China Colloquium

"Redefine the Self: The Emergence of Buddhist Family Ethics in Twentieth Century China," Professor Wei Wu, Dept. of Religion, Emory University

Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Nov. 8, 2019

Location: Modern Languages 201, 532 Kilgo Circle, Atlanta, GA 30322

Free and open to the public

The Buddhist Monk, Taixu (1890-1974) was an influential Buddhist reformer in the early twentieth century China, with much of the Chinese reformative ideas and endeavors sprung directly or indirectly from his thoughts. A thematic link in his writings was the role of Buddhism in a rapidly changing modern world. To alter the image of Buddhism as an other-worldly oriented religion, Taixu framed "humanistic Buddhism" to encourage Buddhists to actively engage with and make contributions to the well-being of the society. The talk examines Taixu's family ethics to explore Buddhist responses to modernization with respect to changing family dynamics in China.

About the speaker

Wei Wu received her Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University in 2017. She specializes in Chinese Buddhism and her research interests also cover religious transmission; religion and gender; religion and environment; and interaction between Buddhism and Daoism. She is currently preparing a book manuscript based on her dissertation “Indigenization of Tibetan Buddhism in Twentieth-Century China.” The book project sheds light on cross-cultural and trans-regional religious transmission, specifically showing how the interaction between Tibetan Buddhism and Chinese Buddhism influenced the religious landscape of modern China. She teaches introductory courses on Buddhism in East Asia, Zen Buddhism, and Chinese indigenous religion, as well as classes on special topics ranging from Chinese Buddhist texts to ritual in East Asian religion.