The World of Abhiseka: Consecration Rituals in the Buddhist Cultural Sphere

When:
May 7, 2018 @ 9:15 am – May 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone
2018-05-07T09:15:00-07:00
2018-05-08T19:00:00-07:00
Where:
McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020)
University Rd
Isla Vista, CA 93117
USA
Contact:
Fabio Rambelli

The World of Abhiseka:

Consecration Rituals in the Buddhist Cultural Sphere

灌頂の世界:仏教文化圏における通過儀礼の思想と実践

An international conference hosted at UC Santa Barbara.

May 7th and 8th, 2018

This conference gathers together international scholars of Buddhist studies and Japanese religions in what is perhaps the first international endeavor to address the full range of Japanese consecration rituals from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective, beyond their standard confinement to Esoteric Buddhist liturgy. It will address Indian consecration rituals that were originally performed to enthrone rulers, followed by the sanctification of priests, emperors, young children, and lay pursuits such as poetry, performing arts, and sexuality in Japan, and concluding with a border-crossing discussion of other initiation ceremonies in the larger Buddhist cultural sphere, such as the tantric rituals of India, China, Tibet, and Mongolia. Through the presentation and discussion of new scholarly work from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives, as well as from different regional and cultural contexts, this symposium explores the central role of these rituals in the history of Japanese religiosity and culture in general.

The conference papers will be published in a book edited by Fabio Rambelli and Or Porath.

 

Organizers:

Fabio Rambelli, ISF Endowed Chair in Shinto Studies
Or Porath, PhD candidate, Religious Studies at UCSB
Abe Yasurō, Director of the University Research Center for Cultural Heritage and Texts (CHT), Nagoya University

 

Sponsors:

UC Santa Barbara Shinto Studies Endowment
Nagoya University Research Center for Cultural Heritage and Texts (CHT)

And UC Santa Barbara’s:

UCSB College of Letters and Science
Department of Religious Studies
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies
East Asia Center
Dalai Lama Endowment

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