[INDOLOGY] XVIIIth IABS Congress, Toronto, August 20-25, 2017, Third Circular

Christoph Emmrich christoph.emmrich at utoronto.ca
Fri May 12 10:22:47 UTC 2017

XVIIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies
August 20th to the 25th, 2017
University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada


Dear Colleagues, Dear Friends:

I am very happy to send you the Third Circular for the XVIIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, which will be held in Toronto at the University of Toronto campus, August 20th to the 25th, 2017.

On behalf of the IABS, my university, and the conference’s Planning Committee, I warmly submit this final circular for you to consult for the Congress schedule, the panels and section papers, the evening events, and additional information to help you plan your time in Toronto.

We encourage all IABS members to attend the Congress in Toronto, and ask that you please circulate this document through our many communities of colleagues, students, and supporters, so that everyone feels welcome to attend and participate in the events this summer.

General Information

Please allow me to once more remind everyone that they must be a fully paid member of IABS for the year 2017 in order to attend the event, deliver a paper or sit on a panel in Toronto. IABS membership fees were due by December 31, 2016, but can still be paid retroactively anytime this year. IABS membership can be secured through the online form at the IABS website: www.iabsinfo.net<http://www.iabsinfo.net/>. Initial enquiries about eligibility should be sent to the association’s Secretary General, Dr. Ulrich Pagel (up1 at soas.ac.uk<mailto:up1 at soas.ac.uk>).

The Planning Committee received an overwhelming amount of excellent and exciting submissions, and it was with a heavy heart that we were not able to accept every paper. I wish to still encourage everyone who was not able to present this year to still attend the events in Toronto. Presentation of a paper is not required to attend the Congress, and everyone is subject to the same Congress registration fee.

Online Congress registration opened October 1st, 2016, and will close just prior to the start of the proceedings, August 18th, 2017. Please see below for further details on how to register, information about the fee structure, as well as the amenities covered by the fee.

Though our field spans myriad linguistic regions and our members represent diverse language backgrounds, it is IABS policy that official Congress proceedings, including papers and presentations, be conducted in an English-language medium.

All future communication will be distributed via email. Please write to me, Christoph Emmrich, directly, if you have any questions about future communications. My address is found at the bottom of this circular under ‘Correspondent,’ or on our website here: http://www.iabs2017-uoft.ca/contact/. If you wish to update or confirm your correct email address, please write to Nicholas Field (nicholas.field at utoronto.ca<mailto:nicholas.field at utoronto.ca>), who oversees our Congress mailing list.

Visa Information

I understand that the process to secure a visa to Canada is difficult for some of our members, but since visa requirements vary from country to country, I regret that I and my team cannot offer assistance or advice in securing a Canadian Visa. I strongly encourage you to contact the Canadian Embassy or Consulate closest to you, to begin the visa process immediately.

Presenters requiring a formal letter of invitation are requested to contact my Academic Coordinator, Tony Scott, at anthony.scott at utoronto.ca<mailto:anthony.scott at utoronto.ca>. For those registered participants not presenting a paper or acting in a formal capacity at the Congress, Tony is happy to prepare a formal letter confirming that you have paid the full fee, and are registered for the Congress.

Registered Congress participants plus one accompanying person travelling to the Congress can qualify for a discount of up to 20% with the Star Alliance Network, which includes Air Canada, depending on fare and class of travel booked. I invite you to use the Conventions Plus online booking tool<http://conventionsplusbookings.staralliance.com/trips/StarHome.aspx?meetingcode=AC05S17> on our website, and to read about the participating airlines: http://www.iabs2017-uoft.ca/travel-and-accommodation/partners-travels/star-alliance/. If you have any questions or concerns, please write to Alexander O’Neill (alexander.oneill at mail.utoronto.ca<mailto:alexander.oneill at mail.utoronto.ca>), a member of my team in charge of travel and accommodation.

Allow me to direct everyone to our Congress website for information on hotels around the Congress: http://www.iabs2017-uoft.ca/travel-and-accommodation/. Since the Congress venue is in the heart of downtown Toronto, and as August is a busy time of year, I encourage you to book as soon as you are able. I welcome you to write Alexander (alexander.oneill at mail.utoronto.ca<mailto:alexander.oneill at mail.utoronto.ca>) if you have any questions, but please note that you are responsible for securing your own accommodations while at the Congress.

Registration will take place on Sunday, August 20th, from 10:00 – 18:00, at the Bahen Centre Atrium. Pre-registration in the same location starts on Saturday, August 19th, from 15:00 to 18:00. If you are expecting a late arrival, you may still register at any time during the week at the Congress Registration and Information Desk, in the Bahen Centre Atrium.

Registration Fee
In addition to the IABS membership fees, all participants will need to pay a Congress registration fee used to help us cover the cost of hosting the event, stipulated below. This fee includes attendance at all Congress panels, sections, roundtables and workshops, tea and coffee, lunches served throughout the week, and the Welcome and Farewell dinners. The registration fee does not include travel, accommodation, food outside of lunch or the two dinners, excursions, or other special events.

I ask those planning to register to please make use of our online, secure payment system at the official XVIIIth IABS website: http://www.iabs2017-uoft.ca/registration/. The preferred method of payment is by credit card, but we can also accept a cheque or bank draft, in Canadian Dollars only. Please send any cheques or bank drafts to the following address:

Duncan Hill
University of Toronto Mississauga
Department of Historical Studies
EH 209 C
3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6

All cheques should be made out to “The University of Toronto.” We regret that we can only accept fees in Canadian Dollars. Online congress registration opened October 1st, 2016, and will close just prior to the start of the proceedings, August 18th, 2017. Registration after this date and during the Congress can be made on-site at the Congress Registration and Information Desk, Bahen Centre Atrium, in cash (CAD), cheque, or bank draft.

Graduate students who are presenting a paper at the Congress, and who are from countries with low currency exchange rates when compared to the Canadian Dollar, may request a fee reduction by writing to me directly at the address provided below. Decisions on fee reduction will be made on a case-by-case basis, but I encourage you to apply.

Conference Travel Grants
Unfortunately, the Planning Committee is not able to offer any travel grants for the XVIIIth Congress.

Audio Visual Equipment
The Congress venue is fully equipped with audio and visual equipment to suit the needs of our presenters. Should your presentation require additional equipment or other special requests, feel free to contact my Academic Coordinator, Tony Scott (anthony.scott at utoronto.ca<mailto:anthony.scott at utoronto.ca>), who would be glad to assist you.

Roundtables and Workshop
Several roundtables and a workshop of an academic nature have been initiated by individual IABS members and Congress sponsors, and the Planning Committee and I are honoured to host these events in the evening, after the regular academic programming concludes. A full list of these events is available below.

The Planning Committee and I have invited several leading publishers in our field to present their services and products to Congress participants. Exhibition space will be in the Bahen Centre Atrium, and accessible throughout the Congress proceedings. A full list of the exhibitors attending the Congress will be made available on the website, and a publisher’s panel will also be part of the evening presentations on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017. If you have any questions about the exhibitors participating in the XVIIIth IABS Congress, please write to Tamara Cohen (tamara.cohen at mail.utoronto.ca<mailto:tamara.cohen at mail.utoronto.ca>), part of my team here in Toronto.

Congress Schedule
*All event venues are at the University of Toronto, St. George Campus

Saturday, August 19, 2017
15:00 – 18:00 Pre-registration (Bahen Centre, Atrium)

Sunday, August 20, 2017
10:00 – 18:00 Registration (Bahen Centre, Atrium)
15:00 – 17:00 Opening Session (Convocation Hall)
18:00 – 20:00 Welcome Reception (Hart House, The Great Hall)

Monday, August 21, 2017
09:00 – 10:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
10:30 – 11:00 Tea & Coffee
11:00 – 12:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
15:30 – 16:00 Tea & Coffee
16:00 – 17:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
17:30 – 19:00 The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto: Roundtable (Royal Ontario Museum Auditorium)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
09:00 – 10:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
10:30 – 11:00 Tea & Coffee
11:00 – 12:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
15:30 – 16:00 Tea & Coffee
16:00 – 17:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
17:00 – 19:00 IABS Board Meeting (Simcoe Hall, President’s Boardroom)
18:00 – 19:00 Introducing the Fo Guang Buddhist Art Encyclopedia (Bahen Centre)
18:00 – 19:00 Publishers Panel (Bahen Centre)
18:00 – 20:00 Buddhist Universal Digital Archive: Workshop (Bahen Centre)
19:00 – 20:00 Humanistic Buddhism in the Contemporary Age: Fo Guang Shan 佛光山 at 50 (Bahen Centre)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
09:00 – 10:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
10:30 – 11:00 Tea & Coffee
11:00 – 12:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
15:30 – 16:00 Tea & Coffee
16:00 – 17:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
18:00 – 19:00 Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai Fellowship: Roundtable (Bahen Centre)
18:00 – 20:00 Buddhist Studies in Canada: Roundtable (Bahen Centre)

Thursday, August 24, 2017
09:00 – 10:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
10:30 – 11:00 Tea & Coffee
11:00 – 12:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
Afternoon Excursions

Friday, August 25, 2017
09:00 – 10:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
10:30 – 11:00 Tea & Coffee
11:00 – 12:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
15:30 – 16:00 Tea & Coffee
16:00 – 17:30 Panels & Sections (Bahen Centre)
18:00 – 19:30 General Meeting (Convocation Hall)
20:00 – 22:00 Farewell Dinner (Hart House, The Great Hall)

*Please note that the Planning Committee reserves the right to make programme changes as necessary.

Academic Program
The Congress has been organized into panels and section. Individual panel and section papers are limited to 20 minutes each, with an additional 10 minutes permitted for discussion. Individual papers will begin on the hour and half hour as per the conference schedule.

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Morning Session

Afternoon Session

Buddhism and the Information Network in Medieval East Asia

Monastic Espionage in East Asia in the Age of Isolationism, 14th to 19th Century

The Manuscript Tradition of the Pali Texts in South and Southeast Asia

Bell Inscriptions Across the Buddhist World

Buddhist Tourism in Asia: Sacred Sites within Global Networks

Discipline, Agency, Inquiry: Vinaya Reception in Women’s Monastic Communities Past and Present

The Roles of Iconic Imagery in South Asian Buddhist Architectural Contexts

Buddhism and Medicine

Concepts and Techniques of Prognostication

Information Technologies in Buddhist Studies

Buddhist Places

Early Buddhism

Buddhist Literature

Buddhist Literature

Buddhism and Its Relation to Other Religions

Buddhism and Its Relation to Other Religions

Epistemology and Logic in Buddhism

Epistemology and Logic in Buddhism

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Morning Session

Afternoon Session

Monastic Espionage in East Asia: Modern Period

Conventional Reality, Conventional Truth

Early Buddhist Manuscripts from Gandhāra: New Discoveries and Research

What Makes a Monastery a Great Monastery?

