[Buddha-l] UBC-Renmin U China Summer program in Buddhist Studies

jkirk jkirk at spro.net
Mon Apr 14 08:16:35 MDT 2008

 X-posted from H-Asia. 
Joanna Kirkpatrick

April 14 2008

UBC-Renmin U China Summer program in Buddhist Studies
 From: Tansen_Sen at baruch.cuny.edu


 The University of British Columbia (UBC) and People's University
of China in Beijing (Zhongguo renmin daxue; or Renda [also known
Renmin University of China]) cordially invite applications for a
six-week summer program in Buddhist studies (July 7-August 23,
2008). After spending one to two weeks in Beijing, we will move
to Luoyang, where the program will convene at Baimasi (White
Horse Monastery), which is believed to be the first Buddhist
monastery in China (and in East Asia, as well).

 Through this program, UBC and Renda have invited seven scholars
to open  seven seminars on specific topics. These instructors

 1. Jinhua Chen (University of British Columbia), "Reading
between the
 Lines: Monastic Biographical and Hagiographical Writings in
Medieval East  Asia";

 2. Max Deeg (Cardiff University), "Blissful Cultivation and
 Conversion: Buddhist Foundation Legends in India, in the
Himālayas and in  Central Asia";

 3. Toru Funayama (The University of Kyoto), "The Encounter of
India and
 China: Chinese Buddhist Translations and Apocrypha";

 4. John R. McRae (Komazawa University), "Meditation and
Mythology in  Chinese Buddhism";

 5. Antonello Palumbo (SOAS, University of London): "Religious
Propaganda  and Apologetics in Medieval China";

 6. Tansen Sen (City University of New York), "Buddhist Networks
in Asian  History";

 7. To be assigned: "Buddhism and the Contemporary World: Issues
and  Solutions Suggested from Buddhist Perspectives." (lecture
series by invited

 All the lectures will be delivered in English, although the
Question-answer  sessions can be conducted bilingually
(English/Chinese, or  English/Japanese).  In addition to these
seven seminars, the program also  sponsors the following
activities, in which participation is optional:
 (1) Weekly workshops, in each of which four to six students will
be invited  to present their papers. The papers will be commented
on by  scholar-instructors with relevant expertise. International
students will be  also joined by their peers from top Chinese
 (2) Occasional visits to renowned local historical sites
(especially  Buddhist temples in Beijing and Luoyang).

 This is not a degree program, but credits will be conferred by
the People's  University of China for courses taken, and a
certificate will be issued to  each participant.  A student is
allowed to register for up to four seminars  offered by this
program (there is, however, no limit on the number of  seminars
to be audited).  Graduate students specializing in any Buddhist
tradition, or advanced undergraduate students (3rd or 4th year)
with some  basic knowledge in Buddhism, are encouraged to apply.
Applications (with  updated curricula vitae) must be sent to
Jinhua Chen (jinhua.chen at ubc.ca)  by May 31, 2008 (for applicants
to be considered for fellowships), or June  15, 2008 (for
applicants not asking for fellowships).

 Program expenses: US$2,000, which includes tuition fees, housing
expenses,  and administration costs in Beijing and Luoyang.
Students are expected to  cover their own air-tickets and ground
transportation during their stays in  China.  Some full (at the
value of US$2,000) and half (US$1000) fellowships  are available.
We will keep the program updated on our departmental
 website: http://www.asia.ubc.ca/

 Tansen Sen
 Baruch College, CUNY

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