Buddhism in Indonesia: Past and Present Conference

Buddhism in Indonesia
Past and Present Conference

International Conference

Date: December 5-6, 2022
Location: Mandel Building, Room 530, Mt. Scopus Campus
Organized By: lan MacCormack, Ronit Ricci
For additional information: eyalzur1@mail.huji.ac.il


Monday, December 5th, 2022

15:00 Welcoming Remarks
– Nissim Otmazgin, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities
– Ronit Ricci, Departments of Asian Studies and Comparative Religion

15:15-16:45 Keynote Address
Rethinking “Southeast Asian Buddhism”: Ashin Jinarakkhita and the Indonesian Buddhayāna Family
– Jack Meng-Tat Chia, National University of Singapore

Chair: Ronit Ricci

16:45-17:15 Coffee and Reception

15:15-16:45 Panel 1: Deep Histories of Buddhism in Indonesia
The terms kuti and vihāra in Old Javanese epigraphy and the modes of , Buddhist monasticism in early Java
– Arlo Griffiths; École française d’Extrême-Orient (Jakarta)
PreModern Nusantara and the maritime Asian networks of Buddhist tantra
– Andrea Acri, École Pratique des Hautes Études. Paris

Chair: Aviran Ben-David

Dinner for Participants


Tuesday, December 6th, 2022

8:30 Gathering and Coffee

9:00-10:15 Panel 2: Perspectives on Buddhism, History and Art
Seeking for ‘Siddhartha’ across Indonesian borders: transnational Buddhist heritage performances and the politics of Greater India in postcolonial Indonesia
– Marieke Bloembergen, Leiden University
Haribhadra and the embodiment of Buddha at Borobudur
– Julie Gifford, Independent Scholar

Chair: Evitar Shulman

10:20-11:35 Panel 3: Buddhism in Indonesia from a Comparative Perspective
Marble statues and temple dancers: glimpses of Srivijaya’s Buddhism in Arabic geographical texts
– Aglata Iankovskaia, Hebrew University
Sacred sites and distant lands: Indonesia in Tibetan travel writing
– Ian MacCormack, Hebrew University

Chair: Dan Sherer

11:45-12:45 Lunch

12:45-14:00 Panel 4: Buddhist Education and Heritage in Contemporary Indonesia
Dreams from the Golden Island
– Elisabeth Inandiak, Independent Scholar
Transnational Buddhist networks: Indonesia-Myanmar relations in contemporary Indonesia
– Yuli Yulianti, Universitas Gadjah Mada. Yogyakarta

Chair: Danielle Chen

14:00-14:30 Coffee Break

14:30-16-50 Closing Reflections and Discussion
– Charles Hallisey, Harvard University

Chair: Ian MacCormack


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