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Fall Term 2017



Thursday, September 21, 2017, 5pm
Maritime Diffusion of Buddhist Philosophical Thought and Art
Osmund Bopearachchi, Adjunct Professor, UC Berkeley
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
Co-sponsored by the Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

Tissa Maha Dagoba



Trade is understood mainly as the transfer and exchange of commodities to make profits, and this was also the driving force of economic activities in ancient time. However, as revealed by epigraphic and literary evidence, among the earliest donors and important patrons of Buddhist establishments in South and South-East Asia were caravan merchants and wealthy seafaring traders. The spread of Buddhism from South Asia to Southeast Asia is also closely connected with the growth of a trading network that facilitated the movement of Buddhist merchants, traveling monks and teachers. The resources needed to build gigantic religious monuments in South and South-East Asia would thus have come from both the royal patronage as well as from the devout mercantile classes. Their wealth was based on the flourishing inland and international trade centers located in the ports along the coast and navigable river.

Osmund Bopearachchi is Adjunct Professor of Central and South Asian Art, Archaeology, and Numismatics, University of California, Berkeley, and Emeritus Director of Research of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (C.N.R.S.-E.N.S. Paris) . A numismatist, historian, and archaeologist, he has published ten books, edited six books, and written over 150 articles.

Event Contact: tangsilkroadcenter@berkeley.edu, 510.642.0333




Thursday, September 28, 2017, 2-3pm
Buddhist Revelations in Mongolian Contemporary Art:
Artist Soyolmaa Davaakhuu in Conversation with Uranchimeg Tsultem

Speaker: Soyolmaa Davaakhuu, Mongolian artist
Interlocutor: Uranchimeg Tsultem, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative Steering Committee
180 Doe Library
Sponsors: Mongolia Foundation, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Buddhist Studies

Image for Soyolmaa Davaakhuu Event

Mongolian artist Soyolmaa Davaakhuu will discuss her work with art historian Uranchimeg Tsultem. Soyolmaa Davaakhuu's art is based on her profound interest and practice of Buddhism. She is one of very few artists in Mongolia who aim to find new modernist style of expression of Buddhist images, motifs and symbols. She studied Buddhism and with the approval of her guru, she is able to create new forms and iconographies for Buddhist deities and their manifestations... More >

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510-642-2809










Thursday-Saturday, September 28-30, 2017
Mongolian Buddhism
Conference/Symposium
180 Doe Library
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Buddhist Studies

White Tara © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Courtesy of the Government of Mongolia.

White Tara
© Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
Courtesy of the Government of Mongolia.

This conference explores the philosophies, texts, arts, and practices of Mongolian Buddhism. As Carolingians did with Christianity and Abbasids for Islam, Mongols have determined the history of Buddhism. During the Yuan dynasty their tutelage afforded the Buddhist community unprecedented... More >

Event Contact: ieas@berkeley.edu, 510-642-2809

















Thursday, October 12, 2017, 5 pm
Annual Numata Lecture
Title TBA
Per Sorensen, Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies, UC Berkeley
180 Doe Memorial Library

Event Contact: buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu, 510.643.5104




Thursday, October 26, 2017, 5pm
Documenting Buddhist Art (Tentative Title)
Jaroslav Poncar, Emeritus Professor of Photography, University of Cologne
180 Doe Memorial Library

Event Contact: buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu, 510.643.5104




Friday, December 1, 2017
Toshihide Numata Book Award Symposium
Location: TBA

Event Contact: buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu, 510.643.5104




Thursday, February 15, 2018, 5 pm
Title TBA
Erez Joskovich, Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellow in Japanese Buddhism, UC Berkeley
180 Doe Memorial Library

Event Contact: buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu, 510.643.5104




Thursday-Sunday, March 22-25, 2018
Conceptuality and Nonconceptuality in Buddhist Philosophy workshop
Toll Room, Alumni House

Paper presenters:
Dan Arnold (University of Chicago)
Christian Coseru (College of Charleston)
John Dunne (University of Wisconsin)
Jay Garfield (Smith College)
Sonam Kachru (University of Virginia)
Birgit Kellner (Austrian Academy of Sciences)
Ching Keng (National Chengchi University, Taiwan)
Catherine Prueitt (George Mason University)
Robert Sharf (UC Berkeley)
Mark Siderits (Illinois State University)
Evan Thompson (University of British Columbia)
Roy Tzohar (Tel Aviv University)

Respondents:
Bronwyn Finnigan (Australian National University)
Susanna Siegel (Harvard University)
Koji Tanaka (Australian National University)

Download the abstracts here

Event Contact: buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu, 510.643.5104