25th, 14:00-17:30)

Franco, Eli (Leipzig University): On the Arising of Philosophical Theories From Spiritual Practice

Woo, Jeson (Dongguk University): On Dharmaphāla’s Caturbhāga Theory

Yao, Zhihua (The Chinese University of Hong Kong): Self-emptiness versus Other-emptiness: A Madhyamaka-Yogācāra Debate

Park, Jin Y. (American University): Yogācāra, Chan, and the Paradox of the Mind

Bayer, Achim (Kanazawa Seiryo University)Cittamātra and Dependent Origination: As Treated in the Abhidharmasamuccaya, Candrakīriti’s Madhyamaka-avatāra and the Venerable Seongcheol’s Sermon of a Hundred Days

Keng, Ching (National Chengchi University, Taiwan): Wŏnch’ŭk as a Traditionalist Yogâcāra Thinker

Panel 44: Zones of Contact: Facets of Buddhist Interactions in Eastern Central Asia During the 9th-14th Centuries

(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 14:00-17:30)

Meinert, Carmen (Ruhr-Universität Bochum): Buddhist Localisations in Pre-modern Eastern Central Asia within a Transcultural Buddhist Network

Kasai, Yukiyo (Ruhr-Universität Bochum): The Old Uyghur Abhidharma Texts Containing Brāhmī Elements

Sørensen, Henrik H. (Ruhr-Universität Bochum): A Padmapāni Dhāraṇī-Amulet from Dunhuang

Solonin, Kirill (Ruhr-Universität Bochum/Renmin University Beijing): Transmission of the Two Truths Theory in Tangut Buddhism

Weirong, Shen (Qinghua University Beijing): Yantra Yoga in the Tangut Xia Kingdom and Mongol-Yuan Dynasty

Turek, Maria (Universität Bonn): Formation of the Tibetan Kingdom of Nangchen as Zone of Contact


Section 01: Abhidharma Studies

(Thurs., Aug. 24th, 9:00-12:30)

Toleno, Robban (Columbia University): Theories of Nourishment in Premodern Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedias and the Limits of Consilience

Hanner, Oren (Universität Hamburg): An Abhidharmic View on the Relation between Agents and Actions Based on the Abhidharmakośabhāṣya of Vasubandhu

Yi, Kyoowan (Seoul National University): The Theories of Buddhist Atomism- the Ultimate or the Conventional?

Lin, Qian (University of California Berkeley): What Is a Buddhist School? A Case Study of Harivarman and His Chengshi Lun

Pan, Tao (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität): Tocharian Abhidharma Texts in Murtuq — A Preliminary Survey

Rheingans, Jim (Universität Bonn): Structuring a World View or Reproducing Knowledge? A Brief Survey of the Tibetan Abhidharmakośa Commentarial Literature

(Fri., Aug. 25th, 16:00-17:30)

Kaji, Tetsuya (Otani University): On the Groupings of Kleśa in the Sarvāstivāda School

Smith, Sean (University of Toronto): The Dynamics of the Subliminal Mind in Theravāda Buddhism: Two Readings of the Bhavaṅga Citta

Section 02: Buddhism and Its Relation to Other Religions

(Mon., Aug. 21st, 9:00-15:30)

Jenkins, Stephen (Humboldt State University): Debate, Magic, and Massacre: The High Stakes and Ethical Dynamics of Battling Slanderers of the Dharma in Indian Narrative and Ethical Theory

Jones, Chris (University of Oxford): The Tīrthika in Mahāyāna Buddhism

Neri, Chiara (University La Sapienza of Rome)

Pontillo, Tiziana (University of Cagliari): A philological approach to comparative religious studies: the case of yogakkhema/yogakṣema in Theravāda Buddhism and Brahmanism

Osto, Douglas (Massey University): No-Self in Sāṃkhya: A Comparative Look at Classical Sāṃkhya and Theravāda Buddhism

