Buddhist Canons:

In Search of a Theoretical Foundation for a Wisdom-oriented Education

Tung Lin Kok Yuen International Conference  

Keynote Speakers

Venerable Sik Hing hung

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Ven. Bhikkhu Analayo

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Professor Jin Y.Park

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Professor Albert Welter

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Paper Presenters

Venerable Sik Hing hung

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Professor Huaiyu Chen

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Venerable Dhammadinna

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Professor Georgios T. Halkias

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Dr. Oren Hanner

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Dr. Ernest Ng

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Professor Chengzhong PU

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Panelists

Venerable Sik Hing hung

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James Doe

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Venerable Sik Hin Hung

Senior Fellow and Former Director, Centre of Buddhist Studies,

The University of Hong Kong

Biography:

Sik Hin Hung, MA (London), is a Buddhist monk ordained under the Mahayana tradition. He is also the 45th generation lineage holder of LingJi (臨濟宗) and the 10th generation lineage holder of Gui-yang(溈仰宗)Schools of Ch’an. His main interest is in ‘repackaging’ the Teachings of Buddhism so that it could become more ‘user friendly’ for people in today’s world. He was the Director and one of the Founding Fellows of the Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong. He is currently the Senior Advisor of the Centre where he is also teaching as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Ven. Hin Hung is also the Chairman of Master of Buddhist Counselling Programme of the Centre. He has published books and articles on Buddhism, psychotherapy, neuroscience of meditation, Buddhist education and personal growth. The motto of the Awareness Spiritual Growth Centre found by him is “Be mindful of your heart!” His current research projects include: “Awareness Training Program”, “Dharma Therapy”, “Guangdong Yuqie Yankou” etc.

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Professor Huaiyu Chen

Associate Professor, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Arizona State University

Biography:

Huaiyu Chen is Associate Professor of Buddhism and Chinese Religions at Arizona State University. He has numerous publications in both Chinese and English on Buddhist rituals and monastic culture, the interactions among Buddhism and other religions, animals in Chinese religions, Western missionaries in China, and modern Chinese intellectual history. He will publish a new English book tentatively titled In the Land of Tigers and Snakes: Living with Animals in Medieval Chinese Religions (forthcoming). He has held fellowships from Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2011-2012), Cambridge University (2014-2015), and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin (2018), as well as visiting professorships at several Chinese universities.

Topic: 

Shaping the Order of Ritualized Community in Medieval Chinese Buddhist Monasticism

 

Ven. Bhikkhu Analayo

Numata Center for Buddhist Studies, University of Hamburg

Biography:

Sik Hin Hung, MA (London), is a Buddhist monk ordained under the Mahayana tradition. He is also the 45th generation lineage holder of LingJi (臨濟宗) and the 10th generation lineage holder of Gui-yang(溈仰宗)Schools of Ch’an. His main interest is in ‘repackaging’ the Teachings of Buddhism so that it could become more ‘user friendly’ for people in today’s world. He was the Director and one of the Founding Fellows of the Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong. He is currently the Senior Advisor of the Centre where he is also teaching as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Ven. Hin Hung is also the Chairman of Master of Buddhist Counselling Programme of the Centre. He has published books and articles on Buddhism, psychotherapy, neuroscience of meditation, Buddhist education and personal growth. The motto of the Awareness Spiritual Growth Centre found by him is “Be mindful of your heart!” His current research projects include: “Awareness Training Program”, “Dharma Therapy”, “Guangdong Yuqie Yankou” etc.

