CFP: Woodenfish Forum 2019: Monasticism and Monastic Codes Across the Buddhist World

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Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Woodenfish Foundation, Chongde Temple and the Charhar Institute, I am pleased to announce the “Woodenfish Forum 2019,” an academic conference and tour that seeks to bring together scholars from all parts of the world to discuss and present new research ideas, perspectives, and approaches on the theme of “Monasticism and Monastic Codes Across the Buddhist World.”

Please see the following Call For Papers and the linked PDF document for more information.

Thank You,

Tom Newhall

Program Coordinator, Woodenfish Forum 2019;

PhD Student, Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA


Woodenfish Forum 2019: Monasticism and Monastic Codes Across the Buddhist World

Call for Papers

Chongde Temple

Dear Colleagues,

The Woodenfish Foundation, and co-organizers Chongde Temple and the Charhar Institute are pleased to announce the “Woodenfish Forum 2019,”an academic conference which seeks to bring together scholars from all parts of the world to discuss and present new research ideas, perspectives and approaches to the theme of “Monasticism and Monastic Codes Across the Buddhist World.”

Although monks and nuns are in many ways the face of Buddhism, the lives of these people, and how their lives have shaped the Buddhist community over the course of history has often been idealized, mythicized, or otherwise poorly understood. In this conference, we hope to bring together scholarly perspectives on the place of monastic life, the codes that guide monastic life, and the ethical principles that provide the framework for living as a Buddhist across the range of Buddhist societies. We hope the conference can represent not only Chinese and East Asian Buddhism, but as many regions of Buddhism as possible, including South Asian, South East Asian, and Tibetan Buddhism. While we hope the majority of scholars will choose to focus on the conference topic, we will also consider proposals for topics related to Buddhism in a broader sense, or in related fields such as Chinese Studies, Religious studies, and Philosophy.

This conference is scheduled to take place from the 22-24th of June 2019, at Chongde Temple 崇德寺 in Shangyi 尚义, near Zhangjiakou City 张家口, northwest of Beijing. The conference will be followed by a tour to sites in Inner Mongolia. Participants should plan to arrive in Beijing by the 21st, to attend an Opening Ceremony on the 22nd, and following the conference and tour, will be brought back to Beijing by the 28th.  The conference organizers will provide transportation, accommodations, and meals from the evening of the 21st to the evening of the 27th, including transportation to and from Beijing to the conference venue in Shangyi.

We are searching for 25-30 participants. Successful participants will receive an honorarium of US$500, and a travel stipend sufficient to cover travel to and from their home airport to Beijing.

While the conference will take place principally in English, we will also consider proposals for papers given in Chinese or Japanese as well.

Applicants should send a cover letter, abstract, and CV to woodenfishforum2019@gmail.com by March 15. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance or rejection by e-mail by the beginning of April.

Participants may be asked to provide their papers or handouts before the conference for printing and circulation among conference participants, however, there are no plans to publish the papers at this time.

Please download the poster here, and feel free to circulate it among students and colleagues.

Thank you,

Tom Newhall, Program Coordinator; PhD Student, Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA

Venerable Yifa, Founder and President of the Woodenfish Foundation