2019 Pu Yin Buddhist Studies Lecture-Fourth

March 26, 2019

The Center for Buddhist Studies is glad to announce the fourth lecture of the Pu Yin Buddhist Studies Lecture Series in 2019 spring at UA. Prof. Patricia Graham,  will give the lecture on the Chinese Linji ( Jp. Rinzai) Chan master Yinyuan Longqi. The Pu Yin Buddhist Studies Lecture Series is sponsored by the Pu Yin Educational Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Prof. Patricia Graham,
Center for East Asian Studies,
University of Kansas

Date and Time:
April 11 (Thursday), 2019, 3:00 PM 
Agave Room, Student Union Memorial Center

Suggested Parking: 2nd Garage
The Importance of Imports: Chan Master Yin Yuan (JP.Ingen) and the Legacy of His Imported Chinese Material  Culture in Japan

In 1654, the Chinese Linji ( Jp. Rinzai) Chan master Yinyuan Longqi ( Jp. Ingen Ryūki; 1592-1684) left his exalted position as abbot of the historic Buddhist monastery of Wanfusi on Mount Huangpo in the southern Chinese province of Fujian and made the perilous journey to Nagasaki, Japan, together with some twenty disciples, ten artisans, and assistants. Soon thereafter he founded Japan’s third Zen sect, Ōbaku and built his sect’s head temple at Manpukuji in Uji, south of the imperial capital of Kyoto. This simple act of defiance, fleeing the repressive, foreign Manchu warriors who established the Qing dynasty, set in motion momentous changes to the Buddhist world in Japan and beyond that affected the course of diverse aspects of Japanese intellectual and artistic life, popular culture, and even the basic diet of Japanese citizens up to the present. This talk will introduce the various types of Chinese material culture Ingen brought to Japan and illuminate their legacy. These imports included a large trove of rare religious and secular books, Chinese Ming-style Buddhist temple architecture (made of teak wood imported from Thailand, originally bound for Formosa on a Dutch ship), previously unknown styles of Buddhist and secular paintings, devotional imagery representing popular Chinese deities and personages, and foodstuffs, such as kidney beans (known in Japan as Ingen mame), originally a product of the Americas that was exported to Europe, then China, via the extensive global trade networks of the 16th century, and sencha (unfermented green leaf tea), both of which have become staples of Japanese cuisine.


Patricia Graham, a former professor and museum curator, is currently an adjunct research associate at the University of Kansas Center for East Asian Studies and a consultant and certified appraiser of Asian Arts. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Her research has been supported by fellowships from Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, the Asian Cultural Council, the Fulbright Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and elsewhere.

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