Buddhism's Economic Roles in Medieval China: Several New Perspectives

UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies Colloquium with Chen Jinhua

Thursday, June 09, 2005
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
243 Royce Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Chen Jinhua
University of British Columbia

This talk will revisit the old issue of Buddhism’s economic and financial roles in medieval China by several new perspectives, including the fund-raising purposes of some cases of deliberately staged religious self-immolation, the financial and charitable functions of some large-scale construction projects aiming at creating and expanding Buddhist sacred sites, and the semi-banking institution known as wujinzang (Inexhaustible Treasury) first installed under the reign of the Chinese Asokan King Liang Wudi (r. 502-549).

Jinhua Chen teaches East Asian Buddhism at the University of British Columbia, where he also serves as Canada Research Chair in East Asian Buddhism. His research interest covers state-church relationship, monastic biographical literature, relic veneration in medieval China (especially Sui-Tang periods), and the Japanese Esoteric Buddhist traditions in Japan.

Cost : Free

Sponsor(s): Center for Buddhist Studies

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