a public event
'Can the Precepts Be Lost?' Medieval Japanese Tendai Discussions of Buddhist Precepts
UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies Colloquium with Paul Groner (University of Virginia)
Friday, March 11, 2005
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
243 Royce Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
The title of the paper arises from medieval Tendai treatises on the Buddhist precepts. Medieval Tendai monks often advocated views that argued that the precepts could not be lost through transgressions with the result that monastic discipline declined. Other Tendai monks strove to revive the precepts, but had to explain away doctrines that threatened to undermine their attempts. This paper surveys views presented by these monks from 12th-14th centuries.
Paul Groner received his Ph.D. from Yale University. He is professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. Among his publications are Saicho: The Establishment of the Japanese Tendai School and Ryogen and Mount Hiei: Japanese Tendai in the Tenth Century, both published by the University of Hawaii Press He is also the author of articles on a variety of topics including Tendai views of the realization of Buddhahood with this very body, Eison and the Shingon Risshu, and the ordination of nuns.