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Lecture 1:
“Who is reciting the name of the Buddha? ” as Kōan in Chinese Chan (Zen) Buddhism

Date: March 3, 2013 (Sunday)
Time: 10:30am-noon PST
Language: English
Lecturer: Dr. Morten Schlütter
Venue:
Meeting Room, Hsi Lai Temple
3456 S. Glenmark Dr. Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
Tel: 626.961.9697 Email: info@hsilai.org


Lecture 2:
Monastics, Lay People, and the Changing Text of the Platform Sūtra of the Sixth Patriarch
(Liuzu tanjing 六祖壇經)

Date: March 4, 2013 (Monday)
Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm PST
Language: English
Lecturer: Dr. Morten Schlütter
Venue:
AD208, University of the West
1409 N. Walnut Grove Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770
Tel: 626-571-8811 Email: icbs@uwest.edu

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Lecture 1 (Hsi Lai Temple Public lecture):

Date Topics
March  3, 2013 (Sunday) “Who is reciting the name of the Buddha? ” as Kōan in Chinese Chan (Zen) Buddhism

To many students of Chinese Buddhism, the practice of chanting homage to the Buddha Amitabha (Ch.: Emitoufo 阿彌陀佛) in the hope of rebirth in his paradise may seem diametrically opposed to the Kōan (Ch.: gongan 公案) meditation of Chan/Zen 禪 Buddhism that aims at a moment of self-realization. Nevertheless, in a process beginning in the 13th century, the two practices came to be combined with the Kōan ‘Who is reciting the name of the Buddha?’ This talk will explore the origin and development of this practice, and discuss the different ways it has been understood in Chinese Buddhist history.

Lecture 2 (ICBS lecture):

Date Topics
March  4, 2013 (Monday) Monastics, Lay People, and the Changing Text of the Platform Sūtra of the Sixth Patriarch (Liuzu tanjing 六祖壇經)

The Platform Sūtra of the Sixth Patriarch (Liuzu tanjing 六祖壇經) is perhaps the best known of all texts produced by Chinese Buddhism, but it is also unique because it exists in a number of different versions that give us a window into how the text evolved and expanded over time. This talk will focus on the changing roles of monastics and lay people as depicted in different versions of the Platform Sūtra, and will seek to explore both how the use and meaning of the text itself changed over time, and how it reflects changes in attitudes towards Buddhism in Chinese society.

About the Lecturer :

Dr. Morten Schlütter is an associate professor at the University of Iowa, and the director of its Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. His research interests center broadly on Chinese Buddhism, especially Chan (Jpn.: Zen), and he tries in various ways to understand different aspects of Buddhism in the broader context of their cultural, political, social, and economic settings. He is the author of How Zen Became Zen: The Dispute over Enlightenment and the Formation of Chan Buddhism in Song-dynasty China (University of Hawai’i Press, 2008) and, with Stephen Teiser, is the co-editor of Readings of the Platform Sutra (Columbia University Press, 2012).

 

Organized by the Institute of Chinese Buddhist Studies.
Admission is free and pre-registration is not required. All are welcome to attend!

 
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