Chan Buddhism in Contemporary Life



Seminar in Chinese (with translator)


Venerable Man Chien (President of Fo Guang Shan Overseas Executive Council)

30 June 2016


Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS Main Building, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

This event is part of the Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s One-Stroke Calligraphy Exhibition at Asia House supported by the Pure Land Foundation.

In this talk, Venerable Yi-Kong examines the nature of Chan (Sanskrit Dhyana) in Chinese Buddhism from the perspectives of Mahayana texts including The Great Treatise on the Perfection of Wisdom (Mahāprajñāpāramitā śāstra), Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch (Liuzu tanjing), Vimalakīrti Sūtra (Weimojing). Introducing the function, concept and practice of dhyana, she considers the relevance of its practice in contemporary life.


Venerable Man Chien was born in Tao-yuan Province, Taiwan in 1961. She took monastic tonsure under Venerable Master Hsing Yun in 1987 and was fully ordained the following year. Aside from having served as Abbess of Fo Guang Shan Nan Tien Temple in Australia and Fo Gung Shan in New Zealand, she also held office as Dean of Tsung Lin University, Executive Director of Fo Guang University, Director of Nanhua University. Her current positions include the President of Fo Guang Shan Overseas Executive Council, Head Abbess of Fo Guang Shan Europe and Deputy-Secretary General of BLIA, Europe.

Organiser: SOAS China Institute

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