Ritual, Doctrine, and Monasticism: Buddhist Practices in Dunhuang

Recent Research on the Dīrghāgama

Buddhist Ways of Reading

Travel, Transmission, and Affiliation: Lineage in the Buddhist Crossroads of Inner Asia

New Approaches to Wŏnhyo and His Thought—A Panel in Commemoration of the 1400th Anniversary of His Birth

Transparent, Translucent, or Opaque: Chinese Translations of Indic Texts as Windows onto Indian Buddhism

New Research on Newar Buddhism

Reconstructing the History of Late Indian Buddhism (Part III)— Relationship between Tantric and Non-tantric Doctrines ―

Epistemology and Logic in Buddhism

Manuscripts, Codicology, and Epigraphy

Buddhism and Society

Buddhism and Society

Mahāyāna Buddhism

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Morning Session

Afternoon Session

Recent Approaches in Vinaya Studies

Stories Behind the Story: Revisiting the Buddha’s Hagiography

Buddhist Cosmology and Astral Science

Vinaya Commentaries

Literatures of Contemplation

Zones of Contact: Facets of Buddhist Interactions in Eastern Central Asia During the 9th-14th Centuries

Transmission and Transformation of Buddhist Logic and Epistemology in East Asia (I): Dignāga and Pre-Dignāga Logic

Transmission and Transformation of Buddhist Logic and Epistemology in East Asia (II): Dharmapāla, Bhāviveka, Xuanzang, and their impact on East Asian Buddhism

The Buddha’s Footprint in Asian Cultures

Theravāda Buddhism

Mahāyāna Buddhism

Manuscripts, Codicology, and Epigraphy

Tantric Buddhism

Tantric Buddhism

Buddhist Art and Architecture

Buddhist Art and Architecture

Mahāyāna Sūtras

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Morning Session

Afternoon Session

Buddhist Conceptions of History


Buddhist Studies and the Scientific Study of Meditation

Does Candrakīrti Offer Any Epistemology (pramāṇa)?

Insights into Gandhāran Buddhist Narratives through Art and Texts

Buddhism in the Sātavāhana Empire

Approaches to the Bodhicaryāvatāra

Mahāyāna Sūtras

Buddhist Hermeneutics, Scholasticism, and Commentarial Techniques

Abhidharma Studies

Friday, August 23rd, 2017

Morning Session

Afternoon Session

The Avadānaśataka: The Uses of Narrative

Buddhism from the Margins: Using Manuscript Sources to Re-examine the Rituals and Routines of Medieval and Early Modern Buddhist Communities in Japan, Korea, and China

A New Study of Ratnākaraśānti’s Prajñāpāramitopadeśa

Brahmin Buddhists

Dhāraṇī Literature and Textual Cultures

Deeds of a Buddha

Images and Practices of Buddhist Kingship across Asia

Yogācāra Across Asia: India, Tibet, and East Asia

New Trajectories in the Study of Buddhism and Law

Vinaya Studies

Contemporary Buddhism

Epistemology and Logic in Buddhism

Buddhist Hermeneutics, Scholasticism, and Commentarial Techniques

Buddhist Hermeneutics, Scholasticism, and Commentarial Techniques

Buddhist Art and Architecture

Abhidharma Studies

The Canonical Languages of Buddhism


Abstracts of all paper presentations will be available on the Congress website in the coming weeks. Though the Planning Committee will try our best to accommodate everyone, we reserve the right to make programme changes as necessary, and apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused.

Panel 01:

A New Study of Ratnākaraśānti’s Prajñāpāramitopadeśa
(Fri., Aug. 25th, 9:00-12:30)
Katsura, Shoryu (Hiroshima University): The Four Yoga Stages of the Prajñāpāramitopadeśa
Shiga, Kiyokuni (Kyoto Sangyo University): On some common scriptural sources cited by Ratnākaraśānti and Kamalaśīla
Nishiyama, Ryo (Ryukoku University): Mādhyamikas in the Prajñāpāramitopadeśa
Hayashima, Satoshi (Ryukoku University): The Theory of Three Natures in the Prajñāpāramitopadeśa
Kataoka, Kei (Kyushu University): Ratnākaraśānti on Prakāśa
Luo, Hong (China Tibetology Research Center): Ratnākaraśānti’s sketch of self-awareness in the Prajñāpāramitopadeśa

Panel 02:

Approaches to the Bodhicaryāvatāra
(Thurs., Aug. 24th, 9:00-12:30)
Gyatso, Janet (Harvard University): Seeing Oneself from the Outside, and its Moral Work
Carpenter, Amber (Yale-NUS): Reason and Knowledge on the Path
Ohnuma, Reiko (Dartmouth College): Embodiment in the Bodhicaryāvatāra
Harris, Stephen (Leiden University): Demandingness and Shaping the Self in the Bodhicaryāvatāra
Goodman, Charles (Binghamton University-SUNY): Can We Know Whether Śāntideva was a Consequentialist?
Chien, Gloria (Virginia Commonwealth University): The Vision and Moral Formation of a Bodhisattva Practitioner

Panel 03:

Bell Inscriptions Across the Buddhist World
(Mon., Aug. 21st, 14:00-17:30)
Willis, Michael (British Museum): Buddhist Bells in the British Museum
Galambos, Imre (University of Cambridge): Buddhist Bell Inscriptions from China: Attempt at an Inventory
Burdorf, Suzanne (Universiteit Ghent): Read the Bell: tracing the cultural and social history of monastic bells through inscriptions from Song (960–1276) China
Doney, Lewis (British Museum): Large Tibetan Imperial Bells and Their Epigraphy
Martin, Dan (Jerusalem): The Tibetan Bell in Armenia and its Inscription: An Account of a Quest to Account for it
Bretfeld, Sven (Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet): Buddhist Bells and the Study of Religious Materiality: Some Theoretical Reflections

Panel 04:

Brahmin Buddhists
(Fri., Aug. 25th, 14:00-17:30)
Bausch, Lauren (Dharma Realm Buddhist University): The Kāṇva Brāhmaṇas and Buddhists in Kosala
Bronkhorst, Johannes (University of Lausanne): Were Buddhist Brahmins Buddhists or Brahmins?
Chudal, Alaka (University of Vienna): Brahmin Buddhists in Northern South Asia
McGovern, Nathan (Franklin and Marshall College): Buddhist Brahmans: Taking Early Buddhist Claims to Brahmanhood Seriously
Walser, Joseph (Tufts University): Buddhism and Brahmanism: Who made the distinction (and who refused)?
Freiberger, Oliver (University of Texas at Austin): Discussant

Panel 05:

Buddhism and the Information Network in Medieval East Asia
(Mon., Aug. 21st, 9:00-12:30)
Bauer, Mikael (McGill University): The Chronicle of Jōe: The murder of a young Fujiwara monk in 7th century Japan
Carlton, Kelly (University of Oxford): Monastic Spies, Secret Envoys, and Cross-Border Rendezvous: Buddhist Monk Deokjang 德昌 and His Contemporaries in Three Kingdoms Korea
Chen, Jinhua (University of British Columbia): Monastic Espionage in Sui-Tang and Song dynasties
Deeg, Max (Cardiff College): Gathering Intelligence, Keeping the Precepts: Xuanzang and Tang Imperial Policy
Doell, Steffen (Universität Hamburg): Undercover dharma: Chan Masters in the Kamakura period

Panel 06:

Buddhism from the Margins: Using Manuscript Sources to Re-examine the Rituals and Routines of Medieval and Early Modern Buddhist Communities in Japan, Korea, and China
(Fri., Aug. 25th, 14:00-17:30)
Goodman, Amanda (University of Toronto): Recycled and Read: Reflections on the Personal Uses of Ritual Handbooks in Late Medieval Dunhuang
Keyworth, George A. (University of Saskatchewan): Recovering Medieval Shintō-Buddhist Rituals at Matsuo Shrine through Eighth-Century Manuscripts from Bonshakuji, Fushimi, and Mt. Hiei
Lin, Pei-ying (Fu Jen Catholic University): The Tendai Undertaking of Travelogues to Ninth-Century China
Lowe, Bryan (Vanderbilt University): A Sermon on Verso, A Preacher in the Provinces: Re-centering the Study of Heian Buddhism
McBride II, Richard D. (Brigham Young University): How Did Buddhists Venerate the Avataṃsaka-sūtra in Late Premodern Korea? Insights from Two Manuscript Rituals Texts
Zhai, Minhao (Princeton University): Faces of Power:
A Reexamination of the Foshuo qiqianfo shenfu jing 佛說七千佛神符經
Robson, James (Harvard University): Discussant

Panel 07:

Buddhism in the Sātavāhana Empire
(Thurs., Aug. 24th, 9:00-12:30)
Collett, Alice (Nalanda University): Women under Sātavāhana Rule
Ollett, Andrew (Harvard University): Sātakarṇi and Nāgārjuna: Buddhism as a Public Religion under the Sātavāhanas
Efurd, David (Wofford College): The Satavahana-Ksaharata War and Early Buddhist Patronage
Shimada, Akira (SUNY New Paltz): Royal and Non-Royal Buddhist Patronage in the Early Deccan
Visvanathan, Meera (Shiv Nadar University): The Idea of the ‘Perpetual Gift’: The akṣaya-nīvi in the inscriptions of the Early Historic Deccan
Zin, Monika (University of Leipzig): Kanaganahalli in the Satavahana Art and Buddhism

Panel 08:

