The 3rd Conference on Modern East Asian Buddhist Literature and Research
(Reported by Buddhist Research Centre of Fo Guang University)
Organised by Buddhist Research Centre of Fo Guang University (佛光大學佛教研究中心) and College of Buddhist Studies (佛教學院), and co-organised by Fo Guang Shan Foundation for Buddhist Culture and Education (佛光山文教基金會) the 3rd Conference on Modern East Asian Buddhist Literature and Research (近世東亞佛教的文獻和研究) and Youth Scholar Forum took place in Fo Guang University on 18th-19th May 2019. Scholars from United Kingdom, Netherlands, Australia, Korea, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, etc.presented 32 papers.
The Conference highlighted the core of the Modern East Asian Buddhist Research inclduing discussion on Buddhism from the perspectives of Christianity, Confucianism and Taoism. It also covers researches on different Buddhist schools such as Sanfeng, Linji, Huayan and Weishi as well as geographical areas of mainlad China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea and South East Asia. College of Buddhist Studies organized an exhibition of 126 volumes and 190 classification of rare Ming-Qing texts. Noticable is that almost one third of the presenters are young scholars: it is an effort of College of Buddhist Studies to cultivate new generation of researchers.
Prof. Wan, the Chair of the Buddhist Research Centre and the Dean of College of Buddhist Studies, stated that the emphasis of the Centre and College is on the studies and research of Chinese Buddhism, and this goal is well endorsed by Fo Guang Shan with the aim to serve the entire humanity. In addition, Prof. Wan expressed the hope to expand the scale of the discussions, in order to clarify the various impacts induced by recent Western scholarship.