SYMPOSIUM> The Radical Other Power of Shinran (1173-1263): A Normative or an Outlier Position in Mahayana Buddhism?

Dear all,

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society is delighted to host our virtual annual symposium, the second of a two-part "Other Power in Buddhism" series, entitled:

 


The Radical Other Power of Shinran (1173-1263):

A Normative or an Outlier Position in Mahayana Buddhism?

 

Institute of Buddhist Studies Graduate Student Symposium: Authority and Normativity in and Between Buddhist Traditions

Authority and Normativity in and Between Buddhist Traditions

October 22nd, 2021

9 AM – 12:30 PM PT

Registration info here

The question “what is Buddhism?” is deceptively uncomplicated. Scratching beneath the surface of this question presents a host of issues surrounding who has the authority to make normative claims about the Buddhadharma, what it includes and what it excludes. 

Re: QUERY> Buddhist Versions of the Problem of Evil

Dear Dr. Powers,

I would assume Vimalakīrti uses non-duality and emptiness to question the reality of suffering when he claims,

mā bhadanta kātyāyana sapracāram utpādabhaṅghayuktāṃ dharmatāṃ nirdiśa | yo bhadanta kātyāyanātyantatayā na jāto na janiṣyati notpanno na niruddho na nirotsyate yam anityārthaḥ | yaḥ pañcānāṃ skandhānāṃ śūnyatānugamānutpādanirodhārtho yaṃ duḥkhārthaḥ | yad ātmānātmayor advayatvam ayaṃ anātmārthaḥ | yo svabhāvo parabhāvas tad anujjvalitam, yad anujjvallitaṃ na tac chāmyati, yo atyantopaśamo yaṃ śāntārthaḥ |

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