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  1. May
    26
    Tue
    2015

    1. Chinese Tea Ceremony Demonstration @ HSSB 2212
      5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      Tea CeremonySpace is limited, please sign up by email: Angela Zeng, azeng@eastasian.ucsb.edu.

      Priorities are given to Chinese, Japanese majors, Graduate students and faculty in East Asian Studies.

      Sponsored by: Confucius Institute UCSB

    2. Ōuchi Fumi: “Have I Attained Buddhahood? Mountain Asceticism in Contemporary Japan” @ SSMS 2135
      5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      Speaker

      Professor Ōuchi Fumi, Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University, Sendai (Japan)

      About the Talk

      Shugendō is a combinatory religious tradition in Japan centered on mountain ascetic practice that dates back to the middle ages. Despite doctrinal claims that Shugendō will result in “becoming a buddha in the present body” (sokushin jōbutsu), almost no modern practitioner expects to attain this supreme goal. Yet, as a senior practitioner of Shugendō and a researcher, I would argue that in the mountain practice, a participant does have a distinctive and extraordinary experience. This lecture aims at discussing the mechanisms by which participants gain a profound sense of accomplishment based on my ethnographical research. It will emphasize three points: 1) the importance of the theme of the purification of six sense organs to be realized physically or sensorially, 2) the crucial effects of sound and voice in the ritual process, 3) the performative power brought about by blurring the boundaries of ordinary dualisms such as life and death, human beings and divinities, male and female, and so on.

      Organized by the ISF Chair in Shinto Studies; co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, and the Department of History of Art and Architecture

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  2. May
    28
    Thu
    2015

    1. Ōuchi Fumi: “Buddhist Vocal Music (Shōmyō): History, Theory, and Practice” @ SSMS 2135
      4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      Speaker

      Professor Ōuchi Fumi, Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University, Sendai (Japan)

      About the Talk

      Buddhist vocal music can to be traced back to the ancient Hindu tradition of reciting the Vedas. In Japan, Buddhist vocal music (shōmyō) developed in original ways. The most distinctive feature of shōmyō is the idea that its performance leads one to become a buddha in this present body (shōmyō jōbutsu). This idea developed with the systematization of music and aesthetic theory of shōmyō. This suggests that Buddhist vocal music was both a practice for attaining enlightenment as well as a sensory music performance adorning rituals and praising the budddhas. This lecture will investigate the formation of such dual nature of shōmyō and its ritual power through a survey of shōmyō historical and theoretical writings and analyses of its performances in modern time.

      Organized by the ISF Chair in Shinto Studies; co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, and the Department of History of Art and Architecture

      Download event flyer (pdf)

  3. Sep
    24
    Thu
    2015

    1. Chinese Language Placement Test – Fall 2015 @ HSSB 4080
      3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      Visit the Chinese Language Program website for more information and to sign up for the test. Please fill out the sign-up sheet and send it to Chen-Chuan (Jennifer) Hsu, hsu@eastasian.ucsb.edu.