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Tung Lin Kok Yuen International Conference

Buddhist Canons: In Search of a Theoretical Foundation for a Wisdom-oriented Education

27 & 28 November, 2021 (HKT) | Online & On-site at HKU
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Jointly organized by

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The Conference is sponsored by

Tung Lin Kok Yuen.

Speaker
Presentation Topic
Ven. K. L. Dhammajoti
Chair Professor, School of Philosophy, Renmin University of China
Intellectual Understanding versus Wisdom (paññā/prajñā) in Buddhist Education
Wu Jiang
Professor of the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Arizona
Opening the Canon: New Challenges to Buddhist Studies in Humanities Education
Jin Y. Park
Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religion, American University, Washington
Buddhism and Engaged Citizenship
Albert Welter
Head, Department of East Asian Studies, The University of Arizona
Retrieving the Dharma Wheel: Searching for Meaning in the Sino-East Asian Buddhist Canon
Huaiyu Chen
Associate Professor, Buddhism and Chinese Religions, Arizona State University
Shaping the Order of Ritualized Community in Medieval Chinese Buddhist Monasticism
Ven. Bhikkhuni Dhammadinna
Director, Āgama Research Group, Department of Buddhist Studies, Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts, Taiwan
Knowledge tied to or freed from identity? Epistemic reflections through the prism of the early Buddhist teachings (#available on Zoom ONLY.)
Guang Xing
Director and Associate Professor, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong
Educating the Confucians about Filial Piety: Qisong’s Treatise on Filial Piety
Georgios T. Halkias
Associate Professor, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong
Notes on the Translation and Transmission of Wisdom from the Earliest Canonical Collections of Tibetan Buddhism.
Oren Hanner
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, New York University Abu Dhabi
Vasubandhu on the Role of the Teacher and the Features of Wisdom-Oriented Education
Ernest C. H. Ng
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong
From Tradition to Innovation: Wisdom-oriented Education in Buddhist Theory and Practice
Chengzhong Pu
Assistant Professor, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong
On ‘foshuo佛説’ in the Title of Some Chinese Buddhist Sutras
Ven. Sik Hin Hung
Senior Fellow and Former Director, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong
Attaining the acceptance of truth (kṣānti) through the three kinds of knowledge and its modern-day application.
G. A. Somaratne
Associate Professor, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong
Conjoining Scientific Knowledge and Dhamma Knowledge for Creating an Authentic Person
Ven. Sumana
Ph.D. candidate, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong
Attaining the acceptance of truth (kṣānti) through the three kinds of knowledge and its modern-day application.
Asanga Tilakaratne
Emeritus Professor of Buddhist Studies, Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Knowledge and Wisdom from an early Buddhist Perspective
Chung-hui Tsui
Honorary Assistant Professor and Tung Lin Kok Yuen Scholar in Buddhist Art and Culture, HKU Centre of Buddhist Studies
The Buddhist texts translation in Dharmarakṣa’s team
Bonnie W. Y. Wu
Lecturer, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong
Attaining the acceptance of truth (kṣānti) through the three kinds of knowledge and its modern-day application.
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Huaiyu Chen

Associate Professor

Buddhism and Chinese Religions

Arizona State University

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.

Shaping the Order of Ritualized Community in Medieval Chinese Buddhist Monasticism

Daoxuan (596-667) was one of the most prolific scholarly monks in medieval Chinese Buddhism. His writings on medieval Chinese Buddhist monasticism shaped many aspects of monastic life institutionally and served as significant sources for our understanding of Buddhist perspectives on traditional Chinese thoughts. Although Daoxuan was promoted as a superintendent of a royal temple in his later years, he insightfully observed numerous challenges that the monastic community faced both inside and outside in his era. His writings, therefore, often addressed contemporary issues and offered solutions that later shaped the order of Buddhist monasticism in medieval China. In reading his essays on rituals of training newly ordained Buddhist monks and rituals of handling monastic property, this study aims to analyze how he negotiated with Chinese intellectual traditions for redefining the internal relations within a monastic community, focusing on master-disciple and male-female relationships. His understanding of the master-disciple relationship seems to mix both Buddhist moralities of obedience and humility and traditional Chinese value of filial piety centered on the father-son relationship. His handling of the male-female relationship appears to be also shadowed by the prevalent misogyny in medieval Chinese society. Nevertheless, he attempted to compromise the Buddhist values and Chinese traditional values, given the sophisticated interactions between the monastic community and beyond, while preserving the integrity of the monastic community as a spiritually cultivated realm. In other words, on the one hand, he laid out his masterful knowledge of Buddhist Vinaya traditions, textually and doctrinally, as the foundational principles. On the other hand, he often introduced new interpretations from his wisdom of traditional Chinese thoughts for reasoning or making his arguments. This study suggests that the medieval Chinese Buddhist monastic community was a ritualized community shaped by both Buddhist and Chinese wisdom, as seen from the writings of Daoxuan, who was educated in both Buddhist and classical texts.

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