Buddhist Traditions of Tibet and the Himalayas
Co-directed by or Todd T. Lewis and Leonard van der Kuijp
25 Institute participants will receive a stipend of $2600, to cover expenses.
Applications due by March 2, 2009.
The Institute will be concerned with the study of Buddhism in Tibetan and the Himalayas and it will follow the contemporary trend in Buddhist studies to go beyond the sole use of texts and philological-philosophical analysis to study and teach Buddhism. Balancing the use of elite sources with anthropological studies, our goal is to convey how Buddhism has been a lived religion that affected Himalayan societies. Accordingly, we will devote special attention to themes relevant to this goal: monastic life in the Himalayan communities; the use of art in the regional transmission of Buddhist culture; healing traditions through which Buddhism influenced whole societies; consideration of forms of Mahāyāna meditation (visualization meditation; Dzog-chen; fasting) not usually taught in American Buddhist Centers. We will also sponsor lecture-demonstrations by distinguished ritual specialists from the region, and for Nepal present an experience of Buddhist life cycle rites, festivals, and feasting.
Visiting Scholars will include Naresh Man Bajracarya, Dina Bangdel, Martin Brauen Sienna Craig, Georges Dreyfus, David Germano, David Gray, David Holmberg, Kathryn March, Sarah Levine, Charles Ramble, Anne de Sales, Kurtis Schaeffer Jonathan Silk, Gray Tuttle, Michael Witzel
Religious Studies Department
College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MA 01610-2395
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