Prophecy and Foretelling of Destiny in Buddhism

19-20 November 2019


Mario Poceski (IKGF Visiting Fellow, University of Florida)


Rolf Scheuermann (IKGF, FAU Erlangen)

Workshop Venue

IKGF Seminar Room, Building D1
Hartmannstr. 14
91052 Erlangen

The workshop explores the nature, scope, and function of predictions about the future in Buddhism. The presentations cover a spectrum of Buddhist traditions, including Theravada and other traditions that developed in South, Inner, and East Asia. They also explore a range of themes and focus on diverse primary sources, such as major scriptures, other canonical texts, and monastic hagiographies.

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Please register for this workshop until 8 November 2019 using this link.


19 November, 2019

9:30 a. m. Opening Remarks and Introductions
Michael Lackner (Director IKGF, FAU Erlangen) and Mario Poceski (IKGF Visiting Fellow, University of Florida)
10:00 a. m. Prophecies about the Future of the Buddha's Disciples in the Agāmas and Nikāyas
Wei Shan (Renmin University)
11:00 a. m. Coffee Break
11:30 a. m. Where Next? Reading the Signs to the Next Rebirth in Theravada Manuals
Kate Crosby (King's College London)
12:30 p. m. Lunch Break
2:00 p. m. Mongols' Reinterpretations of Indian Buddhist Eschatology
Vesna Wallace (University of California, Santa Barbara)
3:00 p. m. Tibetan Prophecies as Rhetorical Tools, Certificates of Authenticity, and Aids to Decision-making
Per Sörensen (University of Leipzig)
4:00 p. m. Coffee Break
4:30 p. m. Buddhist Heterochronology: How to Bring Past and Future Face to Face?
Eugene Wang (Harvard University)

20 November, 2019

9:30 a. m. Buddha's Prophecies in the Lotus Scripture
Zu Guang (Minnan Buddhist College)
10:30 a. m. Coffee Break
11:00 a. m. Prophecy in Chinese Buddhist Historiography
John Kieschnick (Stanford University)
12:00 p. m. Lunch Break
1:30 p. m. Prophecies about Women's Spiritual Attainment in the Chinese Buddhist Scriptures
Dixuan Yujing Chen (Grinnell College)
2:30 p. m. Typology of Predictions in the Gaoseng zhuan and the Xu gaoseng zhuan
Christoph Anderl (University of Ghent)
3:30 p. m. Coffee Break
4:00 p. m. Final Discussion
Chair: Mario Poceski

International Consortium for Research in the Humanities

"Fate, Freedom and Prognostication. Strategies for Coping with the Future in East Asia and Europe."

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