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Gongfu and Meditation in Buddhist Practice: A View from the Shaolin Temple

Panel Discussion | March 19 | 5-7 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall


Mary Evelyn Tucker, Senior Research Scholar, Divinity School and the Department of Religious Studies, Yale University; Jiang Wu, Professor of East Asian Studies, The University of Arizona; Shi Yongxin, Venerable Abbot, China Songshan Shaolin Temple

Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion


Presentations by

Mary Evelyn Tucker, Senior Research Scholar, Divinity School and the Department of Religious Studies, Yale University

Jiang Wu, Professor of East Asian Studies, The University of Arizona

Shi Yongxin, Venerable Abbot of the China Songshan Shaolin Temple

Moderated by Mark A. Csikszentmihalyi, Professor and Eliaser Chair of International Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Co-Director, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, UC Berkeley

Mary Evelyn Tucker is Evelyn Tucker is a Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar at Yale University where she teaches in a joint master’s program between the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Divinity School. She is co-founder and co-director with John Grim of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale. Together they organized a series of ten conferences on World Religions and Ecology at the Center for the Study of World Religions at the Harvard Divinity School. Professor Tucker is the author of Worldly Wonder: Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase (Open Court, 2003) and with John Grim of a new book, Ecology and Religion (Island Press, 2014).

Jiang Wu is an associate professor in Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona (Tucson). He received his Masters degree from Nankai University (1994) and Ph.D. from Harvard University (2002). His research interests include seventeenth-century Chinese Buddhism, especially Chan/Zen Buddhism, the role of Buddhist canons in the formation of East Asian Buddhist culture, and the historical exchanges between Chinese Buddhism and Japanese Buddhism. He has published articles in Asia Major, Journal of East Asian History, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, and Monumenta Serica on a variety of topics. His first book, Enlightenment in Dispute: The Reinvention of Chan Buddhism in Seventeenth-century China, was published by Oxford University Press in 2008.

Shi Yongxin is the Abbot of the China Songshan Shaolin Temple. Inaugurated in 1999, he is the thirteenth successor after Shi Xingzheng. Ven. Abbot Yongxin is the Vice Chairman of the Buddhist Association of China and the Director of the Overseas Communication Committee of Buddhist Association of China. He has been successively elected as representatives of the Ninth, the Tenth, the Eleventh and the Twelfth National People’s Congress of the People's Republic of China.

Presented by the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) with the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University.


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