Freitag, 24. Oktober 2014, 15:15 - 16:45 iCal

The Chinese Understanding of the Avata?saka-s?tra

Ein Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Imre Hamar (Department of Chinese Studies, Eötvös Loránd University , Budapest)

Seminarraum 1 des Instituts für Südasien- , Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.1, 1090 Wien


The Avata?saka-s?tra, one of the most voluminous Mah?y?na s?tras, has survived in Chinese and Tibetan translations. This lecture is going to shed light on the transmission of the text by comparing the Chinese and Tibetan versions. In addition, it will be shown how the scholar-monks of the Huayan school of Chinese Buddhism understood and interpreted this s?tra in their commentaries. It will be discussed whether we can speak about the sinification of the Avata?saka-s?tra in the process of interpretation.


Imre Hamar is the head of the Department of Chinese Studies, the director of the Insititue of East Asian Studies, and the director of the Confucius Institute. He received his PhD in 1997, and his habilitation in 2004. His research field is Chinese Buddhism, especially the Huayan school. He was Fulbright visiting professor at University of Virginia and Numata visiting professor at Hamburg University. He is the author of A Religious Leader in the Tang: Chengguan’s Biography (The International Institute for Buddhist Studies Tokyo, 2002) and the editor of Reflecting Mirrors: Perspectives on Huayan Buddhism (Harrassowitz Verlag, 2007).

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