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Wearing Divine Protection: The Funerary Use of the Twenty-four Buddhist Talismans in Chosŏn Korea with Sujung Kim

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  Wearing Divine Protection: The Funerary Use of the Twenty-four Buddhist Talismans in Chosŏn Korea Sujung Kim, Associate Professor, DePauw University As a state-of-the-art “wearable technology” of the time, talismans provided protection, perquisites, and prescriptions for the devotees of premodern Korean Buddhism. Among a varied array of talismans discovered from tombs, stupas, and spell books, this talk focuses on a collage of the twenty-four Buddhist talismans to illustrate how they provided a vocabulary and structure to address believers’ soteriological concerns and transform their cosmological views. By examining these talismans as a crucial part of the Korean Buddhist mortuary ritual, the talk argues for the pervasiveness of talismanic culture in Chosŏn Buddhism, which allowed its followers to manage the fears of disease, demons, and death. My findings further suggest that multiple layers of ambiguities built around talismans,… Sponsor: Center for the Study of World Religions & The Ahnkook Fund for Korean Buddhism. Contact: Hilary Flores-Hebert, Events & Financial Assistant cswr@hds.harvard.edu. Religious tradition: Buddhist. Monday, February 6, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Zoom (Registration required. See link in event description.). For more info visit fb.me.

Initiated by the Spirits with Frédérique Apffel-Marglin, PhD (Psychedelics and the Future of Religion Series)

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  Harvard University welcomes individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you would like to request accommodations or have questions about the digital access provided, please contact Hilary Flores-Hebert, the Events & Financial Assistant at cswr@hds.harvard.edu or 617.495.4495 in advance of your participation. Sponsor: Center for the Study of World Religions. Contact: Hilary Flores-Hebert, Events & Financial Assistant cswr@hds.harvard.edu. Thursday, February 9, 2023, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. Zoom (Registration required. See link in event description.). For more info visit fb.me.

Peripheries Vol. 6: Submissions Due Today

Peripheries: A Journal of Word, Image, and Sound invites new and emerging artists, especially those who have traditionally not been represented in literary circles. Peripheries is published annually by Harvard Divinity School’s Center for the Study of World Religions under the supervision of its director Charles M. Stang. Hard copies are available for purchase at Grolier Poetry Book Shop in Harvard Square. If you would like to acquire a copy, please contact us. We welcome submissions from all: Unsolicited submissions are now open for Peripheries Issue 6, 2024 Edition. Unsolicited submissions will remain open until March 1, 2023. Please email us with your name and genre in the subject line, with a brief artist's bio and the submissions attached as a  .doc, docx, or .pdf (for art, only). Please do not include identifying information in the file itself.  Poetry: Please email us 1-6 poems of any length, in a single Word file. Please begin each poem on a new page.    Fiction: Please email us fiction, flash… Sponsor: Center for the Study of World Religions. Contact: Peripheries Editorial Staff, peripheriesjournal@gmail.com. Wednesday, March 1, 2023. https://www.peripheriesjournal.com/. For more info visit www.peripheriesjournal.com.

List Lecture in Jewish Studies with Shaul Magid

Please check back later for more details on the 2023 Albert and Vera List Fund for Jewish Studies Lecture featuring Shaul Magid. Sponsor: Center for the Study of World Religions. Contact: Hilary Flores-Hebert, cswr@hds.harvard.edu. Religious tradition: Jewish. Monday, April 3, 2023, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM. TBD.