Buddhist Conceptions of History
Thurs., Aug. 24th, 9:00-12:30)
Kieschnick, John (Stanford University): Dreams, Omens and Prophecy in Chinese Buddhist Historiography
Stortini, Paride (University of Chicago): Promulgating the Law through History: What is Modern in Nanjō Bunyū’s A Short History of the Twelve Japanese Buddhist Sects?
Balkwill, Stephanie (University of Southern California): Who Owns the Buddhist Past?: The Northern Wei as Bearers of High Buddhist Culture in Medieval China
Stone, Jacqueline (Princeton University): Time, History, and the Lotus Sūtra in Nichiren’s Thought
MacCormack, Ian James (Harvard University): Buddhist Rule and Historical Thinking in Seventeenth-Century Tibet
Thompson, Luke Noel (Columbia University): Japanese Buddhist Optimism about the Future, as seen in the Rebuilding of Nara and the Fabrication of New Myths

Panel 09:

Buddhist Cosmology and Astral Science
(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 9:00-12:30)
Huntington, Eric (Princeton University): Cosmology as a Framework for Expression in Text and Image
Satinsky, Ruth (University of Lausanne): Untangling the historical relationship between the concepts of Mount Meru in early Buddhist, Jaina, and Brahmanical literature
Hiyama-Karino, Satomi (Ryukoku University): Iconography of Sumeru in the Buddhist Art in Central Asia
Mak, Bill M. (Kyoto University): The Buddhist transmission of Grahamātṛkādhāraṇī and other planetary astral texts
Okada, Masahiko (Tenri University): The emergence of Buddhist astronomy and Buddhist science in nineteenth century Japan
Yano, Michio (Kyoto Sangyo University): Discussant

Panel 10:

Buddhist Studies and the Scientific Study of Meditation
(Thurs., Aug. 24th, 9:00-12:30)
Braun, Erik (University of Virginia): Mindful but not Religious:  Meditation and Enchantment in the Work of Jon Kabat-Zinn
Davis, Jake (Brown University): The Value of Mindfulness
Wilson, Jeff (University of Waterloo): The New Science of Health and Happiness: Investigating Buddhist and Non-Buddhist Engagements with the Scientific Study of Mindfulness
Edelglass, William (Marlboro College): Buddhism, Happiness, and the Science of Meditation
McMahan, David (Franklin & Marshall College): Epistemic Presuppositions in the Scientific Study of Meditation

Panel 11:

Buddhist Tourism in Asia: Sacred Sites within Global Networks
 (Mon., Aug. 21st, 9:00-12:30)
Jaffe, Richard (Duke University): Following the Cotton Road: Japanese Corporate Pilgrimage to India, 1926–1927
Geary, David (University of British Columbia): Performing Love: Tourism and Transnational Courting at the Place of Buddha’s Enlightenment
Lau, Ngar-Sze (Lancaster University): Constructing Burmese meditation communities in mainland China through Buddhist Tourism
Marchman, Kendall (Young Harris College): Buddhism and the Bottom Line: The Nanshan Group and Buddhist Culture Parks
Friedrich, Daniel (McMaster University): Recreational Buddhists: Travel and the construction of contemporary Japanese Buddhist identities
Bruntz, Courtney (Doane University): Discussant
Schedneck, Brooke (Chiangmai University): Discussant

Panel 12:

Buddhist Ways of Reading
(Tue., Aug. 22nd, 9:00-12:30)
Hallisey, Charles (Harvard University): Reading Buddhist Texts for Texture and Density
Derris, Karen (Redlands University): Sharing Time: The Importance of Community Across Cosmic and Historic Time in Pāli Commentaries
Shulman, Eviatar (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem): The Buddha's Death as a Literary Event
Gummer, Natalie (Beloit College): Speech Acts of the Buddha
Nance, Richard (Indiana University): Reading as Yielding: Passages of Reception in Indian Buddhist Literature
Heim, Maria (Amherst College): Discussant

Panel 13:

Concepts and Techniques of Prognostication
(Mon., Aug. 21st, 9:00-12:30)
Scheuermann, Rolf (IKGF, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg): What can we learn from Tibetan Buddhist divinatory manuals?
Maurer, Petra (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität): Diagrams on Astrology and Divination
Smith, Alexander (École Pratique des Hautes Études): Prognostic Structure and the Question of Efficacy
Guggenmos, Esther-Maria (FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg): The Availability of the Future–A Reflection on the Adaptability of Mantic Practices in Chinese Buddhism
Seymour, Kelsey (University of Pennsylvania): Child Idols: Possession, Purity, and Prognoses in Accounts of Child Mediums in Medieval Chinese Buddhism

Panel 14:

Conventional Reality, Conventional Truth
(Tue., Aug. 22nd, 14:00-17:30)
Prueitt, Catherine (Emory University): Conventional Truth When There Is No Conventional Reality: Understanding Dharmakīrti on Conventional vs. Ultimate Means of Trustworthy Awareness
Arnold, Dan (University of Chicago): How ‘Conventional’ is Conventional Truth? Thoughts on the Divergent Intuitions of Candrakīrti and Śāntarakṣita
McClintock, Sara (Emory University): Recognizing the Ultimate as the Conventional—from Nāgārjuna to Kamalaśīla
Finnigan, Bronwyn (Australian National University): Is svasaṃvedana conventionally false? The search for a minimal self
Thompson, Evan (University of British Columbia): Cognitive Science and Conventional Truth: The Case of Self-Awareness (Svasaṃvedana)
Sharf, Robert (University of California, Berkeley): Two Truths, Dialetheism, and Chan

Panel 15:

Deeds of a Buddha
(Fri., Aug. 25th, 14:00-17:30)
Tournier, Vincent (SOAS, University of London): What a Buddha Must Do: Spread and Scope of the Notion of buddhakārya in Indian Buddhist Narratives of the Middle Period
Luczanits, Christian (SOAS, University of London): Variations on a Theme: The Buddha’s Deeds in the āyaka Reliefs at Kanaganahalli
Ciurtin, Eugen (Institute for the History of Religions, Romanian Academy): The Deed of an Earthquake: The Seismic Web of a Buddha and the Cāpāla Shrine Narrative Cycle
Schmid, Neil (University of Vienna): The Corporeality of Buddha’s Deeds: Visual Depictions from Mogao and Yulin
Almogi, Orna (Universität Hamburg): Tibetan Scholars on the Mahāyāna Concept of buddhakārya/buddhakriyā against the Backdrop of Madhyamaka Philosophy in 12th–15th Century Tibet
Sernesi, Marta (SOAS, University of London): The Buddha’s Twelve Deeds and Eight Places in Early Tibetan Historiographical Sources

Panel 16:

Dhāraṇī Literature and Textual Cultures
(Fri., Aug. 25th, 9:00-12:30)
Harrison, Paul (Stanford University): Remarks on the Sanskrit text of the Viśeṣavatī Dhāraṇī in the Schøyen Collection
Hidas, Gergely (The British Museum): Weather Control and Agriculture: The Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja
Holtz, Katherin (University of Lausanne): The Bhadrakarātrī-sūtra: A Buddhist apotropaic text from Central Asia
Overbey, Ryan Richard (Wesleyan University): Envisioning the Buddhist abecedary in the Amoghapāśakalparāja
Davidson, Ronald M. (Fairfield University): Dhāraṇīs and the Sanctification of Painting

Panel 17:

Discipline, Agency, Inquiry: Vinaya Reception in Women’s Monastic Communities Past and Present
(Mon., Aug. 21st, 14:00-17:30)
Langenberg, Amy Paris (Eckerd College): The Textual Community of the Mahāsāṅghika-lokottaravādin Bhikṣuṇī-vinaya
Dhammadinnā, Bhikkhunī (Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts): The legal status of the sikkhamānā & the contemporary re-establishment of the Theravāda bhikkhunī lineage
Heirman, Anne (Ghent University)
Chiu, Tzu-Lung (Ghent University): Body Movement and Sport Activities for Buddhist Nuns: A Normative Perspective from India to China
Hüsken, Ute (Oslo University): The Re-making of the Bhikkhunīsaṃgha in Transcultural Contexts
Therī, Tathālokā (Bhikkhunī Vibhaṅga Project): Coming into Our Own: The Re-making of the Bhikkhunīsaṃgha in Transcultural Contexts
Ng, Zhiru (Pomona College): Rethinking Vinaya Practice in Urban Buddhist Architecture and Space: A Female Buddhist Community in South Taiwan
Mrozik, Susanne (Mt. Holyoke College): Discussant

Panel 18:

Does Candrakīrti Offer Any Epistemology (pramāṇa)?
(Thurs., Aug. 24th, 9:00-12:30)
Garfield, Jay L. (Smith College): Prāsaṅgika, Pramāṇa and the Problem of Foundations
Powers, John (Deakin University): ’Jam dbyangs bshad pa’s Polemical Doxography
Duckworth, Douglas (Temple University): Truth or Consequences: Implicit Commitments and the Logic of Prāsaṅgika
Doctor, Thomas (Rangjung Yeshi Institute): Madhyamaka Dynamics: Early Tibetan Attitudes to Knowledge and the Problem of Emptiness
Thakchoe, Sonam (University of Tasmania): The Problem of No-mind and Buddhahood: Taktsang and Tsongkhapa on Candrakīrti’s Epistemology
Yi, Jongbok (Stockton University): Discussant

Panel 19:

Early Buddhist Manuscripts from Gandhāra: New Discoveries and Research
(Tue., Aug. 22nd, 9:00-12:30)
Baums, Stefan (University of Munich): Manuscripts from Gandhāra and Gāndhārī Texts: History and State of the Field
Strauch, Ingo (University of Lausanne): The Prātimokṣasūtra Fragments of the Bajaur Collection of Kharoṣṭhī Manuscripts
Marino, Joe (University of Washington): Burning, Blazing, Glowing: “The Great Conflagration Hell” and Other Problems in a Gāndhārī Sūtra of the Senior Collection
Cox, Collett (University of Washington): Commentarial Entanglements: The Case of the University of Washington Scroll
Schlosser, Andrea (University of Munich): The Bajaur Mahāyāna Sūtra in Relation to Other Buddhist Texts
Ching, Chao‐jung (Kyoto University): Gāndhārī Manuscripts and Documents from Kuchean Buddhist Monasteries

Panel 20:

Images and Practices of Buddhist Kingship across Asia
(Fri., Aug. 25th, 9:00-12:30)
Zimmermann, Michael (Universität Hamburg): On Buddhas, Kings and Bodhisattvas: Spiritual and Worldly Rule in Indian Mahāyāna Buddhism
Berkwitz, Stephen C. (Missouri State University): What is a Bodhisattva King? Sri Lankan Perspectives on Buddhist Kingship
Pranke, Patrick (University of Louisville): The King who would be Buddha: King Bodawpaya’s Critique of Burmese Buddhist Origins and His Quest for the True Teachings
Bryson, Megan (University of Tennessee): Humane Kings on the Border: The Renwang jing in Dali Buddhism
Dotson, Brandon (Georgetown University): Debasing the God: Buddhism and Kingship in the Tibetan Empire
Sango, Asuka (Carleton College): The Emperor Dreamed of Golden Light Lectures in Heian Japan (794–1185)

Panel 21:

Insights into Gandhāran Buddhist Narratives through Art and Texts
(Thurs., Aug. 24th, 9:00-12:30)
Neelis, Jason (Wilfrid Laurier University): Regional Diversity and Doctrinal Standardization in the Transmission of Gandhāran Narratives
Allon, Mark (University of Sydney): Accounts of the Buddha’s life in the Senior Kharoṣṭhī Manuscript collection and their counterparts in the art of Gandhāra and ancient India
Lenz, Timothy (University of Washington): What is the Buddha’s Gandhāran Game?
Pons, Jessie (CERES, Ruhr-Universität Bochum): Two Ascetics between Gandhāra and Dunhuang and back: Transformations in the Depiction of the Śyāma and the Dīpaṃkara Jātakas
Giuliano, Laura (National Museum of Oriental Art, Rome): The Archery Competition of Siddhārtha in Gandhāran art
Zhu, Tianshu (University of Macau): Reassessing the Iconography of the Request of Brahmā and Indra from Gandhāra

Panel 22:

Literatures of Contemplation
(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 9:00-12:30)
Crosby, Kate (Kings College): Traces of Experience: the texts of traditional Theravada meditation (borān kammaṭṭhāna/yogāvacara)
Germano, David (University of Virginia): Gnostic Skies, Texts and the Nomads who Wander Between: Direct Transcendence (thod rgal) Practice and Literature in the Great Perfection (rdzogs chen)
Greene, Eric (Yale University): What exactly are “meditation texts” and what should we do with them?
Kachru, Sonam (University of Virginia): Overhearing Śāntideva
Quintman, Andrew (Yale University): Illuminating Carefree Awareness: Tibetan Poetry Collections and the Landscape of Self
Schaeffer, Kurtis (University of Virginia): Nature Imagery in Tibetan Contemplative Poetry

Panel 23:

Monastic Espionage in East Asia in the Age of Isolationism, 14th to 19th Century
(Mon., Aug. 21st, 14:00-15:30)
Wu, Jiang (University of Arizona): Was Yinyuan a Chinese Spy? Buddhism during the Ming-Qing Transition in Early Modern East Asia
Bingenheimer, Marcus (Temple University): Disguised as Monks in Ming and Qing China: Glimpses and Anecdotal Evidence
Olah, Csaba (International Christian University, Tokyo): Gozan monks and the gathering of domestic and international intelligence in the 15-17th century Japan

Panel 24:

Monastic Espionage in East Asia: Modern Period
(Tue., Aug. 22nd, 9:00-12:30)
Sen, Tansen (Baruch College): Monk-spies? The Activities of Chinese Monks in South Asia in the Early Twentieth Century
Hamar, Imre (Eötvös Loránd University): Ignatius Timothy Trebitsch-Lincoln (1879-1943): International Spy and First Westerner Ordained as a Buddhist monk in China
Schicketanz, Erik (University of Tokyo): Japanese Buddhism and Military Intelligence in North China–The Case of the Sino-Japanese Society for the Study of Esoteric Buddhism
Brose, Benjamin (University of Michigan): Missionary or Mole? Mizuno Baigyō’s Forty Years in China, 1904–1944
Jagou, Fabienne (Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient): Ouyang Wuwei歐陽無畏 (1913˗1991): a Han monk working for the Chinese intelligence service in Tibet

Panel 25:

New Approaches to Wŏnhyo and His Thought-- A Panel in Commemoration of the 1400th Anniversary of His Birth
(Tue., Aug. 22nd, 9:00-12:30)
Buswell, Jr., Robert E. (UCLA): Wŏnhyo (617-686) as Commentator
Cho, Eun-su (Seoul National University): Approaching Buddha-Nature in a Mādhyamika Way—Wŏnhyo’s Commentary on the Nirvana Sutra
Guerra-Glarner, Monika (University of Geneva): Tankuang’s Commentary on the Dasheng Qixin Lun: Evidence of Wonhyo’s influence
Lee, Sumi (Dongguk University): Interpreting the Awakening of Faith: Wŏnhyo (617-686) and Fazang’s (643-712) Distinct Readings of the Tathāgatagarbha in the Awakening of Faith
Muller, Charles (University of Tokyo): The Role of Wonhyo's "System of the Two Hindrances" (Ijang-ui) in East Asian Buddhist Hindrances Discourse
Plassen, Jörg (Ruhr-Universität Bochum): The Textuality of Interpenetration and Fusion: Some Musings on a Signature Feature of Wŏnhyo’s (617-686) Writings

Panel 26:

New Research on Newar Buddhism
(Tue., Aug. 22nd, 9:00-12:30)
Emmrich, Christoph (University of Toronto): Lists of Things in Newar Buddhist Ritual
Shakya, Miroj (University of the West): The Worship of Mañjusrī in Nepal
Shakya, Sudan (Shuchiin University): The Nāmasaṃgīti in Newar Buddhism
Alexander, James O’Neill (University of Toronto): Intraparatexts: The Agency of Texts in Newar Buddhism
Bangdel, Dina (Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar): Durgatiparishodhana Tantra in Newar Buddhism

Panel 27:

New Trajectories in the Study of Buddhism and Law
(Fri., Aug. 25th, 9:00-12:30)
French, Rebecca (University of Buffalo): Why “Buddhism and Law” Now?
Pirie, Fernanda (University of Oxford): Legal Ideologies in Medieval Tibet
Lammerts, D.C. (Rutgers University): Ordeals in Buddhist Law
Kieffer-Pülz, Petra (Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz): Local Disputes and Transnational Legal Decisions: The Globalization of Legal Decision-Making Regarding Local Disputes of Buddhist Communities
Jansen, Berthe (Universiteit Leiden): Between Buddhism and Law: Tibetan Monastic Authors (?) and their Legal Texts
Thomas, Jolyon (University of Pennsylvania): Public Good and Private Morality in Buddhist Contributions to the 2006 Revision of the Japanese Fundamental Law on Education

Panel 28:

Recent Approaches in Vinaya Studies
(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 9:00-12:30)
Yamagiwa, Nobuyuki (Bukkyo University): How to Store Monks’ Food in Buddhist Monasteries: Methods of Food Preservation in the Extant Vinayas.
Aono, Michihiko (University of Tokyo): The Relationship between the Dantaponasikkhāpada and Its Introductory Story
Handy, Christopher (McMaster University): Politeness and Propriety in Buddhist Monastic Law: Applying Face Theory to Vinaya Texts.
Sasaki, Shizuka (Hanazono University): Why Does the Mūlasarvāstivāda-vinaya Contain a Large Number of Tales?
Borgland, Jens W. (McMaster University): Preliminary report on the Sanskrit manuscript fragments of the MSV Uttaragrantha in the Schøyen Collection
LaRose, Joseph (McMaster University): Cows, Leather, Sandals and Monks: Materiality in the Carmavastu of the Mūlasarvāstivādavinaya.

Panel 29:

Recent Research on the Dīrghāgama
(Tue., Aug. 22nd, 14:00-17:30)
Hartmann, Jens-Uwe (University of Munich): Which Daśottarasūtra? A Curious Fragment and its Manifold Problems
Yao, Fumi (McMaster University): The Mahāgovindasūtra and Mahāgovinda’s Stories: with the Focus on a Version in the Mūlasarvāstivāda Vinaya
DiSimone, Charles (Ludwig-Maxilians Universität): Anyatīrthikaparivrājakas and Their Doctrines as Portrayed in the (Mūla-) Sarvāstivāda Dīrghāgama
Matsuda, Kazunobu (Bukkyo University)
Choi, Jinkyoung (Ludwig-Maximilians Universität): The Source and Structure of the Tridaṇḍisūtra
Melzer, Gudrun (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität): The state of research on the Dīrghāgama manuscript and inquiries into the Śīlaskandha-nipāta

Panel 30:

Reconstructing the History of Late Indian Buddhism (Part III)— Relationship between Tantric and Non-tantric Doctrines ―
(Tue., Aug. 22nd, 14:00-17:30)
Yiannopoulos, Alexander (Emory University): Abhiṣeka as Saṃskāra: Initiation and Meditation in Ratnākaraśānti’s Tantric Commentaries
Seton, Gregory (Dartmouth College): Integrating Non-tantric and Tantric Doctrines Through Prajñāpāramitā at Vikramaśīla during the mid-Eleventh Century
Tanemura, Ryugen (Taisho University)
Kano, Kazuo (Koyasan University)
Kuranishi, Kenichi (Taisho University): Ratnarakṣita on the Practice of Meditation—Its Validity and Fruit in Tantric Buddhism—
Miyazaki, Izumi (Kyoto University): The Abhijñās and Preaching Dharma in the Bodhimārgadīpa-pañjikā
Sferra, Francesco (University of Naples “L’Orientale”): Adapting the Middle Path to the Vajra Vehicle: an Enquiry into the Doctrinal Settings of the Wheel of Time
Wangchuk, Dorji (Universität Hamburg): Is Tantric Meditation Like Imagining Oneself a Lion When Afraid of Dogs? The Issue of the Superiority Claim of Vajrayāna

Panel 31:

Ritual, Doctrine, and Monasticism: Buddhist Practices in Dunhuang
(Tue., Aug. 22nd, 9:00-12:30)
Coleman, Fletcher (Harvard University): The Buddha and the Brahman: Deciphering Ascetic Imagery in Early Medieval China
Lee, Kwi Jeong (Princeton University): Celebrating the Buddha: Dedication of Images in Medieval Dunhuang
Ding, Yi (Stanford University): Consecrating with Myths, Images, and Rituals: The Case of the Mogao Site
Chen, Huaiyu (Arizona State University): Liturgies for Creating Four Mandalas in Dunhuang Manuscripts
Zhanru (Peking University): The Rituals and Rules for the Household Patrons in Medieval Dunhuang: With Special Reference to the Manuscript P. 2984v.
Liu, Cuilan (Emmanuel College): Adoptive Mother or Slave Owner? Adoption and Slavery in Buddhist Monasteries and Nunneries in Dunhuang

