Lingyin Buddhist Studies Lecture 2021 No. 1 HÔTAN 鳳潭 IN THE WORLD OF EARLY-MODERN JAPANESE BUDDHISM

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Lingyin Buddhist Studies Lecture 2021 No. 1


Sueki Fumihiko 末木文美士 , Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo and Nichibunken (the International Research Center for Japanese Studies). 

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 5 PM Mountain Standard Time (MST)

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Professor Sueki’s lecture will examine Buddhism in the Early Modern period in Japan. Formerly, Buddhism in this period (predominantly the 17th through the 19th centuries) was thought to be in a state of decline. The truth of the matter is that it was actually a time of great innovation. This is particularly the case with the mid-Early Modern period when a critical perspective based on textual research developed. Within that period, Hōtan, while based in the Kegon school, developed incisive criticism of the doctrines of the various schools of contemporaneous Japanese Buddhism. Focusing on Hôtan, below we will examine the meaning and development of Buddhist thought during the mid-Early Modern Period.

Professor Sueki attended graduate school at Tokyo University and later served as professor at the same university. Upon retiring from the University of Tokyo, he became professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies. Currently he holds emeritus status at both of these institutions.

Save the Date for Lingyin Lecture 2021 No. 2: 

Friday, February 19, 2021, 4 pm (MST)

A Remembrance of Names: A Buddhist Monument to the WWII Japanese American Incarceration

Prof. Duncan Ryuken Williams, University of Southern California

Save the Date for Pu Yin Lecture:

Thursday, April 8, 2021, 4 pm (MST)

Title: "Buddhism and Protest in Early Modern Japan: Buddhist Priests as Arbiters of Conflicts in Local Communities"

Prof. Takashi Miura, The University of Arizona

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