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Indian and Chinese Religions Compared Unit and Yogācāra Studies Unit

Theme: Debating Consciousness from Abhidharma to Contemporary Philosophy Wednesday, December 2, 9:00 AM-10:30 AM  

Jingjing Li, Leiden University, Presiding 

  • Eyal Aviv, George Washington University, Cognitive Parallelism and Sequentialism in the Buddhist Scholastic Tradition 
  • Ching Keng, National Chengchi University, From “One Type of Consciousness at One Moment” to “Multiple Types of Consciousness at One Moment” 
  • Ernest Brewster, Iona College, Reflections in the Mirror: Transformations in the Theories of Sensory Perception and Cognition in Three Chinese Renderings of the Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra 
  • Jiyun Kim, Dongguk Universit, Is the Source of Cognition the Eighth or the Ninth Consciousness?: An Interpretation on the Amala-vijñāna in East Asian Buddhism


Indian and Chinese Religions Compared Unit

Theme: Narrative Crossing: From Literary to Visual Arts Wednesday, December 2, 1:45 PM-3:15 PM 

Gudrun Bühnemann, University of Wisconsin, Presiding 

  • Albert Welter, University of Arizona, An Indian Buddhist Imaginaire in Hangzhou China and the Transformation of East Asian Buddhism 
  • Dessislava Vendova, Columbia University, Bodily Characteristics and Four Distinct Types of Identities in the Buddha’s Last Life 
  • Yi Ding, Stanford University, From Blood Sacrifice to Bloodless Sacrifice: The Buddhist Rhetoric of Ritual Supersession and Its Reception in Medieval China 

Business Meeting: Dan Lusthaus, Harvard University, and Karen O’Brien-Kop, University of Roehampton, Presiding 


Buddhist Philosophy Unit and Hindu Philosophy Unit and Indian and Chinese Religions Compared Unit and Yogācāra Studies Unit

Theme: Roundtable on Roy Tzohar's *A Yogācāra Buddhist Theory of Metaphor* (Oxford University Press, 2018)
Thursday, December 3, 1:45 PM-3:15 PM  

Tao Jiang, Rutgers University, Presiding 


  • Jonathan Gold, Princeton University 
  • Laurie Louise Patton, Middlebury College 
  • Joy Brennan, Kenyon College 
  • Richard Nance, Indiana University 
  • Catherine Prueitt, University of British Columbia 
  • Parimal G. Patil, Harvard University 

Responding: Roy Tzohar, Tel-Aviv University 


Indian and Chinese Religions Compared Unit

Theme: Why Humanities Should Go Global Monday, December 7, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM  

Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, Lancaster University, Presiding 

  • Nell Hawley, Harvard University, Crisis and the Call to Interpretation: The Sanskrit Mahābhārata in the First Millennium 
  • Jane Mikkelson, University of Virginia, Crossings: Lyric Meditation and Comparative Religion Early Modern India 
  • Thomas Mazanec, University of California, Santa Barbara, The Practice of Religious Poetry: Buddhist Poet-Monks of Late Tang China 
  • Rafal Stepien, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, ‘Why Are My Humanities So Black-and-White?’ Buddhist Lessons in Undisciplining Religion, Literature, and Philosophy 




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