The Bodhisattva Precepts in East Asia and Beyond

Pei-Ying Lin's picture
February 17, 2017 to February 19, 2017
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Southeast Asian History / Studies


Conference: The Bodhisattva Precepts in East Asia and Beyond

February 17-19, 2017

Center for Buddhist Studies, UC Berkeley


This conference, sponsored by the Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, on Feb. 17-19, 2017, will bring together fourteen scholars from around the world to engage in a comparative study of the bodhisattva precepts. Our aim is to better understand how the bodhisattva precepts figured in the construction of Mahāyāna Buddhist identity in China, Japan, Korea, India, and Tibet. Topics will include the doctrinal transformation of the precepts over time, the conferral of the precepts, ordination rites, and notions of transgression and repentance.


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Panel 1 (Friday, February 17, 4–6:30pm): China I

Chair: Peiying Lin (UC Berkeley)

T. H. Barrett (SOAS, University of London) — How did Chinese Lay People Perceive the Bodhisattva Precepts?

Liying Kuo (Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient) — Visions and Reception of Bodhisattva Precepts in Fifth – Sixth century

Charles Muller (Tokyo University) — The Silla Monk Daehyeon and his Commentary on the Sutra of Brahmā's Net


Panel 2 (Saturday, February 19, 9:30am–noon): China II

Chair: Raoul Birnbaum (UC Santa Cruz)

Sangyop Lee (Stanford University) — The Youposai wujie weiyi jing Bodhisattva Pratimokṣa: Its Nature and Historical Significance

Ann Heirman (University of Gent) — Body Movement and Sport Activities in Bodhisattva Precepts: A Normative Perspective from India to China

Ester Bianchi (Università degli Studi di Perugia) — Bodhisattva Precepts in Modern China. An Overview and Evaluation


Panel 3 (Saturday, February 18, 2-3:45pm) China and Japan

Chair: Robert Sharf (UC Berkeley)

Peiying Lin (UC Berkeley/ Fu Jen Catholic University) — Bodhidharma Lineages and Bodhisattva Precepts in the Ninth Century

Paul Groner (University of Virginia) — Annen’s 安然 Comprehensive Commentary on the Universal Bodhisattva Ordination (Futsū jubosatsukai kōshaku 普通授菩薩戒広釈): Its Background and Later Influence


Panel 4 (Saturday, February 18, 4:15-7pm) Japan

Chair: Mark Blum (UC Berkeley)

Dermott Joseph Walsh (UCLA) — Eisai and the Bodhisattva Precepts

Richard Jaffe (Duke University) — Kawaguchi Ekai’s View of the Precepts for Buddhism in the Twentieth-Century

William Bodiford (UCLA) — Anraku Ritsu in Tokugawa Japan: The Reconfiguration of the Bodhisattva Precepts within Japanese Tendai Buddhism


Panel 5 (Sunday, February 19, 9am-noon) India and Tibet

Chair: Jake Dalton (UC Berkeley)

Jan-Ulrich Sobisch (Independent scholar) — “Compassionate Killing” Revisited

Alex von Rospatt (UC Berkeley) — The Adikarma literature. The vows and daily practices of lay bodhisattvas in late Indian Buddhism

Hiromi Habata (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität) — Did the Bodhisattva-vinaya Exist? The Situation of the Bodhisattva Precepts in India before the Systematization

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Lin, Pei-Ying
Institute of East Asian Studies - Center for Buddhist Studies,
University of California, Berkeley
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