Buddhismen bland tamiler i Tamilakam och Ilam

Tidsperiod: 2011-01-01 till 2011-12-31

Projektledare: Peter Schalk

Finansiär: Vetenskapsrådet

Bidragstyp: Projektbidrag

Budget: 40 000 SEK

The field of Buddhist Studies?in Europe and the Americas?has largely ignored the traditions, activities, and cultural products of Tamil-speaking Buddhists in southern India and Sri Lanka. This conference, building on previous work done by the applicant, seeks to expand the range of the conversation from South Indian and Sri Lankan specialists to scholars of southern Asian Buddhisms in Southeast Asia. So much of Tamil-speaking religious and literary culture?whether in India or Sri Lanka?is linked in as-yet little understood ways to the various regions of Southeast Asia, including Thailand (the site of the conference). The goal of the conference is to foster critical inter-regional dialogue on topics concerning the transmission, cultures, and contacts among various forms of southern Asian Buddhisms.