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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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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!

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Check It Out: Buddhanet Audio

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

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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
Almut

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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.

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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.

Cheers,
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!

Cheers,
Paco

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This is to inform you that the new issue (Vol 30, no. 2) of the International Journal of Buddhist Thought and Culture (IJBTCI) is now available in print and online (all downloadable without cost) at http://ijbtc.dongguk.edu/

IJBTC is a peer-reviewed, academic journal published bi-annually in English language by the Academy of Buddhist Studies at Dongguk University, Korea. It is indexed in Thomson Reuters’ Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), the American Theological Library Association’s Atla Religion Database, and the Korea Citation Index (KCI). The journal aims to advance the study of Buddhism, its diversity of thought and culture that historically spread over the regions of Asia and has now expanded to all parts of the world. In addition, IJBTC endeavors to expand the diverse voices and perspectives in the academic study of Buddhism by featuring research from all parts of the world. In particular, it seeks to introduce scholarly investigations from regions outside the traditional centers of Buddhist study in Asia and the West.

In the spirit of expanding the study of Buddhism, IJBTC highly encourages research articles that explore new perspectives and methods while not disregarding the long and rich tradition of Buddhist studies. The journal welcomex submissions of original research including proposals for special issue publications fitting to the scope and interests of the journal. Moreover, reviews of English and non-English books, films, and other published works on Buddhism are accepted. IJBTC is published bi-annually in June and December and accepts submissions throughout the year.

For more details, click here.

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Hello everybody,

In my academic life, I am a professor of Buddhist Philosophy in Dialogue with other World Views at VU University in Amsterdam. In my Buddhist life, I am a Zen teacher in the Chinese Chan tradition (Maha Karuna Chan in the Netherlands). I received dharma transmission from my teacher Ton Lathouwers in 2013.

In my new book, Reimagining Zen in a Secular Age, I offer an account of the exciting but also problematic encounter between enchanted Japanese Zen Buddhism and secular Western modernity over the past century, using Charles Taylor’s magnum opus A Secular Age as an interpretative lens.

As the tenuous compromises of various forms of “Zen modernism” are breaking down today, new imaginings of Zen are urgently needed that go beyond both a Romantic mystical Zen and a secular “mindfulness” Zen. As a Zen scholar-practitioner, I show that the Zen philosophy of the 13th century Zen master Dōgen offers much resources for new hermeneutical, embodied, non-instrumental and communal approaches to contemporary Zen theory and practice in the West.

All the best,
André van der Braak

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Just as religion influences societal perceptions of gender and sexuality, so sexuality is a central theme in religious systems of interpretation. Since the 1970s, this mutual relationship among religion, gender, and sexuality has become increasingly prevalent in the German-language media landscape. Countless videos, audio files, texts, and images contain reports, interviews, features, and commentaries on this complex topic. Concepts of women and men in different religious traditions, heterosexuality postulated as a social norm, and questions about celibacy and abstinence are particularly frequent themes. Many questions are posed: What is the role of women in different religions? Are women and men equal? What effect does state recognition of same-sex partnerships have? Is there a connection between celibacy and sexual abuse? And how much sexual pleasure is permitted within the framework of which sexual morality?

A podcast series at Freie Universität Berlin takes up these and other questions about the interrelations of religion and sexuality in a series of lectures and panel discussions. In particular, the series deals with the so-called five major world religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam. However, the focus is also on alternative forms of religiosity, as well as contexts outside or on the fringes of organized religion – especially those in which sexuality, physicality, and the acceptance of sexual variance (LGBTQI*) constitute important points of attraction. In order to discuss these issues from diverse perspectives, representatives of various scientific disciplines and religious institutions have their say. In addition to gender and sexuality, the theoretical background is comprised of structural categories such as ethnicity, class, nationality, age, and even the body, which allow for the inclusion of issues such as diversity and intersectionality. In this way, space is also and particularly made for perspectives that focus on multiple affiliations and the interplay of different forms of discrimination in the context of religion and sexuality.

Episode 6 of this podcast is on Buddhism, gender and sexuality. To listen to it, click here.

For more information (in German) on all podcast episodes, please visit: https://www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/e/relwiss/Aktivitaeten/Religion-Geschlecht-und-Sexualitaet.html.

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