The University of San Francisco: College of Arts and Sciences
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Tibetan Reincarnation Symposium
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Symposium Schedule

Friday, February 15, 2013, Xavier Room, Fromm Hall

8:30-9:00 Breakfast (for participants and invited guests only)


9:00-9:15 Welcome Speech by Dr. Eileen Fung, Associate Dean for Arts & Humanities

Tulkus in Transnational Buddhism: Authentication and Contestation of Hybridity in the Cross-Cultural Reincarnation System
Moderator: Jacob Dalton (UC Berkeley)

9:15-9:45 Elijah Ary (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris)
"So what's it like to be a Tulku?" Western Reincarnations and their Roles within the Tibetan Tulku Institution

9:45-10-15 Jessica Falcone (Kansas State University)
A Transnational Tulku: the Multiple Lives of a Spanish-born Tibetan Buddhist Lama

10:15-10:45 Anya Bernstein (Harvard University)
Buddhist Body Politics: Life, Death, and Reincarnation in Transnational Eurasia

10:45-11:15 Derek Maher (East Carolina University)
The Bodong Trulku: Reincarnation in Exile

11:15-11:45 Discussion

11:45-1:00 Lunch Break


Tulkus in Historical Context: Power, Knowledge, and Politics in the Innovation of the Reincarnation Institution
Moderator: Stephen Roddy (University of San Francisco)

1:00-1:30 Tsering Shakya (University of British Columbia)
Contestation over the Succession of the Dalai Lamas in the 17-18th Century

1:30-2:00 Elliot Sperling (Indiana University)
Qing Organization of the Incarnation Process: The Broader use of the Golden Urn

2:00-2:30 Jann Ronis (UC Berkeley)
The Rise of Tulkus in the Nyingma Sect: An innovation of the large scholastic monasteries of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries

2:30-3:00 Nicole Willock (University of Denver)
Ethics and Education: Gelukpa Narratives on Reforming the Tulku Institution in the Deng Xiaoping Era

3:00-3:30 Discussion

3:30-3:45 Tea/Coffee Break

3:45-4:30 Keynote Lecture by Prof. Donald Lopez (University of Michigan)
Four Possibilities

4:30-4:45 Discussion

Tulkus as a Model of Ideal Beings: Embodying the Enlightened Characteristics
Moderator: John Nelson (University of San Francisco)

4:45-5:15 Benjamin Bogin (Georgetown University)
The Tulku as Prodigy: Reflections on the Childhood of the Tenth Karmapa

5:15-5:45 Suzanne Bessenger (Randolph College)
Deity Emanation and the Legitimization of Sonam Peldren

5:45-6:00 Discussion

6:00-7:00 Reception, Commons Court, Fromm Hall (for participants and invited guests only)

Saturday, February 16, 2013, Maier Room, Fromm Hall

9:00-9:30 Breakfast (for participants and invited guests only)

9:30-10:15 Keynote Lecture by Prof. Jeffrey Hopkins (UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies and University of Virginia)
Reflections on Tulku Institution: Technical and Personal

10:15-10:30 Discussion

Envisioning and Retelling Birth-Stories: Tulku Lineage Narratives and the Quest for Legitimation
Moderator: Alexander Gardner (Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation)

10:30-11:00 José Cabezón (UC Santa Barbara)
How Tulku Lineages Are Constructed: The Case of Khöntön Peljor Lhundrub and the Lineage of the Changkya Incarnations

11:00-11:30 Nancy Lin (Vanderbilt University)
Birth-Stories of the Fifth Dalai Lama

11:30-12:00 Daniel Hirshberg (UC Santa Barbara)
A Post-Incarnate Usurper? Guru Chöwang's Claim to the Patrilineal Inheritance of Nyang

12:00-12:30 Discussion

12:30-12:45 Concluding Remarks by Tsering Wangchuk (University of San Francisco)

12:45 Lunch (for participants and invited guests only)