Asian Religions Events

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Spring 2017

Thursday January 19
4:30 pm, Rosenkranz 241 (115 Prospect St)
Klaus-Dieter Mathes (University of Vienna)
The Theory of Buddha Nature in India and Tibet


Fall 2016

Thursday October 13
4:30 pm, 451 College St, room B-04
John Holt
Narratives of Siege: Buddhist/Muslim Conflicts in Contemporary Myanmar

 

Thursday September 29
4:30 pm, 451 College St, room B-04
Natasha Heller (University of Virginia)
Placing Religion in Taiwanese Textbooks: History, Multiculturalism, and Shared Values

 


 Spring 2015

4 East Asian Buddhism Job Talks

Monday January 12
4:00 pm, 451 College St, room B-04
Ryan Overbey
The Magic of Rhetoric and the Rhetoric of Magic: The Theory and Practice of Preaching in an Early Medieval Buddhist Scripture


Monday January 19

4:00 pm, 451 College St, room B-04
Dominic Steavu
East Asian Esoteric Buddhism and the Deepest Sense


Thursday January 22

5:30 pm, 451 College St, room B-04
Su Jung Kim
Finding a Center at the Margins: Shinra Myōjin and the Cult of Mañjuśrī in Japanese Tendai Buddhism


Monday January 26

5:15 pm, 451 College St, room B-04
Eric Greene
On Some Chinese Adaptations of Indian Buddhist Monastic Rituals for the Atonement of Grave Transgressions


Wednesday March 4

4:00 pm, 258 Loria Center (190 York St)
Osmund Bopearachchi (CNRS, Paris)
Two Unique Reliefs From Andhra Found in Sri Lanka: Story of Nanda and Janapadakalyani & Seven Weeks After the Enlightenment of the Buddha
Supported by the Department of Religious Studies, Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai Fund

 

Thursday March 26
4:30 pm, 451 College St, room B-04
Naina Dayal (University of Delhi, University of California Berkeley)
On the Sūtas of the Mahābhārata
Supported by the South Asian Studies Council and the Department of Religious Studies

Professor Dayal will also give the Indu Bhatt Memorial Lecture
Friday March 27
4:30 pm, room 203, Luce Hall (34 Hillhouse Ave)
The Sanskrit Epics in an Age of Religious Plurality

 

Tuesday April 7
4:00 pm, location TBA
His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
Compassion in Action—Buddhism and the Environment: a conversation with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
Supported by the Chubb Fellowship, the Yale Himalaya Initiative, and the Department of Religious Studies

For more information about His Holiness the Karmapa’s visit to Yale, click HERE.

 

Thursday April 16
4:30 pm, 451 College St, room B-04
Jeffrey Sundberg (University of Arizona)
The Sinhalese Meditation Platform in Central Java and the Rise and Fall of Esoteric Buddhism
Supported by the South Asian Studies Council and the Department of Religious Studies


 

Fall 2014

Thursday September 11
4:30 pm, Luce Hall 203
Valérie Gillet (EFEO, Pondicherry Centre, India)
Murukaṉ on His Elephant: Tales of a Medieval Tamil-speaking South
Supported by the Society for the Study of Asian Religions, the South Asian Studies Council, the Department of History of Art, and the Department of Religious Studies

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Friday September 19
7:00 pm, Luce Hall Auditorium (light dinner served 6:30, Luce Common Room)
Donagh Coleman (Independent Film Maker)
A Gesar Bard’s Tale (film screening and discussion)
Co-sponsored by the Yale Himalaya Initiative. Supported by the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, the Yale Himalaya Initiative, and the Department of Religious Studies

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Thursday October 30
4:30 pm, Luce Hall 202
Johan Elverskog (Southern Methodist University)
The Buddha’s Footprint: An Environmental History of Asia
Supported by the Council on East Asian Studies (Part of the CEAS Colloquium)

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Thursday November 6
4:30 pm, Luce Hall 203
Parul Dave-Mukherji (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
Between Mimicry and Mimesis: Contesting the Common Sense of Indian Aesthetics via Performative Mimesis or Anukrtivada
Supported by the Society for the Study of Asian Religions, the South Asian Studies Council, the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, the Department of History of Art, and the Department of Religious Studies

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An additional event outside the regular lecture series:

Wednesday November 12
4:00 pm, Battell Chapel
Khenpo Sodargye (Larung Gar Five Sciences Buddhist Academy)
Mindfulness and Meditation in the Modern World

Free and open to the public.

Supported by the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation and the Yale Chaplain’s Office


 

Spring 2014

Information on the Spring 2014 Dalai Lama lecture series is available HERE.

