Lecture Series: Permanent Training in Buddhist Studies (PTBS)

The Permanent Training in Buddhist Studies (PTBS) is an initiative of the Ghent Centre for Buddhist Studies (GCBS) in collaboration with the Department for Languages and Cultures at Ghent University. The PTBS consists of short term training courses and lectures on diverse aspects of Buddhology. It aims to offer an international forum for scholars and students interested and/or engaged in the field of Buddhist Studies.

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2019 PTBS Lecture Series Schedule

March 6
Albert Welter (University of Arizona, US)
A New Look at Old Traditions: Reimagining East Asian Buddhism through Hangzhou

March 13
Shaku Jinsen (KULeuven – Chingokuji, Japan)
Pilgrimage into Freedom: a Buddhist Phenomenology of Mind
Sponsored by Tianzhu Network

March 20
Beatrix Mecsi (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary)
How Did a Religious Founder Become a Doll? Bodhidharma Representations in East Asia

March 27
Hans Martin Krämer (Heidelberg University, Germany)
“Even Three-Year-Old Children Know that the Source of Enlightenment is not Religion but Science”: Modern Japanese Buddhism between ‘Religion’ and ‘Science,’ 1860s–1910s
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April 3
Marjan Beijering (Geschiedenislab, The Netherlands)
Fame Gets to your Head: Janwillem Van de Wetering in Amsterdam, 1966–1975
Sponsored by Tianzhu Network

April 24
Huayan Wang (Inalco, Paris, France)
Frontier, Ethnicity and Religion: the Azhali Buddhist Tradition of the Bai People in South-Western China
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Sponsored by Tianzhu Network

May 08
Ben Van Overmeire (Ghent University)
Zen Buddhist Convert Literature in America during the 20th Century: A Selective Overview
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May 15
Andrew K. Whitehead (Kennesaw State University, US)
Wordless Practices: Zen Critiques of Language