CONFERENCE> "The Idea of Text in Buddhism", the Hebrew University

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Dear Colleagues,

I am please to announce the upcoming conference at the Hebrew University on "The Idea of Text in Buddhism", supported by a generous grant from the Khyentse Foundation.

Please see the program below.

With best wishes,

Eviatar Shulman 


The Idea of Text in Buddhism

A workshop at HUJI, December 10-12, 2019


Tuesday, December 10

Morning Session, Chair: Naphtali Meshel, HUJI

9:45 – 12:15       Charlie Hallisey, Harvard:

"Behind Every Great Text Is a . . . ?" A Guided Reading of Buddhaghosa on Saṃyutta Nikāya I.13 and Visuddhimagga I.

12:30 – 13:30    Mark Allon, University of Sydney: 

The Composition and Transmission of Early Buddhist Texts with Specific reference to Sutta/Sūtras


Afternoon session, Chair: Yael Bentor (HUJI)

15:00-15:45       Richard Salomon, Washington University

Cutting and Pasting the Buddhist Way: Some thoughts on the Combination and Constitution of Buddhist Texts

15:45 – 16:30    Juan Wu, Tsinghua University:

The Cīvaravastu of the Mūlasarvāstivāda Vinaya and Its Counterparts in Other Indian Buddhist Monastic Law Codes: A Comparative Survey

17:00 – 18:00    Eviatar Shulman, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: The Play of Formulas in the Early “Discourses”


Wednesday, December 11

Morning Session, Chair: David Shulman, HUJI

9:30 – 12:00       Paul Harrison, Stanford:

Moving Targets: Reading and Reflecting on Three Passages from the Vajracchedikā

12:20 – 13:05    Natalie Gummer, Beloit College:

Buddhavacana as Ritual-Poetic Power Substance

13:05 – 13:50    Richard Nance, Indiana University:

The Limits of Provenance: Reconsidering Buddhavacana


Afternoon Session, Chair: Flavio Geisshuesler, HUJI

15:30 – 16:15    Janet Gyatso, Harvard University:

High-Density Suggestion: Texts that Contact Us

16:15 – 17:00    Jan-Ulrich Sobisch, Bochum:

Mobility and Plasticity of Divination Texts

17:15 – 18:00    Christine Mollier, CRNS Paris:

Buddhist and Daoist Scriptural Production in Medieval China: Doubles and Counterfeits


Thursday, December 12

Morning Session, Chair: Natalie Gummer, Beloit College

9:30 – 11:00       Matthew Kapstein, University of Chicago:

Just what is the Yogācārabhūmisāstra?

11:20 – 12:05    Roy Tzohar, Tel-Aviv University:

On the Language, Authority, and the Role of Commentaries: Sthiramati's Use of Etymology as a case study

12:05 – 12:50    David Fiordalis, Linfield College:

Seeking Buddhist Narrative: Discourse, Genre, Text

13:00 – 13:45    Shenghai Li, Fudan University:

 Buddhist Texts as Scripture: Aspects of Āgama’s Conceptual Range and Application


Afternoon session, Chair: Charles Hallisey, Harvard

15:15 – 16:00         Yagi Morris, University of Wisconsin:

Between a Buddha and a Rock: Text as a Device of Transformation

16:00 – 16:45         Jonathan Silk, University of Leiden:

Determining Texts and Contexts

17:15 – 18:15    Concluding discussion