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.