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Faculty Seminar

The Five College Buddhist Studies faculty, along with interested scholars from other institutions in the area, meets three or four times each semester. We discuss recent or in-progress work of seminar members or of invited scholars, as well as new and important work in the field.

If you are interested in participating in our seminar, please e-mail Andy Rotman.

Recent Talks

April 14, 2017 
Chakravarti Ram Prasad, Lancaster University
Maria Heim, Amherst College
"In A Double Way: Nama-rupa in Buddhaghosa's Phenomenology"

April 13, 2017 
Venerable Thubten Chodron, Sravasti Abbey
"A Buddhist Perspective on the Mindfulness Craze"

March 9, 2017 
Venerable Yifa, Woodenfish Foundation
"Buddhist Definition of Death and Organ Transplantation in Chinese Buddhism"

December 1, 2016 
Maria Heim, Amherst College
"The Voice of the Buddha: Buddhaghosa on the Well-Spoken Words"

November 3, 2016 
Reiko Ohnuma, Dartmouth College
"Billboard for the Buddha: The Elephant Nālāgiri”

October 27, 2016 
Rick Taupier, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
"Zaya Pandita and Buddhism among the Western Mongols"

October 20, 2016 
Carola Roloff (Jampa Tsedroen), University of Hamburg
"Openness Towards the Religious Other in Buddhism: Challenges and Changes"

Talks in Previous Years

April 7, 2016
Rafal Stepien, Hampshire College
"Tetralemma as Tetrāletheia"

March 10, 2016
Daniel Veidlinger, California State University, Chico
“From Indra’s Net to Internet: Communication Technology and the Evolution of Buddhism”

March 3, 2016
Daniel Aitken, Wisdom Publications & University of Tasmania
“Experience and Morality: Feeling, Ascertainment, and Equanimity in Buddhist Moral Phenomenology”

November 12, 2015
Stephen Jenkins, Humboldt State University
"Questioning the Eastern-ness of the Western Pure Land: Revisionist Reflections on Pure Land’s Indian Identity"

October 1, 2015
Sarah Pierce Taylor, Mount Holyoke College
"Acts of Translation: The Ādipurāna in Text, Image, and Inscription"

September 17, 2015
Peter Gregory, Smith College
"Bridging the Gap: Zongmi’s Strategies for Reconciling Textual Study and Meditative Practice"

April 30, 2015
Nic Bommarito, New York University
"Virtuous and Vicious Mindfulness"

March 12, 2015
Jamie Hubbard, Smith College
"Buddhism and the Happiness Industry, or Heretical Affirmations of a Neurobiological Icchantika"

December 11, 2014
Andy Rotman, Smith College
"Divine Stories: Translations from the Divāyvadāna, Part 2"

September 23, 2014
Jay Garfield, Smith College; Yale - NUS College
"The Subject-Matter of Investigation of the Percept: A Tale of Five Commentaries"

May 8, 2014
Sun Hyang (Teresa) Kwon, Five College Associate
"The Origins of the Term Ti-Yong"

April 17, 2014
Wendy Hasenkamp, Mind and Life Institute
“The Neural Basis of Delusion”

December 5, 2013
James McHugh, University of Southern California
"Pale or Dark Ale: The Varieties of Surā in Early India"

November 21, 2013
Connie Kassor, Emory University (Visiting Lecturer, Smith College)
"Logical and Soteriological Reasoning in Madhyamaka"

October 3, 2013
Suzanne Mrozik, Mount Holyoke College
"Lay Responses to the Sri Lankan Bhikkhuni Revival"

April 25, 2013
Mark Blum, SUNY Albany & University of California - Berkeley
"Buddhist Heresies in the Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra"

April 18, 2013
Sarah Jacoby, Northwestern University
"Love and Liberation: The Autobiographical Writings of the Tibetan Visionary Sera Khandro" (selections)

February 28, 2013
Connie Kassor, Emory University (Visiting Lecturer, Smith College)
"Gorompa's Experiential Division Between the Two Truths"

February 7, 2013
Andy Quintman, Yale University
"'Introduction' to The Yogin and the Madman: Reading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet's Great Saint Milarepa"

December 13, 2012

Kristin Scheible, Bard College
"Instructions, Admonitions, and Aspirations in Vamsa Proems"

November 8, 2012

Lkham Purevjav, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Institute of History; Visiting Professor, Smith College
"Reformation of 5th Bogda Jibzundamba and Development of Monastic Education in Mongolia"

October 4, 2012

Benjamin Bogin, Georgetown University
"Chokgyur-lingpa's Visionary Journey to the Copper-Colored Mountain"

