In June 2017, the Center for Buddhist Education and Research of Peking University held its first postgraduate summer seminar / training workshop of Buddhism and Ethnicity in the Sixteen Kingdoms and Northern Dynasties. Twenty-eight outstanding students from 18 domestic and international universities and research institutes participated in the intensive course. Eight professors from Peking University, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, and Beijing Normal University gave fine lectures and guided younger scholars toward interdisciplinary academic communication. In the last half-day of the trainee forum, trainees presented their own papers and thereby inspired each other. This year, from June 23 to July 1, 2018, the 2nd International Summer Seminar / Training Workshop for Graduate Students and Young Scholars will be held at Peking University. The program will be hosted by the Harvard-Yenching Institute, the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies of Peking University and the Center for Buddhist Education and Research of Peking University. In this program we will continue to strive for an in-depth study of Buddhism and ethnic relations during this historical period to develop better understanding of the social and ideological changes underway during the 4th-6th centuries.
Theme: Ethnicity, Religion and Cultural Construction: Buddhism in Northern China during the 4th-6th centuries
The Relationship among Ethnic Groups, Politics, Society and Buddhism in the Period of Sixteen Kingdoms and Northern Dynasties
Translation and interpretation of Buddhist scriptures, system of practice and regional centers of Buddhism
Buddhist arts in Pingcheng, Luoyang, Chang'an, Qingzhou and other places
Argument on Hua-xia and “barbarians”, aristocrats, imperial power and conflicts between Buddhism and Daoism
The interaction of Indian Buddhism, Central Asian Buddhism and Chinese Buddhism in the 4-6th centuries AD
Lecturing Faculty: 5-6 Chinese faculty, 3-4 English-speaking faculty and 1 Japanese faculty
Languages: Chinese and English
Chinese Metaphysics, Confucianism and Buddhism - Practice of Interpreting Classics in the Northern Dynasties
Belief, Ethnicity and Art - The Evolution of Medieval Buddhist Visual Art
Student Forum: Panels depending on the papers of trainees
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Outstanding trainees may be invited to join the research team of the Center for Buddhist Education and Research, Peking University in follow-up research. They may also be considered for a fellowship to spend an academic year in residence at the Harvard-Yenching Institute.
Trainees who successfully complete the training program will be issued an official certificate.
Cost and Subsidy: All trainees are exempt from tuition fees. Accommodation fees for trainees outside of Beijing are covered by Peking University. Accommodations are not provided for Trainees from Beijing.
All trainees should pay for their own meals and transportation.
Master’s and Ph.D. students from mainland China who complete the training program will receive a subsidy of RMB500-1000.