Dear colleagues,

This is a short update about my recent work and interests. I am currently teaching at George Washington University in the departments of Religion, philosophy, and the university honors program.

Last year my book “Telling Pearls from Fish-Eyes: Ouyang Jingwu and the Revival of Scholastic Buddhism” was published by Brill. The book describes the surge of interest in Indian Buddhism among intellectuals during the early decades of the twentieth century. I focus on Ouyang Jingwu, one of the leading voices in this movement, his attempt to negotiate life in a dramatically changing world, his concern for his struggling nation, and his attempt to define the spiritual essence that will help with the personal and the national dramas.  

While continuing my interest in modern Chinese intellectual history, in recent years, I also study the intersection between Buddhist philosophy, contemporary philosophy of mind, and cognitive sciences. Two of my recent collaborations focusing on the latter are “The Magic of Consciousness: Sculpting an Alternative Illusionism,” that I co-wrote with my colleagues Sonam Kachru and Bryce Huebner and will be published next year, and “Buddhism and Cognitive Sciences in Dialogue: Pedagogical Reflections on Teaching Across Disciplines” which I co-authored with my student Kaleigh Spires and was published this year in the journal Religion.

I hope you all are safe and prosperous,
Eyal Aviv 

We are thrilled to recommend Buddhanet Audio by the Buddhist Education and Information Network. It offers a selection of Buddhist chanting from different traditions, dharma talks by Buddhist teachers, meditation talk and a page on Buddhist songs.

The network is in the process of expanding this section of its site to be a more diverse collection of materials. If anyone has quality audio material to contribute to this section, it would be much appreciated.

To get in touch, please, write to: webmaster@buddhanet.net

We are pleased to announce that the Classical Art Research Centre in Oxford is in the process of organizingits fifth and (unfortunately!) final Gandhara Connections workshop, tackling the theme of Gandharan Art in its Budddhist Context – a fundamentally important topic for understanding this material.
This international workshop will be held online on Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd March 2022 using Zoom and Spatial Chat.

See the workshop abstract on the centre’s website Events (ox.ac.uk)

A programme will be released shortly.

Timings will accommodate live viewers in as many time zones as possible and we aim to provide simultaneous translation into Mandarin Chinese. The recording of the workshop will also be available online and open access proceedings will be published in March 2023.
There is no charge to attend this event and places can be booked by emailing: carc@classics.ox.ac.uk
For more information, see www.carc.ox.ac.uk

We would like to inform you about the 8th International Symposium on Humanistic Buddhism which will take place on Zoom® from Saturday the 6th to Monday the 8th of November 2021.

The Symposium will explore a range of serious threats to humanity and imagine our planet’s shared future by focussing on fundamental threats to the individual and their social groupings. Panelists come from diverse points of view and fields of expertise.

Panels will address:

  • Creating an Inclusive Society
  • Working Towards a More Humanistic Society of the Future: Challenges for the Self within Complex Systems
  • Learning from Australian Responses to Modern Crises
  • Revaluing Buddhist Adaptations in the Modern World
  • Examining Humanistic Approaches to Health and Wellbeing
  • Putting Compassion into Action

You can register or find out more about the Symposium at: http://hbsymposium.fgsihb.org/

Hi everyone,

After joining the research group this year, I think it is my turn to introduce myself shortly and talk about some of my topics of interest. Currently, I’m studying religion studies at the University of Basel and comparative linguistics at the University of Zurich. Due to my family’s background, I first learnt more about Tibetan Buddhism which then led me to find interest in Buddhism in general. Among other things, I went on to learn Sanskrit, organised an excursion to a Buddhist monastery for a seminary and have recently begun to do some work in a project on Western reception of Buddhism during the 19th and early 20th century. I am always interested in research regarding linguistic aspects of Buddhism as well as the history of its reception and looking forward to the exchange here.

