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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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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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The online version of Buddhist Studies Review 34.2 (2017) is available and can be viewed at:
https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/BSR/issue/current. It containts various interesting pieces, among others an article by Yu-Shuang Yao and Richard Gombrich on how a form of modern Chinese Buddhism known as ‘Humanistic Buddhism’ or ‘Buddhism for Human Life’ has been influenced by Christianity. For everyone in our winter term class on Buddhism at Freie Universität Berlin interested in Fo Guang Shan and/or effects of Protestant Christianity and Roman Catholicism on Buddhism this article (Christianity as Model and Analogue in the Formation of the ‘Humanistic’ Buddhism of Tài Xū and Hsīng Yún) is a must-read.

The journal is available online in libraries at FU Berlin. The print copy will be produced in due course.

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Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to recommend a recently published translation of poems by three Chinese monks of the Tang Dynasty. The Poetry of Hanshan (Cold Mountain), Shide, and Fenggan is published in De Gruyter’s “Library of Chinese Humanities” series. The translator is Paul Rouzer, a specialist in poetics and poetry of China and Japan, Buddhism, and traditions of the supernatural in East Asia.

This legendary trio of monk-recluse-poets has enjoyed a popular afterlife both in China and abroad. Hanshan (Cold Mountain) in particular is a beloved figure in Japan, where he is also known as Kanzan. In America,these poets are icons of counterculture. Gary Snyder, among others,translated Hanshan into English. Upon Snyder’s suggestion, Jack Kerouac dedicated The Dharma Bums to Hanshan.

The present edition brings together all the extant poems composed by these monks, providing English translations alongside the original Chinese. A pdf version can be downloaded for free from www.degruyter.com/view/product/449925.

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H-Buddhism

Dialogue with fellow scholars, sharing resources and ideas is of benefit to our individual research, and for the Buddhist scholastic community as a whole. There is a plethora of valuable academic communities, resource archives and projects to bring researchers together in this way. Though already well known, today we would like to take the time to write briefly about the H-Buddhism project, supported through H-Net. H-Net, or Humanities and Social Sciences Online is a extensive project designed to facilitate online communications between social scientists. H-Buddhism joined H-Net’s many branches in 2001 and has been a growing database and source of scholastic interaction since. H-Buddhism is open to those with an academic background in Buddhist study, including advanced students, professors and independent scholars (for specifications, see https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/pages/23146/about-h-buddhism). The primary intention of H-Buddhism is described as: “to enable specialists in Buddhist studies to easily communicate current research and teaching interests; to discuss new articles, books, papers, approaches, methods and tools of analysis; to test new ideas and share comments and tips on teaching.” Other resources besides discussion forums are also available. These include facilities for students such as Buddhist studies links and information on Buddhist Studies graduate programs. Literary resources are available in the form of Journals for Buddhist studies and the H-Buddhism Zotero bibliography as well as reviews on recently published works. Teaching resources are also part of H-Buddhism with discussion logs and syllabi. University job listings, research projects and conferences are posted as well as fellowship announcements. Since H-Buddhism is provided for and by Buddhist scholars, calls for papers by anyone organizing Buddhist study conferences is also encouraged. For more information on registration and what H-Buddhism offers, visit: https://networks.h-net.org/h-buddhism

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PDFs of publications in the monograph series “Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde” (WSTB) that are out of print are now available for free download at the WSTB website: https://www.istb.univie.ac.at/cgi-bin/wstb/wstb.cgi?catalogue=1.

Enjoy!

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