"READING MAHĀYĀNA SCRIPTURE" and some other online events

  1. "READING MAHĀYĀNA SCRIPTURE" Conference, Oxford University

9am - 6pm BST • 25 - 26th September 2021, GMT

  1. Deborah Klimburg-Salter, University Professor of Art History, emerita, University of Vienna, Austria, and Associate, Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University

Entangled Histories: The Bamiyan Buddhas—Past, Present, and Future

Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 7:00pm - 8:15pm EST


Prof. Joseph Walser, Department of Religion, Tufts University

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 4:00 PM MST

  1. Ann Gleig: “The Dukkha of Racism: Racial Justice in American Convert Buddhism”

Tuesday, September 28th, 7pm EST via Zoom

Hosted by the Department of Religious Studies at NYU


More details on the Reading Mahayana conference -

We are delighted to announce the two-day conference titled READING MAHĀYĀNA SCRIPTURE hosted both virtually and in-person by the University of Oxford on September 25 - 26th 2021 at 9:00 BST / 4:00 EST / 1:00 PST / 16:00 Beijing. The conference will go on throughout both days, ending at 18:00 BST. Please join us in welcoming our keynote speaker Professor Paul Harrison (Stanford University), with the topic: ‘Mahāyāna Sūtras: Reading As, Reading For, Reading Into’. For a list of the many great speakers and scholars who will be presenting at this two-day conference, please refer to the programme below. This conference is generously supported by the Glorisun Foundation and organised at Oxford by Dr. Matthew Orsborne.

Please visit the conference’s webpage to learn more:

The event is free and open to all, but registration is required.

Please register here:


Sept 25, 2021 (Time: BST)

09:15-09:45— Ulrike Roesler— ‘The Mahāyāna Scriptures in Tibet: recitation, veneration, and use’

10:00-10:30— Rafal K. Stepien— ‘On Numen in Antinomianism, or Reading Religion in Irreligion’

11:00-11:30— D.E. Osto— ‘Virtual Realities: A Mahāyāna Interpretation based on The Supreme Array Scripture

11:45-12:15—Nic Newton— ‘Description, Visualisation, and Concatenation in the Larger Sukhāvatīvyūhasūtra

13:30-14:00—Reed Criddle— ‘Collective oral tradition in the musical recitation of the Medicine Buddha S ū tra

14:15-14:45— David Drewes— ‘How Many Mahāyānas Were There?’

15:15-15:45— Natasha Heller— ‘Picturing the Heart S ū tra

16:00-16:30— Stephanie Balkwill— ‘Reading the S ū tra of the Unsullied Worthy Girl’

16:45-17:45— Paul Harrison— ‘Mahāyāna S ū tras: Reading As, Reading For, Reading Into’

Sept 26, 2021 (Time: BST)

09:15-09:45— Charles DiSimone— ‘Identical Cousins? Insights on the Parallel Development of Prajnāpāramitā Families Gleaned from New Manuscript Discoveries in Greater Gandhāra’

10:00-10:30— Gregory Adam Scott— ‘Reading Mahāyāna Scriptures in Modern China: The Role of Scriptural Presses, Distributors, and Buddhist Bookstores’

11:00-11:30— Yixiu Jiang— ‘Resolving Inconsistency? Understanding Inconsistency’

11:45-12:15— Berthe Jansen— ‘The Role of Indic Mahāyāna Scriptures in Tibetan Legal Texts’

13:30-14:00— Thomas Newhall— ‘Partially in Accord with the Greater Vehicle: Reading the Four-Part Vinaya as a Mahāyāna text in Daoxuan’s Commentaries’

14:15-14:45— Rachel Pang— ‘Shabkar’s (1781-1851) usage of the Mahāyāna S ū tras in his Emanated Scripture of Compassion

15:15-15:45— Mikael Bauer— ‘Tracing the exoteric-esoteric in premodern Japanese Dharma Assemblies’

16:00-16:30— Daniel Boucher— ‘Orality, Literacy, and the Cult of the Book Revisited’

16:45-17:45— Roundtable


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