Symposium on Transnational Buddhism, Kathmandu University Centre for Buddhist Studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute

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March 25, 2017 to March 26, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Philosophy, Religious Studies and Theology, South Asian History / Studies

Symposium on Transnational Buddhism, Rangjung Yeshe Institute

Date: March 25-26, 2017

Location: Hyatt Regency, Kathmandu, Nepal

Dear Colleagues,

Rangjung Yeshe Institute is pleased to announce the continuation of its series of international symposia. The 11th Symposium on Buddhist Studies will be held in March 25-26, 2017. Interested scholars and graduate students are welcome to attend the discussions. The symposium schedule and details are available at

“Transnational Buddhism: Philosophical, Historical and Anthropological Perspectives”

Symposium theme:

This symposium explores the nature of transnational Buddhism in its historical and transcultural origins and its contemporary global dimensions, examining the import of this dynamic interchange for the future of Buddhist communities and scholarship. 

Symposium Panels:

The philosophy panels will focus on the study of Buddhist philosophy as it is influenced by exchanges between scholars from different nations and cultures. In particular, the exchange between traditional scholarship, modern academic research, and modern science will be highlighted, considering, for example, how comparative philosophical perspectives transform our understanding of Buddhism and the world, or how transnational academic and scientific culture are transforming Buddhist ways of learning and reflecting.

The anthropology and history panel will consider this issue from anthropological and historical perspectives. Throughout its history, Buddhism has adopted unique forms as it acculturated to the various societies it reached, while in turn transforming those societies. The modern history of Buddhism has seen the rise of humanistic and engaged Buddhism as a result of its encounter with the western world. Moreover, globalization has led to more sustained encounters between the various schools of Buddhism as well as to the spread of Buddhism to traditionally non-Buddhist communities.

Symposium Speakers:

Keynote speaker: John Dunne (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  

Douglas Duckworth (Temple University) | Jonardon Ganeri (New York University, Abu-Dhabi)| Anne MacDonald (University of Vienna) | Klaus-Dieter Mathes (University of Vienna) | Karin Meyers (KU Centre for Buddhist Studies, RYI) | Jin Park (American University) | William Waldron (Middlebury College) | Ana Cristina O. Lopes (University of Virginia) | Ong See Yaw (Malaysian Buddhism Development Foundation) | Alexander von Rospatt (University of California, Berkeley) | Gregory Sharkey (KU Centre for Buddhist Studies, RYI) | One or more Khenpos (Sangye Yeshe Monastic Shedra)

Special Guest:  Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

The symposium is free and open to the public.  Saturday’s talks will be followed by a celebratory dinner for which tickets will be available for purchase at a later time.




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Joanne Larson

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