22nd Seminar on Himalayan Religion (International Symposium: “Tibetan Survival Strategies for the Weak: History, Philosophy, Culture and Contemplative Practice of the Bon Religion”)
Date: Fri. 17 January 2020
Time: 15:00-19:00 (*Open 14:30)
Place: Medium Seminar Room (3rd floor) at Kyoto University Inamori Center
(46 Shimoadachi-cho, Yoshida Sakyo-ku, Kyoto)
15:05-15:30 History of Bon: Shin’ichiro MIYAKE (Otani University) in Japanese
15:30-15:55 Philosophy of Bon: Seiji KUMAGAI (Kyoto University) in Japanese
15:55-16:20 Modern Culture of Bon: Kengo KONISHI (Kanazawa Seiryo University) in Japanese
16:40-17:30 Ancient Culture/Rituals of Bon: Daniel Berounský (Charles University) in English
17:40-18:30 Tantrayana of Bon: Nima Hojer LAMA (Charles University) in English
18:30-18:55 Dzogchen Meditation of Bon: Takahiko HAKODERA (Dzogchen practitioner) *in Japanese
*Language: Japanese and English
**Attendance: limited to 50 people
***Fee: free of charge
Contact: Liaison Office, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University, 46 Yoshida Shimoadachi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8501 Japan.
Tel: 075-753-9681 Mail: kokoro-bh*mail2.adm.kyoto-u.ac.jp (Please replace * with @.)
The department of Bhutanese Studies, Uehiro Research Division at Kokoro Research Center has regularly organized Seminars on Himalayan Religion. In the 22nd Seminar, we will hold the International Symposium: “Tibetan Survival Strategies for the Weak: History, Philosophy, Culture and Contemplative Practice of the Bon Religion”.
Though Tibet is worldly famous for being a Buddhist country, the existence of an earlier indigenous religion known as Bon is often unnoticed by non-specialists. Bon became a minority religion in the 8th century when Buddhism turned into the state religion of Tibet. Despite unfavorable circumstances, including direct repression a times, Bon has been able to survive throughout the centuries resorting to clever and peaceful strategies. This religion might provide us with some clues on how to survive in this current hard-to-live world. The symposium examines the history, philosophy, culture and contemplative practice of the Bon Religion to learn “Tibetan Survival Strategies for the Weak”.