Panel 32:

Stories Behind the Story: Revisiting the Buddha’s Hagiography
(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 14:00-17:30)
Strong, John S. (Bates College): Buddhist Miracles and the Hagiography of the Buddha
He, Xi (Appalachian State University): Behind the Stories: A Study of the Fo benxing jing
Scheible, Kristin (Reed College): “Behind Every Great Man”: Engendering the Mahāpuruṣa
Shiri, Yael (SOAS): Revisiting the Śākya clan as a marker of Indian monastic self-representation in the Buddha’s Hagiographies
Sasson, V.R. (Marianopolis College): Yasodhara’s story
Nattier, Jan (University of California, Berkeley): Discussant

Panel 33:

The Avadānaśataka: The Uses of Narrative
(Fri., Aug. 25th, 9:00-12:30)
Fifield, Justin (Harvard University): Bonds of Affection: Relationships and Group Solidarity in the Narratives of the Avadānaśataka
Muldoon-Hules, Karen (UCLA/UCLA Extension): Darśan (seeing) and the role of faith (prasāda) in the Avadānaśataka
Appleton, Naomi (University of Edinburgh): On the Pratyekabuddhas of the Avadānaśataka
Rotman, Andy (Smith College): Hungry Ghostbusters: Lessons on Ethics in the Avadānaśataka
Fiordalis, David (Linfield College): How Avadānas Work, or the Work of the Avadāna: Reflections on Stories from the Last Two Decades of the Avadānaśataka

Panel 34:

The Buddha’s Footprint in Asian Cultures
(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 9:00-12:30)
Skilling, Peter (École française d'Extrême-Orient): Symbols of Power and Fortune in Early India
Analayo, Bhikkhu (Universität Hamburg): The Buddhapada and Early Buddhism
Blackburn, Anne M. (Cornell University): Buddha Footprints in Lankan and Indian Ocean Networks
Handlin, Lilian (Independent Scholar): Uttamasikkha and his Discontents
Chirapravati, M.L. Pattaratorn (Yale-NUS College): Phrachao wai loyteen: Stamping the Buddha’s Footprints in the Northern Thai Region (fifteenth-eighteenth centuries)
Cicuzza, Claudio (Lumbini International Research Institute): A Recently Discovered Manuscript of Buddhapadamangala from Wat Pho (Bangkok)
Kim, Jinah (Harvard University): Discussant

Panel 35:

The Manuscript Tradition of the Pali Texts in South and Southeast Asia
(Mon., Aug. 21st, 9:00-12:30)
von Hinüber, Oskar (University of Freiburg): The Wonderful World of Artificial Words in Pāli: An Editor’s Nightmare and a Linguists Delight
Shimizu, Yohei (Otani University): Report on the Pāli Manuscript Tradition and Transmission in Central Thailand
Kasamatsu, Sunao (Sendai National College of Technology): On the Jinālaṅkāra and its ṭīkā
Ruiz-Falqués, Aleix (Dhammachai Tipitaka Project): A Manuscript of the Unpublished Saddanīti-ṭīkā
Gornall, Alastair (Singapore University of Technology and Design): Mapping Late Medieval Science in Southern Asia
von Hinüber, Oskar (University of Freiburg): Discussant
Wynne, Alexander (Liverpool Hope University): Discussant
Yamanaka, Yukio (Dhammachai Tipitaka Project): Discussant

Panel 36:

The Roles of Iconic Imagery in South Asian Buddhist Architectural Contexts: Reconstructions and New Perspectives
(Mon., Aug. 21st, 9:00-12:30)
DeCaroli, Robert (George Mason University): Snakes and Gutters: Nāga Imagery as an Aspect of Water Control at Buddhist sites in the Western Deccan
Rhi, Juhyung (Seoul National University): Images in the Showcase: The Architectural Placement of Images and its Bearings on their Significance in Gandharan Monasteries
Huntington, Susan (Ohio State University): The Origin of the Buddha Image and the Buddha Image Hall: Some Thoughts on the Aniconic Theory
Behrendt, Kurt (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York): The Rise of Esoteric Buddhism and the 7th c. rock-cut sites of Dhamnar, Binnayaga and Kolvi
Morrissey, Nicolas (University of Georgia): Observations on the Terracotta Plaques from Nandhadīrghika-vihāra, Jagjivanpur, West Bengal
Dhingra, Sonali (Harvard University): Beyond the vihāra and the stūpa: locating Bodhisattva steles from Odisha, eighth to tenth centuries CE.

Panel 37:

Transmission and Transformation of Buddhist Logic and Epistemology in East Asia (I): Dignāga and Pre-Dignāga Logic
(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 9:00-12:30)
Ono, Motoi (Tsukuba University): “A Reconsideration of Pre-Dignāga Buddhist Texts on Logic (the *Upāyahṛdaya, the dialectical portion of the Spitzer Manuscript, the *Tarkaśāstra and the Vādavidhi)”
Gillon, Brendan S. (McGill University): The emergence of the canonical Indian syllogism as revealed by early Chinese Buddhist texts
Lasic, Horst (Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA), OEAW): How Dignāga treats his opponents - observations from the Pramāṇasamuccaya, chapter two
Muroya, Yasutaka (Austrian Academy of Sciences): On a fragment of Dignāga’s Nyāyamukha
Watanabe, Toshikazu (Austrian Academy of Sciences): On the concept of nyūna in Dignāga’s theory of fallacy
Inami, Masahiro (Tokyo Gakugei University): Pre-Dharmakīrti Interpretations of Dignāga’s Theory of pakṣābhāsa

Panel 38:

Transmission and Transformation of Buddhist Logic and Epistemology in East Asia (II): Dharmapāla, Bhāviveka, Xuanzang, and their impact on East Asian Buddhism
(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 14:00-17:30)
Lin, Chen-kuo (National Chengchi University): Allegory and Logic in Dharmapāla’s Commentary on the Viṃśikā
He, Huanhuan (Zhejiang University): Can the Emptiness and the Existence be Proved by the Trairūpya?
Moro, Shigeki (Hanazono University): Was there a dispute between Dharmapāla and Bhāviveka? East Asian Discussions on their Proofs of Śūnyatā
Kobayashi, Hisayasu (Chikushi Jogakuen University): Xuanzang’s Argument for vijñaptimātratā and Its Indian Sources

Tang, Mingjun (Fudan University): Dignāga’s Words on acandraḥ śaśī, A Survey of Its Interpretation in the hetuvidyā-Tradition
Moriyama, Shinya (Shinshu University): Kuiji on the four kinds of contradictory reasons (viruddhahetu)

Panel 39:

Transparent, Translucent, or Opaque: Chinese Translations of Indic Texts as Windows onto Indian Buddhism
(Tue., Aug. 22nd, 14:00-17:30)
Zacchetti. Stefano (University of Oxford): The Many Shades of Retranslation
Shimoda, Masahiro (University of Tokyo): Chinese Translations and a Pali Commentary to Bridge a Gap between the “Northern” and the “Southern” Traditions
Radich, Michael (Victoria University of Wellington): New Computer-Assisted Techniques for Assessing Internal Evidence of Questions of Ascription in Chinese Buddhist Canonical Texts
Silk, Jonathan (Leiden University):  Chinese Sutras in Tibetan: Tapping the Guidance of Contemporary Readers of Buddhist Chinese
Baba, Norihisa (University of Tokyo): Language Ideology of Pāli by the Mahāvihāra
Witkowski, Nicholas (University of Tokyo): The Practice of Aśubha-bhāvanā in the Indian Buddhist Monastery: A Presentation of New Evidence from Vinaya Traditions Preserved in Chinese

Panel 40:

Travel, Transmission, and Affiliation: Lineage in the Buddhist Crossroads of Inner Asia
(Tue., Aug. 22nd, 14:00-17:30)
Wallace, Vesna (University of California, Santa Barbara): A Formation of the Lineage of the Lordly Incarnations (Noyan Khutukthus) of the Gobi and Its Affiliation with the Kagyu Tradition of Tibet
Tsultem, Uranchimeg (University of California, Berkeley): The Mighty dGe lugs: their Emergence and Domination in Khalkha Mongolia
King, Matthew (University of California, Riverside): Making and Unmaking Monastic, Scholastic, and Tantric Subjects in Late and Post-Imperial Inner Asia
Van Vleet, Stacey (University of California, Berkeley): How Medical Technologies Travelled across Qing Imperial Cultures
Ujeed, Sangseraima (Oxford University): The Biography of Lineages: the "thob yig gsal ba'i me long" of Khalkha Dza-ya Paṇḍita (1642-1715)
Sullivan, Brenton (Colgate University): Instituting Right Religious Practice from Afar: The Celestial Sands of Alashaa, Inner Mongolia and the Monastery of Pendé Gyatso Ling

Panel 41:

Vinaya Commentaries
(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 14:00-17:30)
Yonezawa, Yoshiyasu (Taisho University): A Survey of the Vinayasūtra: With Reference to the Mūlasarvāstivāda-vinaya
Nietupski, Paul (John Carroll University): Studying Buddhist Beliefs and Practices through Vinaya Commentaries
Emms, Christopher (McMaster University): Canonical Vinaya Quotations in the Work of Śākyaprabha
Kishino, Ryoji (Bukkyo University): The Implications of Bu ston’s Doubts about the Authenticity of the Vinaya-saṃgraha
Newhall, Thomas (University of Tokyo): Daoxuan’s Vinaya Commentaries: An Overview of Materials Available, the Current State of Research, and Some Important Topics
Clarke, Shayne (McMaster University): On the Nun-Friendly Vinaya Manuscript Traditions of Bhutan and their Relationship to Indian Vinaya Commentaries

Panel 42:

What Makes a Monastery a Great Monastery? Textual, art historical, and archaeological evidence from India to [the borders of] China
(Tue., Aug. 22nd, 14:00-17:30)
Scherrer-Schaub, Cristina (Université La Sorbonne): Indian Monastic Residences in Historical Perspective
Brancaccio, Pia (Drexel University): A Mahāvihāra in the Living Rock: The Later Horizon of the Kanheri Caves
Amar, Abhishek S. (Hamilton College): Telhara: What does it mean to be a ‘Mahavihara’ in the Early Medieval Magadha
Srinivasan, Doris Meth (State University of New York at Stony Brook): For Pregnancy and Neonatal Disorders Visit the Jetavana or Kanaganahalli Monasteries
Filigenzi, Anna (University of Naples “L’Orientale”): Early Buddhist monasteries in South Asia: Archaeological Mapping as cultural-historical inquiry
Forte, Erika (Ruhr-Universität Bochum): Defining Greatness: Monasteries of the Tarim Area Oases

