The 6th International Conference on Ganhwa Seon

The 6th International Conference on Ganhwa Seon is sponsored by the Institute for the Study of the Jogye Order (Dongguk University) and Center for Buddhist Studies (UCLA)

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Royce 314
Humanities Conference Room

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8:30 - 9:00 am, Check-in


9:00 - 9:30 am, Opening ceremony

Welcoming remarks by the Ven. Jeongdo Sunim (Institute for the Study of the Jogye Order, Dongguk University) and Professor Robert Buswell (Center for Buddhist Studies, UCLA), Subul Scholarly Award presented by the Ven. Subul Sunim (Anguk Seon Center, Dongguk University)

9:30 - 11:30 am, Morning session

 9:30 - Wendi L. Adamek (University of Calgary), "Ethical Action through ‘Ambiguity’ in Existentialism and Kanhua Chan”

 10:10 - Seong-eun Thomas Kim (University of British Columbia), “Taming the Tiger of Hwadu Absolutism: Kanhwa Practice and Its Experiences as Ritual Practice and Ritual Experiences”

 10:50 - Bhikkhuni Thogu Sunim (University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka), “The Origin of Sudden Awakening”

11:45 am - 1:00 pm, Lunch

1:00 - 4:00 pm, Afternoon session

 1:00 - Sungha Yun (UCLA), “Bringing Kanhwa Sŏn into Contemporary Society: Sot’aesan’s Re-invention of Kanhwa Meditation in Won Buddhism”

 1:40 - Pori Park (Arizona State University), “Kanhwa Sŏn Practice among Buddhist Nuns in Contemporary Korea: Sŏn Master Inhong (1908–1997) and the Sŏngnam-sa Monastery”

 2:20-2:40, Brief break

 2:40 - Albert Welter (University of Arizona), “Renarrativizing Chan/ Sŏn/ Zen Buddhist Studies for the Twenty-First Century”

 3:20 - Steven Heine (Florida International University), “Chan is Alive and Well and Living … Just About Everywhere”

4:00 - 5:00 pm, Joint discussion of all papers, led by Robert Buswell

Please register at We recommend parking in UCLA Lot 2 (enter from Hilgard to Westholme) for ease of access to Royce Hall. Please check signs and pay for your Pay-Per-Space spot to avoid a parking ticket. Invited guests attending the roundtable discussion should also park in Lot 2. More info is available at:

Cost : Free and open to the public but registration is required


Sponsor(s): Asian Languages & Cultures, Institute for the Study of the Jogye Order (Dongguk University)