Best regards,

Dear all,

Martin Baumann, professor for the Study of Religions at the Faculty for Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Lucerne (Switzerland), informed us today that the new issue of the Journal of Global Buddhism is out. The issue is packed with exciting research articles, among others on “Buddha at Eranos” and “on Buddhist Culture Wars” in North America. Check it out at: https://www.globalbuddhism.org/

Best wishes

Dear all,

We would like to bring to your attention the launch of the electronic Journal of Gandhāran Buddhist Texts. The main objective of this peer-reviewed journal, which is hosted by the University of Sydney, is to make available ‘threshold’ editions of Gandhāran textual materials more quickly and in a dynamic and interactive manner. The journal is in part a response to the enormous amount of new Gāndhārī and Sanskrit manuscripts and inscriptions from the Greater Gandhāran region that remain unpublished, and in part a response to the desire to make that material available in a more comprehensive form than is not possible in conventional print publications. The editorial board is made up of scholars working in the field: https://gandhari-texts.sydney.edu.au/journal/.

The first three articles provide digital editions of sutras from the Robert Senior collection of Kharoṣṭhī manuscripts:

  • Aṇatvalakṣaṇa-sutra (RS22.02), a Gāndhārī version of the second discourse of the Buddha known in Pali as the Anattalakkhaṇa-sutta, by Mark Allon, Stephanie Majcher, and Ian McCrabb: Link.
  • Suhadukha-sutra (RS20.01), a Gāndhārī sutra without an exact parallel, by Joe Marino: Link.
  • Mahaparaḍaha-sutra (RS20.02), a Gāndhārī version of the Pali (Mahā)-Pariḷāha-sutta, by Joe Marino: Link.

The journal which is edited by Mark Allon, Paul Harrison and Richard Salomon invites submissions of textual material (manuscripts, inscriptions, etc.) from the Greater Gandhāran region. Guidelines for submission, with various options for authors to onboard their texts into the journal are available upon application. 

For further details, contact Mark Allon: mark.allon@sydney.edu.au.

We would like to draw your attention to a series of talks in German on the topic “Corona and Religion.“ In most of them Buddhist ideas and/or groups will be a topic.

For those interested and for further information, please see the flyer below. You can also visit our Faculty website https://www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/termine/pandemie-gespraeche.html.

The first talk with Michael von Brück will be hosted this Friday 30th April at 10 am MESZ.

As we will be hosting this talk over WebEx if you wish to attend then please email us using arbeitsbereich-renger@geschkult.fu-berlin.de.

Best wishes
Almut Renger

Hello everybody,

This is a brief update on what has been happening after I received my Ph.D. in East-West psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies. First, I spent a year in St Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco for my residential internship in psycho-spiritual service as a Buddhist chaplain. Then, I was a teaching fellow with the East Asian Studies program of Harvard University, where I had gotten my M.A., and I chaired the Harvard Buddhist Community.

Back in China, I founded the Beijing Clear-Orientation Center for Counseling and Meditation of which I am the director today. My main work for the past ten years has been integrating psychotherapy with Buddhist practice especially meditation practices. I am deputy director and research fellow of the Hebei Research Institute of Chan Buddhism in China, deputy secretary and board member of the International Transpersonal Association, an international affiliate of American Psychological Association, and a member of International Zen Therapy Institute, a member of Chinese Society of Psychology.

Since 2009 I also have been honing on the theory and practice of the meditation-initiated integrative therapy (MIIT) and its updated version known as Grounding and Communicating as an Integrative Therapy. Currently I provide individual and group counseling as well as workshops and training programs in China and internationally.

I case you would like to read something I have written, I have published more than 30 papers in psychology, meditation and Buddhism, comparative religion in China and internationally. Among them are the pieces below.

ZHU Caifang (Jeremy)

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Dear all,

I have just received permission from my publisher to share my new book about Buddhism in Spain, a brand new new-release. The book can be downloaded from the zenodo platform: http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4572509

You can share it with whoever you think might be interested, as it is freely available. It has two chapters in English, an introductory update on Buddhism in Spain and a presentation of some Vajrayana monasteries and retreat centres in Spain. The rest is written in Spanish.

I very much hope you will find my new book interesting!