University of Leeds, Tuesday 1 & Wednesday 2 July 2014

This two-day conference will bring together internationally renowned scholars to explore the theme ‘Buddhism and Healing’ from their respective fields of study. The conference will address this subject through innovative ways from a wide range of interdisciplinary perspectives such as textual studies, history of medicine, medical anthropology and ritual studies. One major objective is to further our understanding of ‘healing’ by investigating the complex interrelationship between body and mind in Buddhist thought and practices in a wide range of different cultural and historical contexts. The aim here is to move beyond what is now widely regarded as a problematic dichotomy in Buddhist Studies, in order to propose a new and more satisfactory model of the dynamic body/mind relationship.

Speakers include:

Dr. William B Tuladhar-Douglas (University of Aberdeen)
Medicine and the reproduction of Buddhism in Nepal

Peter Sharrock (University of London)
“The Grief of Kings is the Suffering of Their People”: the Imperial Mission of the Cambodian Buddha of Medicine

Joanna Cook (University College London)
Why is Mindfulness so Popular?

Bhikkhu Anālayo (Hamburg)
Healing in Early Buddhism

C. Pierce Salguero (Penn State University / Abington College)
Are Buddhist Scriptures the “Missing Link” in the Global History of Medicine?

Anna Andreeva (Heidelberg)
Buddhism and Childbirth in Pre-modern Japan

Colin Millard (University of Cardiff)
The Oser Kyilpa Bon Mendrub Ritual

Paula Arai (Louisiana State University)
Homespun Healing Rituals

The conference will take place in the Parkinson Building (University of Leeds) on Tuesday 1 & Wednesday 2 July 2014. Please follow the link to access the UKABS 2014 Booking Form. The conference fee includes tea/coffee/biscuits on days, lunch and dinner on 1st July, lunch on 2nd July, conference pack, and conference facilities. Please view the conference homepage to access presentation abstracts and a programme of events.

Supported by:
School of Modern Languages and Cultures (University of Leeds), East Asian Studies (University of Leeds) and Centre for Religion and Public Life (University of Leeds)

Conference organisers
Martin Seeger (M.Seeger AT

Mikael Bauer (M.Bauer AT

Caroline Starkey (trs6cs AT

Illustration from a Thai Buddhist manuscript. British Library Or.13703

Illustration from a Thai Buddhist manuscript. British Library Or.13703