Online symposium on Jiangnan Buddhist Traditions

December 9, 2021 - 3:00pm to December 11, 2021 - 7:30pm

Thursday, December 9, 2021 to Saturday, December 11, 2021
Zoom (please register to receive zoom link to the symposium)

Hosted by Center for Buddhist Studies and Department of East Asian Studies, College of Humanities, The University of Arizona
Organized by Jiang Wu and Jennifer Eichman
Sponsored and Funded by Lingyin and Pu Yin Buddhist Studies Lecture Series, Center for Buddhist Studies, The University of Arizona

The Jiangnan region in China was an important driver of cultural, economic, and social change during the early modern period. At the same time, it served as an incubator of early modern Buddhist innovations that spread both locally, nationally, and transnationally. This symposium brings together scholars of Ming-Qing Jiangnan Buddhist, Daoist, and other related religious traditions to explore the significance of Buddhist innovations in the Jiangnan region from elite Buddhist doctrine, popular playscripts and precious scrolls to art, ritual, and institutional culture. Such scholarly explorations will improve our understanding of how Buddhist traditions were woven into the social and economic fabric of the Jiangnan region and further allow for a greater synthesis of the various threads that tied the region together.