Time: 4:00 PM
Location: 35 Nicholson Hall
The Program in Religious Studies Faculty Lecture presents Bodhisattva as Poet: Hakuin's Readings of Cold Mountain, to be lectured on by Professor Paul Rouzer of the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures.The body of medieval Chinese poems attributed to the recluse Hanshan (Cold Mountain) has played a prominent part in the religious lives of educated East Asian Buddhists, especially those active in the Chan (Zen) movement. However, few modern scholars have read the poems in the light of a hagiographical tradition that portrays Cold Mountain as an incarnation of Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of wisdom. This lecture will examine the impact of this claim on the interpretation of the poems, with special attention paid to the book-length commentary on them composed by the eighteenth-century Japanese Zen master Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1768).
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