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The OCBS has had the pleasure and benefit of a visit for nearly three weeks from the Ven Dr Huifeng (born Matthew Orsborn) of Fo Guang Shan, Lecturer at the Buddhist College in Fo Guang University, Taiwan. Ven Huifeng, who had never before visited Oxford, stayed at the Oxford Buddhist Vihara. He gave two lectures in our Monday evening series, one on the structure of the earliest version of the Chinese Aṣṭasāhasrikā Prajñā-pāramitā, the other on monastic education in contemporary Taiwan.

The first lecture was based on his doctoral thesis at Hong Kong University, which dealt with chiasmus in Buddhist texts, particularly this one. (Chiasmus is a structure like ABCBA.) He demonstrated that the structure of the text was so crafted that it could not possibly have arisen haphazardly but must have been planned as a whole. The other lecture dealt with formal instruction at Buddhist colleges; we learnt that among the pupils women outnumber men by about ten to one. Both lectures were exceptionally informative.

Shortly after his return to Taiwan, the Ven Huifeng was promoted to be a Vice-Abbot of FoGuang Shan. He is very young to receive so high a promotion and we congratulate him.




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