AAR BUDDHISM SECTION NEWSLETTER
Issue #31, Fall 2000
This issue, published just before the 2000 AAR annual meeting in Nashville, lists those sessions sponsored by the Buddhism Section, as well as other sessions, presentations, and events related to the field of Buddhist Studies. We would like to invite all members attending to participate in the Buddhism Section's business meeting, to be held Sunday, Nov. 19, at 3:00 p.m. in Johnson A & B, immediately following session A104 ("Buddhism between Tibet and Pre-Republican China"). The agenda includes session topics for next year's general meeting and also the election of new steering committee members (please see "Special Announcements" below). We welcome your suggestions on all issues relating to the Buddhism Section.
Hope to see you in Nashville!
Buddhism section co-chairs
NEW BUSINESS MEETING TIME: This year the Buddhism section's business meeting has been moved to a new time slot. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIME: Sunday, Nov. 19, at 3:00 p.m., immediately after session A104 ("Buddhism between Tibet and Pre-Republican China"). There will be no break between the conclusion of that session and the beginning of the business meeting, as we must conclude all business by 3:30 p.m. sharp. We hope to see you there!
STEERING COMMITTEE ELECTION: One important item on the agenda at the business meeting will be to elect two new members of the steering committee, to replace William Bodiford and Miriam Levering, who will both be completing their second term in office as of this general meeting. A ballot with the list of the candidates has been e-mailed to all Buddhism section members of record. If you cannot attend the AAR, you may return the ballot to one of the Buddhism section co-chairs either by e-mail or snail mail in advance of the general meeting. The formal election will take place at the business meeting.
NEWSLETTER: The Buddhism Section's electronic Newsletter will be posted at the website of the AAR Buddhism section <http://www.human.toyogakuen-u.ac.jp/~acmuller/aar-bs/>. Those of you who submitted an Internet address that is still up to date will be notified that the Newsletter has been posted to this site. If you wish to be added to the distribution list or to change your e-mail address, or if you have other questions about the Newsletter, please contact Jackie Stone <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Because of the electronic medium, diacritics have not been used in the Newsletter in giving the titles of presentations. We ask for your understanding in this regard.
PLEASE SIGN IN: At each session sponsored by the Buddhism section, a sign-in sheet will be handed round. Reporting accurate attendance figures for each session is essential to maintaining our section's good standing. Please help out by signing in for EACH session you attend.
BUDDHISM SECTION SESSIONS:
Saturday, Nov. 18, 1:00-3:30 p.m.
(A22) Budddhism and Violence
Sara L. McClintock, Harvard University, presiding
Geoffrey Samuel, University of Newcastle, Callaghan
"Vajrayana Spells for Destroying Enemy Armies and their Context in Indic Religious Life"
Stephen Jenkins, Humbolt State University
"Compassionate Violence in Indian Buddhist Literature"
John D. Dunne, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Licensed to Kill: Ethics, Authority and the Bodhisattva Assassin in Tibet"
Tara N. Doyle, Emory University
"'Educate! Agitate! Organize!'-- Dalit Buddhists' Call to Battle"
Respondent: Christopher Queen, Harvard University
Sat., Nov. 18, 3:45-6:15 p.m.
