Centre for the Study of Humanistic Buddhism, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Academic Lectures

2023

Topic:

Cataloguing and Significance of Literature Related to Yongming Yanshou

Speaker:

Prof. Ze Liang Liu (XIAMEN University)

Date:

20 Nov 2023 (Monday)

Time:

19:00~21:00

Format:

Webinar

Venue:

ZOOM ID: 910 6024 1050

Language:

Mandarin

講座簡介

永明延壽是唐末、五代、宋初的重要佛教思想家,現存著述達19種,後世還出現了20多種有關《宗鏡錄》、《萬善同歸集》等抄撮性、注釋性著述,以及以延壽為主角的傳記類、小說戲劇類作品,其影響力貫通了宋以後的中國乃至東亞的佛教史、佛學思想史。永明延壽的著述及其後世基於時代語境對其形象、著述的塑造與詮釋,事實上構成了一門專門性的學問——「延壽學」,這一課題希望引起學界廣泛、共同的關注。

講者簡介

劉澤亮教授,現任廈門大學哲學系教授,廈門大學佛學研究中心主任,主要研究領域為中國佛教哲學,主編「佛學與人文」學術叢書,多年來致力於永明延壽相關著述的整理與研究,出版《永明延壽禪師全書》(上中下)(點校整理),《永明延壽相關文獻集成》(上中下)(點校整理)(即出)等。

Topic:

Fo Guang Member and Self-identity

Speaker:

Prof. LO YUET KEUNG (National University of Singapore)

Date:

30 Oct 2023 (Monday)

Time:

19:00~21:00

Format:

Webinar

Venue:

ZOOM ID: 910 6024 1050

Language:

Mandarin

講座簡介

從源頭上講,「人間佛教」可以追溯到近百年前太虛大師(1890-1947)所提倡的「人間佛教」,後來經過在台灣不少曲折的發展,最後由佛光山星雲大師(1927-2023)於2001年發表〈人間佛教的藍圖〉,公開揭櫫的佛光山「人間佛教」。在時間上跨入新千禧,在佛教思想史上,佛光山人間佛教都可謂突破。在正式宣稱「人間佛教」的主張之前,星雲大師於1981年早已經提出「佛光人」的說法,無疑有其特殊意義,但至今似乎還沒有學者深究。由於佛光山人間佛教日漸深入民間,影響廣泛,自然而然給予人一個通俗的印象,似乎沒有什麼學術色彩。目前許多有關佛光山人間佛教的研究,學術性質都不明顯,這也許會影響讀者對人間佛教本身的學術淵源的認識。講座將嘗試從學術立場來分析佛光山人間佛教的基本精神,進而追溯「佛光人」這一名稱的緣由,說明它的實際意義在於身份認同,藉此示範一種「人間佛教」的學術研究方法和取向,同時證明學術研究和宣教未嘗不可以結合為一。

講者簡介

勞悅強教授,現任職於新加坡國立大學中文系副教授,博士生導師。研究興趣涉及先秦諸子思想、漢魏晉南北朝儒、道、釋三教互融、宋明理學、佛教講經以及中國古代婦女史等等。學術著作分别刊登於歐、美、日本以及新、馬、中、港、台各地。中文著作包括《文内文外—中國思想史中經典詮釋》(臺灣大學出版中心2010年初版,上海東方出版中心2021年簡體字版)。英文著作則包括《劍橋中國史》第二册(六朝卷)中《清談與玄學》一章。

Topic:

Between Liberation and Healing: Sharing the Dialogue Experience between Buddhism and Psychology

Speaker:

Dean Prof. Chao-Shun Kuo (Department of Buddhist Studies | Fo Guang University)

Date:

16 Oct 2023 (Monday)

Time:

19:00~21:00

Format:

Webinar

Venue:

ZOOM ID: 910 6024 1050

Language:

Mandarin

講座簡介

講者執行佛光大學佛教研究中心「佛教與心理學跨域對話」歷時三年的大型整合計畫,一開始從較為全面性的對話平台的嘗試建構入手,後來逐漸理解全面對話的困難,於是第二年改由以苦之成因及苦之之療癒,作為對話重心,逐漸拉近對話的距離;第三年則邀請心理學家與佛教學家共讀佛教文本,使對話逐漸深化且彼此互相啟發。此次演講將呈現這三年來對話經驗之困難與收獲,並介紹講者所嘗試建構的三學增上的佛教心理療癒模式,以供未來有意從事跨域對話,或者有意進行佛教心理療癒理論研究者之參考。

講者簡介

郭朝順現任佛光大學佛教學院院長,曾任華梵大學哲學系主任、華梵大學文學院院長。專長天台宗哲學、華嚴宗哲學、佛教詮釋學、佛教文化哲學。著有《佛學概論》(林朝成、郭朝順合著,台北:三民書局)、《天台智顗的詮釋理論》(台北:里仁書局)、《佛教文化哲學》(台北:里仁書局)、《華嚴經四十菩薩行》(台北:華嚴蓮舍)等專書及論文數十篇。

Topic:

The Wuchang School and Jinling School in the history of modern Chinese Buddhism

Speaker:

Prof. Jian Ming He (Renmin University of China)

Date:

9 Oct 2023 (Monday)

Time:

19:00~21:00

Format:

Webinar

Venue:

ZOOM ID: 910 6024 1050

Language:

Mandarin

講座簡介

在近代中國佛教史上,有兩個非常重要的佛教文化教育機構,一個是位於南京的由歐陽竟無創辦並主持的支那內學院,另一個是位於武昌的由太虛大師創辦並主持的武昌佛學院。太虛大師和歐陽大師都同出於清末楊仁山之門,於民初同為佛教復興運動之領袖,並於1922年各自在南京和武昌建立現代佛學教育和研究機構,不僅共同開創了中國現代佛教文化教育事業,培養了大批教內外的佛教文化高僧大德和學術人才,而且由於都很重視佛教學術研究,並多次發生學術論爭,呈現出相互影響又各具風格的學術旨趣,尤其是對於佛教的契理性與契機性、佛學的原佛性與中國化等重大問題產生嚴重分歧,形成了中國現代佛教史上影響深遠的兩大學派——以太虛大師為主帥的武昌學派和以歐陽竟無為主帥的金陵學派。

講者簡介

何建明教授,中國人民大學哲學院及佛教與宗教學理論研究所教授。出版專著《道家思想的歷史轉折》《佛法觀念的近代調適》《晚清民國佛教思想史論》《人間佛教與現代港澳佛教》《近代中國宗教文化史研究》等,主編《中國地方誌佛道教文獻匯纂》《道藏集成》、《道教學刊》、《老子道文化研究》等。

Topic:

The Formation of the Robe Transmission in Chan Buddhism

Speaker:

Prof. CHENG Zheng (Komazawa University)

Date:

18 Sep 2023 (Monday)

Time:

19:00~21:00

Format:

Webinar

Venue:

ZOOM ID: 910 6024 1050

Language:

Mandarin

講座簡介

傳衣說以禪宗的傳法袈裟為核心,是構建早期禪宗祖統說的重要組成部分之一。在本次講座中,將根據各種早期禪宗文獻的記錄,對傳衣說的形成,進行有序梳理,進而思考其給禪宗祖統說的最終成型所帶來的巨大影響。

講者簡介

程正教授,現任駒澤大學佛教學部禪學科教授,主要研究敦煌禪宗文獻和中國禪宗史。著有《禪學研究入門〔第二版〕》(共著,大東出版社,2006)、《敦煌禪宗文獻分類目録》(共著,大東出版社,2014),以及學術論文數十篇。

Topic:

Buddhist canons in the Ming Dynasty

Speaker:

Prof. Darui Long (University of the West)

Date:

12 Sep 2023 (Tuesday)

Time:

19:00~21:00

Format:

W

Venue:

ZOOM ID: 910 6024 1050

Language:

English

Lecture Description

The Yongle beizang永樂北藏 (Yonle Northern Canon) was constructed following the decree by Emperor Yongle (r.1403 – 1424). The first main part was not completed until 1440. During the reign of Emperor Wanli 萬曆( r. 1573-1620), 41 han ( 函cases) with 410 volumes were added in 1584, totaling 6771 volumes. Many copies of this canon were either destroyed in natural disasters or wars in the past 500 years. Only 30 sets are extant. Most of them are incomplete.
In 2009 I began to investigate this Yongle Northern Canon kept in the East Asian Library, Princeton University. I found many new materials. I decided to investigate the extant copies. Since then, I have visited more than 25 libraries, museums and temples in China, the United States and Poland. I found that each set of this Buddhist canon has its unique characteristics, such as Emperor’s decree, colophons, inscriptions, seal stamps, donors, readers and even the silk covers and papers.
The Buddhist canon became witnesses of the development of Buddhism in each temple and locality. Local devotees donated money to build the library, to repair the damaged scriptures, to raise fund for various activities with the canon. The records of these activities are probably noted in the colophons, inscriptions of the steles in the temples, local gazetteers, the travel notes, essays of local scholar-officials, and temple history. These were neglected in the past.

