Third circular

XVIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 
August 18 to August 23, 2014 
University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria




Dear Colleagues,

This is the third circular for the XVIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, to be held in Vienna, Austria, at the University of Vienna, August 18-23, 2014.

This circular is being sent to current IABS members, the participants of the Congress, and all persons who filled out the mailing request form for the Congress. Besides the schedule and academic program, the circular provides additional information of general importance.


General Information

All XVIIth Congress participants must have valid IABS membership for the year of the conference. To join the International Association of Buddhist Studies, please refer to the IABS website ( or send a request for membership to Dr. Ulrich Pagel, Secretary General of the IABS (email:

Online conference registration/payment began September 1, 2013, and will remain open until August 15, 2014. Individuals planning to attend the XVIIth Congress are urged to register as soon as possible. All registration for the conference will be online through a secure server accessed through the conference website. 

Individuals who will not be presenting a paper or talk are also welcome to join the conference. All attendees must be IABS members and will be charged the regular conference fee.

It is a policy of the IABS that conference presentations are given in English only.

All communication will be distributed by email, unless postal mail is specifically requested (see the postal address at the end of this letter).


Visa Requirements

Visa requirements vary according to the nationality of the visitor. Please check with your travel agent or the consular officials of Austria in your country for current information.

The organizers cannot offer any assistance in procuring a visa. Participants who require a formal letter of invitation are requested to contact the event management office (email:



Registered participants plus one accompanying person travelling to the Congress can qualify for a discount on travel with the Star Alliance Network of up to 20%, depending on fare and class of travel booked. Discounts are offered on most published business and economy class fares, excluding website/internet fares, senior and youth fares, group fares and Round the World fares. The participating airlines are: Air Canada, Air China, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, bmi, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, SWISS International Air Lines, TAP Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines, United and US Airways. Further information is available on the Congress website.



The Planning Committee has managed to negotiate favourable discounted rates for IABS conference participants at a range of hotels and youth hostels. For detailed information, please contact the event management office (email: or consult the Congress website ( Please note that you are personally responsible for all aspects of your booking, including payment.


Registration will take place on Monday, August 18, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Juridicum (University Vienna, A-1010 Vienna, Schottenbastei 10-16). Pre-registration starts on Sunday, August 17, and will run from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Late arrivals may register during the week at the conference registration and information desk.


Registration Fee

Participants who registered before March 31, 2014 were eligible for the advance registration fee of 230 EUR. The regular registration fee for the conference is 270 EUR. This includes the conference fee, tea and coffee, the reception and Friday dinner. The registration fee does not include travel, accommodation, food, excursions, or special events. 

Registration for the conference will be online through a secure server accessed through the conference website. The registration fee can be paid by bank transfer or credit card. Online conference registration/payment began September 1, 2013, and will remain open until August 15, 2014. Registration from August 17 onwards will be processed at the conference registration and information desk where payment in cash (Euro) may be accepted.


Conference/Travel Grants

The Planning Committee regrets that it cannot provide travel or conference grants for the XVIIth Congress.


Audio Visual Equipment

All conference rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art audio and video technology. If your presentation requires additional equipment, please contact the event management office (email:, +43 1 4277 17677).


Project Presentations and Workshops

On special request by individual IABS members, a limited number of running projects supportive of academic research will be presented.


The organizers of the IABS 2014 invite exhibitors to present their products to the Congress participants. Exhibition space is located on the ground floor and basement of the venue. Carpeted space rental or stand rental is available. For further information, please contact the event management office (email:, +43 1 4277 175 23).


Conference Schedule

Sunday, August 17, 2014 
15:00 to 18:00 Pre-registration (Juridicum Ground Floor)
Monday, August 18, 2014 
09:00 to 18:00 Registration (Juridicum Ground Floor)
14:15 to 16:15 Opening Session & Presidential Address IABS, Keynote Address (Audimax)
17:00 to 18:00 Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai Presentation (Audimax)
18:00 to 20:00 Welcome Reception (Main Building)
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 
09:00 to 12:30 Panels and Sections (Juridicum)
12:30 to 14:00 Lunch
14:00 to 18:00 Panels and Sections (Juridicum)
16:15 to 17:45 IABS Board Meeting (Juridicum)
17:00 to 20:00 Project Presentations (Juridicum)
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 
09:00 to 12:30 Panels and Sections (Juridicum)
12:30 to 14:00 Lunch
14:00 to 18:00 Panels and Sections (Juridicum)
18:00 to 19:00 Project Presentation (Juridicum)
19:00 to 20:00 Workshop (Juridicum)
Thursday, August 21, 2014 
09:00 to 12:30 Panels and Sections (Juridicum)
12:30 to 14:00 Lunch
from 14:00 Excursions
Friday, August 22, 2014 
09:00 to 12:30 Panels and Sections (Juridicum)
12:30 to 14:00 Lunch
14:00 to 17:30 Panels and Sections (Juridicum)
17:45 to 19:15 General Meeting (Audimax)
19:30 to 22:00 Farewell Dinner (City Hall)
Saturday, August 23, 2014 
09:00 to 12:30 Panels and Sections (Juridicum)
12:30 to 14:00 Lunch
14:00 to 17:00 Panels and Sections (Juridicum)



The Organizing Committee reserves the right to make programme changes as necessary.

Academic Program

The conference will be organized into panels and sections. Individual panel and section papers are restricted to 20 minutes (with an additional 10 minutes allowed for discussion). Individual papers will begin on the hour and half hour as per the conference schedule.



Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Morning SessionAfternoon Session
Epistemology and Logic in Buddhism (I)Epistemology and Logic in Buddhism (II)
Buddhist Hermeneutics, Scholasticism and Commentarial Techniques (I)Buddhist Hermeneutics, Scholasticism and Commentarial Techniques (II)
Gender in BuddhismCreating Transnational Buddhist Networks Through International Travel
Guanyin Cult in East AsiaPlants and Food in East Asian Buddhist Culture
Tocharian Buddhism (I)Tocharian Buddhism (II)
Mahayana Buddhism (I)Mahayana Buddhism (II)
Knowledge and Power in Buddhist ThoughtMahayana Sutras
 Meditative and Soteriological Developments of the "immeasurables" (apramana) from Early Buddhist Thought to their Contemporary Receptions
The Nature of a Buddha (I)The Nature of a Buddha (II)
Reconstructing the History of Late Indian Buddhism (Part II): Relationship between Tantric and Non-tantric Doctrines (I)Reconstructing the History of Late Indian Buddhism (Part II): Relationship between Tantric and Non-tantric Doctrines (II)
 Buddhist Sciences
Buddhist Art and Architecture (I)Buddhist Art and Architecture (II)
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 
Morning SessionAfternoon Session
Epistemology and Logic Buddhism (III)Epistemology and Logic Buddhism (IV)
Experience and Doctrine in YogacaraBuddhist Theories of Causation
 Reformulations of Yogacara in Tibet
Buddhism and Society (I)Buddhism and Society (II)
The Universality of the Lotus SutraEast Asian Buddhism
Buddhism on the Silk Road III - the Extent of Gandharan Buddhism (I)Buddhism on the Silk Road III - the Extent of Gandharan Buddhism (II)
 Vinaya Studies
Schools of Mahayana Buddhism (I)Schools of Mahayana Buddhism (II)
Buddhist Rhetoric (I)Buddhist Rhetoric (II)
 Arguing with Meditation
The Bsam yas Debate: Challenges and Responses (I)The Bsam yas Debate: Challenges and Responses (II)
Originality and the Role of Intertextuality in the Context of Buddhist Texts (I)Originality and the Role of Intertextuality in the Context of Buddhist Texts (II)
 Buddhism in the Himalaya (I)
New Studies in Buddhist Architecture: Stupas, Monasteries, and Gardens (I)New Studies in Buddhist Architecture: Stupas, Monasteries, and Gardens (II)
 Buddhist Narrative Genres
Thursday, August 21, 2014 
Morning SessionAfternoon Session
Pramana across Asia: India, China, Korea, Japan (I)Excursions
Yogacara: Modelling the Meaning of the Mahayana 
Contemporary Buddhism (I) 
Chan Buddhism from the Tenth to Thirteenth Centuries: China and Beyond 
The Development of Buddhist Monastic Communities or the Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion 
Buddhist Sutras 
Buddhist Literature 
Buddhism in the Himalaya (II) 
The Buddhist Cult of Images - New Perspectives 
Friday, August 22, 2014 
Morning SessionAfternoon Session
Pramana across Asia: India, China, Korea, Japan (II)Pramana across Asia: India, China, Korea, Japan (III)
Transference and Transmission in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist "Philosophical" Traditions (I)Transference and Transmission in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist "Philosophical" Traditions (II)
"Philosophical" Traditions (I)Buddhist "Philosophical" Traditions (II)
Contemporary Buddhism (II)Contemporary Buddhism (III)
The Mountain of  Five Plateaus: Studies of the Wutai cult in Multidisciplinary and Transborder/Cultural Approaches (I)The Mountain of  Five Plateaus: Studies of the Wutai cult in Multidisciplinary and Transborder/Cultural Approaches (II)
Early Buddhism (I)Early Buddhism (II)
Tantric Buddhism (I)Tantric Buddhism (II)
Interpreting Buddhist Canons: Commentators and their CommentariesTheories and Methods in the Translation of Mahayana Sutras
Manuscripts and Writing in Buddhist Monasteries: New Discoveries and Research (I)Manuscripts and Writing in Buddhist Monasteries: New Discoveries and Research (II)
Recent Research in Newar Buddhist StudiesAuthenticity, Uncertainty, and Deceit in Buddhist Art and Archaeology
Buddhism and its relation to other Religions (I)Buddhism and its relation to other Religions (II)
Saturday, August 23, 2014 
Morning SessionAfternoon Session
Pramana across Asia: India, China, Korea, Japan (IV) 
Buddhist Philosophy of Mind (I)Buddhist Philosophy of Mind (II)
Abhidharma Studies (I)Abhidharma Studies (II)
Towards an Anthropology of Buddhism (I)Towards an Anthropology of Buddhism (II)
Early Buddhism (III)
New Findings from Vinaya TextsScriptural Formation and Authentication (II)
Scriptural Formation and Authentication (I)Manuscripts and Codicology
Manuscripts and Writing in Buddhist Monasteries: New Discoveries and Research (III) 
Information Technologies in Buddhist Studies 
Riding the Yoked Necks of the Lions of the Middle Way and Epistemology (I)Riding the Yoked Necks of the Lions of the Middle Way and Epistemology (II)
Buddhism under Capitalism: Who's to Blame?
The Ethics of Anatta/Anatman in Pre-contact and Post-contact Western Philosophy


Individual Paper Proposals

Abstracts of all invited presentations are available on the Congress website. The Organizing Committee reserves the right to make programme changes as necessary.



