FREE SEMINAR | VISITING INTERNATIONAL SCHOLAR
6 August 2016 (Saturday)
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Nan Tien Institute Wollongong Campus
231 Nolan St
Born in Sichuan province, China, Dr Pu obtained a PhD in Religious Studies at the SOAS, University of London. He has worked as a Post-doctorate researcher at the Leiden Institute of Area Studies; and is currently a Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Humanistic Buddhism, Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is specialised in Chinese Buddhism (History and Texts) and has published a book and a number of articles.
Vegetarianism as a religious practice has existed in Chinese Buddhism for over one and a half thousand years. It is one of the distinctive traditions that separate Chinese Buddhism from other living Buddhist traditions. This seminar will trace the earliest development of this tradition - in light of its relation with traditional Chinese cultural elements, Imperial edicts, and the textualisation of a monastic disciplinary code - and provide a case study of Buddhist sinicization.