Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

(89) Conceptualizations of Buddhist Ritual Space across East Asia

3/23/2018
12:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Location: McKinley, Mezzanine Level

Building on the growing scholarship on the local specificities of Buddhist ritual practices in China, Korea, and Japan, what can be said about the spaces of Buddhist rituals in East Asia when one takes a broader, comparative perspective? This panel consists of four papers that address the dynamic relationship between ritual and space in East Asia. “From the Demon Gate to the Capital: Jien and the Restructuring of Tendai Ritual Space” will illustrate the negotiations Jien (1155-1225) made when transporting a Buddhist ritual into the urban space of the Heian capital. “Relics, Pure Land Ritual, and the Creation of Chōgen’s Religious Virtual Space” will show how Chōgen (1121-1206) reimagined Todaiji in Nara as a structure imbued with multiple layers of meaning based on Esoteric Buddhist scripture and Pure Land thought. “The Environment of Ritual in a Song-Dynasty Buddhist Temple” will address how the architecture, images, and inscriptions at Shizhuanshan, a private eleventh-century Buddhist sanctuary in southwestern China, conceptualize the ecological environment as a ritual space. “Embodying the Perfection of Wisdom: The Making of a Buddhist Mountain in Pre-modern Korea” will focus on how monks and pilgrims in the Chosŏn period (1392-1910) conceptualized Kŭmgangsan, a mountain in central Korea, as a Buddhist ritual space. This panel aims to elucidate how Buddhist ritual space was defined and restructured to respond to specific social and political realities and to clarify how the utilization of Buddhist scripture and its pantheon contributed to establishing new conceptions of ritual space across East Asia.  

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Eric H. Swanson

Harvard University, Massachusetts

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Daniel Stevenson

University of Kansas, Kansas

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Eric H. Swanson

Harvard University, Massachusetts

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Shea Ingram

Chinese University of Hong Kong, Not Applicable, Hong Kong

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Phillip E. Bloom

The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens, California

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Maya Stiller

University of Kansas, Massachusetts

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Daniel Stevenson

University of Kansas, Kansas

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