Panel 43:

Yogācāra Across Asia: India, Tibet, and East Asia
(Fri., Aug. 25th, 14:00-17:30)
Franco, Eli (Leipzig University): On the Arising of Philosophical Theories From Spiritual Practice
Woo, Jeson (Dongguk University): On Dharmaphāla’s Caturbhāga Theory
Yao, Zhihua (The Chinese University of Hong Kong): Self-emptiness versus Other-emptiness: A Madhyamaka-Yogācāra Debate
Park, Jin Y. (American University): Yogācāra, Chan, and the Paradox of the Mind
Bayer, Achim (Kanazawa Seiryo University): Cittamātra and Dependent Origination: As Treated in the Abhidharmasamuccaya, Candrakīriti’s Madhyamaka-avatāra and the Venerable Seongcheol’s Sermon of a Hundred Days
Keng, Ching (National Chengchi University, Taiwan): Wŏnch’ŭk as a Traditionalist Yogâcāra Thinker

Panel 44:

Zones of Contact: Facets of Buddhist Interactions in Eastern Central Asia During the 9th-14th Centuries
(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 14:00-17:30)
Meinert, Carmen (Ruhr-Universität Bochum): Buddhist Localisations in Pre-modern Eastern Central Asia within a Transcultural Buddhist Network
Kasai, Yukiyo (Ruhr-Universität Bochum): The Old Uyghur Abhidharma Texts Containing Brāhmī Elements
Sørensen, Henrik H. (Ruhr-Universität Bochum): A Padmapāni Dhāraṇī-Amulet from Dunhuang
Solonin, Kirill (Ruhr-Universität Bochum/Renmin University Beijing): Transmission of the Two Truths Theory in Tangut Buddhism
Weirong, Shen (Qinghua University Beijing): Yantra Yoga in the Tangut Xia Kingdom and Mongol-Yuan Dynasty
Turek, Maria (Universität Bonn): Formation of the Tibetan Kingdom of Nangchen as Zone of Contact

Section 01:

Abhidharma Studies
(Thurs., Aug. 24th, 9:00-12:30)
Toleno, Robban (Columbia University): Theories of Nourishment in Premodern Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedias and the Limits of Consilience
Hanner, Oren (Universität Hamburg): An Abhidharmic View on the Relation between Agents and Actions Based on the Abhidharmakośabhāṣya of Vasubandhu
Yi, Kyoowan (Seoul National University): The Theories of Buddhist Atomism- the Ultimate or the Conventional?
Lin, Qian (University of California Berkeley): What Is a Buddhist School? A Case Study of Harivarman and His Chengshi Lun
Pan, Tao (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität): Tocharian Abhidharma Texts in Murtuq — A Preliminary Survey
Rheingans, Jim (Universität Bonn): Structuring a World View or Reproducing Knowledge? A Brief Survey of the Tibetan Abhidharmakośa Commentarial Literature
(Fri., Aug. 25th, 16:00-17:30)
Kaji, Tetsuya (Otani University): On the Groupings of Kleśa in the Sarvāstivāda School
Smith, Sean (University of Toronto): The Dynamics of the Subliminal Mind in Theravāda Buddhism: Two Readings of the Bhavaṅga Citta

Section 02:

Buddhism and Its Relation to Other Religions
(Mon., Aug. 21st, 9:00-15:30)
Jenkins, Stephen (Humboldt State University): Debate, Magic, and Massacre: The High Stakes and Ethical Dynamics of Battling Slanderers of the Dharma in Indian Narrative and Ethical Theory
Jones, Chris (University of Oxford): The Tīrthika in Mahāyāna Buddhism
Neri, Chiara (University La Sapienza of Rome)
Pontillo, Tiziana (University of Cagliari): A philological approach to comparative religious studies: the case of yogakkhema/yogakṣema in Theravāda Buddhism and Brahmanism
Osto, Douglas (Massey University): No-Self in Sāṃkhya: A Comparative Look at Classical Sāṃkhya and Theravāda Buddhism
Qvarnström, Olle (Lund University): Bhāviveka on Sāṃkhya
Wrona, Alexander (University of Vienna): Buddhism in Arab States: The case of Sri Lankan Theravāda Buddhists
Son, Jewongwan (Dongguk University): Dual Structure of Funeral Rites in the Southern Song Period
Welter, Albert (University of Arizona): Literati Monks as Buddhist Junzi (“Confucian” Gentleman): Buddhist Administrators in the Chinese Context

Section 03:

Buddhism and Medicine
(Mon., Aug. 21st, 14:00-15:30)
Bright, Jennifer (University of Toronto): A Tibetan Buddhist Scientist: Gendun Chöphel in Contemporary Tibetan Medical Literature
Lin, Hsin-Yi (Columbia University): Treating Childbirth in Dharmic Medicine: Buddhist healing resources for reproduction in Medieval China
Sik, Hin-Tak (University of Hong Kong): Diseases and Treatments in the Chapter on Medicine in the Vinaya Piṭakas

Section 04:

Buddhism and Society
(Tue, Aug. 22nd, 9:00-15:30)
Lai, Rongdao (University of Southern California): Becoming Bodhisattva Citizens: Buddhist Citizenship Discourse in Republican China
Lu, Lianghao (University of Pittsburgh): Creating a Dharma Market: Advertisements in Buddhist Periodicals in Early 20th Century Shanghai
Xing, Guang (University of Hong Kong): A Study of Qisong’s Xiaolun (Treatise on Filial Piety)
Kobbun, Pisit (Ubon Ratchathani University): Buddhist Art and Politics: A Case Study of Paintings along the Mekong
Kawanami, Hiroko (Lancaster University): Mòpyar Gaing: a case study of a heterodox sect in modern Myanmar
Chakravarti, Ranabir (Jawaharlal Nehru University): Negation of the Varna-Jati System: Gleanings from the Sardulakarnavadanam
Lele, Amod (Boston University): Disengaged Buddhism: The rejection of activism in classical South Asia
Haderer, Elisabeth (Universität Hamburg): Tibetan Buddhist Art Goes Global – The Evolution of a New Western Buddhist Art Tradition in the 21st Century
Richard, Frédéric (Université de Lausanne): Buddhism and the ‘secularized’ Tibetan government in exile

Section 05:

Buddhist Art and Architecture
(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 9:00-17:30)
Bruneau, Laurianne (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes): Archaeology of Ladakh: new data for the history of Buddhism in the Western Himalayas
Pakhoutova, Elena (Rubin Museum of Art): Popular visual narratives in Buddhist practices within Nepalese and Tibetan traditions
Seegers, Eva (Universität Hamburg): The Decoration and Iconographic Program of selected Stūpas in Eastern Tibet after 1959
Anderl, Christoph (Ghent University): The Development of Māra Iconography in China: Continuities and Transformations
Bieberly, Rebecca (Oakland University): Naturalistic Style, Natural Gesture: A study of Lingyan Temple’s Song-era Luohan Sculptures
Lin, Nancy (Vanderbilt University)
Chou, Weng-shing (Hunter College): Recalling the Past Lives of a Qing Ruler: An Album of the Qianlong Emperor's Previous Incarnations
Lin, Fan (Leiden University): Dimensions of Non-duality and Liminality: Visual Images of Vimalakīrti in Medieval China (500-1200)
Nakamura, Yuuka (Mukogawa Women's University): The Spatial Composition of Buddhist Temples in Central Asia, Part 2: The Transformation of Shrines
Tuzzeo, Daniel (Stanford University): To Steal the Sun and Moon: Notes on Cosmological Representation and Relationships Between Word and Image at Mogao
Hirama, Naoko (Taisho University): How to Make a Saint: Biographical Picture Scrolls in the Construction of Hōnen’s Identity
Matsunami, Fuki (The Jodo Shu Research Institute): Arts of Japanese pure land Buddhism: The value of Hōnen Shōnin Gyōjōezu
Saradum, Natpiya (Dhammachai International Research Institute): The Earliest Style of Buddhist Stūpas in Thailand: A Study of the Evolution of the Buddhist Stūpas of the Dvāravatī Period
(Fri., Aug. 25th, 9:00-10:30)
Karetzky, Patricia (Bard College): The Bronze Buddhist Sculptures of Nagapattinam
Li, Charles (University of Cambridge): The Mystery of the Monkey's Head: Architecture, Grief, and the Lexicographer's Imaginary
Schmidt, Carolyn (The Ohio State University): The Triśūla or Nandyāvarta Motif in South Asian Buddhist Art and Culture: New Insights into the History of its Origins, Transmission, Values and Names

Section 06:

