Becoming Citizens: Student-Monks and the Rise of Social Engagement in Modern Chinese Buddhism

UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program presents a lecture by the Venerable Rongdao Lai.

“Becoming Citizens: Student-Monks and the Rise of Social Engagement in Modern Chinese Buddhism”

Date: Wednesday, 9 April 2014
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Place: Room 120, C.K. Choi Building, 1855 West Mall

Lectures are free and open to the public. Seating will be on a first-come first-serve basis. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the lecture.

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Call for Papers: Buddhism and Politics in the Twenty-First Century (June 6th – 7th)

“Buddhism and Politics in the Twenty-First Century”

UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program, funded by The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation, will hold a conference on Buddhism and the politics in the twenty-first century June 6-7, 2014 at the University of British Columbia’s Point Grey campus.

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  • Abstract and short biography submission deadline:  March 28, 2014
  • Conference weekend:  June 6-7, 2014
  • Papers due:  May 23, 2014

The program committee welcomes proposals for papers from academics, professionals, and graduate students interested by the influence of Buddhism in contemporary politics. The conference will serve as the foundation for an edited volume on that topic.

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Call for Papers: Buddhist Perspectives on the Work of Care (May 9th – 10th)

“Buddhist Perspectives on the Work of Care”

UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program, funded by The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation, will hold a workshop on Buddhist perspectives on the work of care May 9-10, 2014 at the University of British Columbia’s Point Grey campus.

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  • Abstract and short biography submission deadline:  March 28, 2014
  • Workshop weekend:  May 9-10, 2014
  • Papers due:  April 25, 2014

The program committee welcomes proposals for papers from academics, professionals, and graduate students interested by the influence of Buddhism on the work of care. The workshop will serve as the foundation for an edited volume or a special issue on that topic in a peer-reviewed journal.

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Video: Professor Halkias Talks Pure Land in Tibetan Buddhism

**Reblogged from Asia Pacific Memo***

Featuring Georgios T. Halkias

A few months ago the Asia Pacific Memo sat down with Dr. Georgios T. Halkias a noted scholar of Pure Land Buddhism, particularly of the Himalayan region, and the author ofLuminous Bliss, A Religious History of Pure Land Literature in Tibet (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2012). He was a keynote speaker for the conference “The Pure Land in Buddhist Cultures” held at UBC campus.

In our discussion, which we present here in abridged form, Dr. Halkias considers the special characteristics of Pure Land orientations within Tibetan Pure Land Buddhism, including its tantric or “esoteric” aspects. As well, he touches on the relationship between Tibetan Buddhism and Asian Buddhism more generally. Finally, he reflects upon the challenges, both disciplinary and personal, facing scholars studying Tibetan Buddhism today.

Dr. Georgios T. Halkias is an Assistant Professor of Buddhism at the Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong.  Since 2007 he has also been a Visiting Associate Researcher at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, and since 2009 a Fellow at the Oxford Centre of Buddhist Studies.

He was interviewed by Jessica L. Main of the Institute of Asian Research and Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, and since 2009 The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation Chair and director of the Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program.

Professor Halkias Talks Pure Land in Tibetan Buddhism (6:46)

Georgios T. Halkias, Luminous Bliss: A Religious History of Pure Land Literature in Tibet (2012)

Related Asia Pacific Memos: See our other memos on Tibet

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Jan 20 and 22 (Chinese Language): Visit from Monks of Longquan Monastery, Beijing to UBC

UBC’s Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program, generously supported by The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation, together with UBC’s Tzu-chi Buddhist Studies Forum, are pleased to welcome Ven. Xianli 賢立 and Xianxun 賢遜 to UBC campus. (These are Chinese language talks. Oral translation is available when necessary)

Jan 20: Rénshēng de kŭ yŭ lè——Fójiào de jiàzhí guān 人生的苦與樂 —— 佛教的價值觀 (Suffering and Happiness: A Significant Aspect of the Values of Buddhism)

Date: Monday, 20 January, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 2:50pm  
Place: Asian Center, Room 604, UBC Point Grey Campus

Jan 22: Cóng sìyuàn jiànshè kàn Fójiào jīngshén 从寺院建设看佛教精神 (Viewing Buddhist Spirituality via Temple Construction)

Date: Wednesday, 22 January, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm  
Place: C.K. Choi Building, Room 120, Insitute of Asian Research, UBC Point Grey Campus

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Beijing Longquan monastery 北京龍泉寺, built in 951, a place of practicing Buddhism and promoting traditional Chinese culture.

The Ven. Xianli is Monastic Secretary and Disciplinary Master of Beijing Longquan Monastery M.A. in aerodynamics at Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. 贤立法师: 北京龙泉寺书记、监院. 北京航天航空大学 空气动力学硕士.

The Ven. Xianxun is Clerk of the Monastic Secretariat of Beijing Longquan Monastery B.A. in Risk Management & Insurance at Peking University. 贤逊法师: 北京大學. 北京龙泉寺书记会秘书. 北京大学 经济学学士 Continue reading

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