Distinguished scholar discusses development of Chinese and Japanese Buddhism in modern world
The Department of History presented the fifth Ruby Lecture on 15 November. Professor Ge Zhaoguang, Founding Director of the National Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies and a Professor in the Department of History at Fudan University in the Mainland, delivered a lecture on how Chinese and Japanese Buddhism coped with the modern world through the lens of the influential Parliament of the World’s Religions in 1893.
In the lecture, Professor Ge discussed the position of Buddhists in China and Japan as they emerged into the New World and how their reaction exerted influence on the development of Buddhism, causing a difficult time for Chinese Buddhism in the 20th century. He mentioned issues related to East Asia, religion and history and revisited related research theories and methods.