3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

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A Hybrid Japan Project workshop with Paul Swanson (Nanzan University). 

Building on the previous day's lecture, we will take a close look at and analyze some specific passages from the Mo-ho chih-kuan. Possible passages include the opening introduction; specific practices summarized under the rubric of the "Four Samadhis;" the famous passage on "contemplating objects as inconceivable;" and a sublime passage on the threefold truth (of emptiness, conventionality, and the Middle Path). We can analyze and discuss specific phrases and ideas, and compare various possible translations.

Paul L. Swanson was born and raised in Japan, did graduate work at Sophia University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and began working at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture (Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan) in 1986. He has edited the Japanese Journal of Religious Studies for over 30 years, and recently published Clear Serenity, Quiet Insight, a complete annotated translation and study of T'ien-t'ai Chih-i's Mo-ho chih kuan (University of Hawai'i Press, 3 volumes).


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