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I am pleased to announce that I will be giving a presentation on "Chinese Buddhist Diplomacy during the Cold War" at the École pratique des hautes études on 23rd October from 17:00 to 19:00, room 9, 54 Boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris. The event is generously hosted by the Centre d’études interdisciplinaires sur le bouddhisme at INALCO. A poster for the talk is available here. All are welcome to attend.
The Hangzhou Buddhist Culture Project is an ambitious effort to reformulate the history of East Asian Buddhism from a thoroughly East Asian perspective. The history of Buddhism incorporates East Asia in meaningful ways, but still tends toward Indo-centrism. This makes sense if one considers India the birthplace and homeland of Buddhism. Yet the history of Buddhism covers 2500 years, and for the last 1000 years or so, India has ceased to be a significant ongoing source of Buddhist inspiration, and figures primarily in the passive memory rather than as an active agent.
Just got back from a conference in Xi’an — was offline without computer while in China, and just saw your posting to H-Buddhism about the unusual Qing description of the trikāya. In Chinese, context is everything, so without knowing more about where and why this passage appears, speculating about possible implications are at best tenuous. One can’t rule out a typo (mistakenly reversing nirmāṇa and sambhoga), or the author’s own confusion. Without knowing the context, again, it is hard to guess.