viernes, 17 de marzo de 2017

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Australasian Association of Buddhist Studies (AABS)
Dear list members,

Our first seminar for 2017 will be at 6:00-7:30pm on Thursday March 23 in the Rogers Room (N397) of the John Woolley Building, University of Sydney.

We hope you can attend.

Kind regards,
AABS Executive

Interwar networks of Modern Global Buddhism: The Eastern Buddhist, the Young East, and the International Buddhist Society, Tokyo, 1934

The Kokusai Bukkyō Kyōkai (International Buddhist Society, IBS) was formed in Tokyo in December 1934. In 1937, it listed 93 separate branches across 71 cities in 41 countries, including Australia and New Zealand. Prominent on its board of counselors were D. T. Suzuki and his wife Beatrice Lane Suzuki, founding editors of the Eastern Buddhist and Takakusu Junjirō, founding editor of the Young East. Both these English language journals were, by this time, well established. The Eastern Buddhist first appeared in 1921, the Young East in 1925. Although different in content, both were dedicated to the international promotion of a determinedly modern Buddhism—Buddhism in the world and for the world—and by the end of the 1920s, both had established global networks. By taking over the Young East as its official organ and installing Takakusu and the Suzukis as its international face, the IBS built upon the achievements of the previous decade.

This paper considers the international diplomatic impetus for the promotion of Buddhism by Japanese in the turbulent decades between the first and second world wars. It then examines international participation in the Young East, both in its founding period and under IBS auspices, to map global networks of modern Buddhism in the early twentieth century and identify the engines of globalization. Though some of the names of IBS members will be familiar, much of the excellent work on pioneering Buddhists to date has been nationally focused. The Young East and the IBS expands the list of pioneer Buddhists and offers an international framework in which to view them. An offshoot of the study is an early history of the 1960’s ‘Zen boom’ which had its origins in these much earlier writings of D. T. Suzuki which were reprinted in the 1950s.

The paper is part of the ongoing research of
Judith Snodgrass on the formation of Modern Global Buddhism. It began with a study of the late nineteenth century Pali scholarship of Mr and Mrs Rhys Davids which gave us modern Buddhist humanism. This was followed by her 2003 publication on the introduction of Mahayana Buddhism to the West in 1893. (Presenting Japanese Buddhism to the West: Orientalism, Occidentalism and the Columbian Exposition, University of North Carolina Press). Her more recent work has been on the internationalisation of Buddhism in the 1920s and 30s. Judith has been lecturing on Japanese History at Western Sydney University since 1991.

Buddhist reliquary stupa

Gold leaf covered schist reliquary in the form of a stupa.  Kusana period, North Western India. National Museum, Karachi, Pakistan. Copyright: Huntington, John C. and Susan L.Huntington Archive