3nd Annual Buddhism in China Program:
2011 Mount Emei and Buddhism in Sichuan
July 1 - July 15, 2011
Application deadline: May 1, 2011
Sponsored by the Woodenfish Project, the Buddhism in China program offers graduate students and advanced undergraduates the opportunity for direct and intensive engagement with important historical centers of Chinese Buddhism and culture. The 2011 program takes Sichuan as its focus. In addition to Mount Emei, this year’s itinerary includes the Great Buddha at Leshan, the Dazu Grottoes, various sites in Chengdu (the Zhaojue Temple, the Manjusri Temple, Dufu’s Cottage, the Zhuge Liang Shrine, Qingyang Abbey, etc), Chongqing (Huayan and Luohan Temples), and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in and around Kangding. Through personal tours of these locations, participants gain on-the-ground knowledge of the history and diversity of Buddhism in China, its relationship to other cultural institutions, and its ongoing vitality. Special attention is given to introducing participants to potential sources and avenues for research and to promoting interaction with Chinese scholars.
Graduate students currently enrolled in MA or PhD programs who have primary research interests in Chinese Buddhism or related fields (e.g., Buddhism in other Asian nations, other Chinese religious traditions, Asian philosophy, Buddhist art history, Chinese history, etc.) and upper-level undergraduate students of academic promise and cognate interests are eligible to apply. Our program is geared toward fostering exchange between scholars in China and in the Western nations. Though open to students of all universities, we tend to privilege applicants currently enrolled in Western universities and English-speaking students. Faculty are also welcome and encouraged to participate. While proficiency in spoken and written Chinese is desirable, it is not a necessary condition for eligibility for participation in the program. Site introductions will often be given in Mandarin Chinese and interpreted into English by bilingual scholars, thus allowing full accessibility for all participants regardless of language background. For participants with proficiency in Mandarin, the program is also designed to provide opportunity for language exercise in sustained academic interaction with Chinese scholars and religious professionals.
Participants may receive university credit from the University of the West (REL 427 “Chinese Buddhism: Philosophy and Practice” for undergraduates and REL 638 “Seminar in Chinese Buddhism: Philosophy and Practice” for graduate students).
Housing, meals, (breakfast and lunch – participants will be free for dinner arrangements), and local transportation within China are funded by a scholarship from the Woodenfish Project in association with Foguang Shan and will be provided to participants for the duration of the program. Participants, both students and the faculty, are responsible for their own international airfare and domestic travel within China to Chengdu and approximately $150 US in total for entry fees to the cultural sites and temples.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with admission generally determined within one or two weeks after submission of application. Applications will be accepted until the final deadline of May 1, 2011. However, as only 30 individuals (including both students and faculty) will be admitted to the 2011 program, applicants are encouraged to apply early in order to improve the likelihood of admission.
For further information and application form, please visit:
Inquiries and applications may be sent by e-mail to Geoffrey Goble, program coordinator, at email@example.com
Interested faculty should send a CV to Ven. Dr. Yifa directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
July 1 – arrive at Chengdu
July 2 – Orientation and seminar
July 3 – Zhaojue Temple 昭覺寺 and Manjusri Temple 文殊院
July 4 – Du Fu’s Cottage 杜甫草堂, Zhuge Liang Shrine諸葛亮武侯祠, Qingyang Abbey 青羊宮
July 5 – Mount Qincheng青城山
July 6 – Great Buddha at Leshan樂山大佛, to Mount Emei峨眉山: Baoguo Temple 報國寺
July 7 – Mount Emei: Qingyin Pavillion 清音閣, Wannian Temple萬年寺 and others
July 8 – Mount Emei: Hong Chuanping 洪春坪, Golden Summit金頂
July 9 – return to Chengdu
July 10 – to Kangding 康定, Nyingma Jingang Temple 紅教金剛寺
July 11 – Geluk Anjue Temple黃教安覺寺 , Kagyu Nanwu Temple白教南無寺
July 12 – return to Chengdu, visit Luding Bridge 瀘定橋
July 13 – Dazu Grottoes大足石刻
July 14 – to Chongqing 重慶: Huayan Temple 華岩寺and Luohan Temple 羅漢寺
July 15 – departure from Chongqing
*This itinerary is subject to alteration in accordance with circumstances.
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