Panel 01: Arguing with Meditation
(Wed., Aug. 20th, 16:00-18:00)
Gethin, Rupert (University of Bristol, GBR): How Only Buddhists Can Stop Thinking and Get Away with It: A Theory of ‘The Attainment of Cessation’ (nirodha-samāpatti) in Early Buddhist Literature
Greene, Eric (University of Bristol, GBR): Material Visions – avijñapti-rūpa in Practice
Jenkins, Stephen (Humboldt State University, GBR): Avoiding the Void: Ambivalence toward Samādhi and the Realization of Emptiness
Komarovski, Yaroslav (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA): Tibetan Sectarian Polemics and Internalized Polemics in Contemplative Contexts
Panel 02: Authenticity, Uncertainty, and Deceit in Buddhist Art and Archaeology
(Fri., Aug. 22, 14:00-16:30)
Bayer, Achim (Dongguk University, Seoul, KOR): Reflections on the Lama Wearing Trousers, Global Media and the Scientific Authentification of Buddhist Art
Beckwith, Christopher I. (Indiana University, Bloomington, USA): On the Authenticity, Dating, and Significance of Three Buddhist Inscriptions Attributed to Aśoka
Engelhardt, Isrun (Icking, GER): The Mystery of the Meteorite Statue Solved?
Long, Darui (University of the West, Rosemead, CA, USA): The Hongwu Southern Canon in the Beibei Library: Authentic or False?
Panel 03: Buddhism on the Silk Road III - the Extent of Gandharan Buddhism
(Wed., Aug. 20, 09:30-15:30)
Forte, Erika (CIRDIS, Vienna, AUT): ‘Ho! King, you ought to build a vihara here.’ Connecting foundation legends and Buddhist monasteries in Khotan
Karetzky, Patricia (Bard College, NYC, USA): Mara’s Monsters and the Faces of Fear
Mak, Bill (Kyoto University, Kyoto, JPN): The Transmission of Buddhist Astral Science from India to East Asia – The Gandharan and Central Asian Connections
Schmid, Neil (Beijing, CHN): The Cult of Śākyamuni and Its Centrality at Dunhuang
Tsui, Chunghui (Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, CHN): Examining an Early Manuscript Mahāprajñāpāramitā Upadeśa: A Case Study of Sogdian Buddhist Scribe An Hongsong (安弘嵩) in Early 5th C.
Walter, Mariko (Association for Central Asia & Silk Road Studies, Cambridge, USA): Buddhist Women during the Kuṣāṇa Empire (Afghanistan and Northwest India) According to Kharoṣṭhī Donor Inscriptions
Zhu, Tianshu (University of Macau, Macau, MAC): The Transformed-Buddha Figures in the Aura – The Transmission from Gandhāra to Central China
Panel 04: Buddhist Narrative Genres
(Wed., Aug. 20, 14:00-17:30)
Appleton, Naomi (University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, GBR): The “Jātaka-Avadānas” of the Avadānaśataka – An Exploration of Indian Buddhist Narrative Genres
Hegarty, James: Discussant
Lenz, Timothy (University of Washington, Seattle, USA): Avadānas and the Kitchen Sink in My Suitcase
Muldoon-Hules, Karen (UCLA Extension/UCLA, Los Angeles, USA): The Vicissitudes of Long-Distance Travel: An avadāna Takes to the Road
Pang, Rachel (University of Toronto, Toronto, CAN): Adapting Jātaka and Avadāna in Nineteenth-Century Tibet: Shabkar’s Marvelous Emanated Scripture
Sharavanichkul, Arthid (Department of Thai, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, THA): Stories of Self-Sacrifice in the Pannasa Jataka: Jatakas or Avadanas?
Panel 05: Buddhist Rhetoric
(Wed., Aug. 20, 09:30-15:30)
Eltschinger, Vincent (Institut für Kultur und Geistesgeschichte Asiens, Wien, AUT): The Uses of Critical Examination and Independent Reasoning/Analysis in the Self-Diction of Early Indian Buddhist Literati
Jee, Hyekyung (Charlottesville, USA): The Rhetoric of Zen in Contemporary Korean Buddhism: Pomnyun’s Quote
Kantor, Hans-Rudolf (Huafan University, Taipei, TWN): The Functioning of Performatives in the Rhetoric of Chinese Tiantai and Huayan Texts
Kaufmann, PaulusandSteineck, Raji (Universität Zürich, Zürich, CHE): Configuring Enlightenment - A Model for the Analysis of Buddhist Rhetoric
McClintock, Sara (Emory University, Atlanta, USA): When Argument Becomes Perfume: Audience, Persuasion, and Spiritual Cultivation in Kamalaśīla’s Tattvasaṅgrahapañjikā
McMahan, David (Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, USA): Modern Configurations of Meditation, Selfhood, and the Secular
Overbey, Ryan (University of California, Berkeley, USA): Bringing the Preacher down to Earth: Rhetoric, Humanity, and Glamour in the Great Lamp of the Dharma Dhāraṇī Scripture
Szuksztul, Robert (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, POL): Rhetorical Tools in the Pali Canon
Panel 06: Buddhist Theories of Causation
(Wed., Aug. 20, 14:00-15:30)
Bliss, Ricki (Kyoto University, Japan, Kyoto, JPN): Can we be Humean about the Emptiness of Causation?
Davis, Jake (CUNY Graduate Center, Chilmark, USA): Buddhist Ethics in the Present: Anti-realism and Karmic Consequences
Siderits, Mark (Seoul National University, Paris, FRA): Can Humeanism about Causation Block the Inference from Producedness to Emptiness?
Panel 07: Chan Buddhism from the Tenth to Thirteenth Centuries: China and Beyond
(Thurs., Aug. 21, 09:30-12:30)
Ahn, Juhn (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA):Reading Practices in Northern Song Chan
Huang, Yi-hsun (Fo Guang University, Yilan, TWN): The Koan Teachings of Chan Master Xuedou
Morrison, Elizabeth (Middlebury College, Cornwall VT, USA): Finding One’s Place in a Story of Decline: Chan Buddhists Gauging the State of the Dharma in the Song and Later
Solonin, Kirill (China Renmin University, Beijing, CHN): Chan Buddhism in the Tangut State, 11th-13th Centuries
Welter, Albert (University of Arizona, Tucson, USA): Yulu Formation in Chinese Chan: The Records of Nanyue Huairang and Mazu Daoyi, Qingyuan Xingsi and Shitou Xiqian
Panel 08: Creating Transnational Buddhist Networks through International Travel
(Tues., Aug. 19, 14:00-17:30)
Geary, David (University of British Columbia, Kelowna, CAN): Buddhist Pilgrimage, Monastic Building and Corruption at the Seat of Enlightenment
Harding, John (University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, CAN): Trailblazers of Global Buddhist Networks: Early International Travelers
Plank, Katarina (Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, SWE) and Raddock, Elisabeth (Umeå University, Umeå, SWE): The Lapland Temple Mountain in the Rural North of Sweden – A Halted Vision of a European Thai Buddhist Retreat Center
Schedneck, Brooke (Chiangmai, THA): Thai Meditation Lineages Abroad: Creating Networks of Exchange
Veidlinger, Daniel (California State University, Chico, San Francisco, USA): The Appeal of Buddhism to Travelers along the Silk Road
Wilson, Liz (Miami University, Cincinnati, USA): Transnational Networks in the 20th Century Revival of Buddhism in India
Panel 09: Experience and Doctrine in Yogācāra
(Wed., Aug. 20, 09:00-12:30)
Abe, Takako (Taisho University, Kokubunjisi, JPN): Meditation and Theory of Pratītyasamutpāda: Mainly in the Śrāvakabhūmi
Deleanu, Florin (International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies, Tokyo, JPN):Meditative Experience and Hermeneutical Fiddling in Yogācāra Buddhism
Delhey, Martin (Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC), University of Hamburg ): Abhidharma Works of the Yogācāras and Their Practical Uses
Kritzer, Robert (Kyoto Notre Dame University, Kyoto, JPN): Aśubhā in Yogācārabhūmi: Meditation, Systematization, and Sources.
Sharf, Robert (University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, USA): Is Yogācāra Phenomenology? Some Evidence from the Cheng weishi lun
Yamabe, Nobuyoshi (Tokyo University of Agriculture, Atsugi, Kanagawa, JPN): Theory and Practice in the Context of Ālayavijñāna, Focusing on Its Physiological Functions
Panel 10: Interpreting Buddhist Canons: Commentators and their Commentaries
(Fri., Aug. 22, 09:00-12:30)
Blackburn, Anne (Cornell University, Ithaca, USA): Canon and Commentary at the Kandyan Court: Ven. Väliviṭa Saraṇaṃkara
Collett, Alice (York, GBR): Buddhaghosa and Women
Cox, Collett (University of Washington, Seattle, USA): When Commentary Begins: The Relationship between Exegetical and Canonical Literature in Early Gāndhārī Manuscripts
Deeg, Max (Cardiff University, Penarth, GBR): Buddhist Commentaries and the Chinese Canon
Hackett, Paul (Columbia University, New York, USA): Hermeneutical Strategies and Challenges in the Guhyasamaja Literature: A Case Study in Indo-Tibetan Tantric Exegesis
Harvey, Peter (University of Sunderland, Durham, GBR): Developed Abhidhamma Categories as Restrictive Filters in Interpreting Suttas
Panel 11: Knowledge and Power in Buddhist Thought
(Tues., Aug. 19, 09:00-12:30)
Benedetti, Giacomo (University of Kyoto, Kyoto, JPN): Knowledge and Power in the Representation of the Ṛṣi in the Pāli Canon and the Mahāvastu
Fiordalis, David (Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon, USA): Sovereignty in Surveillance: Knowledge and Power in the Abhidharmakośabhāṣya
Gentry, James (Harvard University, Alexandria, VA, USA): Cognition and Objective Power in the Efficacy of Amulets that “Liberate through Wearing”
Harter, Pierre-Julien (University of Chicago, Chicago, USA): Cultivating a Powerful Knowledge: Knowledge and Power in the Abhisamayālaṃkāra and Haribhadra’s Commentaries
Meyers, Karin (IABS, Bethesda, USA): Freedom, Truth and Insight on the Path of Purification
Stuart, Daniel (University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA): Power in Practice: Cosmic Sovereignty Envisioned in Buddhism’s Middle Period

