Newar Buddhism Conference: The Genesis and Formation of Newar Buddhism

Gilded bronze figure of Avalokiteshvara. © The Trustees of the British Museum. OA 1880.84.


Date: March 8-10, 2024

Location: Jodo Shinshu Center, 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley


This conference will bring together scholars from Europe, Asia and North America and serve as a platform for our graduate students and recent graduates with a specialization in Nepal, as well as current postdoctoral fellows, to present their work.




Friday, March 8

2:00 – 2:15 : Opening Remarks: Alexander von Rospatt and Samuel M.Grimes (UC Berkeley)

Monastic Buddhism in Nepal and its Purported Domestication


2:15 – 3:45: 
Todd T. Lewis, Holy Cross College

Textual Archives, Art, Ritual: In Search of Early Newar Buddhism

Samuel M. Grimes, Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley

Was There Ever a Local, Celibate Saṃgha in Nepal after the Licchavi Period? A Survey of the Evidence


15-minute Break


4:00 – 5:30
Alexander von Rospatt, UC Berkeley

The Treatment of the Monastic Ordination as a Rite of Passage in the Pārājikā Literature and its Precursors

Christoph Emmrich, University of Toronto

Malla Period Girlhood Rites. The Textualization of the Ihi and the Bārhā in Late Medieval to Early Modern Newar Manuals


Saturday, March 9

Vajrayāna Practices in Nepal

9:30 – 11:45 
Péter-Dániel Szántó, Eötvös Loránd University

A Tibetan in Nepal during the End of the World

Ryan Damron, 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha

The Making of a Vajrācārya: The Influence of Newar Buddhism on the Career of the Indian Paṇḍita Vanaratna

Tsunehiko Sugiki, Hiroshima University

The Psychophysiology of the Saṃvara Literature


15-minute Break


12:00 – 1:30

Kris Anderson, 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha

Traces and Variations: Development of the Utkrānti Funeral in Newar Buddhism

Manik Bajracharya, Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Royal Patronage of the Cult of Buṅgama-Lokeśvara under King Śrīnivāsa Malla


1:30 – 2:30 Lunch
Narrative Literature


2:30 – 4:00
Camillo Formigatti, Independent Scholar
Remaking Buddhism for Early Modern Nepal. Jayamuni and his Role in 17th-century Newar Buddhism

Meghan Howard Masang, Yale University
The Textual History of the Lake-Draining Episode in the Svayambhūpurāṇa


15-minute Break


4:15 – 5:45

Miroj Shakya, University of the West
A Liberator of Hell Beings: Nepalese Legends of Jaṭādhārī Lokeśvara

Petra Lamberson, UC Berkeley
Viṣṇu Bows and Śiva Cries: Buddhist Māhātmya Literature of the Nepal Valley


Sunday, March 10
The Arts


9:00 – 10:45
Makoto Kitada, Osaka University
Cacā Songs. So-called New Caryāpada in Kathmandu

Suyog Prajapati, University of Michigan
Always Watching: Sacred Gaze through the Newar Jhyā and its Indo-Islamic Contexts


15-minute Break


11:00 – 12:30
Workshop: Digital Tools for the Study of Nepalese Buddhism

Contact Info:, 5106435104

Sponsor(s):Buddhist Studies, Numata Center forGlorisun Global Buddhist NetworkThe Institute for South Asia StudiesHimalayan Studies at UC Berkeley


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