Buddhist East Asia: The Interplay of Religion, the Arts and Politics, a multidisciplinary program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will offer four weeks of context-rich engagement with Buddhist teachings, practices, and primary texts (in translation), examining how they have shaped and been shaped by the cultures and societies of East Asia.
This program will be conducted at the East-West Center in Honolulu May 28 to June 22, 2018, under the direction of Dr. Peter D. Hershock.
The program will consider how Buddhism addressed both personal and social needs in ways that were inseparable from the dynamics of intellectual exchange, artistic production, trade, and politics. Designed to strike a balance between the needs for both breadth and depth in engaging traditions that are culturally and historically distant, Buddhist East Asia will provide abundant resources for developing pedagogically effective course materials across a wide range of humanities and social-science disciplines.
Applications will be welcomed from eligible full-time and adjunct faculty, as well as qualified graduate students. Participants will receive a stipend of $3,300 to defray costs for travel, housing, meals, and incidentals. Lodging will be available at the East-West Center guest house, Lincoln Hall.
For more complete information on eligibility criteria and application procedures, visit the institute Web page. The application deadline is March 1, 2018.