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Ancient Egyptian Poetry
Buddhist Studies at Oxford
Introducing the Qur'an
Oriental Institute
Staying Alive: Poetry and Crisis
Tibetan Graduate Studies Seminar
# Episode Title Description People Date
58 Dharmabhāṇakas, Siddhas, Avatārakasiddhas, and gTer stons This lecture offers a new look at the origins of Gter ma literature in an intertextual framework. Robert Mayer 08 Jun 2022
57 Early Explanations for the Appearance of Mahāyāna sūtras A presentation looking at how early Mahayana sutras explain where they came from. David Drewes 08 Jun 2022
56 Revelation and Rediscovery: Early Medieval Indian Origin Myths of the Tantras David Gray talks about revelatory or "treasure" texts from Indian and Tibetan perspectives in a comparative framework. David Gray 06 May 2022
55 Perfected Beings in Human Form: The Siddha Tradition in Śaiva Tantra John Nemec's talk on the origin of siddha and its polysemic application in Sanskrit textual sources. John Nemec 06 May 2022
54 Thomas Newhall, ‘Partially in Accord with the Greater Vehicle: Reading the Four-Part Vinaya as a Mahāyāna text in Daoxuan's Commentaries’ Reading Mahāyāna Scriptures Conference, Sept 25-26, 2021 Thomas Newhall 30 Mar 2022
53 Dr. Stephanie Balkwill, ‘Reading the Sūtra of the Unsullied Worthy Girl’ Reading Mahāyāna Scriptures Conference, Sept 25-26, 2021 Stephanie Balkwill 30 Mar 2022
52 Dr. Reed Criddle, ‘Collective oral tradition in the musical recitation of the Medicine Buddha Sūtra’ Reading Mahāyāna Scriptures Conference, Sept 25-26, 2021 Reed Criddle 30 Mar 2022
51 Dr. Rafal K. Stepien, ‘On Numen in Antinomianism, or Reading Religion in Irreligion’ Reading Mahāyāna Scriptures Conference, Sept 25-26, 2021 Rafal K. Stepien 30 Mar 2022
50 Nic Newton, ‘Description, Visualisation, and Concatenation in the Larger Sukhāvatīvyūhasūtra’ Reading Mahāyāna Scriptures Conference, Sept 25-26, 2021 Nic Newton 30 Mar 2022
49 Dr. Mikael Bauer, ‘Tracing the exoteric-esoteric in pre-modern Japanese Dharma Assemblies’ Reading Mahāyāna Scriptures Conference, Sept 25-26, 2021 Mikael Bauer 30 Mar 2022
48 Dr. Gregory Adam Scott, ‘Reading Mahāyāna Scriptures in Modern China: The Role of Scriptural Presses, Distributors, and Buddhist Bookstores’ Reading Mahāyāna Scriptures Conference, Sept 25-26, 2021 Gregory Adam Scott 30 Mar 2022
47 Dr. David Drewes, ‘How Many Mahāyānas Were There?’ Reading Mahāyāna Scriptures Conference, Sept 25-26, 2021 David Drewes 30 Mar 2022
46 Dr. D.E. Osto, ‘Virtual Realities: A Mahāyāna Interpretation based on The Supreme Array Scripture’ Reading Mahāyāna Scriptures Conference, Sept 25-26, 2021 D. E. Osto 29 Mar 2022
45 Dr. Charles DiSimone, ‘Identical Cousins? Insights on the Parallel Development of Prajñāpāramitā Families Gleaned from New Manuscript Discoveries in Greater Gandhāra’ Reading Mahāyāna Scriptures Conference, Sept 25-26, 2021 Charles DiSimone 29 Mar 2022
44 Prof. Paul Harrison, Keynote: ‘Mahāyāna Sūtras: Reading As, Reading For, Reading Into’ Reading Mahāyāna Scriptures Conference, Sept 25-26, 2021 Paul Harrison 29 Mar 2022
43 Dr. Berthe Jansen, ‘The Role of Indic Mahāyāna Scriptures in Tibetan Legal Texts’ Reading Mahāyāna Scriptures Conference, Sept 25-26, 2021 Berthe Jansen 29 Mar 2022
42 Creative Commons The Dharmabhāṇaka’s Body and the Ontologization of Authority This talk by Natalie Gummer explores the role of Dharmabhāṇaka – those who recite the Dharma – in Mahāyāna Sutras Natalie Gummer 15 Mar 2022
41 Medicine Mountains along the Himalayas: Healing, Trade, and Ecology The Greater Himalayas extend through many different kinds of community. This lecture considers several ‘medicine mountains’, particular mountains that fold society and ecology together, and explores them as a comparative category Will Tuladhar-Douglas 25 May 2021
40 Why Go on Pilgrimage? Geomancy and the Transformational Powers of Sacred Places in Tibetan Buddhism and Bon This presentation considers the association between pilgrimage and healing in Tibet through an exploration of the process whereby natural sites are imbued with meaning Charles Ramble 25 May 2021
39 Reading khrims Between the Lines: The Rise of Legality in 13th Century Central Tibet Daniel introduces us to the term khrims and looks at the “rise of legality” in 13th century Central Tibet. Daniel Wojahn 25 May 2021
38 Virūpa is Virūpākṣa: Towards an Indo-Tibetan Siddha Corpus Westin Harris opens the dialogue between Tibetan, Nāth and Yoga studies centred around the figure of Virūpa Westin Lee Harris 12 May 2021
37 Buddhism and Gender Perspectives in Sikkim: Historical and Contemporary Approaches The talk explores the historical and contemporary influence of women in Sikkim from a Buddhist perspective Marlene Erschbamer 10 May 2021
