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AAR Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA
November 21-24, 2015

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Yogācāra Studies Group

Statement of Purpose: 

The Yogācāra tradition within Buddhism provides the seminal basis for many forms of Mahāyāna Buddhism. Yogācāra was the preeminent Buddhist school for many centuries in India, East Asia, and Tibet. Even after its relative decline as a distinct tradition, its teachings continued to provide the basis for both the theory and practice of subsequent Buddhist Mahāyāna schools throughout Asia, and it has seen a resurgence in the 20th and 21st century in Asia, including in China, Hong Kong, Japan, and among Tibetans.

Call for Papers: 

The Yogācāra Studies Group welcomes submissions for papers or panels relating to the philosophy, literature, or history of Yogācāra in India, East Asia, or its current influence. Successful proposals will demonstrate well thought out ideas for research and will focus on primary texts in Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, or other languages. Those that are innovative and that promise to break new ground in the field are most likely to be successful, as are proposals that engage with state of the art methodologies in philosophy, literary studies, or cultural studies.

At the Business Meeting, several suggestions for a text discussion panel were made: (1) the Tattvārtha chapter of the Bodhisattvabhūmi; (2) the Bahyārtha-parīkṣā chapter of the Tattvasaṃgraha; (3) the Daśabhūmika-sūtra; and (4) the Akṣayamatinirdeśa-sūtra. Anyone interested in participating in a discussion of one of these texts is encouraged to submit a proposal. Panels that are fully formed are particularly welcomed, and anyone interested in forming a group to discuss one of these texts is encouraged to recruit others to form a panel. Submissions for other texts for discussion are also welcomed.

Suggestions for topical panels are also welcomed. At the Business Meeting, the following topics were proposed: (1) how Yogācāra is read by other traditions; (2) subjectivity; (3) Yogācāra and philosophy of language.

Submissions of individual papers or panels on other topics are also encouraged. We particularly encourage fully formed panels with a clear focus and conceptual coherence.

For a co-sponsored session with the Buddhist Philosophy Group and the Kierkegaard, Religion, and Culture Group, we invite proposals that address methodological and substantive issues concerning Kierkegaard and Buddhism. Possible topics include comparative approaches to issues such as the nature of the self/non-self, the scope and limits of the first-person perspective, the role of suffering in understanding the human condition, and the possibility or impossibility of seeing Kierkegaard's implicit ontology and Buddhism in phenomenological terms.

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We received a number of excellent proposals. Steering Committee members were diligent and thorough in their evaluations, and the result was two outstanding panels.
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