East Asia Religions Conference: Materiality And Transcendence

East Asia Religions Conference: Materiality And Transcendence

Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 8:30am to Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 12:15pm
Room 208, Whitney Humanities Center See map
53 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 6510


9:00-11:00 Thinking about Transcendence and Materiality
Chair: Stanley Insler
Robert Sharf, University of California, Berkeley “The Gap Between Buddhist Scholastic Philosophy and Material Culture” Phyllis Granoff, Yale University The Perfect Body of the Jina and his Imperfect Image Gérard Colas, CNRS Paris “The world and other bodies of Brahman-Viṣṇu: Rāmānuja on transcendence and matter” Usha Colas-Chauhan, Independent scholar ” Degrees of transcendence and materiality in Dualist Åšaivism”

11:00-11:15 BREAK

11:15- 12:45 Thinking about Transcendence and Materiality
Chair: Chloe Starr
Michael Nylan, University of California, Berkeley “God is For Faith: early China in light of modern theology” James Robson, Harvard University “What’s the Matter with the Animated Icon?” Youn-mi Kim, Yale University “(Dis)assembling the National Canon: The Samguk yusa, “Esoteric” Ritual, and Material Remains”

12:45-1:45 LUNCH

1:45 -3:15 The Ritual Transformation of Matter: Image Consecrations
Chair: Adela Collins
Koichi Shinohara, Yale University “Images and Image installation rituals in Chinese Esoteric Buddhism” Donald Lopez, University of Michigan “Before He Was the Buddha: Early European Accounts of Idol Consecration” Marko Geslani, Occidental College “Indeterminate Gods and Over-determined Rituals: Image Installation (Pratiṣṭhā) Reconsidered”

3:15-3:30 BREAK

3:30-5:00 The Manifest God
Chair: John Collins
Sonya Quintanilla, Cleveland Museum of Art “Presentation of Siddhartha to the Yaksha: An Inversion of Materiality” Paul Groner, University of Virginia “Calling Down/Calling Forth the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas: Invitations in Japanese Tendai Bodhisattva Ordinations” Gilles Tarabout, CNRS Paris “The Lord in the Mango Stone. Devotees’ intentions and the manifestation of Gods (South India)”

Sunday, April 28, 2013
9:30-11:00 The Manifest God
Chair: Tamara Sears
Robert Brown, University of California, Los Angeles & LA County Museum of Art “Visualizing God as Light: Halos in Early Indian Art” Mimi Yiengpruksawan, Yale University “The Horyuji Star Mandala” James Dobbins, Oberlin College “Japanese Buddhist Icon: The Enshrinement of Master Shinran as an Embodiment of Amida Buddha”

11:00-11:15 BREAK

11:15- 12:15 The Manifest God
Chair: Noreen Khawaja
Gregory Schopen, Brown University “The Scent of the Buddha” Daniela Berti, CNRS Paris “Self-made Gods in Northern India”

Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, Hixon Fund; Rubin Foundation; Council on East Asian Studies; South Asian Studies Council
China, Japan, Korea, Transregional