Buddhist Hermeneutics, Scholasticism, and Commentarial Techniques
(Thurs., Aug. 24th, 9:00-12:30)
Mathes, Klaus-Dieter (University of Vienna): Karma bKa’ brgyud gZhan stong (“Empti[ness] of Other”) in the Works of the Third, Seventh and Eighth Karma pa
Brambilla, Filippo (University of Vienna): The path of preparation in the Jo nang tradition. Tshogs gnyis rgya mtsho on the views of Nya dbon kun dga’ dpal and Tā ra nā tha.
Draszczyk, Martina (University of Vienna): A Glimpse into Mi bskyod rdo rje’s "Commentary on the Direct Introduction to the Three Kāyas"
Higgins, David (University of Vienna): Rong zom pa and Mi bskyod rdo rje on the Unity of the Two Truths from a Nonfoundationalist (Apratiṣṭhāna) Madhyamaka Standpoint
Gentry, James (Kathmandu University): Historiographical Skepticism in Seventeenth-Century Tibet: Sog bzlog pa Blo gros rgyal mtshan’s Text-critical Biography of Master Padmasambhava
Kantor, Hans (Huafan University): “Root and Traces” (benji本迹) in the exegetical traditions of Chinese Madhyamaka Thought
(Fri., Aug. 25th, 9:00-15:30)
Keerthi Goigoda Gamage, Aruna (University of London): Is Nibbāna Different from Arahantship? A Study of the Doctrinal Controversy between Mahāvihārins and Vitaṇḍavādins Reflected in the Pāli Commentaries
Kramer, Jowita (University of Munich): Sthiramati as a Commentator of Mahāyāna Sūtras: A Comparative Investigation of the Akṣayamatinirdeśaṭīkā and the Kāśyapaparivartaṭīkā
Ueno, Makio (Otani University): Word by Word: Commentarial Techniques in Vasubandhu's Vyākhyāyukti
Blum, Mark (University of California, Berkeley): The Formation of Nianfo in Chinese Buddhism
Shi, Guo Cheen (The Compassion Network & Buddhist Center): A Response and Recommendations—Translating Chengguan's Commentaries to the Avataṃsaka Sutra
Lee, Sangyop (Stanford University): Lushan Huiyuan and the Soteriology of the Soul in Early Chinese Buddhism
Apple, James (University of Calgary): Atiśa and Ratnākaraśānti as Philosophical Opponents with attention to Yuktiṣaṣṭikā, verse 34.
Kawamura, Yūto (Kyoto University): A Fresh Approach to Aṣṭādhyāyī 2.4.4: adhvaryukratur anapuṁsakam Presented by the Buddhist Grammarian Śaraṇadeva.
Beckwith, Christopher I. (Indiana University): How did the Chinese actually first hear and transcribe Buddhist terms? The two kinds of Late Old Chinese transcriptions and their significance

Section 07:

Buddhist Literature
(Mon., Aug. 21st, 9:00-15:30)
Wu, Hongyu (Ohio Northern University): Sword and Lotus: The Buddhist Life of a Woman Warrior in the Late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)
Stepien, Rafal (University of Oxford): Chinese Buddhist Literature, Literary Theory, and Philosophy of Language: A Study of Liu Xie & Chan
Ponampon, Phra Kiattisak (SOAS, University of London): Yi xin guan qi: Visualization Meditation in Early Chinese Buddhist Texts during the 5th Century
Yagi, Toru (Osaka Gakuin University): A note on the Saundarananda 3.32d
Byrne, Christopher (Queen's University): Re-Thinking “Kōan” Literature as Poetry: Songgu Composition during the Song Dynasty
Tzohar, Roy (Tel Aviv University): In the eye of the beholder: Ways of Seeing in Aśvaghoṣa's Buddhacaritaṃ

Daribazaron, Darima (Buryat State University): Buryat annotations on Lamrim
Mochizuki, Kaie (Minobusan University): A Commentary on the Lotus sutra translated from Chinese into Tibetan
Sirisawad, Natchapol (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität): Comparative Studies of the Quotations in Śamathadeva's Abhidharmakośopāyikā-ṭīkā Parallel to the Mahāprātihāryasūtra in the Tibetan translation of the Mūlasarvāstivāda-vinaya and the Prātihāryasūtra in the Divyāvadāna

Section 08:

Buddhist Places
(Mon., Aug. 21st, 9:00-12:30)
Coura, Gabriele (TU Dresden and University of Vienna): A Buddhist Place of Education: dPal spungs Monastery from the 18th to the Early 20th Century
Namgyal, Tsetan (Jawaharlal Nehru University): Lineage and linkages of Buddhism in Indian Trans-Himalaya region—A case study of affiliation between Stag na Lho Druk Monastery of Ladakh and Bhutan’s Drup pa tradition
Wiles, Royce (Nan Tien Institute)
Ditrich, Tamara (University of Sydney)
Clark, Chris (University of Sydney): Research on the Kuthodaw Pagoda marble-stelae recension of the Pāli canon in Mandalay, Myanmar
Ouyang, Nan (The University of Arizona): To Localize a Bodhisattva in Late Imperial China: Kṣitigarbha, Moutain Jiuhua and Their Associations in Precious Scrolls (baojuan 寶卷)
Wenzel, Claudia (Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften): Buddhist Places Evoking Prajñāpāramitā: Chinese Stone Sutra Inscriptions of the Northern Qi in Shandong
Winfield, Pamela (Elon University): Building Materials and Bodhi Mind at Eiheiji Temple, Japan

Section 09:

Contemporary Buddhism
(Fri., Aug. 25th, 9:00-12:30)
Meister, Kelly (University of Chicago): Righteous and Nefarious Uses of Buddhist Power within a Material Nodal Network at Wat Phra Mahāthātworamahāwihān (Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand)
Kawamoto, Kanae (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science): Love Incessantly Flows: Mae Naak, A New Asian Opera Heroine Born out of a Thai Buddhist Narrative
Zoric, Snjezana (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies): Transformation of Ritual into the Theatrical Heritage Performance – a Korean Case
Clayton, Barbra (Mount Allison University): “The Development of Bhutanese Buddhism: GNH, Nationalism, and Buddhist Modernism”
Thévoz, Samuel (The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies): The Making of a Modern Buddha: Global Buddhism and Theater

Section 10:

Early Buddhism
(Mon., Aug. 21st, 14:00-17:30)
Maes, Claire (University of Texas at Austin): Early Buddhists and their Jain Ascetic other, an Examination
Kong, Man-Shik (King's College, London): The way which flavour of and quantity of food are dealt with in Early Buddhism
Li, Channa (Leiden University): The Sixth Arhat and Multiple Buddhas: The Ambiguity of Arhatship and Buddhahood Found in the Early Buddhist Texts
Levman, Bryan (University of Toronto): Language Theory, Phonology, and Etymology in Buddhism
Gruszewska, Joanna (Jagiellonian University): Puṇnā’s Verses (Therīgāthā 236-251) in the light of Buddhist criticism of Brahmins in Early Buddhist Literature
Polak, Grzegorz (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University): Can the ‘end of the world’ be reached by means of jhāna? A reexamination of the role and place of saññā in early Buddhist jhāna meditation

Section 11:

Epistemology and Logic in Buddhism
(Mon., Aug. 21st, 9:00-17:30)
Hayashi, Itsuki (Columbia University): Rebirth versus Epiphenomenalism: Buddhist Theory of Ontological Dependence and Persistence
Nowakowski, David (Union College): The Isomorphism of Time and Space in Buddhist Arguments for Momentariness
Sakai, Masamichi (Kansai University): On the Time-Gap Problem in the Buddhist Theory of Momentariness
Shida, Taisei (University of Tsukuba): The Non-Comparative Type of pratyabhijñā[na] Referred to by Śālikanātha
Siderits, Mark (Seoul National University): Buddhism Naturalized?
Watson, Alex (Ashoka University): Does perception support or refute the Buddhist doctrine of momentariness?
Forman, Jed (University of California, Santa Barbara): Pus, Blood, and Falling Hairs: Polemical Debates on Valid Perception
Hugon, Pascale (Austrian Academy of Sciences): Are there any real universals in the epistemological works of Phya pa Chos kyi seng ge (1109–1169)? On the source of the moderate realist perspective on universals in the Tibetan tradition
Kellner, Birgit (Austrian Academy of Sciences): How to read Dharmakīrti’s saṃvedana-inference
Nishizawa, Fumihito (Otani University): On the Origin of Non-valid Cognitions (apramāṇa/tshad min gyi blo)
Saccone, Margherita Serena (IKGA, Austrian Academy of Sciences): Of Authoritativeness and Perception, the Sarvajñasiddhikārikā by Śubhagupta
(Tue, Aug. 22nd, 9:00-12:30)
Stoltz, Jonathan (University of St. Thomas): The Scope and Unity of “Mistaken Cognition” in the Epistemology of Phya pa Chos kyi seng ge
Zamorski, Jakub (Jagiellonian University): What Remained of Pramāṇa Theory in China? “Direct perception” and “Inference” in the Works of Early Modern Chinese Buddhists
Lo, King Chung (University of Leipzig): Prāsaṅgika Mādhyamika’s Refutation of Self-awareness
Vose, Kevin (College of William and Mary): When Did Svatantra Gain its Autonomy? An Investigation into the Indian Sources of a Tibetan Claim
Westerhoff, Jan (University of Oxford): Madhyamaka and philosophy of language
(Fri., Aug. 25th, 14:00-15:30)
Matsuoka, Hiroko (Universität Leipzig): Vinītadeva, Dharmottara, Kamalaśīla and Yamāri on the Initial Statement (ādivākya) of a śāstra
MacKenzie, Matthew (Colorado State University): Dual-Aspect Reflexivism in Śāntarakṣita’s Philosophy of Mind
Prets, Ernst (Austrian Academy of Sciences): Śāntarakṣita and the Naiyāyikas. On the references to “fragments” of the so-called “lost Naiyāyikas” in the Vādanyāyaṭīkā and the Tattvasaṅgraha.

Section 12:

Information Technologies in Buddhist Studies
(Mon., Aug. 21st, 14:00-17:30)
Hackett, Paul (Columbia University): Experiments with E-text: On the Oral Commentary Embedded in the Tibetan Canon
Lugli, Ligeia (Mangalam Research Center/King's College London/UC Berkeley): Corpus methods for Buddhist Sanskrit lexicography
McCrabb, Ian (University of Sydney): Visualization and Pattern Analysis of Formulae in Gandhāran Relic Inscriptions
Nagasaki, Kiyonori (International Institute for Digital Humanities): Possibilities of SAT Taishōzō Image DB through IIIF

Section 13:

Mahāyāna Buddhism
(Tue, Aug. 22nd, 14:00-17:30)
Ahn, Sungdoo (Seoul National University): Paramārtha’s Concept of *Amalavijñāna and Tathāgatagarbha
Saito, Akira (International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies): Buddha-Nature or Buddha Within?: Revisiting the Meaning of tathāgata-garbha
Nelson, Barbara (Australian National University): Kṣāntipāramitā in the works of Śāntideva
Kosaka, Arihiro (University of Tsukuba): The Reading of śubhāśubhaviparyāsāḥ in the twenty-third Chapter of the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā with a Special Focus on Candrakīrti’s Interpretation
MacDonald, Anne (Austrian Academy of Sciences): Homing in on Candrakīrti: The Sanskrit Madhyamakāvatārabhāṣya
Kanno, Hiroshi (Soka University): Jizang’s View of the Nirvāṇa Sūtra: Focusing on the Niepan jing youyi
(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 9:00-12:30)
Buckelew, Kevin (Columbia University): How Chan Masters Became “Great Men”: Masculinity and the Aesthetics of Heroism in Middle-Period Chinese Buddhism
Jones, Charles (The Catholic University of America): What is the Chinese Pure Land Tradition?
Yasui, Mitsuhiro (Taisho University, Research Institute of Chisan Shingon): Some remarks on the Akutobhayā and the Zhong lun
Denis, Diane (Laval University): Looking for the notion of trilakṣana in the Dharmadharmatāvibhāga and kārikā
Nemoto, Hiroshi (Hiroshima University): Tsong kha pa on Dependent Origination and Emptiness
Shi (Lee), Fazhao (Hsu-Feng) (Sydney University): The Tibetan uddāna in the Śarīrārthagāthā