(A46) Funerals, Death Rituals, and the Afterlife in Japanese Buddhism (cosponsored with Japanese Religions)
Hank Glassman, Stanford University, presiding
Sarah Horton, University of Colorado at Boulder
"Mukaeko: Practice for the Deathbed"
Jacqueline I. Stone, Princeton University
"'With the Help of Good Friends': Deathbed Ritual Pratices in Early Medieval Japan"
Brian D. Ruppert, University of Illinois, Urbana
"Death and the Damned Emperor: The Tale of Nichizo's Journey to the Afterlife as Mimetic Representation of Medieval Japanese Society"
Duncan Williams, Trinity College
"Sudden Salvation and Gradual Care of the Dead: Soto Zen and the Blood Pool Hell Sutra"
Mariko Namba Walter, University of New England
"The Structure of the Japanese Buddhist Funeral"
Mark L. Blum, State University of New York, Albany
Sun., Nov. 19, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
(A79) The Doctrine of Bodhicitta and the Buddhist Path
John Maraldo, University of North Florida, presiding
Francis Brassard, Berry College
"The Concept of Bodhicitta in Shantideva's Bodhicaryavatara"
Suzanne Mrozik, Western Michigan University
"Bodies Good to Eat: The Material Effects of Bodhisattva Vows"
Dale S. Wright, Occidental College
"Hua-yen Bodhicitta: The 'Dependent Arising' of Enlightenment in Fa-tsang"
Robert F. Rhodes, Otani University, Kyoto
"T'ien-t'ai Chih-i's Interpretation of Bodhicitta"
Mark L. Blum, State University of New York, Albany
"The Sudden Pure Land: Bodhicitta in the Nirvana Sutra"
Alexander T. Naughton, Mississippi State University
Sun., Nov. 19, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
(A104) Buddhism between Tibet and Pre-Republican China (co-sponsored with Tibetan and Himalayan Religions)
Johnson A & B
Janet Gyatso, Amherst College, presiding
Matthew T. Kapstein, University of Chicago
"Mulian in the Land of the Snows: Chinese Traditions of the Arhat Madgalyayana and Their Legacy in Tibet"
Rob Linrothe, Skidmore College
"The Commissioner's Commissions: Late Thirteenth Century Tibetan and Chinese Buddhist Art in Hangzhou under the Mongols"
Karl Debreczeny, The University of Chicago
"Sino-Tibetan Wallpainting at Dabaojigong"
Paul Nietupski, John Carroll University
"rGya nag pa tshang at Labrang Monastery"
Sun., Nov. 19, 3:00-3:30 p.m.
Buddhism section business meeting
(Immediately follows preceding session)
Johnson A & B
John S.Strong, Bates College, and Jacqueline I. Stone, Princeton University, presiding
Mon., Nov. 20, 100-3:30 p.m.
(A184) Buddhist Visual Culture in South and Southeast Asia
Kevin Trainor, University of Vermont, presiding
Andy Rotman, Smith College
"Seeing, Prasada, and Giving: Issues of Practice and Agency"
Jacob N. Kinnard, College of William and Mary
"The Dialectics of Tara Representation"
Julie Gifford, University of Chicago
"The Art of the Path: Visuality and Practice at Barabudur"
Gary Michael Tartakov, Iowa State University
"Navayana Buddhist Iconography"
Richard Davis, Bard College
Mon., Nov. 20, 3:45-6:15 p.m.
(A210) Lineage, Transmission, and Legitimacy in Sung Dynasty Buddhism (co-sponsored with Chinese Religions)
Steven Heine, Florida International University, presiding
Mark Halperin, Ohio State University
"What Makes a Monk Eminent?: The View of the Laity"
Ding-Hwa Hsieh, Truman State University
"Yuan-wu K'o-ch'in's (1063-1135) Redefinition of Ch'an Dharma Transmission"
Miriam Levering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
"The Social Realities of Lineage, Yin-k'o and Transmission as Reflected in the Self-narratives of Ta-hui Tsung-kao"
Morten Schlutter, University of Wisconsin, Madison
"Inheritance Certificates, Dharma Transmission, and the Power of the Abbot"
Albert Welter, University of Winnipeg
"Lineage and Context in the Patriarchs' Hall Collection and the Transmission of the Lamp"
Tues., Nov. 20, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
(A233) Reinterpreting Texts and Traditions (individual papers)
Grace Burford, Prescott College, presiding
Sid Brown, University of the South
"Nunneries for Nuns and Other Monastic Moves of the Institute of Thai Nuns"
Jeffrey Samuels, University of Virginia
"Samanera Training Centers: A New Form of Monastic Training in Sri Lanka"
David McMahan, Franklin and Marshall College
"Tantric Sadhana as Ritualization of Encounter Narratives in Mahayana Sutras"
Stuart Chandler, Cambridge, Massachusetts
"Vanguard of Humanistic Buddhism: An Analysis of the the Fo-kuang-shan Monastic Corps"
Daniel Marc Veidlinger, University of Chicago
"Overlooked or Looked-Over?: The Role of Buddhist Manuscripts in Sixteenth Century Northern Thailand"
OTHER EVENTS OF INTEREST (partial listing)
Saturday, Nov. 18, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
(AM72) Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies
Beyond the Usual Alternatives? Buddhist and Christian Approaches to Other Traditions
Saturday, Nov. 18, 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
(A19) Special topics forum
Framing the Other: American Print Media and Asian Religions
(A24) History of Christianity section
Eric Reinder's "Blessed are the Meat-Eaters: Anti-Vegetarianism and the Missionary Encounter with Chinese Buddhism"
(A33) Korean Religions Group
Dialogue with the Traditions
(A35) New Religious Movements Group
Edward Irons' "Yiguandao White Yang Drama: Repackaging the Emotional Message in a Contemporary Chinese Religion"
(A36) Person, Culture and Religion Group
Mark Berkson's "Models of the Self and Attitudes toward Death: Confucian and Taoist Perspectives"
Saturday, Nov. 18, 3:45-6:15 p.m.
