The Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, with generous support from Glorisun Charitable Foundation, is pleased to welcome you all to our conference ‘Reading Mahāyāna Scripture’ on 25-26th September 2021 at St Anne’s College, Oxford. We are thankful for your patience in such unstable pandemic conditions and are grateful for your participation, whether in-person or online.
The last century of Mahāyāna Buddhism research tended to focus on origins and history, the translation of key texts, and mapping the broad field of its religious content. While these themes are by no means exhausted and much fruitful scholarship continues to this day, such background work provides a foundation upon which further studies of Mahāyāna literature can proceed. A key element of this is the ways in which the reading of such scripture has and does take place. We thus decided that the focus for the conference should be papers related to the reading of Mahāyāna sūtra, śāstra and other literature in Sanskrit, Chinese, Tibetan and any other classical and modern languages.
We are delighted that our keynote and sixteen paper presentations cover a rich range of scholarship that spans the ancient, medieval, and modern, across five different languages, and spanning most of Asia. There are papers that touch upon critical issues in contemporary scholarship, questions on the very ways in which we define key terms in the field, detailed examinations of new manuscripts, challenging perspectives on well-studied texts, studies in scriptural accessibility for modern lay audiences, practices associated with texts, examinations of the relationship between scripture and institutions, insights into how Buddhist literature has influenced secular culture, and the ways in which classical and modern commentators have gone about their task. We are particularly honoured to have Professor Paul Harrison, of Stanford University, as our keynote speaker, with the topic: ‘Mahāyāna Sūtras: Reading As, Reading For, Reading Into’.
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University of Oxford
Day 1: September 25, 2021
|09:15-10:00||Ulrike Roesler, ‘The Mahāyāna Scriptures in Tibet: recitation, veneration and use’|
|10:00-10:45||Rafal K. Stepien, ‘On Numen in Antinomianism, or Reading Religion in Irreligion’|
|11:00-11:45||D.E. Osto, ‘Virtual Realities: A Mahāyāna Interpretation based on The Supreme Array Scripture|
|11:45-12:30||Nic Newton, ‘Description, Visualisation and Concatenation in the Larger Sukhāvatīvyūhasūtra’|
|13:30-14:15||Reed Criddle, ‘Collective oral tradition in the musical recitation of the Medicine Buddha Sūtra’|
|14:15-15:00||David Drewes, ‘How Many Mahāyānas Were There?’|
|15:15-16:00||Natasha Heller, ‘Picturing the Heart Sūtra’|
|16:00-16:45||Stephanie Balkwill, ‘Reading the Sūtra of the Unsullied Worthy Girl’|
|16:45-17:30||Keynote: Paul Harrison, ‘Mahāyāna Sūtras: Reading As, Reading For, Reading Into’|
Day 2: September 26, 2021
|09:15-10:00||Charles DiSimone, ‘Identical Cousins? Insights on the Parallel Development of Prajñāpāramitā Families Gleaned from New Manuscript Discoveries in Greater Gandhāra’|
|10:00-10:45||Gregory Adam Scott, ‘Reading Mahāyāna Scriptures in Modern China: The Role of Scriptural Presses, Distributors, and Buddhist Bookstores’|
|11:00-11:45||Yixiu Jiang, ‘Resolving Inconsistency? Understanding Inconsistency’|
|11:45-12:30||Berthe Jansen, ‘The Role of Indic Mahāyāna Scriptures in Tibetan Legal Texts’|
|13:30-14:15||Thomas Newhall, ‘Partially in Accord with the Greater Vehicle: Reading the Four-Part Vinaya as a Mahāyāna text in Daoxuan’s Commentaries’|
|14:15-15:00||Rachel Pang, ‘Shabkar’s (1781-1851) usage of the Mahāyāna Sūtras in his Emanated Scripture of Compassion’|
|15:15-16:00||Mikael Bauer, ‘Tracing the exoteric- esoteric in pre-modern Japanese Dharma Assemblies|
|16:00-16:45||Daniel Boucher, ‘Orality, Literacy, and the Cult of the Book Revisited’|
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September 25-26, 2021 | Oxford University
CALL FOR PAPERS – Deadline May 29, 2021
The Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford University, with support from Glorisun Charitable Foundation, is pleased to invite scholars to submit paper titles and abstracts to the forthcoming conference on ‘Reading Mahāyāna Scripture,’ to be held on September 25th-26th, 2021. Our Keynote Speaker will be Prof. Paul Harrison, George Edwin Burnell Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University.The last century of Mahāyāna Buddhism research tended to focus on its origins and history, the translation of key texts, and mapping the broad field of its religious content. While these themes are by no means exhausted and much fruitful scholarship continues to this day, such background work provides a foundation upon which further studies of Mahāyāna literature can proceed. A key element of this is the ways in which the reading of such scripture has and does take place. We therefore welcome submissions of paper proposals related to the reading of Mahāyāna sūtra, śāstra and other literature in Sanskrit, Chinese, Tibetan and any other classical and modern languages. This includes but is not limited to the following broad categories:
Scholars at all stages of their careers as well as graduate students are welcome and encouraged to make submissions. We are presently planning on using a hybrid format of both in-person and online paper presentations pending on conditions at the time. An option for remote online presentation will remain open whatever the circumstances. Subsidies for travel and accommodation will be available.
Paper titles and abstracts no longer than 400 words should be submitted by May 29th 2021, via this online form: