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Religious Studies - BA lecture series
The transformation of Buddhism across Central Asia from India to China - Taught by Numata Professor Meiji Yamada
Time: Every Tuesday evening from 19.00-21.00
Venue: LIPSIUS Building Room 228, Leiden University
These lectures are on the transmission of Buddhism across Central Asia, with attention given to laicization, interaction with other religious and cultural traditions, pilgrim records, art and archaeology.
The routes of the transmission of Buddhism, King Aśoka and Gandhāra
The relic cult
Trade, business and the spread of Buddhism
Lay Buddhism, donation and devotion
Faith in bodhisattvas
The spread of Buddhism West (Iran)
Religious Studies MA lecture series
The Way of Tea, the Way of the Buddha - Taught by Numata Professor Meiji Yamada
Time: Every Wednesday evening from 19.00-21.00
Venue: LIPSIUS Building Room 204, Leiden University
Tea is a sort of ‘mysterious’ drink. Not as strong as alcohol or drugs, yet from ancient times until today, both in East Asia and in the West, it has shaken the history of the world. From the Opium Wars and the ceding of Hong Kong to the British to the American Revolution with its ‘Boston Tea Party’ to the rise of the socialist state of Mongolia, tea has been deeply implicated in many great events and movements of world history. In particular, its impact on the culture of Japan has been profound.
From its beginnings in the mountainous areas of southwestern China, in present-day Yunnan, the drinking of tea permeated China, and this progress was intimately connected with Buddhism. And mixed with Buddhism, tea came to Japan, and from this intermingling of tea and Buddhism developed the special ‘Japanese Art of Tea.’
This course begins in Yunnan, following the current of tea and tea culture from the Chinese culture sphere to Japan, with particular attention to its relations with Buddhism and Buddhist culture.
A seminar style investigation of the origins of tea culture in Yunnan in Southwest China, tracing its interactions with Buddhism from Tang China through to Japan, including in art and material culture.
1-2: General introduction; the origins and spread of tea; the ‘water network’ of Yunnan, Sichuan, the Yangtze river, the East China sea, and Japan, and the ‘evergreen forest region culture’ of East Asia.
3-4: Tea in the Tang dynasty, the Classic of Tea, and the discoveries at the Famensi temple
5-6: The transmission of tea to Japan along with Buddhism, Heian period (9~12 c.) Japanese Buddhism, artistocratic culture and the ‘elegance’ (miyabi) of tea.
7-8: the 14th century, the roughly resplendent tea culture of the warriors, and Buddhist protective deities.
9-10: The monk Eisai’s Kissa yōjōki and Zen Buddhism
11-12: The 16th century, the tea master Sen no Rikyū and the Shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and ‘The Way of Tea’ as a matter of life and death
Professor emeritus YAMADA Meiji (Ryukoku University, Kyoto)
1967-1969 Nalanda Pali Institute (Nava Nalanda Mahavihara), lecturer in Buddhism
1970-1978 Member of the Kyoto University Archeological Research team in Afghanistan, excavating at Tepe Skandar
1975: Appointed Assistant Professor, Ryukoku University, Kyoto
1979: Appointed Head priest, Kyōtokuji Buddhist temple (Jōdo shinshū)
1980: Appointed Full Professor, Ryukoku University
2002: Retired from Ryukoku University
2005-2010: Member of the Ryukoku University Central Asian Exploration team, researching ancient sites in Afghanistan, Tadjikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Turkey.
Previous Numata Professors
2012 - Meiji Yamada
2011 - Vincent Eltschinger
2010 - Toru Funayama
2009 - Richard Hayes - Richard Hayes' Numata Talks Online
2008 - Andrew Glass
2005 - Samten Gyaltsen Karmay
2004 - Joh. Bronkhorst
2001 - Tachikawa Musashi
2000 - Dan Stevenson
1999 - Dan Stevenson
1998 - Kajiyama Yuichi
1997 - Yuyama Akira
1994 - Abe Masao
1993 - Tokiwa Gishin
1992 - Inagaki Hisao