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XR Autumn Rebellion 17.-20. September in Berlin

This is to inform everyone interested in the climate activist movement Extinction Rebellion (XR) that Germany’s 2022 Autumn Rebellion will take place in Berlin.

XR is an international, self-organized, politically independent environmental movement that uses civil disobedience to respond to the ecological crisis and climate emergency. It first appeared in London in October 2018. Shortly thereafter, it formed its own cross-traditional subgroup, the XR Buddhists, which has since taken root in Germany.

Now, XR plans several activities in Germany’s capital from September 17-20. All XR groups in Germany will come together at this Autumn Rebellion — including XR Buddhists with activities such as walking and sitting meditations, pujas, vigils, EcoSattva vows, lectures, a meditation tent in the climate camp and interfaith actions.

To find out more, follow Extinction Rebellion Berlin’s (@XRBerlin) latest Tweets / Twitter and/or Extinction Rebellion Berlin on IG at: https://instagram.com/xrberlin?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

As for the Buddhist activities, there is also a Facebook group which can be reached via the following address: https://www.facebook.com/groups/xrbuddhistsgermany. Or, if you wish to find out more, you can send an email to: buddhisten@extinctionrebellion.de

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Call for Contributions: Buddhism in the West in Contemporary Buddhism

This is to inform you about a CfP for a special issue of the journal Contemporary Buddhism, entitled “Engaging Buddhism in the West Studies: past, present, …. future?,” and edited by Ugo Dessì (University of Vienna), Lionel Obadia (University Lyon 2), and Lukas K. Pokorny (University of Vienna). The specials issue’s aim is to publish original contributions exemplifying new trends, new topics, and new fieldworks dealing with Buddhism in the West (two conceptual categories deserving a critical appraisal) and shedding new light in this field. The editors welcome papers from young as well as established scholars, in any field of research (Buddhist Studies, religious studies, anthropology, sociology, history, or any other) and in any tradition on the grounds of empirical fieldworks and genuine first-hand ethnographic data or historical information. The papers must focus on the state of the art of research on Buddhism in the West, and ideally propose and discuss genuine theoretical and/or methodological approaches in the field. Everyone interested is asked to send a full paper following the journal’s guidelines (https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?show=instructions&journalCode=rcbh20) by 30th October 2022 with their name and affiliation by email to: lionel.obadia@univ-lyon2.fr; ugo.dessi@univie.ac.at; lukas.pokorny@univie.ac.at.

All contributions will undergo blind peer-review. For more information, contact the Journal’s editor*ial team: Stefania Travagnin, st8@soas.ac.uk; Kate Crosby henrietta.crosby@kcl.ac.uk; and Pyi Phyo Kyaw pyi.kyaw@kcl.ac.uk.

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Call for Papers: Perspectives and Rituals on Grief and Grieving

This is to inform you about a Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Dharma Studies: Asian and Transcultural Religion, Philosophy, and Ethics on “Perspectives and Rituals on Grief and Grieving.”

The planned special issue aims to evoke empathy, inquiry, and awareness around the topics of death, grief, and mourning in non-Western philosophies and religions. The editors invite submissions from scholars of various disciplines and subfields, such as but not limited to sociology, anthropology, theology, religious studies, cultural studies, art and aesthetics, and science and religion. JDS focuses on Dharma traditions (Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain), and also welcomes contributions from outside the Dharma traditions if they are comparative or dialogical in nature. Topics can include but are not limited to:

  • Religious practices and issues around grieving during the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • The social, psychological, and emotional significance of death rituals
  • The changing nature and/or loss of religious grieving rites in the modern era
  • Autoethnography of grieving rituals in religious traditions
  • Religious and spiritual significance for end-of-life care
  • Grief and grieving rituals for the Anthropocene and non-human subjects

The submission guidelines and form can be found on the journal‘s webpage: https://www.springer.com/journal/42240. There is also information on how to contact the journal.

Questions about submissions are to be directed to managing editor Thomas Calobrisi, Ph.D. or Co-editor in chief Laura Dunn, Ph.D.

The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2022.  

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A Brief Update from Dan Smyer Yü

Dear friends and colleagues,

Long time no see! Hope you’re all healthy, happy, and productive as usual in spite of the colossal health and geopolitical crises.

I have kept myself happily busy since the last time I posted my update. There’re just too many things to share with you; So let me stay with the essentials. After serving as a professor of anthropology and the founding director of the Center for Trans-Himalayan Studies for five years at Yunnan Minzu University, I took a faculty appointment from Yunnan University as a Kuige Professor of Ethnology, just a few blocks away within the same University Town of Kunming. All academic routines stay pretty much the same with the focus on religion and ecology, Sino-Tibetan Buddhist modernity, and environmental humanities. Since coming to Yunnan, the geography of my research has been expanded from western China/Tibetan Plateau to Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal, and India. Annual traveling to South Asia and Southeast Asia becomes a routine. Fieldwork beyond East Asia and the Tibetan Plateau has surely added fresh perspectives and place-based knowledge to my scholarly productivity.

