Sohaku Macušita seminaras ir meditacijos mokymas

Dzen budizmas japonija atsk2018 m. birželio 12 d. 18.00 val. kviečiame į Sohaku Macušita seminarą ir meditacijos mokymą. Renginys vyks anglų kalba Vilniaus universiteto Azijos ir transkultūrinių studijų institute, Hindi kalbos kabinete.

Dzen budizmo vienuolis Sohaku Macušita (Matsushita Sohaku) gimė 1948 m. Kagošimos mieste. 1973 m. baigęs Tokijo užsienio kalbų universiteto (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies) anglų kalbos fakultetą, dirbo Japonijos prekybos organizacijoje JETRO. Vėliau, po dvejų metų, pradėjo mokytis Rindzai dzen budizmo Riūtakudži (Ryūtakuji)  šventykloje (Mišimos mieste Šidzuokos prefektūroje), priklausančioje Miošindži (Myōshinji) budizmo mokyklai. Mokėsi dzen meditacijos pas meistrus Soen Nakagavą (Nakagawa Sōen) bei Munetadą Sudzukį (Suzuki Munetada). 1983 m. paskirtas dirbti Čiokodži (Chōkōji) šventyklos Šidzuokos prefektūroje vyriausiuoju vienuoliu. Straipsnis apie Matsushita Sohaku

Apie Čiokodži (Chōkōji) šventyklą. Tai dzen šventykla, įsikūrusi žymaus dzen vienuolio Hakuin gimtinėje Hara vietovėje, Fudži kalno papėdėje, penkioliktoje iš 53 senojo Tokaido kelio stočių. Anksčiau ši šventykla suteikdavo nakvynę iš visos Japonijos į Šioindži (Shōinji) šventyklą suvažiuojantiems vienuoliams, siekiantiems vienuolio Hakuin mokymo.

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Tarptautinis klasikinių indų šokių mokyklų festivalis „Mano Indija“

Mano Indija 2018 atskl

Šiais metais festivalis pristato ypatingas viešnias: 
Kathak šokio stiliaus meistrę Shovaną Narayan (Indija) ir
jos mokinę – Ragini Madan (Indija)

Festivalio programoje:
Premal Madina ir Nataraj Dance Company (Latvija)
Natya Devi šokio teatras
Rajyashree Ramesh scenos meno ir šokio teatro akademija
Klasikinių Indų šokių studija „Bharatha Alaya“
Vaikų ir jaunimo klubas „Ąžuoliukas“


Renginio laikas ir vieta: 2018 metų birželio 1 d., 18.00 val. Vilniaus universiteto Teatro salė (Universiteto g. 3, Vilnius)

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Lecture „Naodongfang (鬧洞房): A Study about Contemporary Chinese Wedding Games with Sexual Connotation“

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Ph. D. Candidate, Department of Folklore, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Visiting Ph.D., University of Tartu, Estonia

Naodongfang (鬧洞房): A Study about Contemporary Chinese Wedding Games with Sexual Connotation

If you paid attention to Oscar Academy Award winner director Ang Lee’s movie The Wedding Banquet (《喜宴》1993), you may have noticed a plot that the American Chinese were practising a series of lively and funny wedding games. This custom is called Naodongfang (鬧洞房)  which indicates wedding games and pranks with sexual instructions that are held by tricksters before, during or after the wedding ceremony. The first officially written reference to it appears in TheHistory of Han Dynasty: Geographic Records (《漢書∙地理志》) around 32-92 BCE.

Over its two thousand years’ history, Naodongfang has relatively established the foundation for the core elements of dirty jokes and sex pranks. This lecture, based on my ongoing PhD thesis, mainly features three topics: 1. the significance of humor, play and jokes in human daily life (broad comparisons with western equivalents such as Shiveree, bachelor parties, mock weddings, groom’s dances, etc.), 2. the significance of folklore subverting authority (unsuccessful efforts, which past governments had made to ban and stigmatize the practice, prove that Naodongfang has essential functions for societies and people), 3. a double-sided sword in gender dynamics (are women victims of the traditions and folklore when sexual assaults happen during Naodongfang?). In conclusion, by answering these questions, I will try to explain why people practise absurd wedding games across the worldwide.

