Qigong Global Summit
Online, September 22-25, 2020
An exciting free event that offered teachings and instructions from over twenty leading Qigong teachers, masters, and doctors, including Mantak Chia, Daisy Lee, Damo Mitchell, Lee Holden, Roger Jahnke, Mingtong Gu, Sharon Smith, and many others. Participants learned ways to naturally and fluidly loosen their joints and generate whole body power, methods for staying healthy via Qi dance and emotional release, techniques to activate the Golden Elixir of refined qi for healing and disease prevention as well as personal power and inner peace, the art of Daoist touch as an invaluable addition to relationship cultivation, ways to develop qigong and taiji quan as a way of life, and much more. For details see https://shiftnetwork.infusionsoft.com/go/qgs20a21673/a21673. [End Page 258]
East Asian Culture and Traditional Patterns
11th International Conference of the Journal of East Asian Humanities
Peking University, Beijing, October 3, 2020
With Chinese scholars in attendance and participants from Korea and Japan online, this meeting convened a representative cross-section of academics focusing on a highly relevant topic. Among Korean participants, Choi Chi-Bong, a research fellow at the Daesoon Institute of Religion and Culture, presented a paper entitled "A Study on the Bell-Ringing Ritual of Daesoon Jinrihoe."
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Qi
SWCAS 2020 Round Table,
Online, October 24, 2020
Organized by Adam Frank and Stephen Field, this meeting centered on questions of how the concept of qi circulates in a variety of discursive frameworks that range from the purely historical to contemporary lived experience. It brught together an interdisciplinary group of scholars from fields of philosophy, literature, history, anthropology, and religious studies.
Stephen Field focused on the origin and evolution of wind in ancient China. Nicolas Brasovan presented on Mencius's connection of qi with intention and Neo-Confucian takes on his statements on qi. And Adam Frank shared research on the practice of standing meditation (zhanzhuang) as a re-imagining of Daoist aesthetics. Dagmar Schäfer guistic backgrounds approached the concept of qi. And Livia Kohn looked at how Yuan-period thinkers from a variety of cultural and lin-dis*cussed the Daoist dimensions of qi, dividing its apperception according to cosmology, cultivation, and culmination, that is, its theoretical understanding, practical activation, and ultimate effects. [End Page 259]
The 5th Kunlun Forum on Daoism
Guoyang, Anhui, November 7-8, 2020
Organized by the Association for Research on Laozi and Daoist Culture, a voluntary group of Daoist scholars established in 2008, this forum hosted presentations on "Daoist philosophy and Quanzhen," "Daoism and Southwest Minorities," "Daoism in the Ming and Qing Dynasties," "Daoist Iconography," and more. After a year of preparation, over a hundred scholars and Daoists attended twelve in-depth discussion sessionss. The forum received positive responses and favorable comments from the participants.
New Religions and the Study of New Religions in the Post-COVID-19 Era
Korean Academy of New Religions, Online, November 13, 2020
Scholars of five different religious orders—Daesoon Jinrihoe, Won Buddhism, the World Peace and Unification Family Federation, Christian Science, and Scientology—presented various papers. Professor Lee Gyungwon of Daejin University presented on "Daesoon Jinrihoe and Daesoon Theology in the Post-COVID-19 Era." This academic conference marked a time to ponder the direction that new religions in Korea should take in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reconsidering Early Chinese Conceptions of Transcendence
Philiminality Oxford, Online, December 7, 2020
The seminar featured two guest speakers: Anthony Terekhov (Russian Academy of Science) and Prof. Robert F. Campany (Vanderbilt University). Each speaker delivered a thirty-minute lecture,(followed forty minutes of questions and discussion. The focus was on certain key concepts [End Page 260] in pre-imperial and early medieval texts broadly associated with the Daoist tradition. Dr. Terekhov first addressed the notion of transcendence as it relates to Warring States texts, with specific reference to concepts of zhenren and shengren; Prof. Campany explored the concept of xian (transcendents) as it relates to Han and early medieval texts.
New Voices in the Study of Chinese Religions
SSCR Roundtable, Online December 8, 2020
This featured six presentations. Joel Daniels: "Does the Wind Bend or Break the Grass? A Comparative...