Guest Lecture: ‘Neither Mahāyāna Nor Theravāda: Ashin Jinarakkhita and the Indonesian Buddhayāna Movement’, by Dr. Jack Meng-Tat Chia PhD (Cornell University) of National University of Singapore on Monday, 7th January, 2019.
Dr. Chia first introduced the complex religious and ethnic diversity in Southeast Asia, and he asked the attendees to rethink the simple dicotomy between the Mahayana and Theravada divide. This was followed by a discussion on the life and works of Ashin Jinarakkhita (Ti Chen Lao He Shang, 體正老和尚). Dr. Chia pointed out the contribution of Ashin Jinarakkhita to the revival of Southeast Asian Buddhism, the making of the Buddhayāna Movement and the construction of Sang Huang Adi- Buddha under Indonesia’s New Order. This guest lecture broadened the attendees’ knowledge and understanding of the diversity of Buddhist practices, especially in the area of Southeast Asian Buddhism.
For more on Dr. Chia, see https://jackchia.com/
(by P.Y. Chen)