Lecture will be held on 28 of May 2018 at 17:00 at the Institute of Asian and Transcultural Studies, Vilnius University,
A. Binderio aud. (Universiteto Str. 5, Vilnius)


Lecture „Jewish Lithuanian writers discovering India: Textual, Personal and Political Journey“ by Dr. Shimon Lev

S.Lev copy 1While working on my major research focusing on the textual, personal and political encounter between the Jewish and Zionist world with India and its culture, I noticed the relatively large amount of publications about India by Jewish Lithuanian writers and travelers. These phenomena started from the Haskala movement (Enlightenment) till the establishment of the states of India and Israel respectively. In my lecture I will discuss the contribution of these intellectuals and travelers and the role they played in "discovering" India to the Jewish world in Europe and later to the Jewish population in Palestine.

Public lecture will be held on 30 of May 2018 at 17:00
at the Institute of Asian and Transcultural Studies, Vilnius University, Hindi k. room (Universiteto Str. 5, Vilnius). 

Dr. Shimon Lev is aמ artist, curator and researcher in Indian studies focousing on Gandhi, Tagore and the encounter between the Jewish and Zionist world and India. Lev published widely, curated and exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions. He received his PhD at the Hebrew University in 2016 entitled: Clear Are the Paths of India: The Cultural and Political Encounter between Indians and Jews in the Context of the Growth of their Respective National Movements. In 2016 he curated the exhibition the Camera man: Women and Men Photograph Jerusalem 1900-1950. (Tower of David Museum, Jerusalem). These days he works on the second exhibition which will deal with the history of photography in Jerusalem 1949 -1977. His publications include (partial list): The Camera man: Women and Men Photograph Jerusalem 1900-1950 Tower of David Museum, 2016). The Story of Mahatma Gandhi and Hermann Kallenbach (New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan 2012), Vesheyodea Lishol, Tel Aviv: Xargol Publisher, 1998, (Heb.). He was also the academic editor of the Hebrew edition of M. K. Gandhi: Satyagraha in South Africa (Tel Aviv: Babel, 2014) and M. K. Gandhi: Hind Swaraj (Tel Aviv: Adam Veolam, 2016), Clear are the Paths of Indis, The Cultural and Political Encounter Between Indians and Jews in the Context of their Respective National Movement, (Tel Aviv: Gama, 2018), From Lithuania to Santiniketan: Schlomith Flaum, and Rabindranath Tagore, (New Delhi-Vilnius, 2018). Lev teaches in Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem in the department of Photography Communication.


Prof. Audriaus Beinoriaus paskaita Gento universitete

Beinorius Gento universitete 201808-05-2018, Ghent University, Belgium

Astrology and Divination in India: Philosophical, Social and Religious Foundations

Lezing in het kader van de permanente vorming ‘Religieuze tradities van India’. In deze lezingenreeks zullen specialisten uit verschillende achtergronden u inkijk bieden in hun vakgebied. Hierbij komen diverse religieuze tradities aan bod die hun oorsprong vonden in India, zoals het boeddhisme, hindoeïsme en jainisme. Deze worden bovendien gekaderd binnen de geografische en culturele diversiteit die het Zuid-Aziatische subcontinent zo kenmerkt; van Tibet tot Sri Lanka, van Noord- tot Zuid-India.

De permanente vorming staat open voor iedereen met een interesse in Indische religie. Daar de meeste lezingen door buitenlandse gasten worden gegeven, is kennis Engels noodzakelijk.

