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Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—A discussion of \"Buddhist–Confucian Encounters and Contributions to Chinese Culture\" will be presented by the Religion and Asian Studies Programs and Bard in China on Monday, October 16, at 7:30 p.m., in Room 115 of the F. W. Olin Language Center at Bard College. This program is free and open to the public.

The discussion will be led by Bard professor Bradley Clough, and Vassar professor Bryan Van Norden. They will begin by exploring the fundamental teachings of Confucianism and the Chinese Buddhist \"Flower Garland\" and \"Pure Land\" schools, and how these traditions have shaped Chinese culture. Clough and Van Norden will then explore Buddhist–Confucian encounters and how these two different philosophies have responded to one another and developed. Questions and comments are welcome throughout the program and, at the end of the session, there will be time for open discussion with the audience.

Bradley Clough is assistant professor of religion and Asian studies at Bard College. He received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University and his undergraduate degree from St. Lawrence University. His areas of interest are comparative religion, Buddhist studies, and South Asian culture. He was the recipient of the President\'s Fellowship and a Teaching Fellowship from Columbia University and a research and course development grant from American Council for Learned Societies. He chaired the Seminar on Asian Thought and Religion at Columbia University and was faculty director of the New York State Independent College Consortium for Study in India. His book reviews have appeared in Journal of Religion and Health, Religious Studies Review, and Journal of Asian Studies. He is a contributor to the Pilgrim Library of World Religions and Encyclopedia of Women and Religion.

Bryan Van Norden is assistant professor of philosophy and Asian studies at Vassar College. He received a Ph.D. from Stanford University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. His areas of specialization are Chinese philosophy (especially Confucianism) and ethics (especially moral realism and virtue ethics). Recent projects include co-editing and contributing to the forthcoming Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy and editing and contributing to Confucius and the Analects: New Essays. Van Norden is the recipient of a Mellon Fellowship and a Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation grant. He has given talks at Peking University and the National University of Singapore.

For further information about the discussion, call 845-758-7388 or e-mail

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