LECTURE > Buddhist Forum at SOAS: lecture by Prof. Steven Heine on 26 October, with seminar on the 28th

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Dear Colleagues, 

We are pleased to announce the first event in this year’s Buddhist Forum series. This long-standing series is now enjoying the support of the Khyentse Foundation, which allows for leading scholars from across the globe to come to SOAS and present their ongoing research. Thursday lectures will now be as a rule followed by a seminar, on Saturday mornings, allowing for speakers to present their work in more details and read extracts from primary sources for postgraduate students and researchers. 
Our first guest this term, hosted in partnership with the Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions (CSJR) on 26 and 28 October, will be Prof. Steven Heine of Florida International University. The full details of the event can be found below. 
You can find more information about the series and forthcoming events on our website or Facebook page. 
While the lecture and seminar are both free and open to the public, the seminar requires registration and familiarity with the language(s) involved. To register, please write to Yael Shiri ( ys13@soas.ac.uk).
With kind regards, 
Vincent Tournier
Philosophy and Philology in Edo Commentaries on Dōgen's Shōbōgenzō: Construction and Deconstruction of the 95-Fascicle Honzan Edition
Steven Heine (Florida International University)

Date: 26 October 2017Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 26 October 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: SOAS, Brunei Gallery Room: B111

Type of Event: Lecture


The Shōbōgenzō 正法眼蔵 by Dōgen (1200-1253), founder of the Sōtō Zen sect in medieval Japan, has become one of the best-known East Asian Buddhist texts because its intricate evocation and eloquent elucidation of Chinese Chan sources in Japanese vernacular emphasizes a dynamic view of reality and multi-perspectival approach to discourse. However, there remain many misconceptions about the formation and structure of the text, especially in terms of how, when, where, and why it was written. The aim of this lecture is to correct one of the main areas of oversight by highlighting the role of more than six dozen Edo-period commentaries neglected in Western scholarship, while showing that only through examining these complex materials in terms of their respective approaches to textual hermeneutics involving philosophy and philology can the gap between the author’s intentionality and modern interpretations be bridged.


Reading Chan/Zen Poetry: To Write or Not To Write
Date: 28 October 2017Time: 10:00 AM

Finishes: 28 October 2017Time: 1:00 PM

Venue: SOAS, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: S312

Type of Event: Seminar


Examining key examples of 12th-14th century Zen verses that reflect on the debate about where the poetic imagination reflects and enhances or distracts and detracts from the awakened mind.