My modern Buddhist studies, likewise, are increasingly taking ecological perspectives and are steadily resituated in environmental humanities. Through working with native peoples in Tibet, Yunnan, Bhutan, Nepal, and Myanmar, I continue to see the environmental value of Buddhist cultures and civilizations. At the same time, I’m also having a deeper awareness of indigenous, pre-Buddhist ecological knowledge and practices among Buddhist communities in the greater Himalayan region. This awareness compels me to re-examine the claimed ecological knowledge in the Buddhist canonic texts. Admittedly, the indigenous practices done in the name of Buddhism turn out to be a formidable contribution to what we know as Buddhist ecology. My recent publications, such as Environmental Humanities in the New Himalayas: Symbiotic Indigeneity, Commoning, Sustainability (Routledge 2021), Yunnan-Burma-Bengal Corridor Geographies: Protean Edging of Habitats and Empires (Routledge 2021), and “The Critical Zone as a Planetary Animist Sphere: Etho-graphing an Affective Consciousness of the Earth” (JSSRNC 2020), are all dedicated to indigenous ecological knowledge surviving under Buddhism and other world religions. I’m currently making a new book Multipolar Climes of the Himalaya, Andes and Arctic: Climate and Water in the Anthropocene. It’s a comparative study of terrestrial experiences of climate change in the world’s highlands. It should be out in March 2023.

One more thing – I recently happily accepted a partial appointment from the University of Cologne as its Global Faculty member while I keep my professorship at Yunnan University. I’ll be in Germany for 1-2 months annually and very much look forward to my first visit this July and August and reconnecting with friends there. In fact, Almut already invited me to contribute a paper to her co-organized workshop, a part of the Lecture Series on Religion and Ecology. Hope many of us will join the event, too!

Cheers,
Dan Smyer Yü

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Online Lecture Series on Religion & Ecology

How are religion and sustainability related? Do religious communities contribute to social transformations towards sustainability? Or does religion in fact hinder or counteract sustainability?

The lecture series on “Religion & Ecology” coorganized by Philipp Öhlmann (Humboldt University Berlin), Juliane Stork (SAGRAS) and me (Bonn University) explores these questions by focusing on the relationship between religious communities and socio-ecological transformations. Starting point is the observation that there has been a strong increase in the engagement with ecological sustainability in religious communities in recent decades, which is referred to as the “greening of religion.”

However, the impact of this development on the collective actions of religious communities and the individual actions of their adherents in the areas of ecology and sustainability are still largely unknown. In the lecture series international guest speakers look at Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, indigenous Indian and traditional African religious communities.

Everyone interested is cordially invited. Please, register with: anna.linnea.herrmann@hu-berlin.de

Cheers,
Almut-Barbara Renger

For the programme click here!

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A Brief Update by Doug McGetchin

Hello everyone!

It’s time for an update! As most of you know, I’m an Associate Professor of History at Florida Atlantic University. I teach and do research in World, South Asian, and European History. Last year I completed a chapter manuscript on Richard Wagner’s interest in Buddhism for an edited volume that is not yet out. I also wrote a chapter a while ago on the German study of Buddhism in the 19th and early 20th centuries, in Indology, Indomania, Orientalism (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2009), and I am teaching a course in Fall 2022 on ancient South Asia (India) with components on Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayanic forms of Buddhism.

If you are working on scholarship focusing on German-Asian connections, consider submitting a book proposal with Palgrave. I’m the Series Co-Editor, Palgrave Series in Asian German Studies (2020–): “It encourages the publication of works by specialists globally on the multi-faceted dimensions of ties between the German-speaking world (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and German-speaking enclaves in Eastern Europe) and Asian countries over the past two centuries. Rejecting traditional notions of West and East as seeming polar opposites (e.g., colonizer and colonized), the volumes in this series attempt to reconstruct the ways in which Germans and Asians have cooperated and negotiated the challenge of modernity in various fields.”

A recent volume in the series that might be of interest is by Sebastian Musch, Jewish Encounters with Buddhism in German Culture: Between Moses and Buddha, 1890–1940 (New York: Palgrave, 2019). Please, feel free to check out this review. Looking forward to finding out more about Buddhist scholarship through this network. See you!

Doug McGetchin

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Gandharan Art in its Buddhist Context — Webcast Recordings Now Available Online

We would like to announce that the recordings of last week’s international Gandhara Connections workshop at the Classical Art Research Centre of the University of Oxford are now on the centre‘s website. The project Gandhara Connections aims to stimulate and support the study of ancient Gandharan art and its links to the classical world of Greece and Rome, thousands of kilometres to the west. The project’s webpages are in the process of developing into a hub with resources for understanding Gandharan art and information about various workshops and other events hosted by Gandhara Connections.

All the recorded presentations can be found on:  Webcasts (ox.ac.uk)

For more information, please check the website of the Classical Art Research Centre (www.carc.ox.ac.uk), or send an email to: carc@classics.ox.ac.uk

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Buddhism 3.0: A Philosophical Investigation (2021)

We are thrilled to inform you about an exciting book by Fujita Isshō, Nagai Hitoshi, Yamashita Ryōdō, Buddhism 3.0: A Philosophical Investigation (trans. by Jamie Hubbard with Maki Hirano Hubbard and Elizabeth Kenney). The book was published in Tokyo with Chisokudō at the very end of 2021. It presents a series of discussions that took place in Tokyo five years ago – between the well-known Japanese philosopher Nagai Hitoshi and the two Zen priests Fujita Isshō and Yamashita Ryōdō, who were ordained in the lineage of Sawaki Kōdō (“Homeless Kodo”) and Uchiyama Kōshō at Antai-ji. The framework of their conversations is what Fujita and Yamashita call “Buddhism 3.0.” 

A must-read for everyone interested in modern Buddhism!