Panel 12: Legal Cultures in Southeast Asian Buddhist Texts and Histories
Kirichenko, Alexey (Institute of Asian and African Studies, Moscow State University, Moscow, RUS): Monastic Hat-wearing, Textualization of Heteropraxy, and Sources of Authority in a Seventeenth-Century Burmese Document
Panel 13: Manuscripts and Writing in Buddhist Monasteries: New Discoveries and Research
(Fri., Aug. 22, 09:00-17:30; Sat., Aug. 23, 09:30-10:30)
Baums, Stefan (University of Munich, Munich, GER): Manuscript Growth and Episodic Composition: Commentaries and Avadānas in Early South Asia
Ching, Chao-jung (Turfanforschung, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin, GER): Secular Uses of Writing in Buddhist Monasteries in Kucha
von Criegern, Oliver (LMU, München, GER): Gilgit Manuscripts and the Role of Writing in Mahāyāna and in Canonical Sūtra Literature
Davidson, Ronald (Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, USA): Dhāraṇī Translations and the Shifting Ritual Text
Doney, Lewis (LMU, München, GER): Paper, People, and Prayers: A Community of Scribes and Editors Copying the Tibetan Aparimitāyur-nāma Sūtra at Dunhuang
Dotson, Brandon (Institute für Indologie und Tibetologie, München, GER): Colophons, Scraps, Jottings, and the Law: The Context of the Tibetan Emperor’s Sūtra-Copying Project, Dunhuang, c. 820-840
von Hinüber, Oskar (Universität Freiburg, Freiburg, GER): Scribes, Leaves and Libraries: The Ancient Pāli Tradition of Southeast Asia, Particularly in Lān Nā and Siam
Levman, Bryan (University of Toronto, Toronto, CAN): Linguistic Ambiguities, the Transmissional Process, and the Earliest Recoverable Language of Buddhism
Lowe, Bryan (Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA): Instituting Transcription: Laborers, Administrators, and Scriptoria and the Emergence of a Textualized Buddhist Tradition in Japan
Marino, Joseph (University of Washington, Seattle, USA): Two Gāndhārī Saṃyuktāgama Sūtras of the Senior Collection
Matsuda, Kazunobu (Bukkyo University, Kyoto, JPN):Palimpsests and Recycled Manuscripts from Bāmiyān
Salomon, Richard (University of Washington, Seattle, USA): The Deorkothar Inscriptions and Buddhist Institutional Memory
Strauch, Ingo (Université de Lausanne, Lausanne, CHE): Writing and the Production of Mahāyāna Literature
Teiser, Stephen F. (Princeton University, USA): The Production of Chinese Buddhist Manuscripts at Dunhuang: An Overview
Panel 14:  Meditative and Soteriological Developments of the “Immeasurables” (apramāṇa) from Early Buddhist Thought to Their Contemporary Receptions
(Tues., Aug. 19, 14:00-17:30)
Analayo, Bhikkhu (Dharma Drum Buddhist College, Jinshan, TWN): Compassion in the Agamas and Nikayas
Dhammadinna, Samaneri (Dharma Drum Buddhist College, Jinshan District, New Taipei City, TWN): ‘Great Compassion’ in Indian Buddhism
Hangartner, Diego (Mind & Life Institute Europe, Hadley, MA, USA): Neuroscience of Compassion: Challenges and Opportunities
Bhikshu, Huimin (Dharma Drum Buddhist College, New Taipei City, TWN): The Four Immeasurables in the Bodhisattvabhūmi and Mahāyānasūtrālaṃkāra and their Implementation in a Study of Brain Imaging
Mohr, Michel (University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA): Immeasurable Devices: Their Treatment in the Damoduoluo chanjing and Further Distillation in Japanese Zen
Neal, Dawn (Institute of Buddhist Studies and Sati Center for Buddhist Studies, San Francisco, USA): Confluence: Adoption and Adaptation of Lovingkindness and Compassion Practice in Buddhist and Secular Contexts
Panel 15:  New Findings from Vinaya Texts
(Sat., Aug. 23rd, 09:30-11:30)
Gombrich, Richard (Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, Oxford, GBR): Why Is the kaṭhina Robe So Called?
Liu, Cuilan (Harvard, Montreal, CAN): Flower Garland: The Transmission of a Vinaya Commentary in Tibet
Pagel, Ulrich (SOAS, University of London, London, GBR): Buddhist Monks at the Royal Courts of Ancient India
Roesler, Ulrike (Oxford, GBR): The Vinaya of the Bon Tradition
Panel 16:  New Studies in Buddhist Architecture: Stūpas, Monasteries, and Gardens
(Wed., Aug. 20, 09:00-14:30)
Chirapravati, Pattaratorn (California State University, Sacramento, Davis, California, USA):Reflections on the Chulamani Cetiya in Thai Art
Chongstitvatana, Suchitra (Institute of Thai Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, THA): Chak Ma Chom Muang (“A City Sojourn on a Horse Back”): A Visit to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Handlin, Lilian (Independent Scholar, Cambridge, USA): The Four Tooth Relic Stupas in 13th Century Pagan, Myanmar
Kerekes, Susanne (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA): Persian Flowers and Chinese Fragments on a Thai Monastery: Material Culture of Wat Arun’s Architecture
Kozicz, Gerald (Independent Researcher, Graz, AUT): Some Visual and Architectural Evidence on the Interrelation between stūpa, dharmakāya and Prajñāpāramitā
Revire, Nicolas (Thammasat University/Paris 3-Sorbonne nouvelle, Bangkok, THA): A Journey into Suvaṇṇabhūmi with Special Reference to Phra Pathom Chedi, Nakhon Pathom
Tingsanchali, Chedha (Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, THA):Early Pāla Architecture in Bihār and its Connection to Dvāravatī Stūpas in Central Thailand
Panel 17:  Plants and Food in East Asian Buddhist Culture
(Tues., Aug. 19, 14:00-17:30)
Kong, Man-Shik (King's College, London. Theology & Religious Studies, London, GBR):Milk and Milk Products in Indian and Chinese Buddhist Texts
Lin, Peiying (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, ISR): The Metaphor of Lotus Flower in Medieval Chinese and Japanese Texts
Oshikiri, Taka (The University of the West Indies, Mona, JAM; History & Archaeology, Kingston, JAM): Tea Ceremonial Practices and Zen Monasteries in the Meiji Era (1868-1912)
Protass, Jason (Stanford, USA): Monks’ Poetry in Chinese Poetics: “Of Vegetables and Bamboo”
Shi, Yifa (Rosemead, USA): New Research on Five Pungent Vegetables (wuxin)
Toleno, Robban (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CAN): Food and Efficacy: Porridge, Milk, and Beans in the Shishi liutie, a Buddhist Encyclopedia from Tenth-Century China
Panel 18:  Pramāṇa across Asia: India, China, Korea, Japan
(Thurs., Aug. 21, 09:00-12:30; Fri., Aug. 22, 09:00-16:30; Sat., Aug. 23, 09:00-10:30)
Chu, Junjie (Leipzig University, Leipzig, GER): Sthiramati and the Thesis of Mental Awareness Accompanying Sensory Awareness
Franco, Eli (Leipzig University, Leipzig, GER): A Re-examination of Dharmakīrti’s Dating
Katsura, Shoryu (Ryukoku University, Kyoto, JPN): The Proof Formulae Used in the Fangbianxinlun
Lang, Karen (University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA): Candrakīrti’s Absurd Syllogisms
Lasic, Horst (Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, AUT): Dignāga’s Opponents in Pramāṇasamuccaya, Chapter Two
Lee, Sumi (Los Angeles, USA): Middle Way of East Asian Yogācāra Buddhism: Paramārtha (499-569) and Taehyŏn 大賢 (ca. Eighth Century CE)
Lin, Chen-kuo (National Chengchi University, Taipei, TWN): Theory of Four Types of Pramāṇa in Sixth-Century China
Lusthaus, Dan (Harvard University, Brookline, MA, USA): Dharmapāla’s Commentary on Ālambana-parīkṣā: Debate, Epistemology, Logic and Hermeneutics
McCrea, Lawrence (Cornell University, Ithaca, USA): Justification, Credibility and Truth: Sucaritamiśra on Kumārila’s Intrinsic Validity
Moriyama, Shinya (Shinshu University, Matsumoto, JPN): On dharmisvarūpaviparīta­sādhana
Muroya, Yasutaka (Leipzig University, Leipzig, GER): On the Dialectical Aspect of Dignāga’s Logic and its Relationship to the Nyāya Tradition
Paul, Gregor (Karlsruhe University, Karlsruhe, GER): Universally Valid Logical Principles in Gomyō’s 護命 (749?-834) Theory of Reason. Also an Example of the Transmission of hetuvidyā from India via China to Ancient Japan.
Park, Jin Y. (American University, Washington, USA): Buddhist Logic and Its Transformation in Korean Zen Buddhism
Taber, John (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA): Dharmakīrti and svataḥprāmāṇya
Tang, Mingjun (The Institute of Philosophy, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Shanghai, CHN): A Study of Gomyō’s Exposition of Hetuvidyā (2): The Determination of the Argument for Consciousness Only
Yao, Zhihua (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, HKG): On Mental Consciousness and Its Objects: Yogācāra versus Sautrāntika
Woo, Jeson (Dongguk University, Seoul, KOR): Moongye and Kuiji on the Definition of pakṣa
Zamorski, Jakub (National Chengchi University, Taipei, TWN): Hetu-vidyā Transmitted or Only Translated? Some Remarks on Chinese Interpretations of the Distinction between Two Types of Negation
Panel 19:  Recent Research in Newar Buddhist Studies
(Fri., Aug. 22, 09:00-12:30)
Bangdel, Dina (Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Doha, QAT): Reading Indian Buddhist Iconography through a Newar Lens: Issues of Continuities and Particularities
Bühnemann, Gudrun (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA): The Goddess Vāruṇī or Surā in Newar Buddhism
Emmrich, Christoph (University of Toronto, Toronto, CAN): Prescription, Description, and Memory in Buddhist Newar Menarche Ritual Manuals
Lewis, Todd (College of the Holy Cross, Religious Studies Department, Holden, USA): In Search of Ritual Manuals Past: Reinventing Tradition in a Newar Vihara in Lumbini
von Rospatt, Alexander (UC Berkeley, Berkeley, USA): Between Ritual Prescription, Historical Record and Literary Production. Newar Buddhist Ritual Chronicles
Shakya, Sudan (Shuchiin University, Kyoto, JPN): The Concept of Vasundharā and Vasudhārā: Focusing on the Newari Buddhist Literatures
Panel 20:  Reconstructing the History of Late Indian Buddhism (Part II): Relationship between Tantric and Non-Tantric Doctrines
(Tues., Aug. 19, 09:00-16:30)
Esler, Dylan (Institut Orientaliste, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium): The Fruition in a Comparative Perspective
Kyuma, Taiken (Mie University, Tsu-shi, Mie-ken, JPN): Locating the Madhyamaka Doctrine in Tantric Buddhism
McNamara, Daniel (Emory University Graduate Division of Religion, Sunapee, USA):Ratnākaraśānti’s Uses of “Madhyamaka” and “Yogācāra”
Mochizuki, Kaie (Minobusan University, Yamanashi, JPN): On the Tantric Works of Aśvaghoṣa Cited in Dīpaṃkaraśrījñāna’s Works
Newman, John (New College of Florida, Sarasota, Florida, USA): ‘Developmental’ versus ‘Revelatory’ Soteriology in the Kālacakra Tantra
Sugiki, Tsunehiko (Nihonbashi Gakkan University, Chiba, JPN): The Formation of Esoteric Buddhism within Mahāyāna Buddhism: An Interpretation of the Subāhuparipṛcchā
Szántó, Péter-Dániel (University of Hamburg/University of Oxford, Hamburg, GER):Progress Report on the Edition of the Śaṃvara
Tanemura, Ryugen (Taisho University, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, JPN):Abhayākaragupta on Tantric Practice
Tomabechi, Toru (International Institute for Digital Humanities, Tokyo, JPN): Bhavyakīrti on Tantric Meditation and Means of Cognition
Yiannopoulos, Alexander (Emory University, Atlanta, USA): Luminosity in Late Indian Yogācāra: Is Reflexive Awareness Nondual?
Panel 21:  Reformulations of Yogācāra in Tibet
(Wed., Aug. 20, 16:00-17:30)
Brownell, Paul (The Australian National University, Hackett, AUS): Differentiating the Middle from the Extremes: Tibetan Scholasticism and the Non-Sectarian (Tib. Ris med) Tradition.
Gilks, Peter (I-Shou University, Kaohsiung, TWN): Gotra in the Abhisamālaṃkāra: Reflections on a Tenets-Based Approach to Interpretation
Werner, Eric (Hamburg University, Hamburg, GER): Phywa-pa Chos-kyi-seng-ge’s Depiction of Yogācāra Philosophy
Panel 22:  Riding the Yoked Necks of the Lions of the Middle Way and Epistemology
(Sat., Aug. 23, 09:00-16:30)
Akahane, Ritsu (Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia, Vienna, AUT):Conventional Truth and Epistemology for Jñānagarbha − The Relationship between Conventional Truth and the Means of Valid Cognition
Apple, James (University of Calgary, Calgary, CAN): A Legacy of “Pure” Madhyamaka: Atiśa and Early Kadampa’s on the Relations/Non-Relations between the Middle Way and Epistemology
Duckworth, Douglas (Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA): Self-Awareness and the Integration of Pramāṇa and Madhyamaka