Qvarnström, Olle (Lund University): Bhāviveka on Sāṃkhya

Wrona, Alexander (University of Vienna)Buddhism in Arab States: The case of Sri Lankan Theravāda Buddhists

Son, Jewongwan (Dongguk University): Dual Structure of Funeral Rites in the Southern Song Period

Welter, Albert (University of Arizona): Literati Monks as Buddhist Junzi(“Confucian” Gentleman): Buddhist Administrators in the Chinese Context

Section 03: Buddhism and Medicine

(Mon., Aug. 21st, 14:00-15:30)

Bright, Jennifer (University of Toronto): A Tibetan Buddhist Scientist: Gendun Chöphel in Contemporary Tibetan Medical Literature

Lin, Hsin-Yi (Columbia University): Treating Childbirth in Dharmic Medicine: Buddhist healing resources for reproduction in Medieval China

Sik, Hin-Tak (University of Hong Kong): Diseases and Treatments in the Chapter on Medicine in the Vinaya Piṭakas

Section 04: Buddhism and Society

(Tue, Aug. 22nd, 9:00-15:30)

Lai, Rongdao (University of Southern California): Becoming Bodhisattva Citizens: Buddhist Citizenship Discourse in Republican China

Lu, Lianghao (University of Pittsburgh): Creating a Dharma Market: Advertisements in Buddhist Periodicals in Early 20th Century Shanghai

Xing, Guang (University of Hong Kong): A Study of Qisong’s Xiaolun (Treatise on Filial Piety)

Kobbun, Pisit (Ubon Ratchathani University): Buddhist Art and Politics: A Case Study of Paintings along the Mekong

Kawanami, Hiroko (Lancaster University): Mòpyar Gaing: a case study of a heterodox sect in modern Myanmar

Chakravarti, Ranabir (Jawaharlal Nehru University): Negation of the Varna-Jati System: Gleanings from the Sardulakarnavadanam

Lele, Amod (Boston University): Disengaged Buddhism: The rejection of activism in classical South Asia

Haderer, Elisabeth (Universität Hamburg): Tibetan Buddhist Art Goes Global – The Evolution of a New Western Buddhist Art Tradition in the 21st Century

Richard, Frédéric (Université de Lausanne): Buddhism and the ‘secularized’ Tibetan government in exile

Section 05: Buddhist Art and Architecture

(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 9:00-17:30)

Bruneau, Laurianne (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes): Archaeology of Ladakh: new data for the history of Buddhism in the Western Himalayas

Pakhoutova, Elena (Rubin Museum of Art): Popular visual narratives in Buddhist practices within Nepalese and Tibetan traditions

Seegers, Eva (Universität Hamburg): The Decoration and Iconographic Program of selected Stūpas in Eastern Tibet after 1959

Anderl, Christoph (Ghent University): The Development of Māra Iconography in China: Continuities and Transformations

Bieberly, Rebecca (Oakland University): Naturalistic Style, Natural Gesture: A study of Lingyan Temple’s Song-era Luohan Sculptures

Lin, Nancy (Vanderbilt University)

Chou, Weng-shing (Hunter College): Recalling the Past Lives of a Qing Ruler: An Album of the Qianlong Emperor’s Previous Incarnations

Lin, Fan (Leiden University): Dimensions of Non-duality and Liminality: Visual Images of Vimalakīrti in Medieval China (500-1200)

Nakamura, Yuuka (Mukogawa Women’s University): The Spatial Composition of Buddhist Temples in Central Asia, Part 2: The Transformation of Shrines

Tuzzeo, Daniel (Stanford University): To Steal the Sun and Moon: Notes on Cosmological Representation and Relationships Between Word and Image at Mogao

Hirama, Naoko (Taisho University): How to Make a Saint: Biographical Picture Scrolls in the Construction of Hōnen’s Identity

