Buddhism in Medieval Chinese Silk Culture

Level

PhD researchers working at the Department of Languages and Cultures, Section Chinese Language and Culture, Ghent Centre for Buddhist Studies.

Students are expcted to have a good knowledge of Classical Chinese (preferably Buddhist Chinese), and a good background in Buddhism. Reading material, in both Chinese and English will be provided at least one month before the start of the course. Researchers from other Belgian universities are welcome to participate.

Organizing/Scientific Committee

Ann Heirman (Prof. of Chinese Language and Culture, Ghent University), Blandijnberg 2, 5th floor, 9000 Gent -
Christoph Anderl (Prof. of Chinese Langauge and Culture, Ghent University), Blandijnberg 2, 5th floor, 9000 Gent -

Topic

PhD students in the Ghent Centre for Buddhist Studies all deal with Vuddhist topics, mainly with a focus on the historical, socio-political, and religious background of Buddhism, imbedded in the Chinese context(s). In the Centre, attention also goes to the Indian origin of Buddhism and its spread to China. The course aims to enhance the PhD researchers' understanding of key questions pertaining to the role of Buddhism in these contexts. While offering a thorough analysis of essential text material in the Chinese medieval period, the instructor, assisted by the organizers, will also introduce specific methodologies of research in medieval Chinese Buddhism, from an East Asian historical, as well as from a religious perpsective.

Instructors/lecturers

Dr. Stuart Youngobtained his PhD in Religious Studies in 2008 at the University of Princeton. He is associate professor at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. His impressive work on material culture in medieval China and its links to Buddhism has attracted the attention of the academic world.

Supporting lecturers:

Dr. Ann Heirman and Dr. Christoph Anderl

Time Schedule and Venue

  • May 28 - June 1, 2018

Venue: het Pand, Onderbergen 1, 9000 Gent

  • DAY 1: Monday 28 May, 2018 (lunch break 12:00-13:30)

09:30: Welcome of the participants by the Doctoral School organizers (Ann Heirman, Christoph Anderl)
10:00 – 12:00: Course overview: Buddhism in the silk cultures of medieval China; The Chinese history, technology, and vocabulary of silk and sericulture* (lecture, with active participation)
12:00 – 13:30: lunch break
13:30 – 15:30: Research sources primary and secondary, textual, visual, and material; Archaeology of Chinese Silk, Dunhuang 敦煌 and Famensi 法門寺 (interactive presentation and discussion of sources)

  • DAY 2: Tuesday 29 May, 2018 (lunch break 12:00-13:30)

10:00 – 12:00: Vinaya and material culture (Ann Heirman)* (lecture with active participation)
12:00 – 13:30: lunch break
13:30 – 15:30: Silk in the Vinaya (disciplinary monastic rules) and Chinese Vinaya Commentaries (1: Dharmaguptaka)

  • DAY 3: Wednesday 30 May, 2018 (lunch break 12:00-13:30)

10:00 – 12:00: Silk in the Vinaya and Chinese Vinaya Commentaries (2: Sarvāstivāda and Mahīśāsaka)
12:00 – 13:30: lunch break
13:30 – 15:30: Discussion with students, Q+A

  • DAY 4: Thursday 31 May, 2018 (lunch break 12:00-13:30)

10:00 – 12:00: Daoxuan’s 道宣 (596-667) Xingshi chao 行事鈔 commentary on the silk bedding precept
12:00 – 13:30: lunch break
13:30 – 15:30: Daoxuan’s commentaries in comparison with Dajue大覺 (fl. 712)

  • DAY 5: Friday 1 June, 2018 (lunch break 12:00-13:30)

10:00 – 12:00: Chinese views of silk in India: travelogues, hagiographies, miracle tales (1)
12:00 – 13:30: lunch break
13:30 – 15:00: Chinese views of silk in India: travelogues, hagiographies, miracle tales (2)
15:00 – 16:00: Final discussions with students (Stuart Young, Ann Heirman, Christoph Anderl)

* Lectures also suitable for a more general audience (including PhD students of (art) history, etc.)

Registration and information

Please follow this link: https://webappsx.ugent.be/eventManager/events/buddsilkculture

Registration fee

Free of charge for PhD students of the Doctoral School of Arts, Humanities and Law of Ghent University.

Participants

Maximum 20 participants

Preparation

Reading list will be sent in advance to participants.

Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

Presence and 100% participation during all sessions