*CAPAS— Seminar Series: New Perspectives on Asia-Pacific Societies:「漢傳佛教與南傳佛教的交會與妥協:漢傳比丘尼在緬甸之宗教地位與性別議題探究」/ Dr. Melody Tzu-Lung Chiu(RIHSS Postdoctoral Fellow)

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CAPAS— Seminar Series: New Perspectives on Asia-Pacific Societies 

Speaker:  Dr. Melody Tzu-Lung Chiu(RIHSS Postdoctoral Fellow)

Topic :  漢傳佛教與南傳佛教的交會與妥協:漢傳比丘尼在緬甸之宗教地位與性別議題探究(will be conducted in Chinese)

Time : 14:30~16:30, Tuesday, October 25, 2022【14:20-14:30 Registration】

Venue : R2319, Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica 
          (meeting room limits up to 20 attendees, simultaneous video conferencing via WebEx will be available)

Chair : Dr. Yu-sheng, LIN (Assistant Research Fellow, Center for Asia-Pacific Area Studies (CAPAS) of RCHSS, Academia Sinica)

Online Registration : https://forms.gle/8x2a9SaWtZKEapnA6 

Registration Deadline : 17:00, Thursday, October 20, 2022

Website : http://www.rchss.sinica.edu.tw/TBMC/

Organizer : Center for Asia-Pacific Area Studies (CAPAS), RCHSS, Academia Sinica

Contact: Ms. Canna Sun, +886-2-2651-6862, E-mail:canna@ssp.sinica.edu.tw

【About the Talk】

Mahāyāna and Theravāda are the two major traditions of Buddhism in contemporary Asia. Although they share many similar teachings, there are long-standing disputes between their respective sets of adherents, touching on doctrine, ritual, religious practices, and the ultimate goal, among other matters. Drawing on fieldwork conducted in Yangon and Mandalay, this study explores gender’s role in the position of Sino-Burmese Mahāyāna bhikṣuṇīs in the sociocultural context of Theravāda-majority Myanmar, where the full bhikṣuṇī lineage of Theravāda Buddhism has died out. Its findings, firstly, shed light on how the local Theravāda ethos inevitably affects Sino-Burmese Mahāyāna nuns’ positions and experiences of religious- and ethnic-minority status. Secondly, they demonstrate the gender dynamics of Sino-Burmese nuns’ interactions both with indigenous Burmese monks and Myanmar’s ethnic-Chinese laity. As such, this research opens up a fresh perspective on these nuns’ monastic lives, to which scant scholarly attention has hitherto been paid. Specifically, it argues that while Sino-Burmese nuns are subjected to “double suffering” on both gender and ethnoreligious minority grounds, they play an important role in shaping the future of Chinese Mahāyāna Buddhism by educating the next generation of monastics and serving the religious needs of the wider Sino-Burmese community in Myanmar.

【About the Speaker】
邱子倫(Melody Tzu-Lung Chiu),比利時根特大學博士 (Ghent University), 曾任職於美國 UC Berkeley 與德國 Max Planck Institute 博士後研究員,現為國家科學及技術委員會人文社會科學研究中心博士級研究人員。主要領域為佛教戒律學、當代漢傳佛教,尤其關注東亞和東南亞(包括泰國、緬甸)佛教之間的連接與互動。近年來在Buddhist Studies Review、Religions、Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies、Journal of Buddhist Ethics、The Journal of Asian Studies、Review of Religion and Chinese Society 等國際學術期刊上發表論文或書評。 


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  3. Availability of space and format are subjected to change due to capacity reductions aligned with COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines. Attendees must follow all applicable COVID-19 regulations and guidance including specific face coverings and social distancing requirements. Food and drink, with the exception of water, are not allowed. 
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