2015 Buddhist Ritual Music Symposium and Performances, UC Berkeley

This symposium is focused on traditional Buddhist ritual music to consider its importance for studying the evolution of Buddhist culture as well as the interaction between Buddhist music and traditional musical culture outside the monastery in China, Korea, Japan, Tibet, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Nepal and Laos. It will include presentations by scholars in the field of ethnomusicology, Buddhist studies and/or religious studies and performances by Buddhist monastics, renowned in their home countries for their musicality in ritual chanting.

Buddhist Ritual Music
Friday-Saturday, November 6-7, 2015
Symposium/Performances
Toll Room, Alumni House – Zellerbach Playhouse

Registration for performances is recommended. To register for performances, please click here.

The symposum includes presentations by scholars in the field of ethnomusicology, Buddhist studies and/or religious studies and performances by Buddhist monastics, renowned in their home countries for their musicality in ritual chanting.

[Program]

Friday, November 6, 2015

12:30 – 5:00pm
Symposium: Toll Room, Alumni House

12:30 – 12:45 pm
Introductory Remarks
Mark Blum, UC Berkeley

12:45 – 1:25 pm
‘Reciting, Chanting, and Singing: Codifying Music in Buddhist Canon Law’
Cuilan Liu, McGill University

1:25 – 2:05 pm
‘The Sound of Vultures’ Wings: Tibetan Buddhist Ritual as Performing Art’
Jeffrey Cupchik, St. John Fisher College

2:10 – 2:50 pm
‘Use of Dance as a Ritual Tool in the Tantric Tradition of Nepalese Buddhism’
Alexander von Rospatt, UC Berkeley

2:50 – 3:05 pm
Break

3:05 – 3:45 pm
‘Chanting with the Dragon’s Voice: Music and Musical Notation in Japanese Sōtō Zen’
Michaela Mross, Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley

3:45 – 4:25 pm
‘Music and Liturgy in Japanese Esoteric Buddhism: The Rishu Zanmai Rite’
Steven G. Nelson, Hosei University, Japan

4:25 – 4:30 pm
Break

4:30 – 5:00 pm
Group Discussion

7:00 – 10:30pm
Performances: Zellerbach Playhouse

7:00 – 8:00 pm
Rishu Zanmai, Japanese Esoteric Buddhist Chant (Japan)
Performance by Kashōken: Arai Kojun, Kawashiro Kodo, Numajiri Kensho, Tanaka Kokan, Tobe Kenkai

8:15 – 9:15 pm
Charya Nritya by Dance Mandal (Portland, Oregon)
Performers: Prajwal Vajracharya, Uppa Sakya, Corinne Nakamura-Rybak

9:30 – 10:30 pm
Tibetan Ritual Music and Dance (Dehradun, India)
​Performers: Drikung Kagyu nuns from Samtenling Nunnery – Konchok Gamtso, Konchok Tsechik, Meena Kumari, Sonam Choenzin, Tandup Angmo, and Tsewang Dolma Sherpa

Saturday, November 7, 2015

9:30am – 11:00am
Symposium: Toll Room, Alumni House

9:30 – 10:10 am
‘The Dhamma as Sonic Praxis: Perspectives on Chant in Burmese and Khmer Buddhism’
Paul Greene, Penn State Brandywine

10:10 – 10:20 am
Break

10:20 – 11:00 am
‘Taxonomies of Chant in Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand’
Trent Walker, UC Berkeley

12:15 – 2:40pm
Performances: Zellerbach Playhouse

12:20 – 1:00 pm
Khmer ‘Smot’ Melodic Chant (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
Performer: Ms. Pheoun Sreypov

1:05 – 1:45 pm
Lao ‘Doen Sieng’ and ‘Lae’ Sermon Chant (Santa Rosa, California) Performer: Ven. Phetsamone Keomixay

2:00 – 2:40 pm
Sri Lankan ‘Paritta/Pirit’ Protective Chant (Rosemead, California) Performer: Ven. Sumitta Thero

3:00 – 4:50pm
Symposium: Toll Room, Alumni House

3:00 – 3:40 pm
‘History and Practice of Wuhui Nianfo’
Beth Szczepanski, Lewis and Clark College

3:40 – 4:20 pm
‘Elasticity of Korean Buddhist Rituals: Socioeconomic Conformance of the Pomp’ae Chant Performances’
Byong Won Lee, University of Hawai’i, Manoa

4:20 – 4:30 pm
Break

4:30 – 4:50 pm
Group Discussion

6:00 – 8:05pm
Performances: Zellerbach Playhouse

6:00 – 6:55 pm
Yongsanje Buddhist Ritual (Seoul, Korea)
Performers: Ven. Pophyon, Han Sungyul, Kim Beop Ki, Kwaon Rihwan, Lee Chang Won

7:10-8:05
Ven. Shi Guangquan (Hangzhou, China)
Performers: Monks from the Lingyin Temple and the Buddhist Academy of Hangzhou

Event Contact: cjs@berkeley.edu, 510-642-3415

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