Matsunami, Fuki (The Jodo Shu Research Institute): Arts of Japanese pure land Buddhism: The value of Hōnen Shōnin Gyōjōezu

Saradum, Natpiya (Dhammachai International Research Institute): The Earliest Style of Buddhist Stūpas in Thailand: A Study of the Evolution of the Buddhist Stūpas of the Dvāravatī Period

(Fri., Aug. 25th, 9:00-10:30)

Karetzky, Patricia (Bard College): The Bronze Buddhist Sculptures of Nagapattinam

Li, Charles (University of Cambridge): The Mystery of the Monkey’s Head: Architecture, Grief, and the Lexicographer’s Imaginary

Schmidt, Carolyn (The Ohio State University): The Triśūla or NandyāvartaMotif in South Asian Buddhist Art and Culture: New Insights into the History of its Origins, Transmission, Values and Names

Section 06: Buddhist Hermeneutics, Scholasticism, and Commentarial Techniques

(Thurs., Aug. 24th, 9:00-12:30)

Mathes, Klaus-Dieter (University of Vienna): Karma bKa’ brgyud gZhan stong (“Empti[ness] of Other”) in the Works of the Third, Seventh and Eighth Karma pa

Brambilla, Filippo (University of Vienna): The path of preparation in the Jo nang tradition. Tshogs gnyis rgya mtsho on the views of Nya dbon kun dga’ dpal and Tā ra nā tha.

Draszczyk, Martina (University of Vienna): A Glimpse into Mi bskyod rdo rje’s “Commentary on the Direct Introduction to the Three Kāyas”

Higgins, David (University of Vienna): Rong zom pa and Mi bskyod rdo rje on the Unity of the Two Truths from a Nonfoundationalist (Apratiṣṭhāna) Madhyamaka Standpoint

Gentry, James (Kathmandu University): Historiographical Skepticism in Seventeenth-Century Tibet: Sog bzlog pa Blo gros rgyal mtshan’s Text-critical Biography of Master Padmasambhava

Kantor, Hans (Huafan University): “Root and Traces” (benji本迹) in the exegetical traditions of Chinese Madhyamaka Thought

(Fri., Aug. 25th, 9:00-15:30)

Keerthi Goigoda Gamage, Aruna (University of London): Is Nibbāna Different from Arahantship? A Study of the Doctrinal Controversy between Mahāvihārins and Vitaṇḍavādins Reflected in the Pāli Commentaries

Kramer, Jowita (University of Munich): Sthiramati as a Commentator of Mahāyāna Sūtras: A Comparative Investigation of the Akṣayamatinirdeśaṭīkā and the Kāśyapaparivartaṭīkā

Ueno, Makio (Otani University): Word by Word: Commentarial Techniques in Vasubandhu’s Vyākhyāyukti

Blum, Mark (University of California, Berkeley): The Formation of Nianfo in Chinese Buddhism

Shi, Guo Cheen (The Compassion Network & Buddhist Center): A Response and Recommendations—Translating Chengguan’s Commentaries to the Avataṃsaka Sutra

Lee, Sangyop (Stanford University): Lushan Huiyuan and the Soteriology of the Soul in Early Chinese Buddhism

Apple, James (University of Calgary): Atiśa and Ratnākaraśānti as Philosophical Opponents with attention to Yuktiṣaṣṭikā, verse 34.

Kawamura, Yūto (Kyoto University): A Fresh Approach to Aṣṭādhyāyī 2.4.4: adhvaryukratur anapuṁsakam Presented by the Buddhist Grammarian Śaraṇadeva.

