Sunday, March 25, 2012

Symposium on Translation of Madhyamaka Terms


Message from Mangalam Reasearch Center:
Dear Colleagues,
Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages in Berkeley, CA is pleased to announce two related programs in the field of Madhyamaka studies, to be held from August 3-9, 2012. Consistent with MRC’s mission, the programs will focus on issues of language, philology, and translation.
The two programs will be led by Drs. Anne MacDonald and Luis Gómez. Invited participants include Drs. Bill Ames, Dan Arnold, Karen Lang, Akira Saito, and Kevin Vose. Also participating will be Dr. Michael Hahn, one of MRC’s two academic directors, and Dr. Siglinde Dietz, Visiting Scholar in Residence, as well as the MRC postdoctoral fellows.
MRC invites other academics and advanced graduate students with an interest in Madhyamaka to apply to participate in these two programs.
The first program, which will run from August 3-6, is a seminar on selected portions of the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā. The anticipated focus (subject to change) is the first 5-7 verses of MMK ch. 4 (refutation of cause and effect); MMK ch. 5, with consideration of its commentary in the Prasannapadā, and selected verses from chapters 15, 24, and 25, with reference to the Prasannapadā where helpful.
The second program is a symposium, to run from August 7 through August 9. The symposium is intended to focus on translation and terminology choices for key Madhyamaka terms in light of the discussion during the preceding seminar.
The second program is open only to individuals who have completed the first. Interested persons who wish to attend only the first program are welcome to apply.
The programs will be held at Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages in Berkeley. Details on how to apply, costs, housing options, etc. will be posted on the MRC website, www.mangalamresearch.org.
Regards,
Jack Petranker Director, Mangalam Research Center

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