March 10-13, 2011
This four-day event brought together leading scholars to discuss current issues in Abhidharma studies, with a special focus on questions of terminology, and to seek their guidance on how to proceed as MRC develops a database and other tools for research.
Symposium on Abhidharma Terminology
This Symposium was by invitation only, but a panel presentation open to the public was held on March 11.
Videos of the public panel presentation may be viewed by clicking here.
Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Stefan Baums, Ph.D., Collett Cox, Ph.D., Siglinde Dietz, Dr. Phil., Rupert Gethin, Ph.D., Luis Gómez, Ph.D., Michael Hahn, Ph.D., D. Litt., Shoryu Katsura, Ph.D., David Mellins, Ph.D., Alex von Rospatt, Ph.D.
Thursday, March 10
2:00-4:30 Introductory session: Jack Petranker, Luis Gómez , Michael Hahn
Keynote presentations by Collet Cox and Rupert Gethin
Friday, March 11
9:00-10:30 Stefan Baums Lexicographic issues and the Buddhist Translators Workbench Proposal
11:00-12:30 Bhikkhu Bodhi Nikayas and the Abhidhamma
2:00-3:30 Rupert Gethin Mind and mental events
4:30-6:30 Public Event: Panel Discussion: Experience vs. Theory as the Basis for Buddhist Abhidharma
Saturday, March 12
9:00-10:30 Geshe Lozang Jamspal Sanskrit terms/Tibetan equivalents
11:00-12:30 Collett Cox Terminological Refraction
Shoryu Katsura From Abhidharma to Dharmakīrti – with special reference to the concept of svabhāva
2:00-3:30 Siglinde Dietz Abhidharma terms in the Turfan Finds
Luis Gómez Abhidharma as a Lexicographic source in Sūtra reading
4:00-5:30 Michael Hahn Abhidharma terms as used and popularized in the older strata of Buddhist narrative literature and plays
Sunday, March 13
9:00-10:30 Alex von Rospatt Comparison of a difficult passage in two related texts
11:00-12:30 Closing Session