Beckwith, Christopher I. (Indiana University): How did the Chinese actually first hear and transcribe Buddhist terms? The two kinds of Late Old Chinese transcriptions and their significance

Section 07: Buddhist Literature

(Mon., Aug. 21st, 9:00-15:30)

Wu, Hongyu (Ohio Northern University): Sword and Lotus: The Buddhist Life of a Woman Warrior in the Late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

Stepien, Rafal (University of Oxford): Chinese Buddhist Literature, Literary Theory, and Philosophy of Language: A Study of Liu Xie & Chan

Ponampon, Phra Kiattisak (SOAS, University of London)Yi xin guan qi: Visualization Meditation in Early Chinese Buddhist Texts during the 5th Century

Yagi, Toru (Osaka Gakuin University): A note on the Saundarananda 3.32d

Byrne, Christopher (Queen’s University): Re-Thinking “Kōan” Literature as Poetry: Songgu Composition during the Song Dynasty

Tzohar, Roy (Tel Aviv University): In the eye of the beholder: Ways of Seeing in Aśvaghoṣa’s Buddhacaritaṃ


Daribazaron, Darima (Buryat State University): Buryat annotations on Lamrim

Mochizuki, Kaie (Minobusan University): A Commentary on the Lotus sutra translated from Chinese into Tibetan

Sirisawad, Natchapol (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität): Comparative Studies of the Quotations in Śamathadeva’s Abhidharmakośopāyikā-ṭīkā Parallel to theMahāprātihāryasūtra in the Tibetan translation of the Mūlasarvāstivāda-vinayaand the Prātihāryasūtra in the Divyāvadāna

Section 08: Buddhist Places

(Mon., Aug. 21st, 9:00-12:30)

Coura, Gabriele (TU Dresden and University of Vienna): A Buddhist Place of Education: dPal spungs Monastery from the 18th to the Early 20th Century

Namgyal, Tsetan (Jawaharlal Nehru University): Lineage and linkages of Buddhism in Indian Trans-Himalaya region—A case study of affiliation between Stag na Lho Druk Monastery of Ladakh and Bhutan’s Drup pa tradition

Wiles, Royce (Nan Tien Institute)

Ditrich, Tamara (University of Sydney)

Clark, Chris (University of Sydney): Research on the Kuthodaw Pagoda marble-stelae recension of the Pāli canon in Mandalay, Myanmar

Ouyang, Nan (The University of Arizona): To Localize a Bodhisattva in Late Imperial China: Kṣitigarbha, Moutain Jiuhua and Their Associations in Precious Scrolls (baojuan 寶卷)

Wenzel, Claudia (Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften): Buddhist Places Evoking Prajñāpāramitā: Chinese Stone Sutra Inscriptions of the Northern Qi in Shandong

Winfield, Pamela (Elon University): Building Materials and Bodhi Mind at Eiheiji Temple, Japan

Section 09: Contemporary Buddhism

(Fri., Aug. 25th, 9:00-12:30)

Meister, Kelly (University of Chicago): Righteous and Nefarious Uses of Buddhist Power within a Material Nodal Network at Wat Phra Mahāthātworamahāwihān (Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand)

Kawamoto, Kanae (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science): Love Incessantly Flows: Mae Naak, A New Asian Opera Heroine Born out of a Thai Buddhist Narrative

Zoric, Snjezana (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies): Transformation of Ritual into the Theatrical Heritage Performance – a Korean Case

Clayton, Barbra (Mount Allison University): “The Development of Bhutanese Buddhism: GNH, Nationalism, and Buddhist Modernism”

Thévoz, Samuel (The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies): The Making of a Modern Buddha: Global Buddhism and Theater

Section 10: Early Buddhism

(Mon., Aug. 21st, 14:00-17:30)

Maes, Claire (University of Texas at Austin): Early Buddhists and their Jain Ascetic other, an Examination

Kong, Man-Shik (King’s College, London): The way which flavour of and quantity of food are dealt with in Early Buddhism

Li, Channa (Leiden University): The Sixth Arhat and Multiple Buddhas: The Ambiguity of Arhatship and Buddhahood Found in the Early Buddhist Texts

Levman, Bryan (University of Toronto): Language Theory, Phonology, and Etymology in Buddhism