HE, Huanhuan (Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, CHN): Dignāga, Bhāviveka and Xuanzang “On the Restriction of the Thesis” (*pratijñāviśeṣaṇa)
Hugon, Pascale (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, AUT): Reframing Dharmakīrti. On Some Aspects of Phya pa’s Blending of Epistemology and Madhyamaka
Kassor, Constance (Smith College, Northampton, USA): All Dharmakīrtis are not Created Equal: A Tibetan Madhyamaka/Pramāṇa Debate
MacDonald, Anne (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, AUT): And Ne’re the Twain Shall Meet: Candrakīrti’s Critique of the Logical–Epistemological School
Stoltz, Jonathan (University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, USA): Sensitive Cognitive Episodes, Emptiness, and the Goal of Knowledge
Vose, Kevin (College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, USA): Inference for AllMādhyamikas: Pa tshab’s Alternative to Svatantra
Yoshimizu, Chizuko (University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, JPN): Consequence (prasaṅga) in Early Tibetan Madhyamaka Exegeses
Panel 23:  Scriptural Formation and Authentication
(Sat., Aug. 23, 09:00-15:30)
Allon, Mark (University of Sydney, Sydney, AUS): The Formation of Canons in the Early Indian Nikāyas or Schools in the Light of the New Gāndhārī Manuscript Finds
Almogi, Orna (University of Hamburg, Hamburg, GER): Revealed (gTer-ma) Texts in the rNying ma rgyud 'bum and Authentication Strategies as Witnessed in Their Colophons
Baba, Norihisa (University of Tokyo, Tokyo, JPN): Rethinking Canonicity within Theravāda in the Light of Sarvāstivāda Scriptures
Karashima, Seishi (IRIAB, Soka University, Tokyo, JPN): “The Canonisation” of the Mahāyāna Scriptures: When did the Mahāyāna Sūtras come to be called as such?
Palumbo, Antonello (SOAS, University of London, London, GBR): Chinese Shadows: The Formation of the Taoist Canon in the 5th C. and its Buddhist Models
Silk, Jonathan A. (Univ. Leiden, Leiden, NED): The Domains of Canonicity in Buddhism
Tournier, Vincent (SOAS, University of London, London, GBR): The Expanding Canons of the Mahāsāṃghikas
Wangchuk, Dorji (Hamburg, GER): The Authenticity Issue of the Vidyādharapiṭaka
Zacchetti, Stefano (University of Oxford, Oxford, GBR): The Dawn of the Dazangjing: Tracing the Cultural Background of the Chinese Buddhist Canon
Panel 24:  The Bsam yas Debate: Challenges and Responses
(Wed., Aug. 20, 09:00-15:30)
Adam, Martin (University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, CAN): On the Discernment of Reality (bhūta-pratyavekṣā)
Di Zinno Sur, Dominic (University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA): Echoes of Samyé on the Path through an 11th Century Defense of the Great Perfection
Draszczyk, Martina (Institut für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde, Wien, AUT):Some Bka’ brgyud Responses to Sa skya Paṇḍita’s Critique of “Present Day Mahāmudrā” as Equivalent to Mo-ho-yen’s System
Gruber, Joel (Corona, USA): The Sudden and Gradual Sūtric (and Tantric?) Approaches in the Rim gyis 'jug pa'i bsgom don and the Cig car 'jug pa rnam par mi rtog pa'i bsgom don
Higgins, David (Institut für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde, Wien, AUT): Uniting the Streams: Epistemological Cross-Currents in the Wake of Tibet’s Great Debate
Laish, Eran (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Kiryat Tivon, ISR): The Embodiments of View: Simultaneous and Gradual Approaches in the Contemplative Typology of “The Great Perfection”
Lopez, Manuel (Charlottesville, USA): Some Implications of gNubs chen sangs rgyas ye she’s bSam gtan mig sgron for our Understanding of the Samyé Debate and the History of Chan in Tibet
Mathes, Klaus-Dieter (Institut für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde, Wien, AUT):’Gos Lo tsa ba gZhon nu dpal’s (1392-1481) Conceptual and Direct Approaches to Ultimate Reality
Yi, Kyoowan (Seoul National University, Seoul, KOR): A Socio-religious Study on the Debates of bSam yas, Focusing on Dun-wu-da-cheng-zheng-li-jue and the Background of the Early Chan School in China
Panel 25:  The Buddhist Cult of Images – New Perspectives
(Thurs., Aug. 21, 09:00-12:30)
Behrendt, Kurt (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA): The Iconographic Distribution of 9th to 12th Century Buddhist Imagery from Bihar and Orissa
Brancaccio, Pia (Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA): The Development of Colossal Images within the Buddhist Tradition
DeCaroli, Robert (George Mason University, Arlington, VA, USA): Kingship, the Kanheri Caves, and the Development of the Buddhist Image Cult in the Western Deccan
Morrissey, Nicolas (University of Georgia, Athens, USA): A Poetic Inscription from Ajaṇṭā and the Image Cult in Early Medieval Indian Buddhism
Rhi, Juhyung (Seoul National University, Seoul, KOR): The Bodhisattva in the First Meditation in Early Indian Images
Shimada, Akira (State University of New York at New Paltz, New Paltz, USA): Evolution of Buddhist Image Cult Represented in Early Andhran Sculpture
Panel 26:  The Development of Buddhist Monastic Communities or the Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion
(Thurs., Aug. 21, 09:30-12:30)
Heirman, Ann (Ghent University, Ghent, BEL): Bodily Care: An Identifying Marker in Buddhist Monasteries of Ancient India and China
Jansen, Berthe (Leiden University Institute of Area Studies, Leiden, NED): Annoying Lay-People: Public Opinion and Vinayic Concerns in Tibetan Monasteries (12th to 20th Century)
Langenberg, Amy (Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, USA): Dynamics of Inclusion in the Mahāsāṅghika-Lokottaravāda Bhikṣuṇī Vinaya
Maes, Claire (Ghent University, Ghent, BEL): Friend or Enemy? A Critical Examination of the brāhmaṇa Presence in the Pāli Vinaya
Nietupski, Paul (John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA): Guṇaprabha, the Vinayasūtra, and the Changes in Buddhist Monastic Beliefs and Practices in 7th-8th Century India
Panel 27:  The Ethics of Anatta/Anātman in Pre-contact and Post-contact Western Philosophy
(Sat., Aug. 23, 11:00-12:30)
Garfield, Jay L. (National University of Singapore, SGP); Silbert, Doris (University of Melbourne, Melbourne, AUS): Hume as a Western Mādhyamika: The Case from Ethics
Hanner, Oren (University of Hamburg, Hamburg, GER): Personal Identity and Moral Philosophy in Recent Interpretations of Buddhist Thought
O'Hagan, Emer (University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, CAN): Non-Self and Ethics: Kantian and Buddhist Themes
Panel 28:  The Mountain of Five Plateaus: Studies of the Wutai Cult in Multidisciplinary and Transborder/Cultural Approaches
(Fri., Aug. 22, 09:00-15:30)
Andrews, Susan (Saint Joseph's University, San Francisco, USA): A Leitmotif of Buddhist Sacred Landscape: Mount Wutai and the Creation of Sacred Sites across the Japanese Archipelago
Cartelli, Mary Anne (Hunter College, New York, USA): The Literary Wutaishan
Chen, Jinhua (The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, CAN): Sacred Geography: New Perspectives on the Study of Mount Wutai
Chou, Wen-shing (Hunter College, New York, NY, USA): Visions in Translation: Zhangkya Rölpé Dorjé’s Guidebook and the Reinvention of Qing-dynasty Wutai Shan
Hamar, Imre (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, HUN): The Role of Wutaishan in the Religious Practice of Huayan Buddhism
Lee, Sangyop (Stanford University, CA, USA): Development of the Wutai Cult during the Silla Dynasty
Lin, Wei-Cheng (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA): A Transposable Sacred Mountain: Flying Mañjuśrī and Moving Mount Wutai
Sullivan, Brenton (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, CAN): First Mongols at Wutai: The Peregrinations of Sumpa Khenpo Yeshé Peljor
Zhang, Dewei (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, CAN): Beyond Seeking for Sacredness: Carving the Jiaxing Canon嘉興藏 at Mount Wutai
Panel 29:  The Nature of a Buddha
(Tues., Aug. 19, 09:00-16:30)
Anderl, Christoph (Ruhr Univ. Bochum, Bochum, GER): Where is the Buddha Located? Buddhist Deities and Their Avatars in the Form of ‘Auspicious Statues’
Bretfeld, Sven (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, GER): Sanctifying a Country, Disuniting Believers: The Buddha’s Physical Presence as a Contested Property
Halkias, Georgios T. (The University of Hong Kong, Hongkong, HKG): The Buddha After: The Cult of Buddha Maitreya in Ladakh
Heim, Maria (Amherst College, Amherst, USA): Images of the Buddha’s Omniscience in the Pali Commentaries
Krüger, Madlen (CERES-Center for Religious Studies, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, Bochum, GER): “The Buddha does not live here, does he?” The Significance of Buddha Statues as Religious Objects
Meinert, Carmen (Universität Bochum, Bochum, GER)
: Pleasing the Female Buddhas
Pons, Jessie (Ruhr Universität Bochum, Bochum, GER): Dīpaṃkara Buddha or the Bodhisattva as Megha? Who is the Hero of the Dīpaṃkarajātaka?
Sharf, Robert (University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, USA): Discussant
Shulman, Eviatar (Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, ISR): The Buddha in Light of Upaniṣadic Metaphysics
Strong, John (Bates College, Lewiston, USA): What is a Relic?
Wolf, Ann-Kathrin (Bochum, GER): Dead Buddhas Can Travel Further
Panel 30:  The Universality of the Lotus Sūtra
(Wed., Aug. 20, 09:00-12:30)
Dragonetti, Carmen (Buenos Aires, ARG): Universality in Buddhism Kubo, Tsugunari (JPN): The Lotus Sutra Needs Us
Largen, Kristin (Gettysburg Seminary, Gettysburg, USA): ‘God’ in the Lotus Sūtra: A Question of Function
Matsumoto, Shiro (Komazawa University, JPN): Considerations on the So-Called Eternal Buddha
Sekido, Gyokai (Tokyo, JPN): Nichiren’s Interpretation of the Universality of the Lotus Sutra
Tola, Fernando (Institute of Buddhist Studies Foundation, Buenos Aires, ARG); Dragonetti, Carmen (Buenos Aires, ARG): Universality in Buddhism
Tsuda, Shin’ichi (International College for Advanced Buddhist Studies, Tokyo, JPN):Adhiṣṭhāna of the Tathāgata of the Lotus Sutra and the notion of Gegenwart Gottes of Karl Barth – Their Correspondence and a Difference
Panel 31:  Theories and Methods in the Translation of Mahāyāna Sūtras
(Fri., Aug. 22, 14:00-17:00)
Boucher, Daniel (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA): Are Early Chinese Translations Translatable?
Gomez, Luis O. (Ann Arbor, USA); Harrison, Paul (Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA): Putting the Vimalakīrti-nirdeśa into English: A Progress Report
Gummer, Natalie (Beloit College, Beloit, USA): Translating the Buddha’s Body
Nattier, Jan (Prachuapkhirikhan, THA): Translating a Translation: Methodological Issues in Working with Early Chinese Buddhist Texts
Osto, Douglas (Massey University, Palmerston North, NZL): Some Reflections on the Translation of Mahāyāna Sūtras
Panel 32:  Tocharian Buddhism
(Tues., Aug. 19, 09:30-17:30)
Arlt, Robert & Hiyama, Satomi (Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, GER): Scenes from the Life of the Buddha before His Enlightenment in the Murals of the Kucha Region
Bross, Christoph & Hackstein, Olav (LMU München, München, GER): The Rendering of Buddhist Phraseology in Tocharian from a Linguistic Point of View
Habata, Hiromi (LMU München, München, GER): The Legends of the Buddha in Tocharian Texts
Hackstein, Olav (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, München, GER):The Rendering of Buddhist Phraseology in Tocharian from a Linguistic Point of View
Hiyama, Satomi & Arlt, Robert (Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, GER):Scenes from the Life of the Buddha before His Enlightenment in the Murals of the Kucha Region
Kasai, Yukiyo (Turfanforschung, BBAW, Berlin, GER): Sanskrit Word Forms Written in Brāhmī Script in the Old Turkish Buddhist Texts
Konczak, Ines (Berlin, GER): Hindu Deities in Buddhist Wall Paintings of Kızıl in Kuca
Malzahn, Melanie (Institut für Sprachwissenschaft, Universität Wien, Wien, AT): A Contrastive Survey of the Buddhist Texts Written in Tocharian A and B
Ogihara, Hirotoshi (Renmin University of China, Beijing, CHN): Transmission of Buddhist Texts to Tocharian Buddhism
Pinault, Georges-Jean (EPHE/Sorbonne, Paris, FRA): The Contribution of Tocharian Texts to the Buddhist Belles-Lettres
Zin, Monika (Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität München, München, GER): Reflections on the Purpose of the Kucha Paintings

