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enormous amount of new Gāndhārī and Sanskrit manuscripts and inscriptions from the Greater Gandhāran region that remain unpublished, and in part a response to the desire to make that material available in a more comprehensive form than is not possible in conventional print publications.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!


​It’s been a while since the last one, so it’s time again for an update about what happened since I moved from Rāṣṭrīya Sanskrit Sansthan to Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

I am proud to report that I had the opportunity to serve as Chair of the Centre for Sanskrit Studies at JNU, as Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies in Cambodia, and as Research Associate in the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies in Himachal Pradesh. I was also invited to teach Buddhist Philosophy at various universities such as Latvia University in Riga and National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy in Ukraine. Some of my papers I have written during this time can be found on https://jnu.academia.edu/httpssanskrit985wordpresscomblogabout   ​

Among the projects I have been working on is a translation project granted by Khyentse Foundation as part of the ‘Buddhist Literary Heritage Project’ (BLHP) to translate the Sutra of the “Ārya Pitā Putra Saṁvāda sūtra.” I executed the project with Khenpo Kalsang Gyaltsen and Prof. Ani Kunga Chodron from George Washington University,’ USA. Now a new translation of Pañjikā of Prajñākaramati into English is going on. My latest book, “Essentials of Pali: Language and Literature,” will be published soon this year.

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.

This year has been incredibly eventful, both around the globe and here in Germany. As 2020 comes to a close, we would like to express our warmest thanks for your cooperation and interest in our blog. May your holidays be full of love, peace, and happiness – and may it continue into the coming year. Enjoy the holidays as much as possible, stay safe, and happy new year!

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)