Gruszewska, Joanna (Jagiellonian University): Puṇnā’s Verses (Therīgāthā 236-251) in the light of Buddhist criticism of Brahmins in Early Buddhist Literature

Polak, Grzegorz (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University): Can the ‘end of the world’ be reached by means of jhāna? A reexamination of the role and place of saññā in early Buddhist jhāna meditation

Section 11: Epistemology and Logic in Buddhism 

(Mon., Aug. 21st, 9:00-17:30)

Hayashi, Itsuki (Columbia University): Rebirth versus Epiphenomenalism: Buddhist Theory of Ontological Dependence and Persistence

Nowakowski, David (Union College): The Isomorphism of Time and Space in Buddhist Arguments for Momentariness

Sakai, Masamichi (Kansai University): On the Time-Gap Problem in the Buddhist Theory of Momentariness

Shida, Taisei (University of Tsukuba): The Non-Comparative Type of pratyabhijñā[na] Referred to by Śālikanātha

Siderits, Mark (Seoul National University): Buddhism Naturalized?

Watson, Alex (Ashoka University): Does perception support or refute the Buddhist doctrine of momentariness?

Forman, Jed (University of California, Santa Barbara): Pus, Blood, and Falling Hairs: Polemical Debates on Valid Perception

Hugon, Pascale (Austrian Academy of Sciences): Are there any real universals in the epistemological works of Phya pa Chos kyi seng ge (1109–1169)? On the source of the moderate realist perspective on universals in the Tibetan tradition

Kellner, Birgit (Austrian Academy of Sciences): How to read Dharmakīrti’s saṃvedana-inference

Nishizawa, Fumihito (Otani University): On the Origin of Non-valid Cognitions (apramāṇa/tshad min gyi blo)

Saccone, Margherita Serena (IKGA, Austrian Academy of Sciences): Of Authoritativeness and Perception, the Sarvajñasiddhikārikā by Śubhagupta

(Tue, Aug. 22nd, 9:00-12:30)

Stoltz, Jonathan (University of St. Thomas): The Scope and Unity of “Mistaken Cognition” in the Epistemology of Phya pa Chos kyi seng ge

Zamorski, Jakub (Jagiellonian University): What Remained of Pramāṇa Theory in China? “Direct perception” and “Inference” in the Works of Early Modern Chinese Buddhists

Lo, King Chung (University of Leipzig): Prāsaṅgika Mādhyamika’s Refutation of Self-awareness

Vose, Kevin (College of William and Mary): When Did Svatantra Gain its Autonomy? An Investigation into the Indian Sources of a Tibetan Claim

Westerhoff, Jan (University of Oxford): Madhyamaka and philosophy of language

(Fri., Aug. 25th, 14:00-15:30)

Matsuoka, Hiroko (Universität Leipzig): Vinītadeva, Dharmottara, Kamalaśīla and Yamāri on the Initial Statement (ādivākya) of a śāstra

MacKenzie, Matthew (Colorado State University): Dual-Aspect Reflexivism in Śāntarakṣita’s Philosophy of Mind

Prets, Ernst (Austrian Academy of Sciences): Śāntarakṣita and the Naiyāyikas. On the references to “fragments” of the so-called “lost Naiyāyikas” in the Vādanyāyaṭīkā and the Tattvasaṅgraha.

Section 12: Information Technologies in Buddhist Studies

(Mon., Aug. 21st, 14:00-17:30)

Hackett, Paul (Columbia University): Experiments with E-text: On the Oral Commentary Embedded in the Tibetan Canon

Lugli, Ligeia (Mangalam Research Center/King’s College London/UC Berkeley): Corpus methods for Buddhist Sanskrit lexicography

McCrabb, Ian (University of Sydney): Visualization and Pattern Analysis of Formulae in Gandhāran Relic Inscriptions

Nagasaki, Kiyonori (International Institute for Digital Humanities): Possibilities of SAT Taishōzō Image DB through IIIF

