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How Zen Became Chan: Pre-modern and Modern Representations of a Transnational East Asian Buddhist Tradition
This conference explores not only how we think about and refer to Chan/Zen/Seon/Thiền Buddhism in terms of historiographical, textual, archaeological, philological, philosophical, political or socio-economic analysis, but also what it means in the 21st century to use one of these pronunciations instead of another about a tradition with the well-known 10th – 12th century Chinese maxims about “a special transmission outside the teachings” (jiaowai biechuan 教外別傳) which does not “establish words and letters” (buli wenzi 不立文字). Various narratives about the early, middle, or modern history of Buddhist meditative practice and the monastic traditions of East and Southeast Asia emphasize trans-cultural, multi-ethnic and cross-regional production and transmission of texts, practices, rituals, and even teachers that contradict what is conveyed when we restrict ourselves to using either Chan or Zen or another single label. Yet even when investigating a tradition sometimes represented as fundamentally opposed to words and letters, we know that words, conveyance, and spaces matter. Topics for this conference include, but are not limited to, studies of:

- Buddhist meditation in premodern East or Southeast Asia;
- The Chinese or Tibetan Buddhist tradition known as Chan;
- The Japanese Buddhist tradition known as Zen;
- The Korean Buddhist tradition known as Seon;
- The Vietnamese Buddhist tradition known as Thiền;
- The production and/or preservation or transmission of scriptures or books related to Chan/Zen/Seon/Thiền Buddhism;

The Glorisun Global Network of Buddhist Studies is committed to fostering an inclusive, respectful, and welcoming environment through activities which embrace a spectrum of human attributes, perspectives, and disciplines in the study of Buddhism. Staff, organizers, moderators, and participants are expected to treat each other with respect.
Jul 29, 2022 06:00 AM
Jul 30, 2022 06:00 AM
Jul 31, 2022 06:00 AM
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