Thursday January 16
Luce Hall 203, 4:00 pm (map)
Alexandra Kaloyanides, Ph.D. Candidate, Yale University
The Legend of the Lost Book: The Karen Appropriation of the American Baptist Bible in Nineteenth-Century Burma
Supported by the Department of Religious Studies

Thursday January 23
WLH 120, 4:00 pm (map)
Françoise Pommaret, Director of Research, CRCAO, CNRS, Paris; Adjunct Professor, ILCS, Royal University of Bhutan
Community Rituals in Bhutan
Supported by the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, and the Department of Religious Studies

Thursday February 13
WLH 120, 4:00 pm (map)
Kurtis Schaeffer, University of Virginia
Mummies and the Making of the Dalai Lamas
Supported by the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, and the Department of Religious Studies

Thursday February 20
Luce Hall 203, 4:00 pm (map)
Chun-fang Yu, Columbia University
The Creation of a Chinese Buddhist Pantheon: the Paired Worship of Guanyin and Dizang
Supported by the Council on East Asian Studies and the Department of Religious Studies

Thursday March 6
WLH 120, 4:00 pm (map)
Diwakar Acharya, Kyoto University
The Changing Notion of Ātman in the Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad
Supported by the Lex Hixon Fund and the Department of Religious Studies

Diwakar Acharya is also speaking in the South Asia Colloquium
Wednesday, March 5
Luce 203, 4:30 pm (map)
On the Meaning and Function of Ādeśá in the Early Upaniṣads

Friday April 4
10 Sachem St, room 105, 7:00 pm (map)
Robert Barnett, Columbia University
Film and Cinema in Tibet Today:  The Question of the Veil
Film screening of Tibetan shorts and student films, followed by discussion:

Lam (The Way Out), Dir.: Khathub Tashi. 2011
Shes rab kyi ‘dzum mdangs (The Smile of Xexrob), Dir.: Dpal rtsal and Lhamo Tseten. 2011
Gres bral (Leaving), Dir.: Nordreng. [2011?]
Gza’ nyi ma (Sunday), Dir.: Lhamo Tashi. 2011
Dzi glu (Shepherd Song). Dir.: Shide Nyima. 2008
Yeti Home. Dir.: Tsering Tashi Gyalthang.  [2012?]

Supported by the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, the Yale Himalaya Initiative, and the Department of Religious Studies

Thursday April 17
WLH 120, 4:00 pm
(map)
L. Alan Babb, Amherst University
Jains and Gemstones: Religion and Business in Jaipur
Supported by the Jiv Daya Fund and the Department of Religious Studies


 

Fall 2013

Thursday September 12
WLH 209, 4:00 pm (map)
Tim Lubin, University of Texas
Status Mapping in Classical India:  How Brahmins Cornered the Market in Norms
Supported by the Lex Hixon Fund, the Shelly and Donald Rubin Foundation, and the Department of Religious Studies

Tuesday September 17
451 College, room B-04, 5:30 pm
(map)
Paul Hackett, Columbia University
Tibet in the Digital Humanities: Some Resources and Approaches to Buddhist Texts
Supported by the Center for Language Study, the Shelly and Donald Rubin Foundation, the Yale Himalaya Initiative, and the Department of Religious Studies

Friday September 20
451 College, room B-04, 2:00 pm (map)
Osmund Bopearachchi, CNRS; University of Paris, Sorbonne
The Buddha with the Unblinking Eyes: From Gandhara to Sri Lanka
Supported by the Lex Hixon Fund, the Shelly and Donald Rubin Foundation, and the Department of Religious Studies

Thursday September 26
WLH 209, 4:00 pm (map)
Indira Peterson, Mount Holyoke College
Mobilizing Chola and Maratha Pasts in Colonial South India: King Serfoji II’s Reinvention of the Great Temple at Thanjavur
Supported by the Lex Hixon Fund and the Department of Religious Studies

Thursday October 3
Loria 351 (190 York St), 4:00 pm (map)
Brent Huffman, Northwestern University
Film Screening & Discussion:  Saving the Buddhas of Mes Aynak
Supported by the Lex Hixon Fund, the Shelly and Donald Rubin Foundation, and the Department of Religious Studies
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Thursday October 17
WLH 209, 4:00 pm (map)
Cristina Scherrer-Schaub, EPHE, Paris; University of Lausanne
In Libraries and in Caves: The Various Modalities of Studying Tibetan Manuscripts, Documents and Inscriptions

Professor Scherrer-Schaub will also hold a small seminar on working with Tibetan manuscripts on Friday October 18, 10:30-noon. Advanced registration required by emailing andrew.quintman(at)yale(dot)edu.

Supported by the Shelly and Donald Rubin Foundation and the Department of Religious Studies

Thursday October 31
WLH 209, 4:00 pm (map)
Anne Clavel, University of Lyon
Why is Transcendental Perception Clearer than Empirical Perception? A Debate among Jain Philosophers
Supported by the Jiv Daya Foundation and the Department of Religious Studies

Thursday November 7
WLH 209, 4:00 pm
Waleed Ziad
Islamic Coins from a Hindu Cave Temple: Rethinking the Ghaznawid Invasion Narrative through New Numismatic Discoveries from the Pakistan-Afghanistan Frontier
Supported by the Department of Religious Studies

Friday November 8
WLH 209, 4:00 pm (map)
Eric Greene
Buddhist Visionary Meditation Practices: In Fifth-Century and 19th Century Europe (Stanley Weinstein Dissertation Prize Lecture)
Supported by the Council on East Asian Studies

Thursday November 14
WLH 209, 4:00 pm (map)
Einoo Shingo, University of Tokyo
Databases for the Study of Indian Ritual
Supported by the South Asian Studies Council and the Department of Religious Studies