The Glorisun Global Network for Buddhist Studies @ UBC, with the administrative support from the UBC SSHRC partnership grant project FROGBEAR (From the Ground Up: Buddhism & East Asian Buddhism), proudly presents a lecture by Albert Welter (University of Arizona).
Click here to read the lecture report written by Jisi Fu and Jing Le.
Click here to read Dr. Ernest Billings Brewster’s interview report with Professor Albert Welter
When: Thursday September 20, 2018
Time: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Venue: Room 120 in the CK Choi building
Abstract: 佛教研究從一開始便更加重視其在印度和南亞的發展，將佛教在其他地區的發展視為印度模式的產物或轉向。實際上，所有主流的教科書都是主要講述佛教在印度的發展，而把其他地區的佛教，尤其是東亞佛教作為事後補充。這並非偶然，而是激發西方佛教學術研究的特定文化架構的必然結果。到十世紀時，印度佛教已然消解，不再是佛教發展的源泉。而此時，中國佛教開創了高度中國化的佛教新形態，印度佛教對中國佛教而言不再是活力的源泉而僅留存著一些被動的影響。此演講聚焦於中國的一個地區— —以杭州為中心的吳越地區。在前所未有的全新的佛教思想、修行方式和組織架構的基礎上，正是此地成為了佛教的新的故鄉。這些新的佛教思想、修行方式和組織架構成為了宋代佛教的基礎，也成為了遍及東亞地區的新的佛教型態傳播的範本，並且直至今日仍是東亞佛教的內在組成部分。
About the Speaker:
Albert Welter’s area of academic study is Chinese Buddhism, and he has published in the area of Japanese Buddhism as well. His main research focuses on the study of Buddhist texts in the transition from the late Tang (9th century) to the Song dynasty (10th-13th centuries). In recent years, he has published Monks, Rulers, and Literati: The Political Ascendancy of Chan Buddhism (Oxford, 2006), The Linji lu and the Creation of Chan Orthodoxy: The Development of Chan’s Records of Sayings Literature (Oxford, 2008), and Yongming Yanshou’s Conception of Chan in the Zongjing lu: A Special Transmission within the Scriptures (Oxford, 2011), in addition to numerous articles. His work also encompasses Buddhist interactions with Neo-Confucianism and literati culture. He just finished a project on the social and institutional history of Buddhism as conceived through a text compiled in the early Song dynasty, Zanning’s Topical History of the Buddhist Clergy, published by Cambria Press in 2018 (The Administration of Buddhism in China; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqJKcl0ygU0). Stemming from this latter research interest, Professor Welter has also developed a broader interest in Chinese administrative policies toward religion, including Chinese notions of secularism and their impact on religious beliefs and practices, leading to a co-edited volume (with Jeffrey Newmark), Religion, Culture, and the Public Sphere in China and Japan (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017). He recently received funding from the Khyentse Foundation for a project, “The Hangzhou Region and the Creation of East Asian Buddhism,” in conjunction with Zhejiang University, the Hangzhou Academy of Social Sciences, and the Hangzhou Buddhist Academy. He also received funding from the American Council of Learned Societies (with the support of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation) for an international conference, “Creating the World of Chan/ Sŏn /Zen: Chinese Chan Buddhism and its Spread throughout East Asia.” Before coming to the University of Arizona, Dr. Welter was based in Canada, where his research projects were regularly supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.