Speaker Profile

Dr. Darui Long earned his Ph.D. from Graduate School, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, 1996. Upon his graduation, he obtained a “Senior Fellowship” from Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University in 1996. The next year, he received a scholarship from Harvard-Yenching Institute. He received Princeton University Library Scholarship twice in 2009 and 2020 and visited Princeton University three times to examine its collections of Chinese Buddhist canon. He visited Jagiellonian University Library in Poland in three summer from 2016-2018 to investigate into its collection of Chinese Buddhist literature.
Dr. Long’s research interest is Chinese Buddhist canon, especially the Yongle Northern Canon constructed in Beijing from 1419-1440. He was editor-in-chief of the book Chinese Buddhist Canon in the Age of Printing, published by Routledge, UK, 2020. He is currently editor-in-chief of Chinese Buddhist Canon Research Newsletter initiated by Center for Buddhist Studies, University of Arizona, USA.
Dr. Long traveled widely in China, the US and Poland, visiting libraries, museums and temples. He has taken more than 40,000 photos worldwide for his research work. In 2017, he found one volume of Lotus Sutra in the Tangut (Xixia) language written on indigo paper with gold powder, Jagiellonian University Library. It is an invaluable treasure in the world and has aroused scholars’ great interest. Currently, he is working on a concordant catalogue of Yongle Northern Canon with other editions of Chinese Buddhist canon. He has published many academic papers on Chinese Buddhist canon.

Topic:

Development of Chinese Buddhist Canon: from Manuscripts to Printed Canon

Speaker:

Prof. Darui Long (University of the West)

Date:

11 Sep 2023 (Monday)

Time:

19:00~21:00

Format:

Webinar

Venue:

ZOOM ID: 910 6024 1050

Language:

English

Lecture Description

When scholars check the history of how Buddhism spread in China, they immediately find out that the dissemination of Buddhist teachings has been closely tied to the scriptures and the translations of the many texts which contribute to it. As the centuries passed for the Chinese Buddhists, hundreds of texts were translated from Sanskrit into Chinese, including scriptures, vinaya rules and commentaries. The collected translations came to be considered as an entity and were called “yiqie jing” ( 一切經all scriptures), also called “Dazang jing” ( 大藏經Buddhist canon). In addition,a sizeable corpus of literature composed of the writings of learned monks and nuns within China was incorporated.

China has produced about 20 editions of Buddhist canon since the Emperor of Song dynasty began to use printing technology to engrave the first Chinese Buddhist canon in 971. This huge project involved engraving more than 130,000 woodblocks and it took thirteen years to accomplish it. This became a rule. When the country returned to peace and stability, the rulers would summon eminent Buddhist monks and scholars to edit and collate a new edition of Chinese Buddhist canon. Thus, copies of these editions of Buddhist canon became witness of the legitimacy of the dynasty, the development of Buddhism, the religious belief, the relations between the imperial court and Buddhism, even customs of the local people.

Speaker Profile

Dr. Darui Long earned his Ph.D. from Graduate School, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, 1996. Upon his graduation, he obtained a “Senior Fellowship” from Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University in 1996. The next year, he received a scholarship from Harvard-Yenching Institute. He received Princeton University Library Scholarship twice in 2009 and 2020 and visited Princeton University three times to examine its collections of Chinese Buddhist canon. He visited Jagiellonian University Library in Poland in three summer from 2016-2018 to investigate into its collection of Chinese Buddhist literature.

Dr. Long’s research interest is Chinese Buddhist canon, especially the Yongle Northern Canon constructed in Beijing from 1419-1440. He was editor-in-chief of the book Chinese Buddhist Canon in the Age of Printing, published by Routledge, UK, 2020. He is currently editor-in-chief of Chinese Buddhist Canon Research Newsletter initiated by Center for Buddhist Studies, University of Arizona, USA.

Dr. Long traveled widely in China, the US and Poland, visiting libraries, museums and temples. He has taken more than 40,000 photos worldwide for his research work. In 2017, he found one volume of Lotus Sutra in the Tangut (Xixia) language written on indigo paper with gold powder, Jagiellonian University Library. It is an invaluable treasure in the world and has aroused scholars’ great interest.

Currently, he is working on a concordant catalogue of Yongle Northern Canon with other editions of Chinese Buddhist canon. He has published many academic papers on Chinese Buddhist canon.

