An International Winter Program of Seminars and Fieldwork on Buddhism and East Asian Cultures

An International Winter Program of Seminars and Fieldwork on Buddhism and East Asian Cultures

December 11-22, 2014 

Mount Emei, Sichuan, China

The Chinese Academy of Buddhist Studies (CABS) 中國佛學院, the Emeishan Academy of Buddhist Studies (EABS) 峨眉山佛學院 (within the Dafo Chansi大佛禪寺 on Mount Emei 峨眉山), the Center for the Research on Buddhist Texts and Arts (CRBTA) at Peking University北京大學佛教典籍與藝術研究中心 cordially invite applications for a 12-day winter program of seminars and fieldwork in Buddhism and East Asian Cultures (December 11-22, 2014) at the Emeishan Academy of Buddhist Studies, Sichuan, China.

  • Location: Sichuan Academy of Buddhist Studies (within the Dafo chansi at Mount Emei)
  • Time——December 11-22, 2014
  1. December 11, 2014:Registration;
  2. December 12-19, 2014:Winter Program at Sichuan Academy of Buddhist Studies;
  3. December 20-21, 2014: Visits at Temples on Mount Emei and its vicinity;
  4. December 22, 2014:Home-going
  • Seminars:  Through this program, we have invited three international scholars to open three seminars on specific topics. These instructors include (alphabetically):
  1. Imre Galambos (Cambridge University): Studies on Buddhist Manuscripts in Multilinguistic and Multicultural Perspectives;
  2. Stephen Teiser (Princeton University): Dunhuang Healing Liturgies and the Study of Medieval Buddhist Ritual;
  3. Barend ter Haar (Oxford University): From Protector of Buddhist Monasteries to Confucian Paragon: The Formation and Transformation of the Lord Guan Veneration

All of the lectures are conducted bilingually (English & Chinese).

  • Four Additional Projects:  In addition to these three seminars, this winter program also sponsors the following four more projects:
  1. Occasional Lecture series on Buddhism and East Asian Cultures: A series of eight lectures, mainly delivered by Chinese scholars (this series itself can also be attended as a separate course);
  2. International Young Scholar Conference on Buddhism and East Asian Cultures: An international conference for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on Buddhism and East Asian cultures, of four panels in the afternoons of December 12-15, 2014 held in the Lecture Hall at EABS. Excellent articles may be recommended to journals like Fojiao wenxian yanjiu 佛教文獻研究 (Studies on Buddhist Texts) and Foxue yanjiu 佛學研究 (Buddhist Studies) (edited by Prof. Fang Guangchang 方廣錩 and Prof. Shengkai 聖凱 respectively) for publication;
  3. An international conference on East Asian Religious Manuscripts: to be held in the Lecture Hall of EABS, December 17-18, 2014 (conference information to be announced separately);
  4. Field Trips: occasional visits to renowned local historical and religious sites (especially Buddhist and Daoist temples) on mount Emei and its neighboring areas.
  • Application: Although this is not a degree program, sponsoring institutions will issue a certificate to each participant. A student is required to take part in all the activities sponsored by the program, with the exception of the field trips, the participation of which is encouraged, but not compulsory. Graduate students specializing in any Buddhist tradition or Chinese Religions, and postdoctoral fellows working on relevant fields, are encouraged to apply. Applications and inquiries shall be directed to winterbuddhist@gmail.com. Please send applications before October 15, 2014. Each application shall include (1) an application form (to be provided upon request via the above email), (2) an updated curricula vitae, and (3) a reference letter (to be sent to us via email by the referee directly). Results of application will be announced by the end of October.
  • Program Expenses: Successful candidates will be exempted of all tuition fees, housing expenses, and administration costs in China, although they are expected to cover their own airfare and ground transportation costs entailed by their participation in different parts of the program.
  • Enrolment Limit: 60.