Panel 33:  Towards an Anthropology of Buddhism
(Sat., Aug. 23, 09:00-17:00)
Brac de la Perrière, Bénédicte (CNRS, Paris, FRA): Becoming Buddhist Anew. Some Remarks about a Buddhist Ritual Initiation
Caple, Jane (University of Manchester, Manchester, GBR): The Buddhist Gift and the Making of Moral Worlds: Perspectives on Different Forms and Modes of Giving in a Tibetan Context
Galmiche, Florence (Université Paris Diderot, Paris, FRA): The Paradoxical Place of Meditation in South Korean Lay Buddhism
Gellner, David (University of Oxford, Oxford, GBR):Discussant
Ladwig, Patrice (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, GER); Sihlé, Marston, John (El Colegio de México, México, MEX): The Transnationalism of Merit: Diaspora Communities and Cambodian Student Monks, Pilgrims and Building Projects in South Asia
Nicolas (Center for Himalayan Studies, CNRS, Villejuif, FRA): Introduction: Towards an Anthropology of Buddhism
Ramble, Charles (Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, Oxford, GBR):Revisiting a Tibetan Bonpo Ceremony in Highland Nepal: An Essay in Uncompromising Anthropology
Rowe, Mark (McMaster University, Hamilton, CAN): How Buddhists Learn: The Training of Contemporary Shinshu Priests
Schober, Juliane (Arizona State University, Phoenix, USA): Rethinking Buddhist Authority and Secular Power in Modern Myanmar
Tuladhar Douglas, Will (University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, GBR): From the Anthropology of Buddhism to a Buddhist Anthropology
Turek, Maria (Universität Bonn, Bonn, GER): The Hermit as Modern Saint in Contemporary Eastern Tibet
Panel 34:  Transference and Transmission in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist “Philosophical” Traditions
(Fri., Aug. 22, 09:00-15:30)
Cha, Sangyeob (Geumgang University, Nonsan-city, Chungnam, KOR): An Understanding of Buddha-Nature in the Theg chen rgyud bla'i don bsdus pa
Dorjee, Choying (Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute, Chauntra, HP, IND): The Tibetan Reception of Āryadeva’s Catuḥśataka in Tibet: Transmission and Interpretation
Forgues, Gregory (University of Vienna, Vienna, AUT): Entangled Textual Genealogies and Spiritual Lineages in the Tibetan Hermeneutical Discourse: The Transmission, Transformation, and Appropriation of Yogācāra-Madhyamaka Ideas by ’Ju Mi pham rnam rgyal rgya mtsho
Kemp, Casey (University of Vienna, Vienna, AUT): Luminosity from India to Tibet According to Sgam po pa Rin chen dpal’s Bstan bcos lung gi nyi ’od: A Case Study for Tracing Back “Philosophical” Doctrine over Time and Space
Kumagai, Seiji (Kyoto University, Kyoto, JPN): Bonpos’ Absorption and Development of the Buddhist Theory: From Abhidharma to Mādhyamika Thoughts
Scheuermann, Rolf (University of Vienna, Vienna, AUT): A Seventeenth Century Criticism on the Tibetan Reception of Buddhism – Tāranātha’s Ornament of Gzhan stong Madhyamaka
Sheehy, Michael (Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center, Cambridge, MA, USA): An Entangled Buddhist History: Shangs pa Lineage Networks, Transmission Strategies, and Their Records of Reception in Tibet
Yang, Che-ming (Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, TWN): Modernizing the Vinaya Pitaka? A Historical Review of the Paradoxes and Dilemmas of Modifying the Practice of the Vinaya with Scriptural Basis in the Contemporary World
Panel 35:  Yogācāra: Modelling the Meaning of the Mahāyāna
(Thurs., Aug. 21st, 09:00-12:30)
M. David Eckel: 'Mind-Only' as a Strategy for Yogic Practice
Gold, Jonathan (Brooklyn, USA): Yogācāra Metaphysics as a Model for the Interpretation of Scripture
Iwamoto, Akemi (D. T. Suzuki Museum, Kanazawa-shi, JPN): The Mahāyāna of the Mahāyānasūtrālaṃkāra: Śamatha-Vipaśyanā and Philosophy in the Mahāyāna
Kachru, Sonam (University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA; Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin, GER): Vasubandhu through a Mahāyāna Looking Glass? Or, Why Vasubandhu Believes Ordinary Language Can and Does Take Care of Itself
Lugli, Ligeia (Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages, Berkeley, CA, USA): Mere Names – The Bodhisattvabhūmi’s Reinterpretation of nāmamātra
Tzohar, Roy (Tel Aviv University, Berlin, GER): Does Early Yogācāra Have a Theory of Meaning? The Case of Vasubandhu’s Triṃśikā and Sthiramati’s bhāṣya
Section 01: Abhidharma Studies
(Sat., Aug. 23, 09:00-15:00)
Cousins, L.S. (Wolfson College, Oxford, GBR): The Saccasaṅkhepa and its Commentaries
Dhammapala, Bhikkhu (Malaysian Buddhist Academy, Hong Kong, HKG): The Sarvāstivāda Doctrine of the abhisamaya
Kardas, Goran (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences University of Zagreb, Zagreb, HRV): Some Critical Remarks on Robinson and Hayes’ Criticism of Nāgārjuna’s Treatment of the Abhidharma Concept of svabhāva
Kim, Kyungrae (King's College London, University of London, London, GBR): Two Different Names: Abhidharma and Abhidhamma
Lee, Gilsan (Department of Philosophy, Seoul National University, Seoul, KOR): Śrīlāta's Theory of the Atom
Lin, Qian (University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA): Glimpses into the Development of Abhidharma through Early Chinese Translators
Lysenko, Victoria (Institute of Philosophy, Moscow, RUS): What is a Whole According to Abhidharmic Philosophers: A Pure Accumulation of Atoms or Something Different from it ?
Park, Changhwan (Geumgang Univ., Nonsan, KOR): The Sautrāntika Notion of Ālambana and its Dārṣṭāntika Precursor
Section 02: Buddhism and its relation to other Religions
(Fri., Aug. 22, 09:00-14:30)
Bronkhorst, Johannes (University of Lausanne, Pully, CHE): Why Did Buddhism and Jainism Develop Differently in India?
Fujii, Jun (Komazawa University, Tokyo, JPN): Discovery of a Text Comparing the Three Teachings Written in the Tang Dynasty in Japan
Harris, Elizabeth (Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, GBR): Buddhism and the Religious ‘Other’: Six Responses in Text and Tradition
Horiuchi, Toshio (Toyo University, Bunkyo-ku Tokyo, JPN): Criticism of Heretics in the Laṅkāvatārasūtra: Towards Constructing a Philosophy of Multicultural Coexistence from the Point of View of Buddhism
Maas, Philipp (University of Vienna, Department for South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, Vienna, AUT): Buddhism and the Pātañjala Yogaśāstra
Wu, Juan (University of Tokyo, Tokyo, JPN): Buddhist and Jaina Stories of Śreṇika Bimbisāra and Kūṇika Ajātaśatru: Parallels and Divergences
Znamenski, Andrei (The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, USA): Oirot Prophecy: Arrested Buddhism in the Altai Area, 1890s-1920s
Section 03: Buddhism and Society
(Wed., Aug. 20, 09:00-17:30)
Cabezon, Jose (University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA): Spawns of the Demoness: Buddhist Polemics against Tobacco from “Padmasambhava” to the Streets of Leh
Caumanns, Volker (Lumbini International Research Institute, Dinslaken, GER): The “Installation of the Lord(s) of the Teaching” (bstan pa'i bdag por mnga' gsol): Remarks on an Enthronement Rite in Sa skya
Chakrabarti, Bhaskar (Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Kolkata, IND): The Winter Visitors: Monks, Devotees and Construction of Bodhgaya as a Place
Chetyrova, Lyubov (Samara State University, Samara, RUS): Buddhism as Resource of Constructing Ethnicity: The Case of the Kalmyks
Guang, Xing (Centre of Buddhist Studies, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, HKG): Filial Piety and Political Issues in Ancient China
Holt, John (Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, USA): Buddhist Encounters with Religious Others: Historical Trajectories and Contemporary Realities in Sri Lanka
Kim, Sung-Eun (Leiden University, Leiden, NED): Varying Visions of Joseon Buddhism: Rituals, Temple Slaves and Monks as Landlords
Kumar, Pramod (Magadh University, Bodh-Gaya, Patna, IND): Ambedkar's Neo-Buddhism and Social Action
Proyer, Michelle (University of Vienna, Vienna, AUT): Accepting Disability – Karma as Coping Strategy?
Sherab, Kunga (University of Toronto, Toronto, CAN): “Scientific Evidence” for Rebirth in Contemporary Tibet: The Creative Appeals of Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro
Takase, Akinori (Jodo Shu Research Institute, Fuji, JPN): A Mechanism of Social Activism in Japanese Buddhism: An Example of Engaged Buddhism
Victoria, Brian (International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Yellow Springs, USA):Terrorism as Bodhisattva Practice: Japan's 1932 Blood-Oath Corps Incident
Section 04: Buddhism in the Himalaya
(Wed., Aug. 20, 16:00-17:30; Thurs., Aug. 21, 09:00-12:00)
Bogin, Benjamin (Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA): Visions of the Copper-Colored Mountain
Deroche, Marc-Henri (Kyoto University, Kyoto, JPN): Impartiality and Contemplation: On the Meaning of the Term “Ris med” in Mahāmudra and rDzogs chen
Ehrhard, Franz-Karl (LMU Munich, Munich, GER): Buddhist Teachers from Southern Dolpo: Yon-tan rgya-mtsho and Yon-tan rgyal-mtshan
Zsoka Gelle (University of Vienna, Vienna, AUT):Notes on the Sacred Geography of Yolmo Gangra
Mojzes, Kamilla Eva (Bonn University, Bonn, GER): Buddhist Praises – The Role of the bstod-pa Genre in the Writings of the 4th Zhwa-dmar Incarnate
Sernesi, Marta (LMU Munich, Munich, GER): Transmitting the Words of the Master: On Tibetan Instructional Literature
Viehbeck, Markus (Cluster “Asia & Europe”, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, GER): Between Politics, Scholarship, and Buddhism: Multifarious Entanglements in the Eastern Himalayas
Widorn, Verena (Dept. of Art History, University of Vienna, Vienna, AUT): ’Brug pa Monasteries in Lahul: Mystical Accounts and Art Historical Evidences
Section 05: Buddhism under Capitalism
(Sat., Aug. 23, 09:00-10:30)
Bruntz, Courtney (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, USA): Touring Mount Putuo: Commodification, Buddhism, and State Capitalism in China
Elverskog, Johan (Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA): Buddhist Capitalism: Who’s to Blame?
Payne, Richard (Institute of Buddhist Studies, Los Gatos, USA): Consuming Nothing: Psychotherapy, Capitalism, and Buddhism
Rambelli, Fabio (University of California, Santa Barbara, California, USA): Early Buddhist Critiques of Capitalism in Japan: Sada Kaiseki and Uchiyama Gudō
Section 06: Buddhist Art and Architecture
(Tues., Aug. 19, 09:00-17:30)
Cargill, Angus (Northern Consortium of UK Universities, Beijing, CHN): The Statue of the Goddess and the Bodhisattva. Hekate’s Journey from Athens to the Ganges
Graldi, Aurora (University of Vienna, Wien, AUT): The Representation of Historical Buddhas in Early Nepalese Art, a Case Study: The Two Buddhas of Kwa Baha, Lalitpur
Juhel, Katia (EPHE, PARIS, FRA): The Life of the Buddha in Gandhāran Art and Related Narratives
Kelényi, Béla (Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts, Budapest, HUN):A Peculiar Type of Statue from the Dali Kingdom
Kyan, Winston (University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA): Picturing the Buddhist Filial Son in Medieval China
Maurer, Petra (Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften / LMU München, München, GER): Aspects of Tibetan Geomancy: The Right Timing for the Construction of Buildings and its Influence on the Environment
Mross, Michaela (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Göttingen, GER): Buddhist Music in the Shingon Schools: A Study of the Transmission of Vocalizing Kōshiki (Buddhist Ceremonials) on Kōyasan
Seegers, Eva (Numata Center for Buddhist Studies, Asien-Afrika-Institut, Universität Hamburg, Hamburg, GER): Tibetan Stūpas (mchod rten) in Europe: Convert Romanticism and Worship
Sounsamut, Pram (Institute of Thai Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, THA): Flowers in a Vase: The Significance of Flower Offering in Thai Buddhist Tradition
