All events are free and open to the public

Fall Term 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014, 12:00
IEAS Residential Research Fellows Brownbag Series
Power and Compassion: Negotiating Religion and State in Tenth-Century Tibet
Jacob Dalton, East Asian Languages and Cultures
IEAS Conference Room
180 Doe Library

Power and Compassion: Negotiating Religion and State in Tenth-Century Tibet

Introduced by Alan Tansman, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

The government of the Dalai Lamas was widely understood to have followed the Tibetan ideal of "the union of religion and state" (chos srid zung 'brel). This talk looks at an early precursor to this Buddhist political theory in the legal writings of the late-tenth-century Tibetan king, Yeshe Ö. Thanks to the recent discovery of an early biography of this pivotal figure, we may now get a surprisingly nuanced picture of his careful negotiations between Buddhism and the secular. What we find is a complex and highly ambivalent relationship, one whose contours are more clearly discerned in light of certain parallels in the negotiations between church and state in medieval Europe.

Cosponsored by the Center for Buddhist Studies and Center for Chinese Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

Free and open to the public • Wheelchair accessible


Friday, November 14, 2014, 3:00 – 6:30 pm
Buddhist Modernisms
2014 Toshihide Numata Book Prize Presentation and Symposium

Jodo Shinshu Center, 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley

Buddhist Modernisms

The Toshihide Numata Book Prize in Buddhism is awarded on an annual basis to an outstanding book or books in the area of Buddhist studies. The selection is made by an annually appointed outside committee.

2014 Award Winners:

Erik Braun, Professor of Religious Studies at The University of Oklahoma, for The Birth of Insight: Meditation, Modern Buddhism, and the Burmese Monk Ledi Sayadaw (University of Chicago Press, 2013).

John K. Nelson, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco, for Experimental Buddhism: Innovation and Activism in Contemporary Japan (University of Hawaii Press, 2013).

Schedule of Events:

3:10 – 3:20: Introduction and Prize Presentation

3:20 – 4:50: Keynotes

Erik Braun, University of Oklahoma
Shifting Dharmascapes: Transformations of Buddhist Meditation in Contemporary Burma and the U.S.

John K. Nelson, University of San Francisco
Experimental Buddhisms in Global Contexts and Conflicts

4:50 – 5:15: Coffee/Tea break

5:15 – 7:00: Symposium

Patrick Pranke, University of Louisville
Ledi Sayadaw and the Weikza-lam: The Other Path to Liberation

Richard Jaffe, Duke University
Buddhist Modernism and the Transformation of Lay-Clerical Relations

Alexander von Rospatt, University of California, Berkeley
Nepalese Buddhism and its Abrupt Encounter with Modernity

Followed by a panel discussion with award winners.


Spring Term 2015

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 5 pm
2015 Khyentse Lecture
David Germano, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia
Toll Room, Alumni House
Co-sponsored by the Khyentse Foundation

2015 Khyentse Lecture

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 5-7 pm
Transactional Reality and the Regimes of Truth
Sara McClintock, Department of Religion, Emory University
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion and the Center for Buddhist Studies