February 16, 2018
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building, Rm 318
170 St. George St
This lecture analyzes how commentators belonging to the Indic Kālacakrantantra tradition of the eleventh and early twelfth centuries engaged in the process of mediation, production of meaning, and dialogical relation with anticipated critics of the linguistic features and seeming semantic and structural contradictions in the Kālacakrantantra tradition.
Vesna A. Wallace teaches South Asian and Inner Asian religions and advanced Sanskrit Courses in the Department of Religious Studies at UCSB. Her two areas of specialization are Indian Buddhism, particularly Mahāyana and Vajrayāna traditions and Mongolian Buddhism. She has authored and translated four books related to Indian Buddhism, three of which pertain to the Kālacakra tantric tradition in India, and has published numerous articles on Indian and Mongolian Buddhism. Her most recent book is an edited volume on Mongolian Buddhism, titled Buddhism in Mongolian Culture, History, and Society.
Professor Wallace is currently working on three new books, two pertaining to Buddhism in Mongolia–one is an edited volume Sources of Mongolian Buddhism, and the other is a co-authored book, Interplay between Text, Image, and Ritual in Mongolian Buddhism. Another book is a translation and analysis of Indian Buddhist tantric texts on tantric yoga. She also has several other works in progress, a critical edition of Sanskrit text, titled the Smṛtyupasthāna Sūtra and is working on Buddhism and law in Mongolia.