Tsultem, Uranchimeg (University of California, Berkeley, Albany, USA): A Buddhist Temple in Mongolia: An Idiosyncratic Case
Warner, Cameron (Aarhus Universitet, Aarhus, DNK): An Unprecedented Analysis of Painting: Amdo Jampa and the History of Buddhist Craftmanship in Tibet
Zhao, Ling (School of Humanities, Zhejiang University, Zhejiang, PRC):A Problem regarding the Gandhāran Origin of the Buddha Image — On Kushan Buddha Coins
Section 07: Buddhist Hermeneutics, Scholasticism and Commentarial Techniques
(Tues., Aug. 19, 09:00-18:00)
Apple, Shinobu (Institute of Oriental Philosophy, Calgary, CAN): Zhiyi's Rhetorical Strategy: The Usage of Fanben (Returning to the Origin)
Cho, Eun-su (Seoul National University, Seoul, KOR): Visualizing the QXL Holistically – Understanding the Internal Textual Structure through the Traditional Textual-Diagram (Kewen 科文)
Denis, Diane (Université Laval, Ste-Sophie-de-Lévrard, CAN): The Structure of the Dharmadharmatāvibhāga (DhDhV)
Doctor, Thomas (Rangjung Yeshe Institute, Kathmandu University, Kathmandu, NPL):What If Madhyamaka Is a Stance? Reflections on Contemporary Buddhist Hermeneutics
Jin, Tao (Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois, USA): The Authority of the Fazang Commentary in the Exegetical Tradition of Qixinlun
Kanno, Hiroshi (Soka University, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo, JPN): Fayun's View on the Lotus Sūtra
Kenney, Elizabeth (Kansai Gaidai University, Kyoto, JPN): 84,000: Calculating the Incalculable from Jingying Huiyuan to Sōboku
Li, Shenghai (Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA): Hermeneutics in Buddhist Śāstras: The Cases of Candrakīrti and Tsong kha pa
Nance, Richard (Indiana University, Bloomington, USA): Instances, Principles, Silences: Exemplification in the Vyākhyāyukti
Shi, Guo Cheen (Federal Way, USA): Relevance and Challenges – Translating Chengguan's Commentaries to the Avatamsaka Sutra
Turenne, Philippe (Rangjung Yeshe Institute, Boudhnath, NPL):Reflections towards a Method for the Study of Buddhist Philosophy
Yagi, Toru (Osaka Gakuin University, Kyoto, JPN): Once Again on the So-Called Predicative Ablative
Yi, Jongbok (The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Voorhees, NJ, USA): The Relation between the Two Types of Object of Negation: Jamyang Shaypa’s Refutation of Taktshang, the Translator
Section 08: Buddhist Literature
(Thurs., Aug. 21, 09:30-12:00)
Bessenger, Suzanne (Randolph College, Richmond, VA, USA): Composing a Life: Genre, Writing, and the Creation of Sainthood in the Biography of Sonam Peldren (bsod nam dpal 'dren, 1268-1312 or 1328-1372)
Clark, Chris (Glen Huntly, AUS): Early Uses and Intended Audiences of the Apadāna
Ferstl, Christian (Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, AUT): Aśvaghoṣa on a Dusty Non-Buddhist
Rheingans, Jim (Universität Hamburg, Hamburg, GER): Tibetan Hagiographies in Buddhist Teaching: Narrative Performances and their Reception in Past and Present
Tsai, Shu-Hui (Taipei, TWN): Reincarnation Perception of Buddhist Women in Two Confusing Narratives
Yamasaki, Kazuho (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Yokohama, JPN): The Story of the Nāgas' Surrender to King Aśoka: An Investigation into the Source of the Seventy-third Chapter of the Bodhisattvāvadānakalpalatā
Section 09: Buddhist Philosophy of Mind
(Sat., Aug. 23, 11:00-14:30)
Coseru, Christian (College of Charleston, Charleston, USA): Reflexive Sensibility and the Mādhyamika's View From Nowhere
Ganeri, Jonardon (University of Sussex, Brighton, GBR): Self-Representation and the Memory of One’s Subjective Past
MacKenzie, Matt MacKenzie (Colorado State University, ZZZ):Reflexivity and Janus-faced Experience in Śāntarakṣita’s Philosophy of Mind
Siderits, Mark (Seoul National University, Paris, FRA): Buddhists and Bhāṭṭas on Cognition of Cognition
Section 10: Buddhist Sciences
(Tues., Aug. 19, 17:00 - 18:00)
Garrett, Frances (University of Toronto, Toronto, CAN): Medical Knowledge in the Gesar Epic
Sik, Hin-tak (Centre of Buddhist Studies, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, HKG): Medical Sciences in the Vinaya Piṭakas: A Study Mainly Based on the Bhesajjakkhandhaka and its Parallel Versions
Section 11: Buddhist Sūtras
(Thurs., Aug. 21, 09:30-12:30)
Guggenmos, Esther-Maria (International Consortium for Research in the Humanities, Erlangen, GER): Throwing Dice for Divining One’s Karma – The Scripture on Divining the Retribution of Skillful and Negative Actions (T.839)
Ho, Chiew Hui (The University of Sydney, Sydney, AUS): Lay Empowerment and the Ritualization of the Diamond Sutra in Medieval China
Ishida, Chiko (Kansai University, Numazu, JPN): The Lotus Sutra Did Not Regard Itself as a Mahayana Text
Tsai, Yao-ming (Department of Philosophy, National Taiwan University, Taipei, TWN): Soteriological Transformation of the Mind-Body Complex in the “Samanta-mukha-parivarta” of the Lotus Sūtra
Walser, Joseph (Tufts University, Brooklyn, USA): Brahmin Buddhist Canon/Non-Brahmin Buddhist Canon
Section 12: Contemporary Buddhism
(Thurs., Aug. 21, 09:00-12:30; Fri., Aug. 22, 09:30-15:30)
Blum, Mark (University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA): Demythologization as Modernization: Making Pure Land Buddhism Rational in 1920s Japan
Cheung, Kin (Temple University, Philadelphia, USA): Buddhist Mountains’ Plans for Stock Market Initial Public Offerings in China: Raising Money as Upāya-Kauśalya
Chowdhury, Chipamong (Buffalo, NY, USA): Monastic Migration and Buddhist Diaspora in America
Haderer, Elisabeth (Numata Zentrum für Buddhismuskunde, Hamburg, GER): The Sun of Tibetan Art Rises in the West: A Contribution to the Transmission of Traditional Tibetan Buddhist Art to the West in the 21st Century
Hsu, Yu Yin (National University of Singapore, SGP): Transnational Interaction of Chinese Buddhist Congregations in Singapore – A Focus on the Liberation Rite of Water and Land (Shuilufahui 水陸法會)
Irina, Urbanaeva (The Institute for Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, Ulan-Ude, RUS): Revival of Authentic Buddhist Tradition in Russia and the Role of the Tibetan Lama Geshe Thinley
Lau, Ngar-sze (ISCA, University of Oxford, Oxford, GBR): Becoming Lay Meditation Teachers in Contemporary Chinese Societies: Cases in Hong Kong and Taiwan
Laudere, Marika (Daugavpils University, Latvia, Ludzas nov., LVA): Development of Buddhism in Latvia: Past and Present
Máthé, Veronika (ELTE Social Sciences/KRE Néderlandisztika, Budapest, HUN): The Buddhism and Travels of Trebitsch Lincoln, ‘The Greatest Adventurer of the 20th Century’*
Mitchell, Scott (Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley, USA): The Ritual Use of Music in U.S. Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Communities
Ritchie, Robekkah (Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, GER): The Aesthetics of Asoke Ascetics
Soucy, Alexander (Saint Mary's University, Halifax, NS, CAN): Neo-Zen and Buddhist Identity in Contemporary Northern Vietnam
Stewart, James (University of Tasmania, Hobart, AUS): Buddhist Identity, Animal Ethics and Islamaphobia in Modern Sri Lanka
Section 13: Early Buddhism
(Fri., Aug. 22, 09:30-17:30; Sat., Aug. 23, 09:00-10:30)
Arbel, Keren (Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, ISR): Not Differentiated, Nor ‘Yoked’: A New Light on the Relationship between the four jhānas and the Practice of satipaṭṭhāna
Bucknell, Roderick (University of Queensland, Brisbane, AUS): Pseudo-saṃyuttas in the Pali Saṃyutta-nikāya
Ditrich, Tamara (University of Sydney, NTI, AUS, AUS): Stylistic Analysis of Terms Expressed in Pairs and Triads in the Pāli Nikāyas and the Abhidhamma
Drewes, David (University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, CAN): The Idea of the “Historical Buddha”
Freiberger, Oliver (The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA): Re-visiting Religious Boundary-Making in Early Buddhism
Inoue, Takami (Otani University, Kyoto, JPN): Who or What was Alavi-Gotama? Names as Rhetorical Device in the Buddha's Discourse on saddha in the Sutta Nipata
Milligan, Matthew (University of Texas, Austin, USA): Early Indian Buddhist ‘Company Men’ and How They Cornered the Religious Marketplace
Polak, Grzegorz (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Konskowola, POL): Was Insight an Intrinsic Quality of the Meditative State of jhāna in Early Buddhism?
Schlieter, Jens (Universität Bern, Bern, CHE): From Similes to Allegory: The Deconstruction of Chariot Imagery in Early Buddhist Texts, Analyzed with Cognitive Metaphor Theory
Shi, Fazhao (The University of Sydney, Sydney, AUS): Early Buddhist Verses in the Śarīrārthagāthā of the Yogācārabhūmi
Shi, Juetao (The University of Hong Kong, HKG): On the Sequences of Cognitive Processes in Early Buddhism
Sirisawad, Natchapol (Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, THA): The Relationship between Buddhism and Indigenous Beliefs and People as Reflected in the Names of Lokapālas in Early Buddhist Literature
Yamanaka, Yukio (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Göttingen, GER): Notes on the Problematics of the Futur Forms in Pali, Regarding Their Preterit and Modal Functions.
Yit, Kin-tung (National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung City, TWN): The Formulation and Explanation of the Eleven Categories of Five Clinging-Aggregates
Section 14: East Asian Buddhism
(Wed., Aug. 20, 14:00-18:00)
Jin, Son (Dongguk University, Seoul, KOR): Gods Requiring Buddhist Ordination:  Chinese Buddhist Acceptance through Thaumaturges (shenyi) in the Gaoseng Zhuan
Jülch, Thomas (Ghent University, Ghent, BEL): King Mu of Zhou in Buddhist Apologetic Thought
Kim, Suah (Tongmyong University, Busan, KOR): Buddhist Apocryphal Scriptures Written in the Late Goryeo and Early Joseon Dynasties
Koh, Seunghak (Dongguk University, Institute for Buddhist Culture, Seoul, KOR): Chinul’s Hwaŏm Thought in the Hwaŏmnon chŏryo
Ponampon, Phra Kiattisak (University of Otago, Dunedin, NZL): The Center of the Body: Visualization Meditation in Early Chinese Buddhist Texts during the 2nd - 6th Centuries
Vihan, Jan (Charles University, Prague, CZE): The Poison of Impermanence in Kumārajīva’s Zuochan sanmei jing
Wang, Meihsiu (Department of East Asian Studies, Taiwan Normal University, Jiayi, AUT): Buddhist Influence in Medieval Chinese Literature – Based on Jiang Zong's Poems
Section 15: Epistemology and Logic in Buddhism
(Tues., Aug. 19, 09:00-17:30; Wed., Aug. 20, 09:00-17:30)
Bhuchung, Tenzin (Graduate Division of Religion, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA):Go rams pa on Reflexive Awareness and Its Implications for Non-Conceptual Meditative Experience
Bogacz, Szymon (Center of Comparative Studies of Civilizations, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, POL): “There is Nothing Charming about Harlots” – Madhyamaka and the Coherence in Meaning
Choi, Kyeong-jin (Tokyo, JPN): Phya pa’s Understanding regarding the Proof of Momentariness in the Svabhāvahetu Section of the Pramāṇaviniścaya
Guerrero, Laura (Utah Valley University, Utah, USA): The Epistemology of Emptiness: Dharmakīrti’s Yogācāra Response to the Problem of Conventional Truth in Mahāyāna
Ishida, Hisataka (Tokyo University, Tokyo, JPN): Dharmottara’s Investigation on Conceptual Cognition
Kataoka, Kei (Kyushu University, Fukuoka, JPN): Horns in Dignāga’s Theory of apoha
Kyu, Se (Joong-Ang Saṅgha University, Seoul, KOR): A Study on the Thoughts of Buddhist Logic of Mun-gwe
Lo, King Chung (Leipzig University, Leipzig, GER): On Infinite Regress: A New Interpretation of PSV. 1.12ab
Mason, Garth (University of South Africa, Pretoria, ZAF): The Role of Symbols in Nāgārjuna’s Writings
Matsuoka, Hiroko (Kyoto University, Kyoto, JPN): Śāntarakṣita on the Two Kinds of Arguments for Self-Awareness: sahopalambhaniyama and saṃvedana
