A Numata Buddhist Studies Program Reading Group session

ALBERT WELTER (University of Winnipeg) on “Strange Brew: The Fictional Background to Yulu Encounter Dialogues.”

Thursday, 17th February, 2011 at University of Toronto, Jackman Humanities Building 317 (4-6pm)

Dr. Welter is interested in the social, institutional, and ideological aspects of Buddhism, and how it adapted to Chinese culture, a process known as sinification. He principally studies Chinese Buddhism of the 10th and 11th centuries, a period of momentous change in Chinese culture. His work is focused between two successful “golden ages”: the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties, and the cultural dialogue between Buddhism and other Chinese traditions. While his research does not include modern China, Dr. Welter is interested in exploring the continuities of Chinese culture past and present. This has led him to consider new aspects of the intellectual world of Chinese people today. He finds the cultural dialogue and debate occurring in contemporary China reminiscent of earlier times, and although the country remains highly secularized, Buddhism is seeing resurgence, as are other religions. (Excerpted from http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/index/research-2009-welter-a)