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Professor Jin Y.Park

Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religion, American University

Biography:

Jin Y. Park is Professor and Department Chair of Philosophy and Religion at American University. Park specializes in East Asian Buddhism (especially Zen and Huayan Buddhism), Buddhist ethics, Buddhist philosophy of religion, Buddhist-postmodern comparative philosophy, and modern East Asian philosophy. Park employs Buddhist tradition to engage with contemporary issues with a special focus on gender, justice, and ethics. Park’s research on modern East Asian philosophy examines the dawn of philosophy in East Asia and the East-West encounter in that context. Park published numerous articles on Buddhist philosophy, Buddhist-postmodern ethics, gender and justice, and modern East Asian philosophy. Her books include Women and Buddhist Philosophy (2017); Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun (trans. 2014); Makers of Modern Korean Buddhism (ed.2010); Merleau-Ponty and Buddhism (co-ed, 2009); Buddhism and Postmodernity (ed.2008), Buddhisms and Deconstructions (ed. 2006). Park currently serves as the President of the North American Korean Philosophy Association (2016-present). Park also served as the President of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (2018-2019), was on the Board of Directors (2013-2015) of the American Academy of Religion. She was also the Founding Director of the International Society for Buddhist Philosophy (2001-2018)

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Buddhism and Engaged Citizenship

Professor Chengzhong PU

Assistant professor of Centre of Buddhist Studies, HKU

Biography:

 is an assistant professor of the Centre of Buddhist Studies, HKU. He trained in early Chinese Buddhism, worked in Leiden, Hong Kong, and Shanghai before joining the centre.

Topic: 

On ‘foshuo佛説’ in the Title of Some Chinese Buddhist Sutras

 

Professor Albert Welter

Professor and Head, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Arizona

Biography:

Albert Welter’s research focuses on the study of Chinese Buddhism, particularly on the transition from the late Tang (9th century) to the Song dynasty (10th-13th centuries). Professor Welter also encompasses a broader interest in Chinese administrative policies toward Buddhism, including Chinese notions of secularism and their impact on religious beliefs and practices. His work also covers Buddhist interactions with Neo-Confucianism and literati culture. His publications include: Monks, Rulers, and Literati: The Political Ascendancy of Chan Buddhism (Oxford, 2006), The Linji lu and the Creation of Chan Orthodoxy (Oxford, 2008), and Yongming Yanshou’s Conception of Chan in the Zongjing lu (Oxford, 2011), The Administration of Buddhism in China: A Study and Translation of Zanning and his Topical Compendium of the Buddhist Order in China (Cambria, 2018), and a co-edited volume titled Religion, Culture and the Public Sphere in China and Japan (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). His is currently involved in the Hangzhou Region Buddhist Culture Project, supported by the Khyentse Foundation, in conjunction with Zhejiang University, the Hangzhou Academy of Social Sciences, and the Hangzhou Buddhist Academy. His monograph, A Tale of Two Stūpas: Histories of Hangzhou relic veneration through two of its most enduring monuments, is currently in press (Oxford). Another volume, The Future of China’s Past: Reflections on the Meaning of China’s Rise is under review.

Topic: 

Retrieving the Dharma Wheel: Searching for Meaning in the Sino-East Asian Buddhist Canon

 

Professor Huaiyu Chen

Associate Professor, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Arizona State University

Biography:

Huaiyu Chen is Associate Professor of Buddhism and Chinese Religions at Arizona State University. He has numerous publications in both Chinese and English on Buddhist rituals and monastic culture, the interactions among Buddhism and other religions, animals in Chinese religions, Western missionaries in China, and modern Chinese intellectual history. He will publish a new English book tentatively titled In the Land of Tigers and Snakes: Living with Animals in Medieval Chinese Religions (forthcoming). He has held fellowships from Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2011-2012), Cambridge University (2014-2015), and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin (2018), as well as visiting professorships at several Chinese universities.

Topic: 

Shaping the Order of Ritualized Community in Medieval Chinese Buddhist Monasticism

Venerable Dhammadinna

Director of Āgama Research Group, and visiting associate research professor Department of Buddhist Studies, Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts, Taiwan

Biography:

Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā was born in Italy in 1980 and went forth in Sri Lanka in 2012. She studied Indology, Indo-Iranian philology and Tibetology at the University of Naples of Oriental Studies, at the International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology at Soka University in Tokyo and at the Institute for Research in Humanities at Kyoto University. Dhammadinnā received her doctorate in 2010 with a dissertation on the Khotanese ‘Book of Zambasta’ and the formative phases of Mahāyāna and bodhisattva ideology in Khotan in the fifth and sixth centuries. Her main research interests are the early Buddhist discourses and Vinaya texts, and the development of the theories, practices and ideologies of Buddhist soteriologies and meditative traditions. She is currently a visiting associate research professor and the director of the Āgama Research Group at the Department of Buddhist Studies of the Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts in Taiwan. In addition to her academic activity, Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā regularly teaches meditation.