Mc Allister, Patrick (Cluster “Asia and Europe”, Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, GER): Two Objects for Two Cognitions of the Same Thing
Nishizawa, Fumihito (University of Tokyo, Yokohama-shi, JPN): On the Origin of Non-Valid Cognitions (apramāṇa/ tshad min gyi blo)
Pecchia, C̄ristina (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, AUT): Meditation and Indian Philosophical Theories
Picard, Michael (Douglas College, Coquitlam, BC, CAN): Relations, Modality and Dependent Origination
Prets, Ernst (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Wien, AUT): “Fire is cold because it is a substance.” On the Modes of Referring to Textual Evidences of Early Naiyāyikas in Dharmakīrti's Vādanyāya and its Commentary Vipañcitārthā by Śāntarakṣita
Prueitt, Catherine (Emory University, Atlanta, USA): Pratyabhijñā Śaiva Contributions to the Buddhist Apoha (Exclusion) Theory of Concept Formation
Saccone, Margherita Serena (Roma, ITA): Śāntarakṣita on dravya
Sakai, Masamichi (Kansai University, Osaka, JPN): Arcaṭa on the viparyaye bādhakapramāṇa and trairūpya in Dharmakīrti’s sattvānumāna
Sasaki, Ryo (Waseda University, Hiroshima-ken, JPN): Acceptance and Interpretation of Dharmakīrti’s Theory of nigrahasthāna in the Nyāya School
Shen, Haiyan (Shanghai University, Shanghai, CHN): On the Issue of “Excluding the Subject of Proposition”
Steinkellner, Ernst (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Wien, AUT): On Dharmakīrti's Formula for Ascertaining Causality and Its Alleged Failure to Solve the Problem of Induction
Wang, Gustav Chun-Ying (Dept. of Philosophy, National Chengchi University, Taipei, TWN): Transcendental Logic and Spiritual Development – Following Dignāga's and Kant’s Critical Epistemology
Watanabe, Toshikazu (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, AUT): Buddhist Critiques of the Sāṅkhya Theory of Causality: Dharmakīrti and His Predecessors
Watson, Alex (Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA): Contrasting Buddhist and Naiyāyika Explanations of Attention
Section 16: Gender in Buddhism
(Tues., Aug. 19, 09:00-12:30)
Cho, Seungmee (Seoul University of Buddhism, Seoul, KOR): History of Buddhist Lay Women’s Zen Practice in Modern and Contemporary Korea
Cho, Yasmin (Duke University, Durham, NC, AUT): Beyond the Teaching: Contemporary Dzogchen Practices of Tibetan Buddhist Nuns in Western China
Ohnuma, Reiko (Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA): Reading between the Lines: Strategies for Imagining Buddhist Women in India
Powers, John (Australian National University, Canberra, AUS): Why Don’t Buddhists Want Lumps on Their Heads? Implications of Indian Notions of Masculinity for Contemporary Buddhists
Roloff, Carola (Universität Hamburg, Hamburg, GER): Two Ways to Generate the Flawless and Perfect Mūlasarvāstivāda bhikṣuṇī Vow
Tsomo, Karma Lekshe (University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA): Gender in Buddhist Praxis: Texts, Theory, and Social Reality
Section 17: Guanyin Cult in East Asia
(Tues., Aug. 19, 09:00-12:30)
Bingenheimer, Marcus (Temple University, Philadelphia, USA): Guanyin Miracle Tales in the Mount Putuo Gazetteers
Ra, Suijun (Waseda University,Tokyo, JPN): Tang Dynasty Thousand-Armed Avalokitêśvara Scenes Accompanied by Images of Monks
Rösch, Petra (Museum of East Asian Art Cologne, Cologne, GER): Confession- and Repentance-Rituals of the Bodhisattva Guanyin in China and Japan
Wenzel, Claudia (Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Wörth am Rhein, GER):Buddha Guanshiyin in Polished Cliff Inscriptions in Shandong
Wong, Dorothy C. (University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA): The Digital Avalokitesvara Project
Yu, Chun-fang (Columbia University, New York, NY, USA): Guanyin and Dizang: The Creation of a Chinese Buddhist Pantheon
Section 18: Information Technologies in Buddhist Studies
(Sat., Aug. 23, 11:00-12:30)
Fermer, Mathias (OEAW, Vienna, AUT); Grössing, Benjamin (Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, AUT): E-texts: Digitizing, Tagging and Beyond: Notes on Content-Based Text Markup and its Potential with Regard to Tibetan Historical Research
McCrabb, Ian (Sydney University, Sydney, AUS): Entity Relationship Model for Gandhāran Research System
Nagasaki, Kiyonori (International Institute for Digital Humanities and University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, JPN); Muller, Charles (University of Tokyo, Tokyo, JPN); Tomabechi, Toru (International Institute for Digital Humanities, Tokyo, JPN); Shimoda, Masahiro (JPN): Exploring Possibilities of Digital Environments for Buddhist Studies
Section 19: Mahāyāna Buddhism
(Tues., Aug. 19, 09:00-15:30)
Hinzelin, Sandy (Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, FRA; École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, FRA): “We Are Already Buddha”: What Does This Mean for an Unenlightened Mind?
Luo, Hong (China Tibetology Research Center, Beijing, CHN): Remarks on Ratnākaraśānti’s Prajñāpāramitopadeśa
Isomura, Keiko (Showa Women's University, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo, JPN): Thoughts and Rituals of Ippen
Jones, Chris (Oxford University, Oxford, GBR):The Term ātman in Mahāyāna tathāgatagarbha Literature
Lee, Jinwol (Dongguk University, Gyeongju, KOR): The Righteous Monk Army of the Joseon Dynasty, Korea, in the 16th Century
Muller, Charles (University of Tokyo, Tokyo, JPN):Right View (samyag-dṛṣṭi) and Correct Faith (śraddhā): Correspondence, Distinction, and Re-merging in East Asian Mahāyāna
Tudkeao, Chanwit (Pali-Sanskrit Section, Faculty of Arts Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, THA): Narratives of Maitreya's Past Lives: An Analytical Study of Their Contexts and Motives
Ye, Shaoyong (Department of South Asian Studies, Peking University, Beijing, CHN): From Skepticism to Nihilism: An Epistemological Interpretation of Nāgārjuna’s Refutations
Zapart, Jaroslaw (Jagiellonian University, Philosophy Department, Cracow, POL): Faith – Practice – Other Power. Tathāgatagarbha Tradition and Pure Land Buddhism
Section 20: Mahāyāna Sūtras
(Tues., Aug. 19, 16:00-18:00)
Chu, Song-ok (Seoul National University, Seoul, KOR): Time in the “Diagram of the Avatamsaka Single Vehicle Dharmata”
Cruijsen, Thomas (Independent reseacher, Gangtok, IND): Dreams and Early Mahāyāna: Significant Features of the Passages on Dream Vision in the Gāndhārī Mahāyāna Sūtra in the Bajaur Collection
Katayama, Yumi (Tokyo, JPN): A Study on the Khotanese Summary of the Saddharmapuṇḍarīkasūtra
Xiao, Yue (The Research Institute of Bukkyo University, Kyoto, JPN):A Study on zhìhuì in the Dà āmítuó jīng
Section 21: Manuscripts and Codicology
(Sat., Aug. 23, 14:00-15:00)
Hori, Shin'ichiro (International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies, Tokyo, JPN): On the Exact Dates of Some Buddhist Sanskrit Manuscripts in Old Bengali Script
Miyazaki, Tensho (Research fellow, Mountain View, USA): The Ajātaśatrukaukṛtyavinodana of the Mustang Group Kangyurs
Wynne, Alexander (Dhammachai Research Institute, Pathum Thani, THA): The Critical Edition of the Pāli Canon Being Prepared at Wat Phra Dhammakāya
Section 22: Originality and the Role of Intertextuality in the Context of Buddhist Texts
(Wed., Aug. 20, 09:00-15:30)
Cantwell, Cathy (University of Oxford, Canterbury, Kent, GBR): Re-presenting a Famous Revelation: Dudjom Rinpoche's Work on the Ultra Secret Razor Lifeforce Vajrakīlaya (yang gsang srog gi spu gri) of Pema Lingpa (padma gling pa, 1450-1521)
DiSimone, Charles (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, München, GER): Intertextuality and (Un?)Originality in the Sanskrit Dīrghāgama Manuscript and the Development of Āgama/Nikāya Literature
Formigatti, Camillo Alessio (University of Cambridge, Cambridge, GBR): Different Manuscripts, Different Works, Different Authors, but Always the Same Story: On Textual Re-use in Buddhist Narrative Literature
Freschi, Elisa (Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, AUT): Veṅkatanātha's Buddhist Opponents as They Emerge in the Buddhist Texts He Reused
Kieffer-Pülz, Petra (Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz, Weimar, GER):
Re-use of Text in Pali Commentarial Legal Literature
Kramer, Jowita (University of Munich, Munich, GER): Sthiramati's Commentarial Techniques in his Mahāyānasūtrālaṃkāra Commentary
Mayer, Robert (Oxford University, Canterbury, GBR): Some Questions on the Compilation of Tantras in Tibet and India.
Wallace, Vesna (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA): Response to the Views on the Originality and the Role of Intertextuality in the Context of Buddhist Texts
Section 23: Schools of Mahāyāna Buddhism
(Wed., Aug. 20, 09:00-16:30)
Ahn, Sung Doo (Seoul National University, Seoul, KOR): Three-Nature Theory in Paramārtha's Commentary on Trisvabhāvanirdeśa
Conway, Michael (The Eastern Buddhist Society, Kyoto, JPN): The Incorporation and Development of Tanluan's Thought on the Nianfo in Daochuo's Anleji
Ishida, Kazuhiro (Jodo Shu Research Institute, Tokyo, JPN): Difficulty of Translating Chinese Buddhist Texts in Japan
Kalmanson, Leah (Drake University, Des Moines, USA): The Power of Giving: Sanjie and Sōtō Teachings on Dāna and the Ethical Efficacy of Ritual
Kishi, Sayaka (University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba-Shi Ibaraki, JPN): A Comparative Study on the Eighteenth Chapter of the Mahāyānasūtrālaṃkārabhāṣya and the Sūtrālaṃkāravṛttibhāṣya with Special Focus on their Canonical Citations
Nelson, Eric (Lowell, USA): Killing the Buddha: Chan Buddhism and Antinomian Ethics
Nishiyama, Ryo (Ryukoku University Research Center for Buddhist Cultures in Asia, Koka, Shiga, JPN): The Theory of the Conventional Truth Presented in the Prajñāpradīpa and its Ṭīkā
Pang-White, Ann (The University of Scranton, Scranton, USA): Daughters of Dharma: Zen and the Transformation of Social Ethics
Saito, Akira (University of Tokyo, Tokyo, JPN): What Was Vimalakīrti’s Room Empty of? : Reconsidering the Meaning of Emptiness in the Vimalakīrtinirdeśasūtra
Tam, Wei Keong (Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong, HKG):Lineage: Transmission through Master or Text?
Westerhoff, Jan (Oxford University, Oxford, GBR):Is Madhyamaka a Form of Nihilism?
Section 24: Tantric Buddhism
(Fri., Aug. 22, 09:00-15:30)
Bailey, Cameron (University of Oxford, Oxford, GBR): The Progenitor of all Dharma Protectors: Buddhist Śaivism in Eighteenth Century Tibet
Bentor, Yael (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, ISR): The Conflicting Positions of Tsongkhapa and Ngor chen Kun dga’ bzang po over the Interpretations of the Body Maṇḍala of Cakrasaṃvara
Dalton, Jacob (UC Berkeley, Berkeley, USA): Sarvadurgatipariśodhana Ritual Practice in Early Tibet
Hammar, Urban (Department of History of Religions at Stockholm University, Uppsala, SWE): An Analysis of Some Early Texts on the History of Kalacakra in Tibet
Hidas, Gergely (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, HUN): A Dhāraṇīsaṃgraha Manuscript at the Cambridge University Library
Larsson, Stefan (Stockholm University, Hägersten, SWE): The Monk and the Madman
Pauls, Dimitri (University of Hamburg, Hamburg, GER): Byang chub kyi sems bsgom pa and its Different Versions
Sorensen, Michelle (Columbia University, Memphis, USA): Dorjé Lingpa on the Chöd Tradition of Machik Labdrön
Teleki, Krisztina (Department of Inner-Asian Studies, ELTE University, Budapest, HUN):Some Texts Related to the Cult of Dpal-ldan Dmag-zor rgyal-mo
Section 25: Vinaya Studies
(Wed., Aug. 20, 16:00-17:30)
Heimbel, Jörg (University of Hamburg, Alsfeld, GER): Initial Remarks on the Spread of Śākyaśrī’s Vinaya Ordination Lineage
Pinte, Gudrun (Ghent University, Melle, BEL): Due Process in the Pali Vinaya Viewed in the Light of Modern Jurisprudence
Sobisch, Jan-Ulrich (University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, DNK): The ’Bri-gung-pa’s ‘Vinaya for All’

