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Conference Buddhist Studies in Leiden

Wednesday 17 May 2017 - Thursday 18 May 2017

May 17: Hortus Botanicus, Oranjerie building (Rapenburg 73, 2311 GJ Leiden)
May 18: M. de Vrieshof 2 room 0.02


Buddhist Studies in Leiden

On 17-18 May 2017 Leiden University will host a conference, organized by Prof. dr. Jonathan Silk, to commemorate 60 years of the Chair in the study of Buddhism, 60 years of the Indo-Iranian Journal, the 30th anniversary of Leiden University hosting the Numata Visiting Professorship in Buddhist Studies and the publication of the first volume of Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism.

Authoritative speakers associated with Dutch Buddhist Studies, the IIJ, the BEB, and the Numata Chair will present papers. Please see the program for further details of the speakers, the presentation topics and the time schedule.

The conference will take place on 17–18 May, 2017, to coincide with the official opening of the University Library’s exhibition  ‘Cultural Dynamics of Sanskrit’ at Leiden University Libraries on May 18, so that everyone can attend both events.

Organizers: Prof. Dr. Jonathan Silk and Leiden Asia Year

Tentative schedule for Conference

17 May

8.30–8.50:           Registration


Prof. dr. Silk
The History of the study of Buddhism in Leiden University


Prof. dr. Schmithausen
Stepping-stones for the emergence of vegetarianism in the
Buddhist tradition


Prof. dr. Bronkhorst
The beginning of Buddhism: can it be studied?
11.05–11.20:         Break




Break (lunch not included)
Optional visit Hortus Botanicus
13.50–14.00:       Walk in


Prof. dr. Von Hinüber
Some Buddhist Donors and Their Families
14.45–15.30:         Prof. dr. Isaacson
Mantras and Metre: Editing Esoteric Scriptures




Prof. dr. Van der Kuijp
The Development of Kālacakra Studies in Tibet with particular
Attention to Text-historical  Problems


Prof. dr. Zacchetti
The Mahānidāna-sūtra in China
17.15–18.00:         Prof. Matsuda
Four Buddhist Sanskrit Manuscripts: Presented to Nikolai II
from the 13th Dalai Lama
18.15–19.00:     Drinks


18 May

8.30–8.50:           Registration


Prof. dr. Eltschinger
Aśvaghoṣa on kings and kingship


Prof. dr. Tauscher
Laṅkāvatāra-Sūtra 2.204-205 in the context of Kanjur research
10.30–10.45:         Break


Prof. Jamison
The Subversive Source of the Hindu Householder


Prof. dr. Bisschop
Buddhism and Śaivism: The Kāraṇḍavyūhasūtra, the
Skandapurāṇa and the Śivadharmaśāstra
12.15–13.50:         Break (lunch not included)
13.50–14.00:         Walk in
14.00–14.45:         Dr. Verhagen
Long-Term ‘Cultural Memory’: Arapacana from Gandhāra to Tibet


Dr. Jansen

Tibetan Buddhism and the van Manen collection in Leiden

15.30-16.15:         Mr. Chen, MA
An opaque pun: Notes on Kāśyapaparivarta §68
16.15-16.30:         Prof. dr. Silk
Closing speech


Sponsored by: LIAS, BDK, Brill, Leiden University AMT, J. Gonda fund foundation

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