Topic:

Contemporary Tasks and Problems in Buddhism Hermeneutics

Speaker:

Prof. Kai-wen Lu (Graduate Institute of Religious Studies Nanhua University)

Date:

28 Aug 2023 (Monday)

Time:

19:00~21:00

Format:

網絡講座:ZOOM Meeting

Venue:

ZOOM ID: 910 6024 1050

Language:

普通話

講座簡介

「佛教」的華語理解有著多種意涵,它可以限縮地指涉「佛陀的言教」(巴利語Buddhasāsana),它更可以廣泛地理解為宗教信仰型態的「佛教」(英語Buddhism)。不論何者意涵,佛教作為一種成文宗教,它在古代與當代的世界流傳時,其教義體系、實踐技術乃至於倫理規範往往很難不透過權威性的聖典與固著化的文字型態來確立與完成。為此,問題在於:如何合宜地建構某種佛教釋經學,探索其任務並解析古代與現代遭逢的問題,藉此讓佛陀言教的意義對當代的經驗世界開放,即是一個重要的問題。這次講座即以此為線索進行初步思考。

講者簡介

呂凱文教授,現職南華大學宗教學研究所專任教授。擔任過南華大學人文學院院長、終身學習學院院長、教學發展中心主任、宗教學研究所所長、巴利學研究中心主任、佛學研究中心主任等職。亦擔任過澳洲南天大學應用佛學研究所客座教授,以及台灣正念學學會創會理事長、台灣催眠學學會創會理事長。主要學術興趣為佛教哲學、宗教學、詮釋學、正念學、催眠學,以及巴利佛典翻譯實務。

Topic:

What Role does Chinese Buddhism Play in the German Academic Landscape?

Speaker:

Dr. Carsten Krause (Hamburg University)

Date:

28 Jun 2023 (Wednesday)

Time:

19:00-21:00 HK Time

Format:

Webinar

Venue:

ZOOM ID: 910 6024 1050

Language:

English

Lecture Description

In the rich history of Buddhist studies in Germany, Chinese Buddhism played a rather subordinate role. But it was in the focus of many more German scholars than one would think. In order to trace the scholarly engagement with Chinese Buddhism in Germany, it is necessary to draw on many different academic disciplines. And especially for the early period it is important to deal intensively with the individual fates of the scientists and the respective historical context. Against this background, the presentation shows how research on Chinese Buddhism in Germany has developed to date and poses questions regarding the challenges of the future.

Speaker Profile

Dr. Carsten Krause
Research Fellow at the Numata Center for Buddhist Studies at Hamburg University

Topic:

The Prosperity of Chan in East: The Thought and Its Influence of “Zong Jing Lu"

Speaker:

Professor Mikiyasu Yanagi (Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo)

Date:

9 Jun 2023 (Friday)

Time:

19:00~21:00

Format:

Webinar: ZOOM Meeting & WeChat Channels

Venue:

ZOOM ID: 910 6024 1050; WeChat Channels ID: 香港中大人間佛研中心

Language:

Mandarin

Introduction

"Zong Jing Lu" is a very important work in the history of Buddhism in East Asia. It was written by Yongming Yanshou (904-976), a Chan monk in the Five Dynasties period, with a total of 100 vo-lumes. Yanshou takes “one heart taught under Chan” as the core principle and governs all the thoughts and practices of Buddhism in the past period. In the Song Dynasty, "Zong Jing Lu" was re-cognized as the orthodox doctrine of Buddhism and included in the Tibetan Tripitaka. It not only had a profound impact on the future generations of China, but also on Buddhism in Korea and Japan. This lecture will briefly introduce the ideological content of “Zong Jing Lu" and its different acceptance in China, North Korea, and Japan, and then discuss the role of "Zong Jing Lu" in the process of the prosperity of Chan in China.

Speaker

Professor Mikiyasu Yanagi received his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo in 2013 and is currently an associate professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia of the Tokyo University. He mainly studies the history of Chinese Buddhist thought. He is the Author of Single-mindedness and Ten Thousand Dharma: Research on Yanshou (co-authored, China Religious Culture Publisher, 2018), Reedited Research on Yongming Yanshou and "Zong Jing lu": Single-mindedness by Chinese Buddhism (single author, Hozokan, 2015), Research on Saichō and Kukai's versions of Sanjiao buqilun (co-authored, Kokusho kankokai, 2016 to be published). His representative papers include The Formation and Transformation of the Legend that Yongming Yanshou Used State Funds to Purchase and Release Captive Animals (Studies in Zen Buddhism 100, 2022), The Position of Yanshou: The Transition Period of the Times Chan in Waiting (China: Society and culture 37, 2022) and so on.

