Tham Wah Wan Temple (Than Hsiang KL & SDE).
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Professor Dr. Charles Willemen

Than Wah Wan temple is planning to invite Professor Dr. Charles Willemen to Kuala Lumpur to teach an Intensive Short Course on Mahayana Buddhism in February 2009.

Professor Dr. Charles Willemen is the Vice-Chansellor (Vice-Rector) of the International Buddhist College. The professor holds a Ph.D. in Oriental Studies (Belgium), 1971.

Primary Fields of Specialty: Sarvāstivāda Abhidharma, Literary Chinese

Secondary Field of Specialty: Chinese and Japanese Buddhism

Current Lecture Courses: Abhidharma Doctrines, Japanese Buddhism, Chinese Buddhism

The "China Daily" describes Professor Charles Willemen, a member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences, as "BRUSSELS -- A renowned Belgian professor specialized in Oriental Studies.... (2008-05-10, 21:43)"

Charles Willemen had also been described as a - "... M.A. in Classics (Latin and Greek), M.A. and Ph.D. in Oriental Studies, all in Belgium, where he has been a full professor since 1977. he is lifelong member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Sciences, and has been visiting professor in Nalanda. Benares, Santineketan, Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Calgary. He has written extensively about the spread of Buddhism from India to East Asia, both in books and in such periodicals as the Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies, etc."




1974. Dharmapada: a concordance to Udanavarga, Dhammapada, and the Chinese Dharmapada literature. Publications de l'Institut belge des hautes études bouddhiques. Série études et textes 3. Bruxelles: Institut belge des hautes études bouddhiques.

1975. Udanavarga: Chinese-Sanskrit Glossary. Tokyo: Hokuseido, X, 101 p. and Christian Berg, Max Elskamp. 1975. De negen overdenkingen over de onreinheid van het lichaam. Verhandelingen van het Etnografisch museum van de Stad Antwerpen 3. Antwerpen: Etnografisch museum, 40 p.: ill.

1978. Transl. and Annot. The Chinese Udanavarga: A Collection of Important Odes of the Law (Fa chi yao sung ching). Mélanges chinois et bouddhiques 19. Bruxelles: Institut belge des hautes études chinoises, 19.

1983. The Chinese Hevajratantra: the scriptural text of the ritual of the Great King of the teaching, the Adamantine one with great compassion and knowledge of the void. Orientalia Gandensia 8. Leuven: Peeters, 208 p. and Van der Hallen, Katelijne. 1983. Avondademen. Antwerpen: Stichting Mercator-Plantijn, 47 p.: ill.

1994. Transl. The storehouse of sundry valuables. Tsa-pao-tsang-ching. Compiled by T'an-yao. Transl. into Chinese by Kikkaya and Liu Hsiao-piao. BDK English Tripitaka 10/1. Berkeley (Calif.): Numata center for Buddhist tranlation and research, XIX, 275 p. and Bart Dessein, Collet Cox. 1998. Sarvāstivāda Buddhist Scholasticism. Handbuch der Orientalistik. 2. Abt.: Indien 11. Leiden: Brill, XVII, 341 p.

1999. The Scriptural Text: Verses of the Doctrine, with Parables. BDK English Tripi†aka, 10 II. Berkeley: BDK, 238 pp.

Abhidharmhrdaya: The Essence of metaphysics. Bruxelles, 1975, translated and annotated by Charles Willemen, 366 pages, 26 pages (Chinese Text), Chinese-Sanskrit glossary, English-Sanskrit glossary (Publications de l'Institut Belge des Hautes Etudes Bouddhiques, Serie études et textes 4).


Numerous articles e.g. 1998. New Ideas about Sarvāstivāda Abidharma. Indian Journal of Buddhist Studies 10, 1-2: 82-94.

Willemen, Charles. 1999-2000. The Indian Background of Buddhism in China. Some Facts and Remarks. The Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies, 1: 45-49.

Willemen, Charles. 2001. Sarvāstivāda Developments in Northwestern India and in China. The Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies, 2: 163-169.

Willemen, Charles. 2001b. Sarvāstivāda Dhyāna and Mahāyāna Prajñā. Observations about their Development in India and in China. Asiatische Studien/ Études Asiatiques, 55: 529-534.