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 Buddhology.


The venue of the PTBS is the Koninklijke Academie voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde (KANTL), Ghent, Koningstraat 18 (


The lectures take place on eight Tuesday evenings in spring from 19.30 - 21.00.

2017 Programme

  • 07.03   Mick Deneckere (Ghent, Belgium): “Japanese True Pure Land Buddhism, the Meiji Restoration (1868) and the First Japanese Buddhist Mission to Europe”
  • 14.03   Tim Kragh (Poznan, Poland): “A Buddhist Theory of Relations”
  • 21.03   Christophe Vielle (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium): “The Pairi Daiza Collection of Sanskrit Steles: Buddhism in the Medieval Kingdom of Dali (Yunnan, China)”
  • 28.03   Philip Garrett (Newcastle, UK): “Kinship, Kami, and Sacred Space at the Shingon Buddhist Monastic Complex Kōyasan in Medieval Japan”
  • 18.04   Ang Zou (Ghent, Belgium): “From Revelation to a Living Tradition: Daoxuan and His Design of the Platform and the Procedure for Higher Ordination”
  • 25.04   Nataša Vampelj Suhadolnik (Ljubljana, Slovenia): “Is Lotus on the Ceiling of the Han and Wei Jin Tombs a Buddhist Motif? A Reinterpretation of the Lotus on the Tomb’s Ceiling”
  • 02.05   Zhe Ji (Paris, France): “The Monastic Economy of Buddhism in Contemporary China”
  • 09.05   Martin Lehnert (Munich, Germany): “Exemplifying Secrecy: Incommunicability and Undecidability in Gong'an Diegesis”


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) (registration fee: €250) (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: