UVA Meeting (2011)


You can get to a description of the readings here.

9:00 – 10:15 Genre Classifications: Tibetan Literature and Rtsom rig gser gyi sbram bu.
How can we best classify and organize Tibetan literature. What are our goals in doing so? What are the advantages of focusing on an inclusive scheme? What of an exlcusive scheme? We will look at two recent schemes, one American and one Tibetan, namely the outlines from Tibetan Literature:  Studies in Genre (1996) and Rtsom rig gser gyi sbram bu (3 vols., 1988-9).

10:15 – 10:45  Break

10:45 – 12:00  Building an Anthology of Tibetan Literature
What counts as literature within the Tibetan world? In order to approach this abstract question, we will engage in a collaborative modeling exercise by sketching out the scope and shape of an anthology of Tibetan literature. We will also discuss two recent models of Chinese literary anthologies, Stephen Owen’s An Anthology of Chinese Literature: Beginnings to 1911 (1997) and Victor Mair’s The Columbia Anthology of Traditional Chinese Literature (1996).

12:00 – 2:00 Lunch

2:00 – 3:15  Literature Readings: Longchenpa, Journey to Mount Potalaka (Nyingma) & Tsongkhapa, Story of Sadaprarudita (Gelukpa)
In the afternoon we will read four work generally classified by both Tibetan and Euro-American traditions of scholarship as ‘literature’. What makes these literature? Certain forms within the work? Intentions of the author? Particalular modes of reception by audiences? We will use these for works to identify key features of literature, thereby refine and make more explicit our working definitions of literature.

3:15 – 3:45  Break

3:45 – 5:00  Literature Readings Cont’d:  Sakya Pandita, Ordinary Wisdom (Sakya) & Tsangnyön Heruka, Life of Milarepa, final chapter (Kagyu)

9:00 – 10:15  Text Repository Project (David Germano)

10:15 – 10:45  Break

10:45 – 12:00  Future Seminar Planning