September 20, 2012

Felicity Aulino, Five College Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
"Perceiving the Social Body: A 'Practical' Phenomenology of Care in Larger Context"

April 26, 2012

Marilyn Rhie, Smith College
“Iconography of the Five Buddhas: Binglingsi Cave 169, Gandhara, Hadda, and the Tanyao Caves at Yungang”

March 28, 2012

Yasuo Deguchi, Kyoto University
“Buddha Body as a Trope”

March 15, 2012

Rick Taupier, University of Massachusetts Amherst
“Religious and Political Motivation Behind the Western Mongolian Clear Script”

February 9, 2012

Chakravarti Ram-Prasad, Lancaster University
“Self, No-Self, and Unitary Consciousness: Hindu-Buddhist Engagement and Contemporary Debates”

November 3, 2011

Maria Heim, Amherst College
“Mind in Theravada Buddhism”

October 13, 2011

David L. Gardiner, Colorado College
“Paths Across Borders: Comparative Reflections on Japanese and Indo-Tibetan Models of the Buddhist Path”

September 29, 2011

Mark Blum, SUNY Albany
“How the Lotus Doth Bloom in Nirvana: On the Relationship Between the Mahāparinirvāna and Saddharmapundarīka sūtras”

September 15, 2011

Jay Garfield, Smith College
“I am a Brain in a Vat (Or Perhaps a Pile of Sticks By the Side of the Road)”

April 28, 2011

Dan Lusthaus, Harvard University
“A Note on Medicine and Psychosomatic Relations in the First Two Bhūmis of Yogācārabhūmi”
Jay Garfield, Smith College, was the respondent.

April 7, 2011

Guy Newland, Central Michigan University
“Betraying Emptiness: Translating Tibetan Retextualizations of Madhyamaka Philosophy”

March 24, 2011

William Waldron, Middlebury College
“A Yogācāra Exchange with the Cognitive Theory of Religion”

December 9, 2010

Jacob Dalton, University of California, Berkeley
“Liturgies, Ritual Manuals, and the Origins of the Tantras”

November 11, 2010

Tom Tillemans, University of Lausanne
“Madhyamaka Buddhist Ethics”

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April 23-25, 2010

Madhyamaka and Methodology: A Symposium on Buddhist Theory and Method

March 25, 2010

Shrikant Bahulkar, Harvard University & Central University of Tibetan Studies
“Ideology and Language Identity: A Buddhist Perspective”
Jay Garfield, Smith College, was the respondent.

March 4, 2010

James Robson, Harvard University
“Sacred Geography in Medieval Chinese Buddhism”
Peter Gregory, Smith College, was the respondent.

November 12, 2009

Kim Gutschow, Williams College
“The Global in the Local: Buddhism, Biomedicine, and ‘Safe Motherhood’ in India”
Maria Heim, Amherst College, was the respondent.

November 5, 2009

Sandy Gentei Stewart, Abbot of the North Carolina Zen Center
“Ascending the High Seat, Chapter One: A Text from the Rinza Record”

October 15, 2009

Ryan Joo, Hampshire College
“Countercurrents from the West: Blue-eyed Zen Masters, Vipassana Meditation, and Buddhist Psychotherapy in Contemporary Korea”
Susanne Mrozik, Mount Holyoke College, was the respondent.

September 24, 2009

Peter Gregory, Smith College
“The Platform Sutra as the Sudden Teaching”
Jay Garfield, Smith College, was the respondent.

April 9, 2009

Bronwyn Finnigan, University of Auckland
“Buddhist Meta-Ethics: Ethical Theory, Action and Epistemology”
Maria Heim, of Amherst College, was the respondent.

March 12, 2009

Jason Ananda Josephson, Williams College
“The Invention of ‘Religion’ in Japan”
Jamie Hubbard, Smith College, was the respondent.

January 29, 2009

Reiko Ohnuma, Dartmouth College
“Mother-Love and Mother-Grief: South Asian Buddhist Variations on a Theme”
Kristin Scheible, Bard College, was the respondent.

December 9, 2008

Susanne Mrozik, Mount Holyoke College
“A Robed Revolution: The Contemporary Buddhist Nuns Movement”
Ryan Joo, Hampshire College, was the respondent.

November 13, 2008

Maria Heim, Amherst College
“Selections from The Springs of Action: Buddhist Theories of Intention
Georges Dreyfus, Williams College, was the respondent.

October 9, 2008

Georges Dreyfus, Williams College
“Selfless Subjectivity: A Middle-Way Approach to Consciousness”
Jay Garfield, Smith College, was the respondent.