Marina DiMaio | Curatorial Assistant, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria: In the Present Moment Buddhism, Contemporary Art and Social Practice

“In the Present Moment: Buddhism, Contemporary Art and Social Practice” is a major multiphase research and exhibition project being devel- oped by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV), led by Curator of Contemporary Art, Haema Sivanesan. The first milestone for this project was an artist-centered research convening organized in partnership with the University of…

Jisi Fu & Jing Le | Fudan University, East China Normal University: “Reimagining East Asian Buddhism Wuyue Foundations of Song Dynasty Buddhism and Beyond” A Talk by Professor Albert Welter

Figure 1. Photo by Jing Le. Reprinted with permission On September 20, 2018, Professor Albert Welter from the University of Arizona delivered a talk Reimagining East Asian Buddhism: Wuyue Founda- tions of Song Dynasty Buddhism and Beyond to students and faculty mem- bers at the University of British Columbia. Professor Welter specializes in Chinese Buddhism.…

Colin H. Simonds | Queen’s University | CJBS: Reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism: The Third Karmapa and the Invention of a Tradition

RUTH GAMBLE, Reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism: The Third Karmapa and the Invention of a Tradition. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2018. XVI, 322 pp. CAN $108.99 (hb). ISBN 978-0-19069077-9 Adapted from her PhD dissertation, Gamble’s Reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism is the first book-length treatment of the origin of the tulku tradition in Tibetan Buddhism…

Elizabeth Guthrie | University of Waterloo | CJBS: Buddhist Stone Sutras in China, Sichuan Province, Volume 3

Buddhist Stone Sutras in China, Sichuan Province, Volume 3 Elizabeth Guthrie University of Waterloo CLAUDIA WENZEL and SUN HUA, eds., Buddhist Stone Sutras in China, Sichuan Province, Volume 3. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2016. 486 pp. CAN $238 (hardcover). ISBN 978-3-447-10588-0 The third volume of this impressive Chinese and English series is an addition to the…

Richard K. Payne | Institute of Buddhist Studies, Graduate Theological Union | CJBS: A Yogācāra Buddhist Theory of Metaphor

A Yogācāra Buddhist Theory of Metaphor Reviewed by Richard K. Payne Institute of Buddhist Studies, Graduate Theological Union When popular representations of Buddhism mention views of language, the most usual is that language is an “active force” entangling us in samsara (1). While this is accurate, it is also one-sided. The intersection of Buddhist views…

Joel Magnuson | Willamette University | CJBS: Pragmatism, Institutionalism, and Buddhism: Toward a Synthesis for Socially Engaged Buddhist Economics

Pragmatism, Institutionalism, and Buddhism: Toward a Synthesis for Socially Engaged Buddhist Economics Joel Magnuson Willamette University Abstract Socially engaged Buddhism addresses a wide range of con- temporary social and environmental crises from a distinc- tively Buddhist perspective. Much of the emphasis on this approach is on changing individual habits of behaviour and less on changing…

David Loy | Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center | CJBS: Ecodharma: a new Buddhist path?

Giant Buddha at Long Son Pagoda (Chua Long Son) Buddhist temple, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam   Ecodharma: a new Buddhist path? David Loy Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center Abstract Today the climate emergency and other environmental challenges have become the most urgent issue that humanity faces – indeed, arguably the greatest problem that…

Rebecca S.K. Li | The College of New Jersey | CJBS: Chan Practitioners as Agents of Social Change

Abstract In this paper, I argue that sociological insights into how so- cial structures are perpetuated and change, are congruent with Dharma teachings of dependent origination and are useful for Chan practitioners’ cultivation of wisdom and compassion. Examples of social change, in the economy and family, are used to illustrate how these Dharma princi- ples…

Wendi L. Adamek | University of Calgary | CJBS: As if This Is Home

Abstract In Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist (2017), economist Kate Raworth calls for the need to recreate or re-recognize ties between economic activities and complex social, biological, and cultural systems. Such re-integration, she argues, is the foundation of a necessary shift from extractive to regenerative systems. In this paper…

Special Issue Announcement | CJBS: BUDDHISM AND SOCIAL CHANGE | Introduction

Introduction Wendi L. Adamek | UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY   Organized by the Dharma Drum Vancouver Centre in collaboration with the University of Calgary Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies, the “Buddhism and Social Change” workshop that inspired these papers was convened in September 2019. The workshop was designed to address areas of dialogue between Buddhist practice…