16th Congress of the IABS

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The 16th Congress of the IABS met from June 20 - 25, 2011 in Jīnshān 金山, Táiwān 台灣. Several panels relating to Modern Chinese Buddhism took place; information on some of the panels and papers is presented below.


Buddhist Constructions of "Rational Religion" across East Asia

  • Michel Mohr, Between Skillful Adjustment and Distortion: Nineteenth-Century Buddhist Doctrine with a Rational Spin
  • Rainer Schulzer, Inoue Enryō and the Emergence of "Buddhist Philosophy"
  • Jidong Chen, Between Religion and Philosophy: The Reinterpretation of Buddhism in Modern China
  • Ryan Ward, Rationalizing the Death of Japanese Buddhist Modernity
  • Seiji Hoshino, "Rational Religion" and the Shin Bukkyo [New Buddhism] Movement in Late Meiji Japan
  • Micah Auerback, Irenicism as the Rationality of Superiority: Korean Buddhists of the Early 1910s Answer Their Christian Critics

Buddhist Socialisms, Visions of Modernity and Dhamma Utopias II

  • Tomomi Ito, Dhammic Socialism: A Buddhist vision of just social order in 1970s' Thailand
  • Staphania Travignon, The Marxist Dimension of Chinese and Taiwanese Buddhism
  • Xue Yu, Buddhism and the State in Modern Socialist China
  • Fabio Rambelli, The Dharma Preaches Equality and Has no Hierarchy
  • Patrice Ladwig, Revolutionaries in Robes

The Construction of Contemporary Chinese Buddhism (I)

  • Eric Goodell, Taixu's Response to Liang Shuming
  • William P. Chu, Taixu 太虛 (1890-1947) and Yinshun’s 印順 (1905-2005) on Modern Buddhist Studies—A Threat or An Aid to Chinese Buddhism?
  • Jimmy Yu, Inheriting the Past and Inspiring the Future: The Construction of Dharma Drum Chan Lineage
  • Hun Lye, Three Generations of a Malaysian Chinese Buddhist Lineage: Chinese Buddhist Identity in Muslim-majority, Multi-ethnic Malaysia
  • Hudaya Kandahjaya, Via Kong Hoa Sie to Borobudur

The Construction of Contemporary Chinese Buddhism (II)

  • Beverley Foulks, Welcome Back, Ouyi: Reconstructing Lingfeng Monastery
  • Hung-yok Ip, The Efficacy of Non-resistant Resistance: Xuyun in the Chinese Communist Regime
  • Brian J. Nichols, Tourist Temples and Places of Practice: Charting Two Paths in the Revival of Monastic Buddhism in Contemporary China
  • Natasha Heller, Recollection of the Buddha in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
  • Francesca Tarocco, Visual piety and beyond: Buddhist-inspired images in modern China

Emptiness and Ethics: Buddhism in Twentieth-Century East Asian Thought

  • Jin Y. Park, Reconfiguring the Ethical: Ethics and Modernity in Buddhist Discourse
  • Meilin Chinn, Why Melody at All? On Music and Emptiness
  • Annie Boisclair, Confucianism versus Buddhism: A more efficient ethic system according to Mou Zongsan (1909-1995)
  • Eric S. Nelson, Emptiness, Ethics, and Nature in Chan Buddhism

Humanism and the Human Being in Twentieth-century Chinese and Japanese Buddhist Thought

  • William Chu, Taixu (1890-1947) and Yinshun’s (1905-2005) Attitudes Toward Modern Buddhist Studies
  • Jessica Main, A Humanistic Shinran: The Shin Buddhist Thought of Saikō Mankichi (1895-1970)
  • Grace Fong, From Animal Protection to Lay Buddhism: The Sino-Western Humanism in Lü Bicheng’s (1843-1943) Writings
  • Melissa Anne-Marie Curley, A Shared Life in a Shared World: Yasuda Rijin’s Buddhist Humanism
  • Rong Dao Lai, Praying for the Republic: Buddhist Citizenship Education in the Early Twentieth Century

Right Belief, Orthodoxy, and the Boundaries of Modern Chinese Buddhism

  • Gregory Adam Scott, Print Culture and the Making of Buddhist Histories in Meiji and Republican East Asia
  • Lang Chen, Warfare, nationalism and sacred place: a Comparative Study on the Narratives of Yanqing/Guanzong Monastery in the 13th and the 20th Century
  • Wei Jen Teng, Rise of "Fundamentalism" in a Theravāda Meditation Movement in Contemporary Chinese Buddhism
  • Andrew Wormald, Buddhist Meditation in Republican China

The Role of the Laity in the Formation of Modern Buddhism

  • Richard Jaffe, Advocating Lay Buddhist Practice in Early Twentieth-Century Japan: Kawaguchi Ekai, Suzuki Daisetsu, and Tanaka Chigaku
  • Hwansoo Kim, Manufacturing a New Buddhism: A Lay Movement in Colonial Korea, 1920 – 1945
  • Eyal Aviv, Redefining the Role of the Laity in 20th century China: The cases of Oūyáng Jìngwú and Wáng Hóngyuàn
  • Erik Braun, A New Buddhendom: The Laity's Changing Role in Modern Burmese Buddhism
  • Holly Gayley, The New Upāsaka: Lay Ethicization in Tibetan Regions of the PRC
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