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LRCCS Noon Lecture Series | The Language of Emotion: Chinese Translations of the Buddhist Terminology of Sense Perception and Desire in the Han and Three Kingdoms Period (ca. 150-280 CE)

Eric Greene, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
12:00-1:00 PM
Room 110 Weiser Hall Map
This talk is a preliminary investigation into a large set of sources pertaining to the some of the first encounters between Indian Buddhist and native Chinese thought: the Chinese translations of Indian Buddhist literature dating from the Han and Three-Kingdoms period. Often written using a technical vocabulary that was later largely abandoned (and is hence sometimes quite difficult to understand), these texts have rarely been studied systematically by modern scholars interested in Chinese religious or intellectual history. Professor Greene presents some preliminary findings from this corpus concerning the way that the earliest Chinese Buddhist translators tried to render the sophisticated Indian Buddhist vocabulary of sense perception and its relationship to desire. Both the ways that they succeeded and the ways they failed may allow us to see the presuppositions concerning these topics on both sides in this dialog in a new light.

Eric Greene is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Yale, where he has taught since 2016. He received his BA (Mathematics), MA (Asian Studies), and PhD (in Buddhist Studies) from UC Berkeley, and specializes in the history of medieval Chinese Buddhism. His research focuses on topics including Buddhist meditation in China, Chinese Buddhist rituals of confession and atonement, the history of Chan (Zen) Buddhism, Buddhist image worship in China, and the history of translation within Chinese Buddhism.

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Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Asia, Buddhism, Chinese Studies
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures