Multiplicity of Asian Buddhist Modernities: 2019 Sheng Yen Conference

Conference/Symposium | February 15 – 17, 2019 every day | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Cody Bahir, UC Berkeley

 Center for Buddhist Studies

The conference will explore examples of Buddhist modernism that have arisen in Asia since the late 19th century up through the present day. Buddhist modernism, broadly speaking, refers to forms of religiosity, identity, belief, and practice born out of the Buddhist engagement with the modern world. Recent scholarship has called into question the notion that “modernization” is tantamount to “Westernization”—that Asian Buddhist modernities are simply examples of demythologized protestant Buddhism. However, interdisciplinary exchange between scholars of Asian Buddhist modernities has been limited to date. The primary aim of this conference is to develop new ways to explore Asian Buddhist engagements with modernity. To this end, this conference will include scholars specializing in modern Buddhist phenomena from Buddhist traditions in East, South, and South East Asia.

Friday - 4:00 – 6:30 pm
Saturday - 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Sunday - 9:30 am – 12 noon

Please see website for all details


Cody Bahir, Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley
Johannes Beltz, Museum Rietberg
Thomas Borchert, University of Vermont
Jack Chia, Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley
Kate Crosby, King’s College
Erik Davis, Macalester College
Penny Edwards, UC Berkeley
Christoph Emmrich, University of Toronto
John Holt, Bowdoin College
Richard Jaffe, Duke University
Justin Ritzinger, University of Miami
James Shields, Bucknell University
Alexander Soucy, St. Mary’s University
Erick White, University of Michigan