Section 14:

Mahāyāna Sūtras
(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 16:00-17:30)
Jin, Tao (Illinois Wesleyan University): The Role of the Fa-yi Structure in the Organization of Qixinlun
Xiao, Yue (The Research Institute of Bukkyo University): The vows of Amitābha in the Larger Sukhāvatīvyūha and the Karuṇāpuṇḍarīka
Yamabe, Nobuyoshi (Waseda University): The Nine Similes of Tathāgatagarbha in Tathāgatagarbha-sūtra and the Six Similes of Buddhānusmṛti in Guanfo sanmei hai jing
(Thurs., Aug. 24th, 9:00-12:30)
Boucher, Daniel (Cornell University): Are Mahāyāna Sūtras Forgeries?
Drewes, David (University of Manitoba): How Mahayanists Became Bodhisattvas
Zhao, Wen (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität): The composition of the Sadāprarudita story in the Aṣṭasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā based on the Pratyutpanna Saṃmukhāvasthita Samādhi Sūtra: the basic structure and the metaphors
Nishi, Yasutomo (Chuo Academic Research Institute): Research on krīḍāpanaka- / krīḍanaka in the Saddharmapuṇḍarīka
Barber, A.W. (University of Calgary): Śūnyatā-vikṣipta in Tathāgatagarbha Sūtra Literature
Bogacz, Szymon (Jagiellonian University): The Relation Between the Conventional and the Ultimate in Early Mahāyāna Sutras and in Nāgārjuna’s Madhyamaka

Section 15:

Manuscripts, Codicology, and Epigraphy
(Tue, Aug. 22nd, 14:00-17:30)
Long, Darui (University of the West): A Study on the Colophons of Donors of Rock-Cut Buddhist Scriptures in Fangshan in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)
Miyazaki, Tensho (Otani University): Relations among Old Japanese Manuscripts of Buddhist Scriptures and Woodblock-Printed Buddhist Canons: With Reference to the Puchao Sanmei Jing 普超三昧経
Nam, Dongsin (Seoul National University): The Sound of Great Enlightenment: the Divine Bell of King Seongdeok of Silla and its Inscription
Chen, Ruixuan (Leiden University): The Cult of the Sixteen Arhats: New Studies on the Nandimitrāvadāna
Kirichenko, Alexey (Moscow State University): The Role of Medium in History-Writing and the Construction of Identity of the Hnget-pit-taung Monastery, Burma
Acri, Andrea (EPHE): The cult of Hevajra in Southeast Asia, 10th-13th century
(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 14:00-17:30)
Delhey, Martin (Universität Hamburg): The ‘Vanaratna Codex’: A Unique Witness of Indian, Nepalese and Tibetan Buddhism
Hori, Shin’ichiro (International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies): Buddhism in 15th-Century Eastern India: Sanskrit Manuscript Evidence and Tibetan Sources
Ogihara, Hirotoshi (The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University): Names of thousand Buddhas in the Khotanese Bhadrakalpikasūtra—In comparison with Kuchean captions in Kumtura grottoes—
Lee, Youngjin (Geumgang Center for Buddhist Studies): The Oldest Nepalese Manuscript of the Daśabhūmikasūtram—focusing on its interpolations
Milligan, Matthew (Georgia College & State University): Text and Epigraph, King and Monk: Comparing and Contrasting Patronage in Early Indian Buddhism
Walter, Mariko (ACANSRS): Greek Buddhists revisited: Early religious contacts in Greco-Bactria and Indo-Greek Kingdoms according to donor inscriptions

Section 16:

Tantric Buddhism
(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 9:00-15:30)
Deroche, Marc-Henri (Kyoto University): The Aspiration of Sūtra-s and Tantra-s by Prajñāraśmi (Tibet, 1518-1584): A Living Illustration of the Link between Theory and Praxis
Bentor, Yael (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem): Awakening in the Present Body
Wenta, Aleksandra (Oxford University): The Making of Tantric Orthodoxy in the Eleventh Century Indo-Tibetan World: Jñānākara’s Mantrāvatāra
Nagasawa, Jake (University of California, Santa Barbara): A Kadampa’s Defense of the Guhyagarbha Tantra: On Chomden Rigpé Reldri’s (Bcom ldan rig pa’i ral gri) An Ornamental Flower for the Proof of the Guhyagarbha (Gsang snying sgrub pa rgyan gyi me tog)
Hammar, Urban (Stockholm university): Chag lo tsa ba III Rin chen rnam rgyal (15th century) on the History of Kalacakra in Tibet.
Payne, Richard (Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley): Tendai Homa: Ritual Change and Ritual Invariance
Kotyk, Jeffrey (Leiden University): Sources of Japanese Buddhist Astrology

Section 17:

Theravāda Buddhism
(Wed., Aug. 23rd, 14:00-15:30)
Stewart, James (University of Tasmania): Revenge Literature in Contemporary Sinhala Buddhism
Revire, Nicolas (Thammasat University): “In Times Yet to Come”: The Cult of the Five Buddhas and Ten Bodhisattas in mainland Southeast Asia
Scott, Tony (University of Toronto): Politics and Buddhist Commentary in Post/Colonial Burma/Myanmar: The Modern Milindapañha-aṭṭhakathā

Section 18:

Vinaya Studies
(Fri., Aug. 25th, 14:00-17:30)
Dewey, William (University of California, Santa Barbara): The Tibetan Ganden Tripas and the Vinaya
Johnson, Anna (University of Michigan): Highland, Lowland, and Kashmiri: Historical Narrative and Identity Formation of Tibet’s Three Vinaya Lineages
Hu-von Hinüber, Haiyan (Albert-Ludwig Universität Freiburg): What to do if the Vihā­ra­svā­min is put in jail? A story from the Kṣudrakavastu of the Mūlasarvāstivāda-Vinaya
Wu, Juan (Tsinghua University): Parallel Stories in the Jaina Āvaśyakacūrṇi and the Buddhist Mūlasarvāstivāda Vinaya: A Preliminary Investigation



American Council of Learned Societies/The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto
(Mon., Aug. 21st, 17:30-19:00)
Hosted by Pauline Yu (President, ACLS American Council of Learned Societies) and Frances Garrett (Chair, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies, University of Toronto)

Introducing the Fo Guang Buddhist Art Encyclopedia
(Tue, Aug. 22nd, 18:00-19:00)

Humanistic Buddhism in the Contemporary Age: Fo Guang Shan 佛光山 at 50
(Tue, Aug. 22nd, 19:00-20:00)
Moderator: Jane Naomi Iwamura (University of the West)

Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai Fellowship Panel
(Wed, Aug. 23rd, 18:00-19:00)

Publishers Panel
(Tue, Aug. 22nd, 18:00-19:00)
Moderator: Nikko Odiseos (President, Shambala Publications)

Buddhist Studies in Canada
(Wed, Aug. 23rd, 18:00-20:00)
Organiser: Paul Crowe (Simon Fraser University; Editor In Chief, Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies)


Buddhist Universal Digital Archive
(Tue, Aug. 22nd, 18:00-20:00)
Moderator: Jeff Wallman (Executive Director, Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center)


To ensure you have a chance to visit Toronto and surrounding area, my team and I are preparing several excursions for you to enjoy on the afternoon of Thursday, August 24th. We are predicting to include:

•      Trip to Niagara Falls

•      Cruise on Lake Ontario

•      Behind the Scenes Tour of the Royal Ontario Museum

•      Bicycle Tour on Toronto Islands

•      Visit to the Fo Guang Shan Temple Mississauga

A confirmation of these options, details, including prices, booking options and schedule, will be made available on the Congress website in the coming weeks, along with information about other events happening in and around Toronto during the Congress, so please check regularly.

Website and Communications
My team and I will be continuously updating the Congress website with panel, paper, and evening event abstracts, announcements, travel information, and excursion options over the next few weeks and months, so please make sure to follow the website closely at: http://www.iabs2017-uoft.ca<http://www.iabs2017-uoft.ca/>.

Thank You
I wish to extend my gratitude to everyone for all their help in preparing for the XVIIIth IABS Congress. I am particularly grateful to our sponsors, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation and the Fo Guang Shan Temple Mississauga. I am personally elated to be hosting everyone this summer, and hope that your own plans and preparations for the Congress go smoothly. Please feel free to write to me directly about any matter or concern, and may you all have a safe journey to Toronto.

Looking forward to welcoming and meeting you in Toronto, with warm regards,
Christoph Emmrich

Planning Committee of the XVIIIth IABS Congress


Anne MacDonald


Christoph Emmrich


Wendi Adamek, University of Calgary

James Apple, University of Calgary

Dan Arnold, University of Chicago

James Benn, McMaster University

Lara Braitstein, McGill University

Chen Shen, Royal Ontario Museum

Jinhua Chen, University of British Columbia

Shayne Clarke, McMaster University

Deepali Dewan, Royal Ontario Museum

David Drewes, University of Manitoba

Frances Garrett, University of Toronto

Amanda Goodman, University of Toronto

Nam-Lin Hur, University of British Columbia

Chiara Letizia, Université de Québec

Jessica Main, University of British Columbia

Jason Neelis, Wilfrid Laurier University

Mark Rowe, McMaster University

Alicia Turner, York University

Jeff Wilson, University of Waterloo

 Advisory Board:

Collett Cox, University of Washington

Birgit Kellner, University of Heidelberg

Ulrich Pagel, University of London

Tom Tillemans, University of Lausanne

 Academic Coordination:

Tony Scott, University of Toronto


Associate Professor Dr. Christoph Emmrich
Chair, Planning Committee of the XVIIIth IABS Congress
University of Toronto
Dept. for the Study of Religion
170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8
E-mail: christoph.emmrich at utoronto.ca

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