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LRCCS Noon Lecture Series | Maverick or Modern: Gong Zizhen (1792 -1841) and the Origins of Buddhist Studies

Lang Chen, Research Fellow, Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
12:00-1:00 PM
Off Campus Location
While Gong Zizhen (1792-1841) has been acclaimed as a patriotic poet and a prophet of revolutions and modernity in China, his Buddhist thoughts and practices have often been either overlooked or misunderstood. Why did Gong profess his devotion to Tiantai Buddhism in particular, and yet why did he choose to criticize the Lotus Sutra, the most sacred scripture for Tiantai? This research investigates Gong's unique Buddhism in relation to modern religiosity and modern Buddhist Studies.

Dr. Lang Chen is a research fellow at the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies. Before joining the University of Michigan, she was an assistant professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She received her PhD in religious studies at Yale University and worked as a postdoctoral fellow for the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore. She is working on her book project on Tiantai Buddhism in late imperial China.

If there is anything we can do to make this event accessible to you, please contact us. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.

Zoom webinar, attendance requires registration: https://umich.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_P3rfxwFTSnCwLuda2G6lyg
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Type: Livestream / Virtual
Tags: Asia, Chinese Studies, Religion
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, International Institute, Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS), Asian Languages and Cultures