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Professor Collins’ Fourth Lecture: “Buddhist Practices of Self: Spiritual Exercises”

To understand forms of askesis, Practices of Self, we need to look from both internal and external pespectives. That is, there are forms of dress (uniforms) as well as of ‘introspection.’ The lectures will conclude with a brief history of the rise of Insight meditation (vipassana) and Mindfulness (sati), in Buddhism and in contemporary psychotherapy. Read More »

By Chris Lundry on May 8th, 2017

Professor Collins’ Third Lecture: “Buddhist Practices of Self: Historical and Philosophical Contexts”

How and Why did Buddhist and other forms of asceticism arise in the Second Urbanization of India (6th to 4th centuries BCE)? One needs to understand Buddhism’s dichotomy between Conventional and Ultimate Truth to be able to make comparative analyses.

Professor Collins’ video can be seen embedded below and here. Read More »

By Chris Lundry on May 8th, 2017

Professor Collins’ Second Lecture: “The Sociology of Wisdom: Supererogation in Morality and Society”

Wisdom in Buddhism is more than just a word for Enlightenment. We need a wider comparative study of wisdom Literature. Supererogation — going beyond the call of duty — can be used as a sociological as well as moral concept.

Professor Collins’ lecture can be seen embedded below and can be viewed here. Read More »

By Chris Lundry on May 8th, 2017

Professor Steven Collins’ first lecture: Civilizational History: From Acculturation to Regiment of Truth

Premodern modes of power, each with its own elite, existed in a changing dynamic of antagonistic symbiosis. How and where in this can we place askesis, Practices of Self and Regimens of Truth?

Professor Collins’ lecture can be seen embedded below as well as here. Read More »

By Chris Lundry on May 8th, 2017

TSG Annual Meeting at the AAS, Saturday, March 18, 1-2:30PM

Theravada Studies Group Newsletter                                       Issue 5, Spring 2017

Dear Members of Theravada Studies Group,

The Theravada Studies Group (TSG) will hold its annual meeting at the AAS in Toronto on Saturday, March 18, 1- 2:30 pm in the Churchill Room. Please be sure to plan to attend and extend an invitation to your colleagues interested in this field. Read More »

By Chris Lundry on March 16th, 2017

Thai Local Knowledge: The Long Hidden Wisdom of Manuscripts

The original article, written by Jana Igunma for the Southeast Asia Library Group, is available here.

Local knowledge plays an important role in people’s everyday lives and helps to maintain health, wealth and stable communities. Although in the past decades, a preference for transmitting local knowledge orally or through electronic and virtual media has evolved in Thailand – as everywhere else – the preservation of local knowledge in written form is essential in order to transmit it to future generations. Read More »

By Chris Lundry on November 3rd, 2016

Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Workshop at 2017 AAS meeting

The Theravada Civilizations Project announces:

A Doctoral and Post-doctoral Workshop, University of Toronto, March 15, 2017

DEADLINE for proposals: Jan.1, 2017

The Theravada Civilizations Project is pleased to announce plans for an intensive Doctoral and Post-doctoral workshop, which will be held on March 15, one day prior to the Association for Asian Studies, March16-19, 2012 at the University of Toronto. Read More »

By Chris Lundry on November 2nd, 2016

Henry Luce Foundation Grant Spotlight: The Theravada Civilizations Project

In 2009 ASU's Juliane Schober and Steve Collins, a scholar of Pali and Sanskrit at theUniversity of Chicago, developed the idea for a project that would bring together scholars from differentfields and institutions “to formulate a comparative and multidisciplinary understanding of Theravada Buddhism.” In 2010, Arizona State University received a three-year grant from the Foundation’s Asia Program to support the “Theravada Civilizations Project.”

The centerpiece of the project has been a series of annual conferences, hosted by the University of Toronto (2012), Arizona State University (2013), and the Ecole Francaise d’Extreme Orient center in Chiang Mai, Thailand (2014).This grant was extended in 2015 for another three years allowing for conferences at King's College, London  and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London (2016) and Arizona State University (2016). Read More »

By Lora Kile on June 9th, 2016

XVIIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS): Second Circular

IABS 2017 Second Circular letter attachment

Dear Colleagues, Dear Friends:

Preparations are well underway for the XVIIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS), which takes place at the University of Toronto, August 20th to the 25th, 2017. On behalf of the IABS, my university, and the conference’s Planning Committee, I kindly send you this Second Circular to share the panels that will be presented, to invite individual papers for the panels and sections here proposed, and to encourage all IABS members and supporters to attend the Congress in Toronto. Read More »

By Lora Kile on May 9th, 2016

Engendering the Buddhist State: Territory, Sovereignty and Sexual Difference in the Inventions of Angkor

Ashley Thompson Hiram W. Woodward Chair in Southeast Asian Art School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK

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Drawing from more than a decade of field and archival research, this monograph concerns Cambodian cultural history and historiography, with an ultimate aim of broadening and deepening bases for understanding the Cambodian Theravadin politico-cultural complex. Read More »

By Lora Kile on April 27th, 2016