Early Tantra

In the framework of its ANR-DFG Franco-German thematic programme, the French National Research Agency (ANR) has decided to allocate the sum of €129,065 to the EFEO (Dominic Goodall), effective as of December 28, 2007. Set to last for three years, the programme is entitled "Discovering the Interrelationships and Common Ritual Syntax of the Saiva, Buddhist, Vaisnava and Saura traditions" (or Early Tantra)

The principal objective of the programme is to elucidate the interactions and relations between the ancient Tantric traditions. It was felt that by studying the similarities and differences between their ritual systems and terminology it would be possible to reach a clearer understanding of how these traditions were established and defined. The programme is also intended to make available for the first time reliable scholarly editions of a certain number of the earliest Tantric texts, all of them previously unpublished.

In the German part of the programme, scholars will focus their expertise and experience on the study of Nepalese manuscripts, particularly Buddhist manuscripts and early Saiva material. German partner researchers have privileged access to the National Archives of Kathmandu. Meanwhile, French researchers possess unique expertise regarding such material as well as of Shivaism in general. The two groups will pool their databases on Tantric literature.

This close and intensive collaboration will be reinforced by annual two-week long workshops attended not only by the members of the French and German teams but also by a substantial number of leading international experts in Tantric traditions who have agreed to be associated with the project.

The programme will culminate in six principal publications. Five of those publications will be constituted by the texts themselves. Depending on the state of the sources, the texts will be published either as critical editions or as diplomatic transcriptions. Each publication will be accompanied by a DVD containing digital images of the manuscripts in colour. The sixth publication will be a collection of articles on the ritual syntax common to the earliest Tantric traditions.

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Paris EFEO/ASIES Seminar
Paris, France, 11 March 2019
Monday 11th March Timothy Lubin (Washington and Lee University) speaks on From Scholastic Paraphrase to Customary Law Code? Genres of Javanese Juristic Literature part of ASIES seminar (master Amo - Asie méridionale et orientale : terrains, textes et sciences sociales).

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Free admission)
Maison de l'Asie, First floor salon, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris READ MORE
Conference ''Enjeux du patrimoine : de la restauration à la cartographie du paysage archéologique''
Fontainebleau, France, 09 February 2019
Christophe Pottier gives a conference for the APJFA (Association pour la promotion du jumelage Fontainebleau-Angkor): Enjeux du patrimoine : de la restauration à la cartographie du paysage archéologique.
At 17h, at the hôtel de l'Aigle Noir, place Napoleon Bonaparte at Fontainebleau.
Paris EFEO/ASIES Seminar
Paris, France, 04 February 2019
Monday 4th February Michela Bussotti speaks on Images de généalogies chinoises : objets et sources de la recherche.

This seminar is part of "Images: objects and sources / Research in primary sources" of the ASIES seminar (master Amo - Asie méridionale et orientale : terrains, textes et sciences sociales).

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Free admission)
Maison de l'Asie, First floor salon, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris READ MORE
Exhibition ''Les bosquets sacrés d’Aiyaṉār / Groves of Aiyaṉār''
Pondicherry, India, 31 January 2019
As part of the Pondicherry Heritage Festival, the exhibition of Jean-Louis Cardin's photographs titled Les bosquets sacrés d’Aiyaṉār / Groves of Aiyaṉār was inaugurated on January 31 by Her Excellency Kiran Bedi, Lieutenant Governor of Pondicherry.
Communication : ''La contribution de Gongga Laoren (1903-1997) à la diffusion du bouddhisme tibétain à Taïwan''
Paris, France, 29 January 2019
Fabienne Jagou talks on La contribution de Gongga Laoren (1903-1997) à la diffusion du bouddhisme tibétain à Taïwan as part of the cycle of conferences organized by SEECHAC.

At 18h, at the Musée Cernuschi, 7 avenue Velazquez 75008 Paris.
Illustration: Chongqing Monastery, Tainan, July 2013. © Jagou