Project Presentations

Indo-Tibetan Lexical Resource (ITLR)
(Tues., Aug. 19, 17:00-18:00)
Orna Almogi & Dorji Wangchuk (University of Hamburg, GER), Nagasaki Kiyonori & Toru Tomabechi (University of Tokyo, JPN)

The SARIT Project: Enriching Digital Text Collections of Buddhist Sanskrit Literature 
(Wed., Aug. 20, 18:00-19:00)
Birgit Kellner & Liudmila Olalde-Rico (University of Heidelberg, GER)

The critical edition of the Pāli canon being prepared at Wat Phra Dhammakāya
(Tues., Aug. 19, 19:00-20:00)
Alex Wynne (Dhammachai Research Institute, Pathum Thani, THA)

Śāstravid: A New Electronic Research Tool for Studying Indian Philosophical Texts
(Tues., Aug. 19, 18:00-19:00)
Jan Westerhoff (University of Oxford, GBR)



Facilitating Tibetan Literary Research: A TBRC Digital Library Workshop
(Wed., Aug. 20, 19:00-20:00)
Michael R. Sheehy (Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center, USA)



The event management team has reserved tickets for a number of tourist highlights including


  • City Tour & Schönbrunn Palace
  • Grand Danube River Cruise
  • City Walk
  • The Vienna Residence Orchestra 


The event management team also offers assistance in making reservations on the official online travel guide for the city of Vienna (Museums, Concerts, Special exhibitions and events, etc.). For detailed information click here.



The latest information and news about the XVIIth Congress of the IABS may be found on the conference website ( 

The Planning Committee of the XVIIth IABS Congress 

President:Ernst Steinkellner
Chair:Klaus-Dieter Mathes
Members: Vincent Eltschinger
 Martin Gaenszle
 Pascale Hugon
 Helmut Krasser
 Ewa Lewandowska
 Anne MacDonald
 Karin Preisendanz
 Alexander Schiller
 Judith Starecek
 Helmut Tauscher
Advisory Board: Eli Franco, University of Leipzig
 Birgit Kellner, University of Heidelberg
 Ulrich Pagel, University of London



Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Mathes
Chair, Planning Committee of the XVIIth IABS Congress
University of Vienna
Dept. of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies
A 1090 Vienna
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.7
Austria (Europe)




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