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Knowledge tied to or freed from identity? Epistemic reflections through the prism of the early Buddhist teachings

Professor Georgios T. Halkias

Associate Professor, Centre of Buddhist Studies, University of Hong Kong

Biography:

Georgios T. Halkias is an expert on Indo-Tibetan religious history and doctrines and the development of contemplative cultures of Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna Buddhism in Tibet and across the Himalayas. An Associate Professor at the Centre of Buddhist Studies at the University of Hong Kong, Halkias pursued postgraduate studies in Comparative Philosophy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Film Studies at the University of Amsterdam, and completed his DPhil in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford. He has published extensively on a variety of topics including, canonical Buddhist studies, Indo-Tibetan Pure Land Buddhism, Himalayan Studies, and Indo-Greek Buddhism. He has participated in several international research programs in the UK and Germany, and is currently the co-editor-in-chief of the Oxford Encyclopaedia of Buddhism and co-PI in a collaborative research project titled Infrastructures of Faith: Religious Mobilities on the Belt and Road at the University of Hong Kong.

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Dr. Oren Hanner

Associate Professor, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Arizona State University

Biography:

Oren Hanner is a postdoctoral fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and research fellow at the University of Hamburg. He studied philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv University and holds a PhD in Buddhist Studies from Hamburg University. His research focuses on Indian and Buddhist thought, with particular interest in ethics and cross-cultural dialogue between Asian and Western philosophical traditions. A volume on Buddhism and skepticism that he edited was published with Hamburg Buddhist Studies Series in 2020. He is currently working on a book dedicated to the nature of selfless moral agency in Vasubandhu’s thought. 

Topic: 

Vasubandhu on the Role of the Teacher and the Features of Wisdom-Oriented Education

Professor Chengzhong PU

Assistant professor of Centre of Buddhist Studies, HKU

Biography:

 is an assistant professor of the Centre of Buddhist Studies, HKU. He trained in early Chinese Buddhism, worked in Leiden, Hong Kong, and Shanghai before joining the centre.

Topic: 

On ‘foshuo佛説’ in the Title of Some Chinese Buddhist Sutras

Dr. Ernest C. H. Ng

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong 

Biography:

Dr. Ernest C. H. NG is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the CBS, HKU where he teaches undergraduate and 
postgraduate courses on Buddhism and Economics. He is an expert and thought leader in applying wisdom tradition and spirituality into sustainable decision making in the market economy. Dr. Ng offers lectures and workshops around the world on topics relating to sustainability, management, and Buddhist teachings. 

 

He is the Chief Executive Officer of Tung Lin Kok Yuen, a Buddhist NGO dedicating to Buddhist teachings, 
education, and community services for over 80 years in Hong Kong. Prior to that, he was the founder and Chief Investment Officer of an asset management company and Vice President of Morgan Stanley Asia. He is experienced in sustainable transformation, stakeholder communications, and change management strategy at the individual and organization level. He is committed to coaching young generation and future leaders, serving as mentor for various universities and advisor to organizations such as the Sustainable Finance initiative. 

 

Dr. Ng graduated PBK from the UChicago with BA in Economics and MA in International Relations. He received a MBuddhStud and PhD from HKU. He was a Sir Edward Youde Scholar and currently a Fellow at the European SPES Institute. He is the author of Introduction to Buddhist Economics, Leveraging Happiness (幸福槓桿) and Intrinsically Self-sufficient  (本⾃具⾜forthcoming).

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Shaping the Order of Ritualized Community in Medieval Chinese Buddhist Monasticism