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the first time reliable scholarly editions of a certain number of the earliest Tantric texts, all of them previously unpublished.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.

EFEO News
Research Seminar
Paris, France, 25 September 2020
As part of the research program "Essais 'au fil du pinceau' (zuihitsu) à l’époque d’Edo (XVIIe-XIXe s.) : recueils de réflexions et d’observations sur le passé et le présent des savants japonais (pré-) modernes" [Miscellaneous ‘running brush’ Essays (zuihitsu) in the Edo period (17th-19th c.). ): collections of reflections and observations on the past and present of (pre-)modern Japanese scholars], Christophe Marquet gives a communication on "The notion of "essay of critical reflection through evidence" (kōshō zuihitsu 考証随筆) through the case of the painter-writer Santo Kyoden, alias Kitao Masanobu (1761-1816)".

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4th lecture of the 'Kitashirakawa EFEO Salon'
Kyoto, France, 25 September 2020
As part of the Kitashirakawa EFEO Salon, the 4th lecture of the 2019-2020 cycle is presented by Gaétan Rappo (Kyoto University / EFEO) on the topic: "Esoteric Buddhism of the Muromachi period and secular benefits (genze riyaku): reflection on the Dakiniten mandalas" (in Japanese without translation).

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Opening of the EFEO Paris's Library
Paris, France,

Changes in opening hours and access conditions of the EFEO Paris's library.

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Covid-19 Information
Paris, France,


Changes in opening hours and access conditions of the EFEO Paris's library

♦ Readers wishing to consult the collections in the reading room:
From September 21, 2020, the library is open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Users are invited :
→ To reserve the documents they wish to consult 24 hours in advance from their reader account on the catalog
→ Then to book time slot in the reading room: BOOK TIME SLOT IN THE READING ROOM
Once the daily quota of places has been reached, the date ceases to be selectable in the form.

♦ Readers wishing to borrow documents:
The loan-return service is open to researchers and students who have the right of loan.
Please reserve the documents before Tuesday lunchtime on the library catalog.
Books are available in the library's access corridor on Wednesday of the same week.
Please note that unclaimed documents are returned to the library every Wednesday evening.

It is forbidden to stay in the common areas of the Maison de l'Asie.
Second volume of the 2018/2019 activity report

The second volume of the 2018/2019 activities report was presented to the School's Academic Council on 23 June. It is now available HERE.