Section 13: Mahāyāna Buddhism 

(Tue, Aug. 22nd, 14:00-17:30)

Ahn, Sungdoo (Seoul National University): Paramārtha’s Concept of *Amalavijñāna and Tathāgatagarbha

Saito, Akira (International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies): Buddha-Nature or Buddha Within?: Revisiting the Meaning of tathāgata-garbha

Nelson, Barbara (Australian National University)Kṣāntipāramitā in the works of Śāntideva

Kosaka, Arihiro (University of Tsukuba): The Reading of śubhāśubhaviparyāsāḥin the twenty-third Chapter of the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā with a Special Focus on Candrakīrti’s Interpretation

MacDonald, Anne (Austrian Academy of Sciences): Homing in on Candrakīrti: The Sanskrit Madhyamakāvatārabhāṣya

Kanno, Hiroshi (Soka University): Jizang’s View of the Nirvāṇa Sūtra: Focusing on the Niepan jing youyi

(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 9:00-12:30)

Buckelew, Kevin (Columbia University): How Chan Masters Became “Great Men”: Masculinity and the Aesthetics of Heroism in Middle-Period Chinese Buddhism

Jones, Charles (The Catholic University of America): What is the Chinese Pure Land Tradition?

Yasui, Mitsuhiro (Taisho University, Research Institute of Chisan Shingon):Some remarks on the Akutobhayā and the Zhong lun

Denis, Diane (Laval University): Looking for the notion of trilakṣana in the Dharmadharmatāvibhāga and kārikā

Nemoto, Hiroshi (Hiroshima University): Tsong kha pa on Dependent Origination and Emptiness

Shi (Lee), Fazhao (Hsu-Feng) (Sydney University): The Tibetan uddāna in the Śarīrārthagāthā

Section 14: Mahāyāna Sūtras

(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 16:00-17:30)

Jin, Tao (Illinois Wesleyan University): The Role of the Fa-yi Structure in the Organization of Qixinlun

Xiao, Yue (The Research Institute of Bukkyo University): The vows of Amitābha in the Larger Sukhāvatīvyūha and the Karuṇāpuṇḍarīka

Yamabe, Nobuyoshi (Waseda University): The Nine Similes of Tathāgatagarbhain Tathāgatagarbha-sūtra and the Six Similes of Buddhānusmṛti in Guanfo sanmei hai jing

(Thurs., Aug. 24th, 9:00-12:30)

Boucher, Daniel (Cornell University): Are Mahāyāna Sūtras Forgeries?

Drewes, David (University of Manitoba): How Mahayanists Became Bodhisattvas

Zhao, Wen (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität): The composition of the Sadāprarudita story in the Aṣṭasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā based on thePratyutpanna Saṃmukhāvasthita Samādhi Sūtra: the basic structure and the metaphors

Nishi, Yasutomo (Chuo Academic Research Institute): Research on krīḍāpanaka- / krīḍanaka in the Saddharmapuṇḍarīka

Barber, A.W. (University of Calgary)Śūnyatā-vikṣipta in Tathāgatagarbha Sūtra Literature

Bogacz, Szymon (Jagiellonian University): The Relation Between the Conventional and the Ultimate in Early Mahāyāna Sutras and in Nāgārjuna’s Madhyamaka

Section 15: Manuscripts, Codicology, and Epigraphy 

(Tue, Aug. 22nd, 14:00-17:30)

Long, Darui (University of the West): A Study on the Colophons of Donors of Rock-Cut Buddhist Scriptures in Fangshan in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

Miyazaki, Tensho (Otani University): Relations among Old Japanese Manuscripts of Buddhist Scriptures and Woodblock-Printed Buddhist Canons: With Reference to the Puchao Sanmei Jing 普超三昧経

Nam, Dongsin (Seoul National University): The Sound of Great Enlightenment: the Divine Bell of King Seongdeok of Silla and its Inscription

