Permanent Training in Buddhist Studies (PTBS)

The Permanent Training in Buddhist Studies (PTBS) is an initiative of the Ghent Centre for Buddhist Studies (GCBS) in collaboration with the Department for Languages and Cultures at Ghent University. The PTBS consists of short term training courses and lectures on diverse aspects in Buddhist Studies. It is aimed at offering an international contact forum both for scholars and students who are interested and/or engaged in the field of Buddhist Studies.

2019 PTBS Lecture Series

We are pleased to announce that the next Permanent Training in Buddhist Studies lecture series will take place between March 6th and May 15th, 2019



06.03   Albert Welter (University of Arizona, US)

A New Look at Old Traditions: Reimagining East Asian Buddhism through Hangzhou


13.03   Shaku Jinsen (KULeuven – Chingokuji, Japan)            

Pilgrimage into Freedom: a Buddhist Phenomenology of Mind


20.03   Beatrix Mecsi (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary) 

How Did a Religious Founder Become a Doll? Bodhidharma Representations in East Asia


27.03   Hans Martin Krämer (Heidelberg University, Germany)                    

“Even Three-Year-Old Children Know that the Source of Enlightenment is not Religion but Science”: Modern Japanese Buddhism between ‘Religion’ and ‘Science,’ 1860s–1910s


03.04   Marjan Beijering (Geschiedenislab, The Netherlands)          

Fame Gets to your Head: Janwillem Van de Wetering in Amsterdam, 1966-1975


24.04   Huayan Wang (Inalco, Paris, France)

Frontier, Ethnicity and Religion: the Azhali Buddhist Tradition of the Bai People in South-Western China


08.05   Ben Van Overmeire (Ghent University)          

Zen Buddhist Literature in America during the 20th Century: An Overview


15.05   Andrew K. Whitehead (Kennesaw State University, US)

Wordless Practices: Zen Critiques of Language



Library Lab, Arts and Philosophy Faculty Library, Rozier 44, Ghent



Wednesdays, 19:30 – 21:00



The PTBS is open to anyone interested in Buddhist Studies. As some of the lectures will be hosted by scholars from abroad, a basic knowledge of English is recommended. Participation is free of charge for all students and members of Ghent University. All other participants who wish to attend the lectures without certification are requested to pay an entrance fee of 3 per lecture.



Participants who attend 80% of the lectures and wish to be granted an official certificate will have to enrol at the central administration: het Ufo, St.-Pietersnieuwstraat 33, 1st floor (ticket on the groundfloor) (fixed amount, see In accordance with the educational regulations of Ghent University, students cannot obtain credits for their participation in the PTBS.

For further information on the PTBS, please contact: