Week @ CSEAS
November 17, - November 21, 2014
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November 21, 2014 - Justin McDaniel (Professor of Buddhist Studies & Chair of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania)
Making Buddhism Asian
Any student of Buddhism or traveler to Asia will tell you that Buddhism is a religion without a center. Until very recently, there have been very few pan-Asian Buddhist institutions, universally recognized Buddhist symbols, holidays, or flags, and no mutually agreed upon center of devotion nor standard canon/liturgy. Aesthetically, politically, doctrinally, and ritually Buddhists from Korea to Tibet to Burma to Java to Japan have little in common. Buddhist history has been characterized and built by independent and eccentric travelers, translators, and artisans instead of powerful transnational/transregional institutions radiating from a mutually-accepted Buddhist Vatican-like center. However, recently, several architects and intellectuals have attempted to create pan-Asian Buddhist ecumenical spaces in an effort to make an "Asian Buddhism." This talk focuses on the work of three architects of Buddhist public and leisure spaces in Nepal, Singapore, Japan, and Thailand and is designed to start a discussion about the very idea of Buddhist ecumenical space in modern Asia.
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Thai Conversation Table
Thursday, November 20, 4:00-6:00 pm, Lakefront Cafeteria, Memorial Union.
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Filipino Conversation Table - Special Movie Showing
Thursday, November 20, 5:30-8:00pm. 206 Ingraham Hall.
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Indonesian Conversation Table
Friday, November 21, 3:00-4:0 pm. Lakefront Cafeteria, Memorial Union.
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Vietnamese Conversation Table
Friday, November 21, 4:00-5:00 pm. 1224 Van Hise Hall.
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