Chen, Ruixuan (Leiden University): The Cult of the Sixteen Arhats: New Studies on the Nandimitrāvadāna

Kirichenko, Alexey (Moscow State University): The Role of Medium in History-Writing and the Construction of Identity of the Hnget-pit-taung Monastery, Burma

Acri, Andrea (EPHE): The cult of Hevajra in Southeast Asia, 10th-13th century

(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 14:00-17:30)

Delhey, Martin (Universität Hamburg): The ‘Vanaratna Codex’: A Unique Witness of Indian, Nepalese and Tibetan Buddhism

Hori, Shin’ichiro (International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies): Buddhism in 15th-Century Eastern India: Sanskrit Manuscript Evidence and Tibetan Sources

Ogihara, Hirotoshi (The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University): Names of thousand Buddhas in the Khotanese Bhadrakalpikasūtra—In comparison with Kuchean captions in Kumtura grottoes—

Lee, Youngjin (Geumgang Center for Buddhist Studies): The Oldest Nepalese Manuscript of the Daśabhūmikasūtram—focusing on its interpolations

Milligan, Matthew (Georgia College & State University): Text and Epigraph, King and Monk: Comparing and Contrasting Patronage in Early Indian Buddhism

Walter, Mariko (ACANSRS): Greek Buddhists revisited: Early religious contacts in Greco-Bactria and Indo-Greek Kingdoms according to donor inscriptions

Section 16: Tantric Buddhism

(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 9:00-15:30)

Deroche, Marc-Henri (Kyoto University)The Aspiration of Sūtra-s and Tantra-s by Prajñāraśmi (Tibet, 1518-1584): A Living Illustration of the Link between Theory and Praxis

Bentor, Yael (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem): Awakening in the Present Body

Wenta, Aleksandra (Oxford University): The Making of Tantric Orthodoxy in the Eleventh Century Indo-Tibetan World: Jñānākara’s Mantrāvatāra

Nagasawa, Jake (University of California, Santa Barbara): A Kadampa’s Defense of the Guhyagarbha Tantra: On Chomden Rigpé Reldri’s (Bcom ldan rig pa’i ral griAn Ornamental Flower for the Proof of the Guhyagarbha (Gsang snying sgrub pa rgyan gyi me tog)

Hammar, Urban (Stockholm university): Chag lo tsa ba III Rin chen rnam rgyal (15th century) on the History of Kalacakra in Tibet.

Payne, Richard (Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley): Tendai Homa: Ritual Change and Ritual Invariance

Kotyk, Jeffrey (Leiden University): Sources of Japanese Buddhist Astrology

Section 17: Theravāda Buddhism

(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 14:00-15:30)

Stewart, James (University of Tasmania): Revenge Literature in Contemporary Sinhala Buddhism

Revire, Nicolas (Thammasat University): “In Times Yet to Come”: The Cult of the Five Buddhas and Ten Bodhisattas in mainland Southeast Asia

Scott, Tony (University of Toronto): Politics and Buddhist Commentary in Post/Colonial Burma/Myanmar: The Modern Milindapañha-aṭṭhakathā

Section 18: Vinaya Studies

(Fri., Aug. 25th, 14:00-17:30)

Dewey, William (University of California, Santa Barbara): The Tibetan Ganden Tripas and the Vinaya

Johnson, Anna (University of Michigan): Highland, Lowland, and Kashmiri: Historical Narrative and Identity Formation of Tibet’s Three Vinaya Lineages

Hu-von Hinüber, Haiyan (Albert-Ludwig Universität Freiburg): What to do if the Vihā­ra­svā­min is put in jail? A story from the Kṣudrakavastu of the Mūlasarvāstivāda-Vinaya

Wu, Juan (Tsinghua University): Parallel Stories in the Jaina Āvaśyakacūrṇi and the Buddhist Mūlasarvāstivāda Vinaya: A Preliminary Investigation

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