Conference> Song-Dynasty Chan: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on an East Asian Buddhist Tradition, February 27-29, 2020

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Dear colleagues,


The Centre d’études interdisciplinaires sur le bouddhisme / Center for interdisciplinary studies of Buddhism (CEIB, Paris) and the Komazawa University (Tokyo) are delighted to announce this three-day conference in Paris entitled "Song-Dynasty Chan: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on an East Asian Buddhist Tradition."


Please find the programme below.


The event is free and open to the general public.

For more details:



Thursday, February 27, 9:30 am – 6:00 pm

Collège de France, Salle 2

11, place Marcelin Berthelot

Presentations given in Japanese will

be consecutively translated into French.


9:30 am          Opening Address

Sylvie HUREAU (École Pratique des Hautes Études)

9:40 am          Keynote Speech

Jean-Noël ROBERT (Collège de France)


The Spread of Song Chan Teachings in Japan through Japanese Poetry: Jien, Dōgen and shakkyōka


10:30 am          Coffee break


Facets of Song-Dynasty Chan (I)


10:45 am    ISHII Shudo 石井修道 (Komazawa University)


The Caodong and Linji Schools in the Late Northern Song and the Early Southern Song Dynasty – With the Discovery of “The Epitaph of Daokai of Yi Zhou” Providing a Clue

11:30 am          OGAWA Takashi 小川隆 (Komazawa University)


Chan from Tang to Song Dynasty China – Mazu and Dahui


12:15 pm          Lunch


Facets of Song-Dynasty Chan (II)


2:00 pm           TSUCHIYA Taisuke 土屋太祐 (Niigata University)


Formation of the “Chan of Observing the Word”

2:45 pm           YANAGI Mikiyasu 柳幹康 (International Research Institute for Zen Buddhism at Hanazono University)


Doctrinal Approaches, Meditative Approaches, and the Zongjing lu


3:30 pm           Coffee break


3:45 pm           Garance Chao ZHANG (École Pratique des Hautes Études)

Gestionnaire du dharma. Sur l’abbé du monastère Chan des Song

The Dharma Manager. On Chan Monastery Abbots in the Song Dynasty

4:30 pm           Stéphane FEUILLAS (Université de Paris)

Daoqian (~1043- ~1106): Between Teaching without Words and Landscape Poetry


5:15 pm           Discussion

Discussant: Sylvie HUREAU (École Pratique des Hautes Études)



Friday, February 28, 9:15 am – 5:30 pm

Collège de France, Salle 2

11, place Marcelin Berthelot

Presentations given in Japanese will

be consecutively translated into French.


Acculturation of Song-Dynasty Chan in East Asia


9:15 am            Albert WELTER (University of Arizona)

Zen Master as Construction Entrepreneur: Eisai’s Experience of Song Dynasty Chan in the Hangzhou Region

10:00 am          Frédéric GIRARD (École Française d’Extrême-Orient)

Le sens de la quête chinoise de Dōgen

The Meaning of Dōgen’s Chinese Quest


10:45 am          Coffee break


11:00 am          ISHII Kosei 石井公成 (Komazawa University)

Kingship and Nature in the Bamboo Grove Zen School in Vietnam

11:45 am          Yannick BRUNETON (Université de Paris)

Le rôle du bouddhisme Chan des Song dans la construction de la tradition du Sŏn coréen : le point de vue contemporain de l'Ordre de Chogye

The Role of Song-Dynasty Chan Buddhism in the Development of the Korean Sŏn Tradition: The Contemporary Point of View of the Chogye Order


12:30 pm          Lunch


Chan, Zen & the World


2:15 pm           Pamela WINFIELD (Elon University)

Chinese Material Theory and Monastic Material Culture in 13th century Sōtō Zen

3:00 pm           ISHII Seijun 石井清純 (Komazawa University)


True Dharma Transmission Certification and the Abbot Rotation System: Considering Two Important Elements Indicating How the Japanese Sōtō School Succeeded and Changed Chinese Chan


3:45 pm           Coffee break


4:00 pm           Didier DAVIN (National Institute of Japanese Literature)

Du Chan des Song au Zen du XXe siècle – La naissance du Zen dans le monde occidental

From Song-Dynasty Chan to 20th Century Zen: The Birth of Zen in the Western World


4:45 pm           Discussion

Discussant: KUO Liying (École Française d’Extrême-Orient)



Saturday, February 29, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Sorbonne, Salle d’histoire

17, rue de la Sorbonne


Round Table


Group Reading of Song-Dynasty Chan Sources

In Japanese and Chinese, consecutively translated into French

Led by Tsuchiya Taisuke, Ishii Shudo, Ishii Seijun, Ogawa Takashi, Yanagi Mikiyasu, Didier Davin and Garance Chao Zhang.


Only this session requires registration.

please do so by February 23, 2020, at:




Garance Chao ZHANG

Research Associate

École Pratique des Hautes Études

East Asian Civilisations Research Centre

52 rue du Cardinal Lemoine 

75005 Paris France