(A60) Hinduism Group
Coming out as a Hindu or Buddhist in Academia
Sunday, Nov. 19, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
(A85) Religion in South Asia Section
Subversive Ethics in the Hindu Tradition
(A89) Asian North American Religion, Culture ,and Society Group
Carolyn Chen's "The Ethnic Consequences of Religion: A Comparison between Taiwanese Immigrant Buddhists and Christian Converts in the United States"
(A90) Confucian Traditions group
Responses to Manufacturing Confucianism: Chinese Traditions and Universal Civilization
(A101) Tokugawa Religion Seminar
Moving Away from "Religious" Texts: Art and Popular Culture in Tokugawa Religion
Sunday, Nov. 19, 1:00-3:30 p.m.
(A105) Comparative Studies in Religion and Religion in South Asia sections
The Contributions of Wendy Doniger: A Critical Appraisal
(A118) Japanese Religions Group
Philosophies of Religion in the Kyoto School
Sunday, Nov. 19, 3:45-6:15 p.m.
(A135) Chinese Religions Group
Falun Gong, a New Religion
(A137) Confucian Traditions and Korean Religions groups
Confucianism and Modern Korean Society
(A148) Studies in Yogacara Buddhism Seminar
The Concept of the Three Natures(trisvabhava) in Yogacara Buddhism
Sunday, Nov. 19, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
(AM161) Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy
Japanese Buddhism in Cultural Perspective
Monday, Nov. 20, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
(A163) Religion in South Asia Section and Hinduism Group
Narrating the Normative: Hindu Moral Discourse in Art, Conversation, Ritual, and Epic
(A166) Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Group
Retracing Memory and Faith in Asian America
(A168) Confucian Traditions Group
Appropriating Confucianism: Comparative and Legitimizing Projects
(A174) Japanese Religions Group
Shoguns, Gods, and Tax Collectors: Japanese Religions and the Powers That Have Been
(A175) Korean Religions Group
The Future of Korean American Religions
(A181) Tibetan and Himalayan Religions Group
Buddhism between Tibet and Republican China
Monday, Nov. 20, 1:00-3:30 p.m.
(A185) Comparative Studies in Religion Section
Miranda Shaw's "Nepalese Buddhist Dance: A Yogic Art of Transformation"
(A192) Chinese Religions Group
Teaching "Real" Taoism: Problems and Promise
(A197) Hinduism Group
Patanjali's Dualism: The Paradox of Practice
Monday, Nov. 20, 3:45-6:15 p.m.
(AM196) Planning a Guidebook for the Study of Japanese Religions
(A212) Philosophy of Religion Section
Buddhist Philosophies of Language
(A214) Religion in South Asia
Gendered Constructions in Jain Narrative Traditions
(A224) New Religious Movements Group
Ben Dorman's "Two Postwar New Religions of Japan, the Print Media, and the Authorities"
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
(A238) Religion in South Asia Section
Through the Unorthdox Eyes of Yaksi(a)s and Yoginis: Fresh Perspectives on Religion in South Asia