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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

Almut-Barbara Renger

For the programme click here!

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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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The XIXth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies has been postponed once more and will take place on August 14 to 19, 2022, at Seoul National University, Republic of Korea. The reselection process for papers and panel proposals is now over, and the conference planning team will soon post the newly updated academic program on the website of the association.

Fore more information regarding registration, accommodation, and any other related issue, click here.

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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

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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/

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Corona and Religion

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

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The annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) is going to take place online this year due to the ongoing covid-19 situation. More than 400 sessions will be happening virtually, with almost 2,000 scholars presenting on their research. For more information, see the Online Program Book at https://papers.aarweb.org/online-program-book. The virtual conference begins this upcoming Sunday.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to participate myself, but I would like to inform you that the Buddhism in the West Unit has two sessions on Tuesday December 1.

Buddhism and Racism Across Asia, Europe and North America (co-sponsored with the Buddhism Unit)
Tuesday, December 1, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM (EST UTC-5)

  • Paride Stortini, “The Buddha as an Aryan Samurai: Julius Evola’s Spiritual Racism and its Legacy on Italian Buddhism”
  • Bruce Grover, “Race, Ethnic Nationalism and Power in Modern Japanese Buddhism, 1880-1945”
  • Kim Lam, “Multiculturalism and the racialisation of Buddhism in Australia”
  • Adeana McNicholl, “Shades of Whiteness in American Buddhism”
  • Joseph Cheah, Presiding
  • Duncan Williams, Responding

Transnationalism, Secularization, and Hybridity: Adapting Buddhisms in the West (plus business meeting)
Tuesday, December 1, 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM (EST UTC-5)

  • Alexander Rocklin, “Buddhism, Race, and the Magic of Secularism in Antebellum America”
  • Peter M. Romaskiewicz, “Beware the Curse of the Buddha: Race, Gender, and Religious Xenophobia of Buddhism in Early Twentieth Century American Media”
  • Jason Ellsworth, “Buddhist Social Enterprise or ‘Corporate Buddhism’ The Commodification and Consumption of Discourses of Social Change”
  • Claudia Schippert, “Translating Korean Zen in America: Hybridization in Seung Sahn’s Kwan Um School of Zen”

I am sure this will be two splendid sessions!

Take care and be well.
Almut (Renger)

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Dear everyone,

This is to inform you on the 1-Month Monastic Program (2020) at Fo Guang Shan Tsung Lin University.

Founded in 1965 by the Chinese monk Venerable Hsing Yun (born 1927), Fo Guang Shan Tsung Lin University is an education institute devoted to teaching the Dharma to young monastics and lay practitioners. In 2020, Tsung Lin University will be launching the 1-Month Monastic Program for single unmarried young adults who are interested in Buddhist studies and practices. The program will offer classes on studies of Buddhist sutras, doctrines, and Humanistic Buddhism added with practical experience in monastery chores and services.

Language: All classes will be taught in English.

Dates: February 4, 2020 ~ March 4, 2020 (1 Month)

Fee: Tuition and accommodation are sponsored by the Fo Guang Shan Sangha Education Fund (Airfare and travel expenses not included).

For information on eligibility, application and registration dates, click here.

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We are pleased to inform you about a talk by

Prof. Mario Poceski (Buddhist Studies and Chinese Religions, University of Florida)

on the topic

Transformations of the classical models of meditation praxis in Chinese Buddhism

on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, from 4:15 to 5:45 pm

in the Universität Hamburg, Asien-Afrika-Institut, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, Ostflügel (Eastern Wing), Room 120

For more information and flyer click here.

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The Research Center for Buddhist Texts and Arts (RCBTA) at Peking University, Buddhist Studies Center at Sun Yatsen University (SYSU-BSC), and the From the Ground Up project based at the University of British Columbia (www.frogbear.org) cordially invite applications for a 8-day (December 14–21, 2019) program of lecture series, conference/forum, and fieldwork on Buddhism and East Asian Cultures in Kunming, Yunnan, China.

Kunming, China

December 14–21, 2019

December 14, 2019: Registration, Opening Ceremony;
December 15–18, 2019: Lecture Series & Taste of the Dharma Series;
December 19, 2019: Young Scholars’ Forum & Closing Ceremony;
December 20, 2019: Tour of famous religious sites;
December 21, 2019: Departure.

Participants are required to take part in all of the activities supported by this program, including the four-part lecture series, the Young Scholar Forum (paper presentations are optional, but attendance is required), field trips, and monastic experience session, etc. Senior undergraduate students and graduate students (MA and doctoral) specializing in any Buddhist tradition(s) or East Asian religions, and postdoctoral fellows working on relevant fields, are encouraged to apply to buddhistseminarandfieldwork@gmail.com.

Applications are to be submitted before October 31, 2019. Each application should include (1) an application form (to be provided upon request via the above email), (2) an updated curriculum vitae, (3) one writing sample, and (4) a reference letter (to be emailed by the referee directly to the above email address).

For more information, see http://www.frogbear.org.

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