CONF Programme announcement | The Dharma-Ending Age: The Climate Crisis through the Lens of Buddhist Eschatology, Past and Present

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Dear all,

We are pleased to share the full program of “The Dharma-Ending Age: The Climate Crisis through the Lens of Buddhist Eschatology, Past and Present”.


Title: The Dharma-Ending Age: The Climate Crisis through the Lens of Buddhist Eschatology, Past and Present International Conference | 《劫盡末法之時:以佛教末世論觀照人類歷史與現實中的氣候危機問題》國際研討會

Type: Hybrid conference


  • Day 1: October 7 (Friday) in North America, October 8 (Saturday) in Europe (including UK) and East Asia.
  • Day 2: October 8 (Saturday) in North America, October 9 (Sunday) in Europe (including UK) and East Asia.
  • Day 3: October 9 (Sunday) in North America, October 9 –10 (Saturday–Sunday) in Europe (including UK) and East Asia.

Abstract: The unprecedented number of global crises is casting a shadow on the future of humanity, all of which seem to augur that the dharma-ending age (mofa 末法) described in Buddhist classics is now silently approaching us. At this crossroad, the climate crisis may wield the most immediate impacts for the world. Buddhism may prove to possess unique insights to address this urgent global challenge.



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DAY 1 - October 7 North America | October 8 Europe and East Asia

Welcome: Jinhua Chen and Rey Sheng Her

Keynote 1: T. H. Barrett (SOAS): A Sense of an Ending: Chinese Buddhist Eschatology Reconsidered

Keynote 2: James Benn (McMaster): Buddhist Self-immolation and Climate Change [Glorisun Distinguished Lecture]


DAY 2 - October 8 North America | October 9 Europe and East Asia

Panel 1: Environmental Sustainability
1.1 Rey Sheng Her (Tzu Chi U): Cherishes Material Life to Reach the Economy of Goodness

1.2 Teresa Zimmerman-Liu (California State University): Applying the Buddhist “Toolkit” to Promote Sustainable Lifestyles: The Case of Taiwan’s Humanistic Buddhists
1.3 Ling Han (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) and Chengpang Lee (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University): Gender, Animal Welfare, and Environmentalism in Taiwanese Buddhism
1.4 Jeff Wilson (Waterloo): Environmental Activities in North American and Hawaiian Jodo Shinshu Temples

Special Book Talk by Sonja Arntzen (U Toronto): Ikkyū and the Crazy Cloud Anthology: Then and Now


DAY 3 - October 9 North America | October 9–10 Europe and East Asia

Panel 2: “Crisis Management”: Mind, Prayers, Arts and Rituals
2.1. Brian Nichols (Mount Royal): “Don’t Know Mind” as Antidote to Colonialist Certainty and “Crisis Epistemology”

2.2. Rolf Scheurmann (University of Heidelberg): Countering Climate Change with Prayers?: Tibetan sMon lam Practice between Dystopia and Utopia
2.3. Daryl Jamieson (Kyushu): Is nowhere free of Bad Tidings?: Artistic Response to the Climate Crisis through Japanese Mappō Thought
2.4. Livia Monnet (U Montréal): “The World as a Koan” or the Art of Radical (Ecological) Insight: In-aesthetics, Performance, and Climate Change in the Animation Art of Miwa Matreyek and Lu Yang
2.5. Kalzang Bhutia (University of Southern California): Rituals to Make the Rain Fall on Time and Repair the Concrete Caves: Himalayan Terma Traditions as Repositories for Rehabilitating the Cosmos in Times of Transformation

Panel 3: Anthropocene, Capitalocene and Posthumanism
3.1. Chia-ju Chang 張嘉如 (Brooklyn College – CUNY): Baizhang’s Wild Fox: Gong’an as Eco-Therapy for the Anthropocene Crisis

3.2. Sharon Wesoky (Allegheny College): “Chasing Zombies”: Buddhism and Political Subjectivity in the Capitalocene
3.3. Geoff Barstow (Oregon State): The Dharma-Ending Age through the Lens of Posthumanism

Panel 4: Eschatology and Apocalypse
4.1. Kurt Spellmeyer (Rutgers University): Buddhism after Eschatology

4.2. Barend ter Haar (Hamburg): Black Wind for Seven Days and Nights: A Chinese Apocalyptic Disaster
4.3. Hoai Khai Tran (VinUniversity): Punting through a Shallowed World: Master Buddha’s Watery Eschatology amidst the Rising Tides of Climate Change in the Mekong Delta

Panel 5: Environmental Ethics
5.1. Guo Wu 伍國 (Allegheny College): How Can Animals as Moral Agents Inspire Humans—Revisiting the Transmission of the Jātaka into China

5.2. Dagmar Schwerk (Leipzig University): “Times of Strife” as Didactics: Buddhist Ethics, Natural Disaster, and the Climate Crisis
5.3. Melissa Curley (Ohio): Paying Attention to Nonlife in Buddhist Philosophy of Nature
5.4. Daniel Capper (University of Southern Missouri): American Buddhist Environmental Ethics and Aggravations of Climate Change from Space Debris

Panel 6: Buddhist Eschatology?; Historical Perspectives
6.1. SHENG Kai 聖凱 (TsinghuaU): 正法與末法:唐宋禪宗的末法觀念

6.2. LIU Yi 劉屹 (Capital Normal University): “末法之後的世界:存續還是毀滅?
6.3. Songjoo Kim 金松柱 (University of Melbourne): Buddhist Literati Dispute Hierarchies of Life: Responding to Environmental Destruction in the Early Anthropocene
6.4. Kentaro Ide (Princeton): Transforming All into the Powerless: Hōnen’s Critical Use of the Buddhist Eschatology in Early Medieval Japan
6.5. Chris Goto-Jones (UVic): Smoke over Mt. Toribe: Ikkyū and the Dharma of not-turning-away from the End

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