EVENT: Towards the Study of Jewish-Buddhist Relations

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We are delighted to announce the final conference of this term’s Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies: Towards the Study of Jewish-Buddhist Relations, convened by Boaz Huss, Sebastian Musch & Lionel Obadia.

The conference will take place on 10-11 March 2022 at the Clarendon Institute, Walton Street, Oxford, OX1 2HG as well as online via Zoom in a hybrid format. Entrance is free, and no registration is necessary for in-person attendance. Please click here to register to join via Zoom.

To consult the conference programme and abstracts, please click here.


Entrance free. No registration for in-person attendance necessary.

Thursday, 10 March 2022

9:00-9:15 – Introduction

9:15-11:30 – Panel 1

Chair: Job Jindo

Dong Xiuyuan – ‘Intuitive Knowledge in Jewish and Buddhist Scholasticism’ 

Gideon Elazar – ‘An Unclean Name: Abraham’s Mystical Legacy and Contemporary Rabbinical Responses to the Importation of Buddhist Practices’

Aleš Weiss – ‘Buddhism in 18th–21st-Century Jewish Religious Literature: Three Approaches’

11:30-11:45 – Coffee Break

11:45-13:15 – Panel 2

Chair: Boaz Huss

Shimon Lev – ‘Asia is One(?): Jewish Encounters with Buddhism in the Context of the Jewish National Movement in Europe and Palestine’

Samuel Glauber-Zimra – ‘Di reyd fun Buda: A. Almi and the Deparochialization of Jewish Spirituality’

13:15-14:30 – Lunch Break (lunch provided for speakers only)

14:30-16:45 – Panel 3

Chair: Lionel Obadia

Ruth Harris – ‘Buddhist Modernism and the “Semitic” Religions’

Sebastian Musch – ‘Antisemitism, Christianity, and the Quest for the Buddhist Jesus’ 

Boaz Huss – ‘The Spirit of the East: Orientalism, Nationalism, and the Mystification of Kabbalah, Advaita Vedanta, and Zen Buddhism’ 

19:30 – Dinner (for speakers only)


Friday, 11 March 2022

9:00-11:15 – Panel 4

Chair: Yakov Ariel

Rachel Werczberger – ‘Switching, Matching, and Mixing: Jewish Mindfulness Under Neoliberalism’

Emily Sigalow – ‘Making Meditation Jewish: The Construction of a New Religious Practice’

Ori Mautner – ‘“Finding Vessels for Our Lights”: Orthodox Israeli Jews Encountering the Divine Soul Through Secularised Buddhist Meditation’

11:15-11:30 – Coffee Break

11:30-13:00 – Panel 5

Chair: Ruth Harris

Job Jindo – ‘Between Hagami and Chouraqui: Monotheisms, Asia, and the Survival of Humanness’

Alan Brill – ‘Judaism and Buddhist Modernism: Philosophic Encounters of the Last 50 Years’

13:00-14:00 – Lunch Break (lunch provided for speakers only)

14:00-16:15 – Panel 6

Chair: Sebastian Musch

Yaakov Ariel – ‘Individualism, Rebellion and Searching for Meaning Outside of the Fold: Jewish Baby Boomers and Non-Jewish Forms of Spirituality’

Mira Niculescu – ‘European Jewish Buddhists, American Jubus, and Jewish Mindfulness Exploring the Phenomenon of the Jewish Buddhists in a Global Lens’

Lionel Obadia – ‘Beyond Hinjus, Jubus and Other Hyphenated Creatures: The Complex Visibility of Judaism in the Spiritual Neo-Hindu Futuristic City of Auroville, South India’