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Virtual Symposium: Other Power III – “Other Power” in Tibetan, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Buddhism

December 10, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society

UBC is pleased to announce a virtual symposium entitled:

Other Power III – “Other Power” in Tibetan, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Buddhism


Saturday | December 10th, 2022 | 5pm to 8 pm PT

This lecture is online, free and open to the public. Details are included below and we would ask you to participate and also kindly spread the word!


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About this event:


In this third panel in the series on “Other Power in Buddhism,” we expand our scope to include materials from Tibetan Buddhism while continuing to include new topics from the East Asian Buddhist sphere. The first presentation by Kenneth Tanaka will summarize the main points from the previous two panels, focusing on thematic issues related to Other Power. Next, Todd Lewis will expand the paradigm of Other Power by embracing broader Mahayana ritual practices that incorporate, for example, special words (mantra and dhāraṇī) that can generate both transcendental and pragmatic blessings. The third presentation by Richard McBride will analyze Other Power in Korean Buddhism within a larger exegetical context that includes the issues of the arousal of the aspiration to enlightenment (bodhicitta) and the objective of reaching a state of non-retrogression. The last presentation by Charles Jones will report on an international debate that took place on the “self-power vs. Other Power” controversy between Chinese and Japanese intellectuals in the early part of the 20th century.


About the panelists and subjects:


  • Kenneth K. Tanaka, Professor Emeritus, Musashino University, Tokyo, presenting Summarizing the Past Two Panels: Focusing on the Main Thematic Issues
  • Todd Lewis, Professor of Arts and Humanities at the College of the Holy Cross, presenting Dharma as Power in Buddhist Tradition
  • Richard D. McBride II, Professor and Chair of Asian and Near Eastern Languages at Brigham Young University, presenting The Sinitic Buddhist Context of Wŏnhyo’s View of “Other Power”
  • Charles B. Jones, Professor of Religion and Culture at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, presenting A Debate Over Self-Power and Other-Power: The Nianfo yuantong  of  Ogurusu Kōchō  and Yang Renshan’s Response