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The 6th International Conference on Ganhwa Seon

Jul 17, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Royce 314,

The 6th International Conference on Ganhwa Seon is sponsored by the Institute for the Study of the Jogye Order (Dongguk University) and Center for Buddhist Studies (UCLA)

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Royce 314
Humanities Conference Room

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8:30 – 9:00 am, Check-in

9:00 – 9:30 am, Opening ceremony

Welcoming remarks by the Ven. Jeongdo Sunim (Institute for the Study of the Jogye Order, Dongguk University) and Professor Robert Buswell (Center for Buddhist Studies, UCLA), Subul Scholarly Award presented by the Ven. Subul Sunim (Anguk Seon Center, Dongguk University)

9:30 – 11:30 am, Morning session

9:30 – Wendi L. Adamek (University of Calgary), “Ethical Action through ‘Ambiguity’ in Existentialism and Kanhua Chan”

10:10 – Seong-eun Thomas Kim (University of British Columbia), “Taming the Tiger of Hwadu Absolutism: Kanhwa Practice and Its Experiences as Ritual Practice and Ritual Experiences”

10:50 – Bhikkhuni Thogu Sunim (University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka), “The Origin of Sudden Awakening”

11:45 am – 1:00 pm, Lunch

1:00 – 4:00 pm, Afternoon session

1:00 – Sungha Yun (UCLA), “Bringing Kanhwa Sŏn into Contemporary Society: Sot’aesan’s Re-invention of Kanhwa Meditation in Won Buddhism”

1:40 – Albert Welter (University of Arizona), “Renarrativizing Chan/ Sŏn/ Zen Buddhist Studies for the Twenty-First Century”

2:20-2:40, Brief break

2:40 – Pori Park (Arizona State University), “Kanhwa Sŏn Practice among Buddhist Nuns in Contemporary Korea: Sŏn Master Inhong (1908–1997) and the Sŏngnam-sa Monastery”

3:20 – Steven Heine (Florida International University), “Chan is Alive and Well and Living … Just About Everywhere”

4:00 – 5:00 pm, Joint discussion of all papers, led by Robert Buswell

Please register at https://ucla.in/2HqbpTt


Cost : Free and open to the public but registration is required


Sponsor(s): , Institute for the Study of the Jogye Order (Dongguk University)


Jul 17, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Royce 314


Center for Buddhist Studies
(310) 825-2089
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