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June, 2012 (Buswell/Joo) Date: Nov 29, 2011 Dear colleagues, The Center for the Study of the Chogye Order (Chonghak Yŏn’guwŏn) at Dongguk University and the Chogye Order of Korean Buddhism (Taehan Pulgyo Chogyejong) are offering scholars and (and potentially some advanced graduate students) in Buddhist Studies and Korean Religions an opportunity to join a conference, retreat, and tour related to Kanhwa Sŏn 看話禪 (“observing the hwadu” meditative technique, the Korean counterpart of kōan meditation) in Korea, June 18-July 1, 2012. These events are being scheduled to coincide with a two-day international conference on Kanhwa Sŏn to be held at Dongguk University, which will be a follow-up to similar conferences held the last two years. We are accepting applications both for scholars who are interested in delivering a formal paper at the conference (plus the retreat and tour), as well as for those who will simply attend the conference, retreat, and tour. The conference title this year is “Kanhwa Sŏn in the History of Buddhist Thought.” We will be able to accept up to seven English-language papers this year for formal delivery at the conference. The conference will be followed by a seven-day Kanhwa Sŏn retreat specifically tailored for professors and scholars, which will be led by Subul Sunim, one of the most renowned contemporary teachers of this meditative technique in Korea today. Subul Sunim has designed an approach to Kanhwa Sŏn that speeds the development of “doubt” or questioning so that retreatants quickly generate a “personal experience” (ch’ehŏm 經驗). The retreats are done free-style, so retreatants are free to tailor their practice to fit their abilities and background. The retreat will be held at a major Korean monastery and participants will therefore be personally exposed to traditional Korean monastic life. After the seven-day retreat, participants will be escorted on a two-day tour of several Kanhwa Sŏn monastic centers deep in the mountains of the Korean peninsula. In addition to visiting some pristine Buddhist monastic sites, participants will also have a chance to meet and talk together with several advanced monastic exponents of Kanhwa Sŏn. These tours and discussions have always been a big hit among the Western scholars who participated. Everyone selected is expected to participate in all three events (conference, retreat, and tour); we will be able to accommodate a total of 20+ participants. For those scholars who do not speak Korean, translation between Korean and English will be provided during all the events. Schedule: Participants should schedule their flights to arrive in Seoul on Monday, June 18 (absolutely no later than June 19). There will be a tour of Seoul city sites on June 19, followed by a welcome dinner that evening. The conference starts on the morning of Wednesday, June 20 and ends on the evening of June 21. Participants leave for the retreat on Friday, June 22 and the retreat continues through Thursday, June 28. The tour takes place June 29-30, returning to Seoul late that evening. Participants should schedule their flights to depart from Seoul on Sunday, July 1. Application Deadlines: Paper proposals should be submitted by January 10th; accepted proposals will be announced by January 15th. Final drafts of the papers selected for delivery at the conference will be due no later than March 30th in order to allow time for translation into Korean. Papers should be a maximum of 15-20 pages (viz., no longer than is necessary for a thirty-minute oral presentation). Applications for the retreat, tour, and conference (viz., those applicants who do NOT intend to deliver a paper) are due April 23rd (and early applications are strongly encouraged); selections will be announced no later than April 30th in order to give participants sufficient time to plan their flight itineraries. Expenses: All expenses in-country (lodging, meals, and ground transportation) for all participants will be covered by Dongguk University and the Chogye Order. Lodging will be on a shared basis (some individual hotel reservations may be possible at extra cost; monastic quarters will all be shared). Those selected to deliver formal papers will also have their round-trip, economy-class airfare to Korea paid; all other participants are responsible for their own airfare (airfares will not be reimbursed). The Center expects to be able to select 20+ overseas participants for all the events from the applications received. Please apply by sending a short letter of interest and a CV to Robert Buswell (Buswell@humnet.ucla.edu<mailto:Buswell@humnet.ucla.edu>) of UCLA and Professor Ryan Joo (firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>) of Hampshire College; scholars interested in presenting a formal paper at the conference should also send a brief, one-paragraph description of their paper proposal, with a title. All applications will be turned over to Professor Jongho Sunim, director of the Center for the Study of the Chogye Order, and his staff, who will make the selections and be in touch directly with those selected to participate about arrangements. Cordially, Robert Buswell (UCLA) Ryan Joo (Hampshire College) ----------------------------------------------- H-Buddhism (Buddhist Scholars Information Network) Web Site: http://www.h-net.org/~buddhism Posting Guidelines: http://www.h-net.org/~buddhism/posting_guidelines.html Account Handling: http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-buddhism