Lay Buddhism: An Old Issue Viewed in New Perspectives

The Eighth International Symposium 

Lay Buddhism: An Old Issue Viewed in New Perspectives

March 24-26 , 2011

Auditorium, Asian Centre (1871 West Mall, UBC, Vancouver)

Sponsored by:

UBC Tzu-chi Buddhist Forum

Conference Program

Day One: March 24, 2011

Keynote Speeches (17:30-18:30) (Chair: Peter Nosco, UBC)

17:30-18:10, Paul Groner (UVa): “Japanese Tendai Monasticism: A Special Type of Lay Buddhism.”

Dinner 18:40~~ (Venue TBA)

Day Two: March 25, 2011

Breakfast & Registration 7:30-8:30
Welcome 8:30-9:00

Session 1 Lay Buddhism and Medieval Chinese Literati (Chair: Carla Nappi, UBC) (9:00-10:50)
1.1) 9: 00-9:15, Willy Vande Walle (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven): “Lay Buddhism during the Southern Qi Dynasty Period.”
1.2) 9: 15-9:30, Duan Yuming 段玉明 (Sichuan U.): “Calling for Laymen: A Study of Fofa Jintang pian” (呼唤居士:《佛法金汤编》研究)
1.3) 9: 30-9:45, Barend ter Haar (Leiden): “Lay Buddhism among Civil Service Examination Candidates in the Late Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.”
1.4) 9: 45-9:55: Discussant (Ben Brose, Michigan)
1.5) 9: 55-10:30, Q & A

Coffee Break 10:30-10:45

Session 2 Lay Buddhism Infiltrated in Different Walks of Society (Chair: Robert Sharf, Berkeley) (10:45-12:10)
2.1) 10:45-11:00, Koichi Shinohara (Yale): “Lay Buddhism and Esoteric Rituals”
2.2) 11:00-11:15, John Strong (Bates): “The Sigālovada sutta or: How to be a Good Rich Man (Gṛhapati)”
2.3) 11:15-11:30, Sun Yinggang (Fudan): “Political Stage and Faith Space: Buddhist Associations in 6-7th Century Chang’an” (政治舞台与信仰空间:6-7世纪长安的佛教社邑)
2.4) 11:30-11:40, Toshinori Ochiai (ICPBS, Tokyo; read by Shoshun Hayashidera): “Lay Buddhism and Buddhist Apocrypha: Various Aspects of Lay Buddhism as Displayed in the Biluo sanmei jing” 在家仏教と疑経―『毘羅三昧経』に見える在家仏教の諸相
2.5) 11:40-11:50: Discussant (Max Deeg, Cardiff)
2.6) 11: 50-12:20: Q & A

Lunch 12:20-2:30

Session 3 “Lay Practices in Buddhism” (Chair: Anne Murphy) (2:30-4:20)
3.1). 2:30-2:45, Phyllis Granoff (Yale): “Marrying outside the Faith: Buddhist and Jain Stories from Medieval India”
3.2). 2:45-3:00, Ann Heirman (Ghent U.): “Bodily Care in Early Buddhism, a Bridge between the Lay Community and the Saṃgha: Practices of Oral Hygiene.”
3.3). 3:00-3:15, Robban A. J. Toleno (UBC): “Modeling Materia Medica: Interactions between Lay Intellectual and Buddhist Forms of Knowledge in the Chan Bencao and Related Texts”
3.4). 3:15-3:30, Stuart H. Young (Bucknell): “Buddhism in the Chinese Sericulture Industry”
3.5). 3: 30-3:40: Discussant (Robert Sharf, Berkeley)
3.6). 3: 40-4:20: Q & A

Dinner 6:00~~ (Venue TBA)

Day Three: March 26, 2011

Breakfast 7:30-8:30

Session 4 State-Samgha Relationship: From India to China (Chair: Han Jianying, Beijing Info Technology University) (9:30-11:20)
4.1). 9:30-9:45, Sheng Kai 释圣凯 (Nanjing U.): “Yindu fojiao sengsu guanxi de jiben moshi” 印度佛教僧俗关系的基本模式 (Basic Modes of the Relationship between the Monastic and Lay in India)
4.2). 9:45-10:00, Max Deeg (U. of Cardiff): “The Royal Upāsaka: Primus Inter Pares or Extreme Example?”
4.3). 10:00-10:15, Benjamin Brose (Michigan): “Charlatans, Soldiers, and Spies: Critiques of Buddhist Clergy and Kings during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms”
4.4). 10:15-10:30, Jinhua Chen (UBC): The Political Career of a ‘Barbarian’ Monk in the Court of Central Kingdom”
4.5). 10: 30-10:40: Discussant (Paul Copp, Chicago)
4.6). 10: 40-11:20: Q & A

Lunch 11:20-1:20

Session 5 Lay Buddhism and Text (Chair: Tsao Hsingyuan, UBC) (1:20-2:45)
5.1. 1:20-1:35, Dewei Zhang (McMaster), “Text in Context: Local Society and the Dissemination of a Buddhist Canon in Wanli (1573-1620) China”
5.2. 1:35-1:50, Paul Copp (Chicago): “Research Notes on Manuscript Culture as Ritual Culture in Late Medieval Dunhuang: Talisman Seals and Ritual Handbooks”
5.3. 1:50-2:05, Christoph Anderl (Ruhr Univ., Bochum & Ghent Univ.), “The Role of Lay Believers in the literary Structure of Early Chán Scriptures”
5.4.) 2: 05-2:15: Discussant (Stuart Young, Bucknell)
5.5) 2: 15-2:45: Q & A

Coffee Break 2:45-3:00

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