The Australasian Association for Buddhist Studies notifies that its next seminar will take place online using Zoom on 4 June at 6:30pm (Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney time). The topic will be Buddhist Tantric Poetry: Frameworks and Practices.
The genre of Buddhist tantric poetry, though often misunderstood, has been a fascinating topic for generations of scholars and practitioners alike. Its esoteric and mystic character, poetry peppered with puns and plays, draws on metaphor and analogies as their major mediating tool through which view and intention is clearly paraphrased from within the Buddhist tantric path. Referring to, as it seems, commonly shared yogic practices, this talk will examine the most important literary themes and religious frameworks underlying those practices.
Dr Julian Schott, who has been teaching Sanskrit this semester at the Univerity of Sydney, is a Posdoctoral Research Fellow at the Numata Center for Buddhist Studies (Hamburg University) and at Mahidol University, Thailand. He has studied Sanskrit, South Asian and Buddhist Studies in Göttingen (BA) and Hamburg (MA). He completed his doctoral dissertation within Hamburg’s Collaborative Research Cluster about Manuscript Cultures with a study, edition and translation of Kṛṣṇacaryāpāda’s Dohākoṣa commentaries, which makes him one of the few specialists of tantric poetry written in Apabhraṃśa.
Online using Zoom on 4 June at 6:30pm (Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney time).
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Gold leaf covered schist reliquary in the form of a stupa. Kusana period, North Western India. National Museum, Karachi, Pakistan. Copyright: Huntington, John C. and Susan L.Huntington Archive