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 Invitation to an International Conference 

Hermeneutic Understanding of Translation of Early Buddhist and Christian Scriptures: Theories and Praxis

July 6-7, 2016                                     Wuhan, P.R. China




Wuhan University



In the process of introduction of Buddhism and Christianity into China, translation of their scriptures became fundamental. After Buddhism came into China from India through silk road during Han Dynasty the translation of Buddhist scriptures became the major work for many Buddhist monks. Gradually it entered into its mature period in the Tang Dynasty. Xuan Zang, a Buddhist monk, was the chief translator. He not only established systematic and operative translation theories, but also translated numerous Buddhist classics which were treasured till today.


Christianity first came to China in the Tang Dynasty. The translation of Christian scriptures began from a variety of Central Asian languages into Chinese text. It borrowed a quite number of Buddhist terminology in Chinese, which led to the misinterpretation of the early Christianity as "a sect of Buddhism" in China at that time.


This conference will focus on investigating the translation theories and praxis of early Buddhism and Christianity scriptures, as well as the hermeneutical understanding and interpretation in the course of religious scriptures into Chinese. It is hoped to provide some reference to interreligious dialogue in this pluralistic era.




Please send 300 words and a brief C.V. to Professor Huang Chao[hcdj2000@whu.edu.cn] and cua-rvp@cua.edu until April 10, 2016. Presentation of accepted papers will be 20 minutes in length followed by 20 minutes discussion. Full papers (for which in order to promote in-depth investigation there is no upper page limit) will be published by the RVP.



There is no registration fee. Travel expense will be covered by participants (or their institutions); the local organizer will provide accommodation during the conference.



Qiang Yue (18604851048; 2226433086@qq.com)

Qu Zhihong (13407180380; zhhong707@aliyun.com)

Huang Chao (18971659816; hcdj2000@whu.edu.cn)

Religious Faculty

The School of Philosophy

Wuhan University

Wuhan, P.R. China




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