Buddhism & East Asian Cultures: An Intensive Program of Lectures Series, Forum, and Fieldwork

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Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Asian History / Studies, Chinese History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology


The Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (DILA), Sheng-yen Education Foundation, the Buddhist Studies Center in the Humanities College at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou 廣州, China, and the Buddhist Studies Forum at the University of British Columbia (UBC-BSF) in Vancouver, Canada cordially invite applications for a 10-day program of lecture series, conference/forum, and fieldwork on Buddhism and East Asian Cultures (December 10-19, 2016) in DILA, Taiwan.


  1. Venue: Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts, Taiwan

II.        Schedule: December 10-19, 2016 

  • December 10, 2016:Registration;
  • December 11-14, 2016:Main Programs (Intensive lecture series);
  • December 15-16, 2016:Young Scholars’ Forum;
  • December 17-18, 2016:Tour of sacred sites in Northern Taiwan;
  • December 19, 2016:Home-going (participants who wish to utilize the excellent collection at DILA may apply to spend 3-7 extra days with free boarding.

III. Four-part Lecture Series: The program organizers have invited three international scholars to conduct, all bilingually (English and Chinese), a three-part lecture series related to Buddhism and East Asian Culture, with each part composed of three consecutive 120-minute lectures with a general theme (over three days). These three bilingual speakers and their lecture themes are:

  1. Prof. Jinhua Chen (Dept. Asian Studies, University of British Columbia): Buddhism and Technological Innovations: New Perspectives 佛教與科技創新:新的視野;
  2. Prof. Imre Galambos (University of Cambridge): On the Fringes of Buddhist Culture: A View from the Medieval Manuscript Tradition 佛教文化拾穗:中古寫本傳統聚焦;
  3. Prof. Vincent Goossaert (École pratique des hautes études): Elite Religiosity in Late Imperial China  晚期帝制中國的菁英宗教.

This three-part lecture series will be accompanied by a fourth of six lectures on Buddhism and East Asian cultures, to be delivered by six scholars based on Taiwan and mainland China.

IV. Three Additional Projects: In addition to this four-part intensive lecture series, this program also sponsors the following three projects:

  1. Young Scholars’ Forum on Buddhism and East Asian Cultures. December 15-16, 2016; Excellent articles may be recommended to academic journals for publication. They include the Fojiao wenxian yanjiu 佛教文獻研究 (Studies on Buddhist Texts), Foxue yanjiu 佛學研究 (Buddhist Studies), Fojiao shi yanjiu 佛教史研究 (Historical Studies of Buddhism), Studies in Chinese Religions, edited by Prof. Fang Guangchang 方廣錩, Prof. Shengkai 聖凱, Prof. Sun Yinggang 孫英剛, and Prof. Jinhua Chen 陳金華, respectively.
  2. Taste of the Dharma: a series of 1-2 hour sessions providing monastic experiences, including seated meditation, tea-ceremony and other temple rituals;
  3. Tour: Occasional visits to renowned historical sites (especially Buddhist and other religious temples and shrines) in northern part of Taiwan.

            V. Applications: Participants are required to take part in all of the activities supported by this program, including the four-part lecture series, the Young Scholars’ Forum (paper presentations are optional, but attendance is compulsory), and monastic experience session, etc., with the only exception of field trips, the participation of which is optional. Graduate students specializing in any Buddhist tradition(s) or East Asian religions, and postdoctoral fellows working on relevant fields, are encouraged to apply. Please direct applications and inquiries to buddhistseminarandfieldwork@gmail.com. Please submit applications before October 15, 2016. Each application should include:

1. an application form (to be provided upon request via the above email);

2. an updated curriculum vitae;

3. one writing sample;

4. a reference letter (to be emailed by the referee directly to the above email address).

            VI. Program Expenses: Successful candidates will be exempted from all tuition fees. Program organizers will also provide free boarding (lodging and meals) in Taiwan during the program period, although participants are expected to cover

  1. the costs for the transportation between their home cities and Taiwan
  2. an administration fee of US$150

VII. Enrolment Limit: 100. (more at: http://blogs.ubc.ca/dewei/buddhism-east-asian-cultures-an-intensive-prog...)

Contact Info: 

Jinhua Chen, Professor of East Asian Buddhism, University of British Columbia, 607 West Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z2, Canada

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