Buddhist East Asia:   The Interplay of Religion, the Arts and Politics

An NEH Summer Institute ~ May 28 to June 22, 2018 ~ Honolulu, Hawaii ~ Hosted by the Asian Studies Development Program

Buddhist East Asia:  The Interplay of Religion, The Arts and Politics
An NEH Summer Institute

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Institute Daily Readings

Presenting faculty have assigned readings for their sessions, and the full citation information can be accessed below. Each presenter has prepared a bibliography that includes assigned readings and optional additional readings. These bibliographies will be available in the Presenter Session Materials under Resources in the coming months.

This list is currently under revision and will be updated as information is available. Access to readings are limited to participants only.

Rafter Finial in the Shape of a Dragon's Head and Wind Chime, early Goryeo dynasty, Korea; Photo Credit:  www.metmuseum.org

Buddhist East Asia:  The Interplay of Religion, the Arts and Politics

May 28 - June 22, 2018


Week One:  The Buddhist Conquest of China

Week One Assigned Readings by Presenters

Monday, May 28, 2018
Peter Hershock:  Buddha, Dharma and Ssangha:  Buddhist Origins and Core Teachings
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Peter Hershock:  Engaging Buddhism:  Making the Religion of the "Western Regions" Chinese
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
John Kieschnick:  Buddhist Impacts on Chinese Material Culture
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Kate Lingley:  Art, Architecture and the Social Dimensions of Buddhist Practice in China
Hsu, Eileen Hsiang-Ling. "The Seng-Chou Cave and Early Imagery of Sukhāvatī." Artibus Asiae, Vol. 71, No. 2 (2011), pp. 283-323

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Thursday, May 31, 2018
Beata Grant:  Buddhism and the Chinese Literary Imagination

Selections from Charles Egan, tr., Clouds Thick, Whereabouts Unknown: Poems by Zen Monks of China, (Columbia University Press, 2010), pp. 59-65, 70-79.

Beata Grant, tr., “Selected Poems by Chinese Nuns”, from Stephen Addiss, et. al., Zen Sourcebook: Traditional Documents from China, Korea, and Japan (Hackett, 2008), pp. 61-71.
“The Quest of Mulian or The Great Maudgalyāyana Rescues his Mother from Hell,” from John Minford and Joseph S. M. Lau, ed. Classical Chinese Literature: An Anthology of Translations (Columbia University Press, 2002), pp. 1088-1109.
Selection from The Precious Scroll of Incense Mountain, from Wilt Idema, tr., Personal Salvation and Filial Piety: Two Precious Scroll Narratives of Guanyin and Her Acolytes (Univ. of Hawaii Press, 2008), pp. 132-151.
Friday, June 1, 2018
Peter Hershock:  Liberation in Action:  Chan Ideals of Responsive Virtuosity
Friday, June 1, 2018
Albert Welter:  Buddhism in Chinese Society and Politics:  The Place of the Sacred in the Secular
Welter, Albert. "Confucian Monks and Buddhist Junzi:  Zanning's Topical Compendium of the Buddhist Clergy (Da Song seng shi lüe 大宋僧史略) and the Politics of Buddhist Accommodation at the Song Court" in Jülch, Thomas (ed) The Middle Kingdom and the Dharma Wheel Aspects of the Relationship between the Buddhist Samgha and the State in Chinese History, pp, 222-277. (Brill, 2016).
Welter, Albert. "The Sphere of Privilege:  Confucian Culture and the Administration of Buddhism (and Religion) in China." In Welter, A., and Newmark, J. (eds.), Religion, Culture, and the Public Sphere in China and Japan. Religion and Society in Asia Pacific (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).



Week Two:  Transmissions and Transformations of Buddhism

Week Two Assigned Readings by Presenters
Monday, June 4, 2018
Discussion Session:  China by Peter Hershock, Kate Lingley & Albert Welter
Monday, June 4, 2018
Peter Hershock:  Texts and concepts:  Cakkavatti-Sīhanāda Sutta and the Heart Sutra
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Richard McBride II:  Korean Buddhism:  An Historical Overview
The Sūtra on the Visualization of the Buddha of Infinite Life Delivered by the Buddha. In The Three Pure Land Sutras, trans. Hisao Inagaki, 63–87. Berkeley, Calif.: Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research, 2003. dBET PDF version 2010.
Kim Yongtae. “The Establishment of the Approach of Chanting Amitābha’s Name and the Proliferation of Pure Land Buddhism in Late Chosŏn.” Journal of Korean Religions 6, no. 1 (April 2015): 131–157.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Youn-Mi Kim:  Korean Buddhist Imaginiries
Kim, Youn-mi Kim. “(Dis)assembling the National Canon: Seventh-Century “Esoteric” Buddhist Ritual, the Samguk Yusa, and Sach’onwang-sa.” In Kim, Youn-mi (ed), New Perspectives on Early Korean Art: From Silla to Koryŏ, Early Korea Project Occasional Series, pp. 123-191 (Korea Institute; Harvard University, 2013).
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Robert Buswell, Jr.:  Currents and Crosscurrents:  Korean Buddhism in East Asian Contexts

Buswell, Robert E., Jr. “Introduction: Patterns of Influence in East Asian Buddhism: The Korean Case.” In Currents and Countercurrents: Korean Influences on the East Asian Buddhist Traditions, ed. Robert E. Buswell, Jr., pp. 1-14 (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2005)

Buswell, Robert E., Jr., trans. “Moguja’s Secrets on Cultivating the Mind.” In Robert E. Buswell, Jr., translator, Chinul: Selected Works, The Collected Works of Korean Buddhism, vol. 2, pp. 205-246 (Seoul: Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, 2012) Available as free PDF download from the UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Robert Buswell, Jr.:  Korean Buddhist Experience
Robert E. Buswell, Jr. “Zen (Sŏn) Buddhism and the Context of Belief.” Cahier d’Extrême-Asie 7 (1993-1994): 283-318. [An overview of Buswell, The Zen Monastic Experience]
Friday, June 8, 2018
Discussion Session:  Korea by Peter Hershock, Robert Buswell & Youn-mi Kim

Week Three:  Kami, Karma, Self and State:  Buddhism and Japanese Identity

Week Three Assigned Readings by Presenters

Monday, June 11, 2018
Thomas Kasulis:  Tendai and Shingon:  Saving State and Enlightenment in This Very Body
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Thomas Kasulis:  Pure Land, Nichiren and Zen:  Kamakura Buddhist Revolutions
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
John Szostak:  Buddhism in the Art and Aesthetics of Premodern Japan
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Lori Meeks:  Japanese Buddhist Institutions:  Religion, Politics and Gender
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Keller Kimbrough:  Preachers, Poets, Women and the Way:  Buddhism and Japanese Literature
Friday, June 15, 2018
Discussion Session:  Japan by Thomas Kasulis, Keller Kimbrough, Lori Meeks, John Szosta & Peter Hershock

Week Four:  Buddhism and Modernity

Week Four Assigned Readings by Presenters

Monday, June 18, 2018
Peter Hershock:  Reviving the Past or Reimagining the Future:  Buddhism in Modern China
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
James M. Shields:  Japanese Buddhism:  Traditions in Transformation in the 20th Century
Shields, James M. Against Harmony:  Progressive and Radical Buddhism in Modern Japan (Oxford, 2017). [Introduction, Prelude and  Appendix]
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Jin Y. Park:  Korean Buddhism:  Traditions in Transformation in the 20th Century

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Globalization of Buddhist East Asia:  A Discussion by Peter Hershock, James M. Shields & Jin Y. Park