December 2016

2016 Toshihide Numata Book Award Presentation and Symposium

Friday, October 28, 2016. During a ceremony at the Alumni House, the Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai (Numata Foundation) presented the 2016 Toshihide Numata Book Award to Professor Janet Gyatso (Harvard Divinity School) for Being Buddhist in a Human World: An Intellectual History of Medicine in Early Modern Tibet (Columbia University Press, 2015).

The symposium, titled "Buddhist Bodies, Medical Bodies, Human Bodies," opened with a keynote address by Professor Gyatso: "Categories, Mentalities, Individuals: Historiography in a Buddhological Vein." This was followed by presentations by three eminent scholars. The first was by Vincanne Adams, a medical anthropologist at the University of California, San Francisco, whose talk was titled, "Bodies, Biologies, and the Anthropology of Tibetan Medicine." The second talk was by Evan Thompson, a philosopher from the University of British Columbia, and was titled "Empirical Bodies in Science and Buddhism." Finally Stacey Van Vleet, a historian at UC Berkeley, presented a paper titled "Teaching the View vs. Teaching the Methods: Medical Pedagogy at the Fifth Dalai Lama’s Court." Janet Gyatso and Jacob Dalton served as respondents, and the various presentations were followed by a lively discussion that included many members of the audience. The celebratory evening ended with a dinner-buffet reception.

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 Introduction by Robert Sharf (UCB)     Award presention by George Tanabe (President, BDK America)

Janet Gyatso (L), Harvard University, in the audience     George Tanabe presents award to Janet Gyatso

George Tanabe and Janet Gyatso     Introduction keynote by Jacob Dalton (UCB)

Janet Gyatso keynote     Janet Gyatso keynote

Janet Gyatso keynote     Evan Thompson (University of British Columbia)

Vincanne Adams (UCSF)     Stacey Van Vleet (UCB)

Janet Gyatso responding to panel     Panel (L-R) Jacob Dalton (UCB), Evan Thompson (University of British Columbia), Vincanne Adams (UCSF), and Stacey Van Vleet (UCB)

Conference panel