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East Asian Buddhist Worldmaking International Conference
August 14–16, 2021, in collaboration with Harvard FAS CAMLab

Global networks and technological changes are fast reshaping or renewing our sense of the world. While emerging global orders and competing world-systems prompt some reckoning, we also sense their precedents and intimations in Buddhist traditions of worldmaking. Indra’s Net–the universal mirroring of mutually reflective entities–somewhat anticipates our 21st century reality of an increasingly networked transnational world. Harboring a chiliocosm in an act of thought heralds the emerging world models inflected by the quantum visions. A deep reckoning with the Buddhist world-building tradition would help clarify our present situation. In the meantime, as the master narrative of worldmaking–from the Ptolemaic universe of divine creation to post-Copernican world of empirical materialism and literalism–drawn from the Western experience is both hardening and contested, the story of Buddhist worldmaking in East Asia is yet to take root. The successive phases (from the early-medieval “Buddhist Conquest” to modern utopian imaginings of new cosmos) and the variety of models (e.g., the Jambudvīpa continent that eroded the time-honored center-periphery worldview, the simultaneity of the Buddha Lands of “ten directions,” the relativistic spacetime of a chiliocosm compressed into a mustard seed and tossed into space, the oceanic totalities of the “Flower Ornament” world, etc.) all call for a comprehensive stock-taking with the hope of seeing these moving parts cohering into a big-picture whole.

The Glorisun Global Network for 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 and consideration, follow venue rules, and alert moderators of any concerns.
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