The Center for Buddhist studies is glad to present Khyentse Foundation Lecture Series in the forthcoming April. The event is free and open to public.
Speaker: Prof. Jacqueline Stone, Department of Religious Studies, Princeton University
Title: Is there still Buddhism outside Japan? Cosmology & Polemics in Japan’s Medieval Period
Time: Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 3:30 pm-5:30 pm
Location: UA Poetry Center, Dorothy Rubel Room (1508 E Helen Street, Tucson, AZ)
Suggested Parking: Highland Garage
Abstract: Keenly aware of living in a small archipelago on the easternmost periphery of the Asian continent, premodern Japanese Buddhist thinkers struggled to define their own place vis-à-vis the great Buddhist countries of India and China. Alternative representations of Japan, both as a marginal, benighted backwater, and as a superior Buddhist realm, were creatively juxtaposed to assert the claims of rival teachings. In the process, Buddhist norms and concepts of Japan became mutually formative.