AAR2019 Panel: Pure Lands in Asian Texts and Contexts: An Anthology

Scott Mitchell, Dean of the Institute of Buddhist Studies, has kindly organized a session discussing the new publication: Pure Lands in Asian Texts and Contexts (Halkias and Payne, eds., University of Hawai’i Press). This will be held at the American Academy of Religion meeting in San Diego, November 2019. Original announcement is on the IASBS blog (here).

Please join the North American District of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion for a panel on Pure Lands in Asian Texts and Contexts: An Anthology.

This anthology, edited by Georgios T. Halkias and Richard K. Payne, collects primary sources on the Pure Land tradition across the entirety of the Mahāyāna Buddhist world. Still commonly identified with Japanese Buddhism, the tradition of practices and beliefs relating to pure lands is widely shared and this anthology explores the range of expressions of those practices and beliefs. The panel includes four contributors, one of whom is also an editor of the collection.

The panel will be held on Monday, November 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 at the San Diego Convention Center, room 17A (Mezzanine Level). See the AAR online program book for more details.

Scott Mitchell, Institute of Buddhist Studies, Presiding

Panelists:
Jacqueline I. Stone, Princeton University
On the Modern History of Pure Land in Japan

Daniel A. Getz, Bradley University
On the Relation between Pure Land and Confucianism

Natasha Heller, University of Virginia
On Modern Pure Land Rebirth Stories

Aaron Proffitt, State University of New York, Albany
On Esoteric Pure Land Buddhism

Richard K. Payne, Graduate Theological Union
On the Organizing Principle of the Anthology