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Public lecture “Dying to Save: How Youth are Fighting Terror in West Africa“

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Daniel E. Agbiboa, Assistant Professor at George Mason University,

School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (USA)

Dying to Save: How Youth are Fighting Terror in West Africa

Lecture will be held on 17 May, 2018  at 17:30

In most armed conflicts, youth are typically seen as rebels and foot soldiers of violent groups. This presentation rethinks the role of young people in Africa's armed conflicts, focusing on their positive contributions to peace building and development in their communities.

Lecture will be held at the Institute of Asian and Transcultural Studies, Vilnius University, J. Kovalevskis aud.
(Universiteto Str. 5, entrance from S. Daukantas courtyard). Download poster

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Lecture is co-organised by Africa Research and Consultancy Center AfriKo


Public lecture “Soft Power of Korea: Korean Wave Revisited”

VP Keum intProf. Hieyeon Keum (琴喜渊), Department of International Relations, University of Seoul (South Korea)

Soft Power of Korea: “Korean Wave Revisited”

Lecture will be held on 9th May, 2018  at 17:00

Hallyu, or Korean Wave has been referred as the South Korea’s Soft Power Invasion, not only limited to Asia but also to the rest of the world. It is also a new phenomenon that Korea’s popular culture is widely welcomed and liked by the people of the world, especially by Korean culture encompassing everything from music, movies, TV dramas to online games and Korean cuisine and beauty. However, it is not just the short phenomena but a collective of various elements of government policy, enterprise marketing, attractive contents. Like President Obama said, Korean Wave made South Korea’s top priority by the government.

South Korea is one of the countries in the world that dedicated a goal to become the world’s leading exported of popular culture. It is a success story of South Korea to develop and enhance its image not through the hard power but through Soft Power. What are the secrets to the success of Korean Wave and why people in the world like K-Pop?

Lecture will be held at the Institute of Asian and Transcultural Studies, Hindi room. Download poster


Dr. Feyza Görez viešos paskaitos

Feyza nuotr. intMaloniai kviečiame į dr. Feyza Görez viešas paskaitas Azijos ir transkultūrinių studijų centre

2018 m. balandžio 30 d. 17.00 val.

Chinese and Other Civilizations Practices of Castration

Eunuchism is an interesting phenomenon, which could be observed in almost every culture throughout the ages, in different forms and function. The practice was observed in many different cultures with different methods, and for different reasons. In old times, they were influential in private lives, bureaucracy, religious orders, politics, judiciary system, art, and other various parts of social life. Eunuchs still exist and even today, they are officially considered as the third gender in various countries. It will be covered, in this presentation, the physical and characteristic traits and the tragic lives of eunuchs, who can’t be ignored due to their numbers and the roles they played in society, and were sometimes humiliated, in other times feared or respected. It will also cover the castration methods in China, India, Europe, Russia and Ottoman Turkey, from antiquity to the 18th century which were performed on them, and how those methods evolved in time.

2018 m. gegužės 2 d. 17.00 val.

Chinese Pirate Zheng Shi and Her Extraordinary Life Story

The Presentation will discuss illegal maritime activities in the Canton region during the Qing Dynasty and the extraordinary life of Zheng Shi, the only female pirate of Asian history. Chinese piracy, whose origins go back to Annam, which lies within the borders of Vietnam today, had been continuing since the ancient times in the South Sea of the Canton area. While the pirates had appeared and disappeared since the era of Qianlong, the successful Qing emperor, they had never been as powerful as they were during the era of Jiaqing. It was never easy to knock down the Red Flag Fleet, led by Zheng Shi who was terrorizing the sea and the coast, at that time. Joining as the captive of a pirate and rapidly adapting to this life, Zheng Shi took the control of the fleet upon the death of her husband and ruled the whole South China Sea for ten years via the Sea Acts she enacted. Considering several platforms whereon the woman actually existed in a patriarchal society, woman involvement in such a male-dominated act as piracy, wherein even their presence on the sea was regarded as misfortune will be discussed within the historical framework.

Paskaitos vyks Vilniaus universiteto Azijos ir transkultūrinių studijų institute, J. Kovalevskio aud.

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