36 Connections in the Making and Meaning of the Art of Bhutan and Tibet in the 17 th and 18 th Centuries: A Study of the Wall Paintings at Tango Monastery Pu Lan discusses her PhD project, which explores the 17th-century Monastery of Tango and how it illustrates the development of wall painting technology in Bhutan Pu Lan 31 Mar 2021
35 The Geluk Domestication of Tantra Brenton Sullivan presents his new book "Building a Religious Empire: Tibetan Buddhism, Bureaucracy, and the Rise of the Gelukpa" and discuss the third chapter, "Institutionalizing Tantra", in more detail Brenton Sullivan 31 Mar 2021
34 The Mongolian Kanjur - Should Tibetologists Care? Kirill Alekseev presents his latest research on the Mongolian Kanjur and its ramifications in Tibetan Studies Kirill Alekseev 16 Mar 2021
33 Layers of Protection: Everyday Life with Empowered Objects In her talk, Inger Vasstveit discusses “empowered objects” - small Buddhist objects that people wear on their person - in relation to the broader socio-political and cosmological environment in India Inger Vasstveit 02 Mar 2021
32 Death by Poisoning: Cautionary Narratives and Inter-Ethnic Accusations in Contemporary Sikkim Kikee Bhutia talks about the contemporary discourses around ‘othering’ in Sikkim and analyse the region’s inter-ethnic challenges Kikee Bhutia 04 Feb 2021
31 Fervent admiration and devotion: Exploring devotional literature in the collected works of the 3rd Dodrupchen Renée Ford's introduction to the devotional literature in the collected works of the 3rd Dodrupchen composed in admiration of his late teacher Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. Renée Ford 02 Feb 2021
30 The Role of Prophecies in the Construction of the Geluk Tradition In this talk, Michael Ium explores the role of prophecies in the legitimation and construction of the Geluk tradition. Michael Ium 03 Dec 2020
29 Liu pin fo lou (Building of Six Classes of Sutra and Tantra), the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon in the Forbidden City Ziyi Shao takes us to the reign of the Qianlong Emperor and will show us around the Fan hua lou (Hall of Buddhist Efflorescence), one of the most complex and prominent Buddhist monuments in the Forbidden city Ziyi Shao 26 Nov 2020
28 Culture of Emotions: Uses and Interpretations of Musical Heritage in the Tibetan Refugee Community of Dharamsala Chloé Lukasiewicz talk on the significance of music in the Tibetan refugee community in Dharamsala, India Chloé Lukasiewicz 19 Nov 2020
27 Buddhism and the Rise of ‘the Tibetans’ (bod pa): Religion, Myth and the Promotion of Ethnicity in the Pre-modern Period Apropos 'the Tibetans': Reinier Langelaar's talk focuses on the mythical origins and the promotion of ethnicity in historical Tibet Reinier Langelaar 05 Nov 2020
26 Human Remains in Tibetan Material Religion: An object centered approach Ayesha Fuentes shares a unique and interdisciplinary insight into art conservation of human remains in Tibetan material religion Ayesha Fuentes 29 Oct 2020
25 Sacred Trash, Trash Talks, And Personhood Bo Wang discussing the practice of depositing garments as offerings to sacred mountains in Eastern Tibet Bo Wang 29 Oct 2020
24 The First Tibetan Block Print: The Khara-Khoto Collection of Precious Dhāraṇīs with the Emperor's Postscript Alla Sizova discusses the role of translation activities in the spread of Buddhism in the 12th century and outlines the extent of Tibetan influence on the Tangut culture. Alla A. Sizova 15 Oct 2020
23 Fictional Facts or Factual Fiction? The Social Reality behind Kha stag ʼDzam yag’s "Diary" and Lhag pa Don grub’s "Life of a mule driver" Fictional Facts or Factual Fiction? Lucia Galli's talk on self-representation and the social reality behind two Tibetan memoirs Lucia Galli 04 Jun 2020
22 The Nechung Oracle and the Construction of Identity in the Tibetan Diaspora The Oracle in Exile: Pema Choedon's talk on the Nechung Oracle and identity construction in the Tibetan Diaspora Pema Choedon 28 May 2020
21 The Mortality of the Dalai Lama and its Scriptural Sources: A Study in Tibetan Buddhist Political Theology I am currently focusing on the problem of the Dalai Lama’s mortality that is, the question of how to come to terms with his suffering and death, in light of the association between Tibetan kingship and the deity Avalokiteśvara. Ian MacCormack 21 May 2020
20 Preliminary Practices: Bloody Knees, Calloused Palms and the Transformative Nature of Women’s Labor The Preliminary Practices not only initiate practitioners into a specific tradition, but also more fundamentally, into Vajrayana Buddhism as it is practiced in contemporary Tibet. Kati Fitzgerald 14 May 2020
19 Creative Commons Writing about the Nechung Oracle Christopher Bell's talk about oracles, protector deities, and other mysteries Christopher Bell 07 May 2020
