Merits of the Book: Buddhist Manuscript Traditions across Asia
For some two millennia, throughout much of Asia, the Buddhist religion has promoted the arts of the book as a primary means for preserving and diffusing its scriptural legacy together with many other fields of learning. Recent decades have seen an upsurge of scholarship devoted to the manuscript traditions of the major Buddhist cultural areas, but relatively little comparative work aiming to explore the possible relations among them. The Merits of the Book: Buddhist Manuscript Traditions Across Asiainvites scholars working on the culture of the book in different parts of the Buddhist world—including India, China, Japan, and Tibet—to begin a collective conversation. In conjunction with The Merits of the Book, a workshop on Tibetan manuscripts will be held to advance the project, A Manual of Tibetan Manuscript Studies, based at the University of Chicago Divinity School, with the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation and projected for publication by the Cornell University Press.
Keynote address: “In Praise of Error: What Can We Learn from Mistakes in Buddhist Manuscripts?”
by Prof. Richard Salomon, University of Washington 4:30pm, Thursday, Feb. 26, Swift Lecture Hall (3rd floor) Reception to follow
Friday, February 27, 9am,-12:30 and 2-5:30, Saturday, February 28, 9am-12:30pm Franke Institute for the Humanities, Joseph Regenstein Library
Sponsored by the Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, the Luce Foundation, the Committee on Southern Asian Studies (COSAS), the Committee on Chinese Studies of the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS), the Committee on Japanese Studies of the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS).
Richard Salomon University of Washington (keynote speaker)
Brandon Dotson University of Munich
Agnieszka Helman-Wazny, University of Arizona/University of Hamburg
Gregory Heyworth University of Mississippi
Jinah Kim Harvard University
Bryan Lowe Vanderbilt University
Sam van Schaik British Library
Michael Sheehy Tibetan Buddhist Research Center
Stephen F. Teiser Princeton University
Stacey van Vleet University of California, Berkeley
Vesna Wallace University of California, Santa Barbara
Organized byMatthew Kapstein, Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies, in association with the University of Chicago Buddhist Studies faculty members Dan Arnold, Steven Collins, Paul Copp, James Ketelaar, Christian K. Wedemeyer and Brook A. Ziporyn.