The (Re-)Emergence of Buddhism: Inter-Asia Buddhist Connection in Late Colonial Indonesia

Monday, October 7th, 2019, 15:23 WIB


Along with the Western/European Buddhist activists and intellectuals that influenced Peranakan Chinese Buddhist society, Indonesian Buddhists also developed partnerships and productive connections with other Asian Buddhists. In the process, the connection between Asian Buddhists and the Buddhist society in colonial Indonesia that started in Java strengthened over time, resulting in the transfer of Buddhist material culture into Indonesia, a phenomenon that did not take place during their relationship with Western/European Buddhist activists. This presentation will discuss the inter-Asian Buddhist connections that attest to the critical Dhammic connection between Buddhists in Indonesia and other Asian regions during the late colonial period. 

Yulianti is a Ph.D. candidate in the project The Making of Religious Traditions in Indonesia: History and Heritage in Global Perspective (1600-1940), jointly organized by Universiteit Leiden (the Netherlands) and Universitas Gadjah Mada. Her dissertation focuses on Buddhism in late colonial Indonesia and its continuity in post-independence period.