Topic:

A Debate Over Self-Power and Other-Power: The Nianfo Yuantong 念佛圓通 of Ogurusu Kōchō 小栗栖香頂 and Yang Renshan's 楊仁山 Response

Speaker:

Prof. Charles B. Jones (The Catholic University of America)

Date:

12 May 2023 (Friday)

Time:

19:00-21:00 HK Time

Format:

Webinar

Venue:

ZOOM ID: 910 6024 1050

Language:

English

Biography

Charles B. Jones was born in North Carolina in 1957, but grew up in a military family that moved frequently both within the U.S. and abroad. He graduated from Morehead State University (Kentucky) in 1980 with a degree in music, and went on to earn the Master of Theological Studies cum laude from the Divinity School of Duke University in 1988 and the Ph.D. in History of Religions from the University of Virginia in 1996.

Since joining the faculty of the STRS in the fall of that year, he has pursued research in the history of Chinese Buddhism and the Christian practice of interreligious dialogue. He has also taught courses for Virginia Theological Seminary and the Smithsonian Associates, and recorded a set of lectures on theories in religious studies for The Teaching Company. He has consulted with the U.S. Department of State, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan during the 2004-05 academic year.

Abstract

This lecture will explore over Pure Land doctrine between a Japanese Jōdo Shinshū missionary to China named Ogurusu Kōchō 小栗栖香頂 (1831–1905) and the renowned lay Buddhist and publisher Yang Wenhui 楊文會 (or Yang Renshan 楊仁山, 1837–1911). Yang had received a copy of Hōnen’s Senchaku hongan nenbutusu shū 選択本願念佛集 (Anthology on the Nenbutusu of the Select Original Vow). Finding its interpretation of Pure Land objectionable, he wrote some comments on it and sent it back to Japan, where it came to Ogurusu’s attention. Ogurusu defended Hōnen’s teaching with a work called Nianfo yuantong 念佛圓通. Yang responded with a critique called Ping Xiaosuqi nianfo yuantong 評小栗栖香頂 (Critique of Ogusuru’s Nianfo Yuantong). Ogurusu was by then too ill to respond further, so a fellow missionary, Ryūsen 龍舟 (1861–1931), took up Yang’s objections in a 1901 work called Nenbutsu entsū tudusen 念佛圓通続貂 (Continuation of Nianfo Yuantong). With that the exchange ended. This lecture will present a summary of the historical background of this controversy, reviews some of its arguments on self-power and other-power with specific reference to the generation of bodhicitta, and offers some conclusions.

Topic:

Trees Move to Different Lands: The Spreading Model of Han Buddhism in North America in the 20th Century

Speaker:

Prof. Shi Rongdao (Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, School of Religious of McGill University, Canada)

Date:

1 May 2023 (Monday)

Time:

19:00~21:00

Format:

Webinar: ZOOM Meeting & WeChat Channels

Venue:

ZOOM ID: 910 6024 1050; WeChat Channels:香港中大人間佛研中心

Language:

Mandarin

Introduction

Since the 1950s and 1960s, with the changes in the immigration policies of the United States and Canada, as well as geopolitical factors in Asian countries, number of Chinese immigrants in the Uni-ted States and Canada has gradually increased, and Han Buddhism has also entered a stable development. Compared with the later Taiwanese Humanistic Buddhist Orders, these early Chinese Buddhist monasteries were smaller in scale and their propagation modes were more complicated, but they laid a foundation that cannot be ignored for the promotion and spread of Han Buddhism in North America. This lecture attempts to explore and analyze the spread mode of Han Buddhism in North America in the 20th century through Lay People Buddhism, student monk network and Dharma line network.

Speaker

Shi Rongdao, assistant professor of East Asian Studies of the School of Religious in McGill Universi-ty, Canada, has served as an assistant professor of the School of Religion of University of Southern California, a postdoctoral researcher at the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore, and a scholar of the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Global Buddhist Studies Pro-gram. Her main research areas are the modernization of Han Buddhism, Buddhist education, dharma network, transnational Buddhism and identity. Her monographs include Citizen Bodhisattvas: Education, Student-Monks, and Citizenship in Modern Chinese Buddhism (Brill: forthcoming).

Topic:

Book talk: Mapping Modern Mahāyāna: Chinese Buddhism and Migration in the Age of Global Modernity

Speaker:

Prof. Jens Reinke (University of the West)

Date:

21 Apr 2023 (Friday)

Time:

10:00 - 12:00 HK Time

Format:

Webinar

Venue:

ZOOM ID: 910 6024 1050

Language:

English

Lecture Description

Jens Reinke, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University, talks about his recent book Mapping Modern Mahayana: Chinese Buddhism and Migration in the Age of Global Modernity (De Gruyter, 2021). The book presents a multi-sited ethnographic study of the global development of the Taiwanese Buddhist order Fo Guang Shan. It explores the order’s modern Buddhist social engagements by examining three globally dispersed field sites: Los Angeles in the United States of America, Bronkhorstspruit in South Africa, and Yixing in the People’s Republic of China. The data collected at these field sites is embedded within the context of broader theoretical discussions on Buddhism, modernity, globalization, and the nation-state. By examining how one particular modern Buddhist religiosity that developed in a specific place moves into a global context, the book provides a fresh view of what constitutes both modern and contemporary Buddhism while also exploring the social, cultural, and religious fabrics that underlie the spatial configurations of globalization.

Speaker Profile

Jens Reinke is Assistant Professor and Assistant Chair at the Religious Studies Department and Director of the Institute for the Study of Humanistic Buddhism at University of the West.
His research explores modern and contemporary Buddhism as practiced by ethnic Chinese all over the globe. Taking into consideration the dynamics of colonialism, globalization, and ethnic Chinese migration, Jens Reinke is particularly interested in exploring the manifold ways ethnic Chinese employ and adapt Buddhist ideas and practices to the contemporary era.
His recent book Mapping Modern Mahayana: Chinese Buddhism and Migration in the Age of Global Modernity, presents a multi-sited ethnography of Fo Guang Shan temples in Taiwan, Los Angeles, South Africa, and the People’s Republic of China. Mapping Modern Mahayana is published by De Gruyter.
His current research builds on the first book in that it continues to explore non-Western modern religiosities. Instead of focusing on one organization, however, this project explores Buddhist engagements that build an important inner-Asian transnational space. His second book, Buddhist Bricolages in the Southern Sinosphere: The Southbound Transnationalism of Taiwanese Buddhists, will explore translocative Buddhist entanglements between Taiwan and Southeast Asia.
Jens Reinke’s areas of expertise include Buddhism in sinophone societies worldwide, ethnic Chinese migration and diaspora, Buddhist border-crossings and mobilities, and Buddhism and global modernity.

Topic:

Interpretation of Buddhist Classics and Over-interpretation:Contemporary Interpretations of Tathāgatagarbha Classics as an Example

Speaker:

Professor Yang Weizhong (The Philosophy Department, Nanjing University)

Date:

7 Apr 2023 (Friday)

Time:

19:00~21:00

Format:

Webinar: ZOOM Meeting & WeChat Channels

Venue:

ZOOM ID: 910 6024 1050; Wechat Channels: 香港中大人間佛研中心

Language:

Mandarin

Introduction

Tathāgatagarbha thought is the main source of thought for the Chinese Buddhist sects to construct their own teaching system. For more than 100 years, Tathāgatagarbha thought has been highly valued and fully studied by Buddhist researchers including Europe, America, and Japan. On the other hand, Tathāgatagarbha thought has also encountered an unprecedented crisis of " legitimacy ". Since modern times, the reflection or "criticism" on Tathāgatagarbha classics has appeared as an alternate use of "documentary research" and "argumentation analysis" in terms of method. This lecture mainly aims to reflect on the deconstruction of Tathāgatagarbha classics with "philosophical" or "academic" methods.

From the perspective of its "original meaning", Tathāgatagarbha thought is trying to refute the statement that it confuses Tathāgatagarbha with "Brahman". The Tathāgatagarbha, Buddha-nature and externalist religions mentioned repeatedly in Buddhist scriptures cannot be easily confused with the "Brahman" mentioned by heretics and the "real self" held by ordinary people. The thought of "Tathāgatagarbha" reveals that all sentient beings have the basis and possibility to be liberated and become a Buddha, and on this basis, the thought of original enlightenment develops it into an "optimistic theory of human nature". The practice of affirming Tathāgatagarbha as an "entity" and canceling the legitimacy of Tathāgatagarbha scriptures for a hundred years is a typical "over-interpretation."

Speaker

Professor Yang Weizhong is currently a professor and doctoral supervisor of the Department of Philosophy (School of Religious Studies) of Nanjing University, adjunct Professor of The Johns Hopkins University – Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies, the executive Deputy Di-rector of the Institute of Sanlun School in The Buddhist Academy Of China QiXia Shan Branch, the Director of the Institute of Shuixi Buddhist Culture in Nanjing University, and the deputy dean of Cien Institute of the Buddhist Academy of Jiangsu. His main masterpieces include Biography of Master Daosheng, New Translation of " Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms, New Translation of " Gaṇḍavyūhasūtra Chapter of the Avataṃsaka Sūtra", Classic Interpretation and Chinese Buddhism, Consciousness-only Without Boundaries: Buddhist Consciousness View, Research on the Theory of Mind of Chinese Buddhism, General History of Chinese Consciousness-only Buddhism, Chinese Buddhism, Tathese Buddhis Classics and Chinese Buddhism, etc. He is the main author of A Com-prehensive History of Buddhism in China edited by Mr. Lai Yonghai. In addition, he is the chief editor of the ten-volume edition " A Comprehensive History of Buddhism in Suzhou" , which will be published soon.

Topic:

Mismatched Time and Redemption: Taking the Viewpoint Sarvlaced Ti as an Example

Speaker:

Dr. Wu Wei (Lecturer, School of Philosophy, Inner Mongolia University)

Date:

24 Mar 2023 (Friday)

Time:

19:00~21:00

Format:

Webinar: ZOOM Meeting & WeChat Channels

Venue:

ZOOM ID: 910 6024 1050; Wechat Channels: 香港中大人間佛研中心

Language:

Mandarin

Introduction

In the creation myths and religions of all nations in the world, there is a basic awareness and discussion on "time". In these traditions, the starting point of time is often closely connected with the God who created the world, and the concept of time also constitutes an approach to the problem in Wes-tern philosophy. But whether the question of time itself can be explained by another way of thinking. In this regard, Buddhism, especially Sarvāstivāda in Sectarian Buddhism, puts forward the view that time flows from the future to the past. The way of Sarvāstivāda understanding of time seems to be a mystery of time, but the proposal of this counterintuitive view of time is meaningful. In the experience of Buddhist enlightenment, time is not only the moment when the enlightened person leaps into the world of everything is empty, but also means the eternal contemplation and redemption of life lasting forever in the secular world.

Speaker

Dr. Wu Wei, Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Peking University, worked as journal editor for Xuyun Lectures organized by the Research Institute for Religious Culture of Peking University, Buddhist Workshop Series, Journal of Humanities Religion, and as a lecturer at Benhuan College, Shenzhen Hongfa Temple. He is currently a lecturer at the School of Philosophy of Inner Mongolia University and a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Humanistic Buddhism of the CUHK. His main research fields are Chinese Buddhist philosophy, research on Tiantai sect thought in Song Dynasty, and Song-Ming Neo-Confucianism. Published On the Method of Liberation in "the Miscellaneous Agama Sutra", The Reality of Emptiness and Nirvana: The Truth Under the Perspective of Madhyamaka in the "Mhe Reality of Emptine", Study on the "Shurangama Sutra" Perfect penetration True Appearance —Interpretation from the perspective of the Tiantai Sect of the Song Dynasty, Comparison of the Concept of Tatharison of thand Zhiyi's Single-mindedness, Displacement of Time——Based on the Analysis of the Buddhist Time View of Sarvlacement "Three Worlds" etc.

Topic:

The Spread of Humanistic Buddhism in Malaysia

Speaker:

Professor Tang Chew Peng (Associate Professor, General Studies Centre, Southern University College, Malaysia)

Date:

10 Mar 2023 (Friday)

Time:

19:00~21:00

Format:

Webinar: ZOOM Meeting & WeChat Channels

Venue:

ZOOM ID: 910 6024 1050; Wechat Channels: 香港中大人間佛研中心

Language:

Mandarin

Introduction

The development of Humanistic Buddhism in Malaysia (Malaya) began in the early 20th century. However, lacking in an advantageous environment and foundation in the early stage, it could not develop systematically. At that time, Master Taixu’s two visits started to sow good karma, followed by short stays of Master Fafang, Master Cihang, and Master Yanpei, which also contributed to the spread and development of Humanistic Buddhism in Malaya. The systematic dissemination and development of Humanistic Buddhism was not officially started until Master Zhumo went south to Penang and settled there.

After independence, many Malaysians monks studied in Taiwan. As well as the influence of Taiwan's transnational Buddhist community, Humanistic Buddhism has formed a diverse phenomenon in Malaysia. They discussed and learnt from each other, creating an excellent development environment. Therefore, Humanistic Buddhism in Malaysia has made very important contributions since the arrival of Master Taixu and his students. Through the joint efforts of Master Zhu Mo and other monks and laymen, the thought of Humanistic Buddhism has finally become one of the main leading thoughts in the development of Malaysian Buddhism.

Speaker

Professor Tang Chew Peng was born in Anshun, Perak, Malaysia. He graduated from the Department of Chinese Studies in the University of Malaya, with a Master of Social Science from Nanhua University in Taiwan, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Nanjing University in China. He once served as the founding president of Buddhist Alumni University of Malaya, and the vice president of the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia. He is currently an associate professor at the General Education Center of Southern University College. He is the author of Immigration and Buddhism: Development of Penang Buddhism During the British Colonial Era, and "The Practice of Humanistic Buddhism in Malaysia in the Hsing Yun Model——Taking the Singma Temple in Johor Bahru, Malaysia as an Example", Intelligent Buddhism and the Transformation of Malaysia Chinese Buddhism, Internal Fermentation: The Causes of the Formation and Development of Malaysian Buddhist Youth Movement, From Folk Belief to Orthodox Buddhism: Transformation of Malaysian Chinese Buddhism, etc.

Topic:

The Present Situation and Future of Research on Buddhist Manuscripts

Speaker:

Professor Ji Yun (Director of Academic Affairs and Chief Librarian of Buddhist College of Singapore)

Date:

2 Mar 2023 (Thursday)

Time:

19:00~21:00

Format:

Webinar: ZOOM Meeting & WeChat Channels

Venue:

ZOOM ID: 910 6024 1050; Wechat Channels: 香港中大人間佛研中心

Language:

Mandarin

Introduction

Buddhist manuscripts are of great significance to Buddhist research. This lecture will briefly introduce the collection and research of Buddhist manuscripts around the world by regions. These include non-Chinese Buddhist manuscripts and Chinese Buddhist manuscripts discovered in the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia. The former includes Sanskrit Buddhist manuscripts in Nepal in South Asia, Pali and Sanskrit Buddhist manuscripts in Sri Lanka, Buddhist manuscripts in Pali and local languages in Southeast Asian countries, Gilgit Buddhist manuscripts in northern South Asia, and Gandhara in Central Asia. Manuscripts, Buddhist manuscripts in Sanskrit in Central Asia and China, Buddhist manuscripts in Hu language in Central Asia, Buddhist manuscripts in Tibetan and Mongolian in Central Asia, etc. The latter mainly includes Dunhuang and Turpan Buddhist manuscripts in China, and scriptures collected in monasteries in Japan.

Speaker

Professor Ji Yun is currently an associate professor, Deputy Dean and Chief Librarian of the Buddhist College of Singapore. His main research interests lie in Buddhist literature, the history of southern Buddhism before the Sui Dynasty, the history of scripture translation, modern overseas Buddhist archives and materials, etc. He has published monographs On Huijiao's Biographies of eminent monks and The Subtlety of Buddhavacana: the Development and Transmission of Buddhist Literature; translated works Philological studies of Chinese Buddhist Literature and A Philological Approach to Buddhism (joint-translation); more than 30 academic papers translated from English to Chinese; There are more than 30 academic papers, conference papers and book reviews.

Topic:

漢傳佛教在新加坡:歷史與現實

Speaker:

紀贇教授 (新加坡佛學院教務主任、圖書館館長)

Date:

28 Feb 2023 (Tuesday)

Time:

19:00~21:00

Format:

網絡講座:ZOOM Meeting & 微信視頻號

Venue:

ZOOM ID: 910 6024 1050;微信視頻號:香港中大人間佛研中心

Language:

普通話

Powerpoint:

講座簡介

新加坡華人主要來自閩南、廣東等地,民間宗教祠祀繁盛,又與佛、道教合流。新加坡漢傳佛教的歷史又與當地社區族群自治的特殊情勢有關,最早是在不同方言族群的基層自治組織——墳山、祠寺中紮根,並具 “治理權力”。早期的僧侶也主要寄居於墳山與民間廟宇,這種情況一直延續到了制度性寺院的建立,故而通過文獻資料的考察,即可發現新加坡漢傳佛教的若干重要特點。本講座還將涉及二十世紀直至當代新加坡漢傳佛教的若干重要歷史節點,並將介紹當前新加坡漢傳佛教在劇烈變動的現實之中的現狀、挑戰,及其若干可能的發展趨勢。

講者簡介

紀贇教授現為新加坡佛學院(Buddhist College of Singapore)副教授,兼任教務主任(Deputy Dean)、圖書館館長(Chief Librarian)。主要研究興趣在於佛教文獻、隋代以前的南方佛教史、譯經史、近代海外佛教檔案與資料等方面。曾出版專著《慧皎高僧傳研究》、《佛教經典觀》;譯著《漢文佛教文獻研究》、《佛教文獻學十講》(合譯)等;有英譯漢學術論文三十餘篇;另有學術論文、會議論文與書評等三十餘篇。