18 Creative Commons The sku bla of the Tibetan emperors and its metamorphosis in Yungdrung Bön In the late 12th century Yungdrung Bön text Grags pa gling grags a deity that has a special relationship to the Tibetan ruler plays a prominent part in the narrative of the Tibetan kings. Per Kværne 30 Apr 2020
17 Episode 8: Death Leaves Signs This episode, the final one of this season, features the work of Palestinian poet Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, author-in-residence at Refugee Hosts. Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, Adriana X Jacobs 14 Jun 2019
16 Episode 7: Living Absences In this conversation with Trinidadian Scottish poet Vahni Capildeo, author of Venus as a Bear (2018), we explore the layered, polyphonous histories of the places we pass through and inhabit. Vahni Capildeo, Adriana X Jacobs 07 Jun 2019
15 Episode 6: The .01 Percent In this episode, Israeli poet Tahel Frosh talks to us about her debut poetry collection Betsa (Avarice, 2014), financial crisis, and the value of culture. Tahel Frosh, Adriana X Jacobs 29 May 2019
14 Episode 5: The Cut Out In this episode, I talk to US poet Diana Khoi Nguyen (Ghost Of, 2018) about the perseverance of eels, technologies of printing, and how poetry allows for the possibility that our dead will remain present with us in one form or another. Diana Khoi Nguyen, Adriana X Jacobs 22 May 2019
13 Talking with the Soul: A Dialogue about Life and Death In this Ancient Egyptian poem, a man talks with his own soul about whether it is better to live or die. Read by Barbara Ewing. Translated by Richard Bruce Parkinson. Barbara Ewing, Richard Parkinson 16 May 2019
12 Episode 4: Survival Takes Time Interview with US poet Laura Sims, author of Staying Alive (2016) and Looker (2018) Laura Sims, Adriana X Jacobs 16 May 2019
11 Episode 3: A Language for Grief Interview with Israeli poet Shimon Adaf, author of Aviva-Lo (Aviva-No, 2009). Shimon Adaf, Adriana X Jacobs 08 May 2019
10 Episode 2: We Grow out of the Past Interview with UK poet and translator Sasha Dugdale, author of Red House (2011) and Joy (2017) Sasha Dugdale, Adriana X Jacobs 01 May 2019
9 Episode 1: Like a Zombie Life Interview with the US poet Mike Smith, author of Pocket Guide to Another Earth (2018) and And There was Evening and There was Morning (2018). Mike Smith, Adriana X Jacobs 23 Apr 2019
8 The Qur'an as literature A principal reason for why the Qur'an managed to establish itself as a text believed to constitute divine revelation is that it is compelling literature. How do Islamic and modern Western scholars approach the Qur'an's literary dimension? Nicolai Sinai 27 Feb 2018
7 Confirming and clarifying: The Qur'an in conversation with earlier Judaeo-Christian traditions The Qur'an's original addressees must have been familiar with earlier Jewish and Christian traditions, which the Qur'an claims both to "confirm" and to "clarify". Nicolai Sinai 27 Feb 2018
6 Rekindling Prophecy: The Qur'an in its historical milieu. This second episode examines the historical context in which the material now collected in the Qur'an was first promulgated. Special attention is paid to the various groups of addressees who figure in the Qur'an. Nicolai Sinai 27 Feb 2018
5 Hovering about the Qur'an without entering into it? On the academic study of the Qur'an. What does it mean to study the Qur'an historically? In this initial episode we consider how historically oriented research on the Qur'an relates to religious belief and to traditional Islamic scriptural interpretation. Nicolai Sinai 27 Feb 2018
4 The Life of Sinuhe An ancient Egyptian tells his life-story from the walls of his tomb, c. 1850 BC. Read by Barbara Ewing. Translated by Richard Bruce Parkinson Barbara Ewing, Richard Parkinson 01 Nov 2016
3 The Queen Shrieks: The Shock of Ancient Egyptian Poetry The Inaugural lecture of Richard B. Parkinson as Professor of Egyptology, accompanied by actress and author Barbara Ewing, on the emotional power of the famous Ancient Egyptian poem "The Tale of Sinuhe" Richard Parkinson, Barbara Ewing 27 Jun 2014
2 Creative Commons One Connected Vision of Ancient Egypt: A launch of the digitised Topographical Bibliography Richard Parkinson, Professor of Egyptology, gives a talk about the new digital Topographical Bibliography from the Griffith Institute at Oxford. Richard Parkinson 23 Jun 2014
1 Creative Commons How to Be Publishable: Graduate Training Seminar A crash course in how to get published, from approaching the writing process to marketing your ideas. Dr. Eugene Rogan discusses the ins and outs of academic and trade publishing with insights for students at the graduate level and beyond. Eugene Rogan 20 Feb 2014