Confucianism to Buddhism: A History of Chinese Thought with Dr. Pengfei Li

Confucianism to Buddhism: A History of Chinese Thought with Dr. Pengfei Li


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Beijing has been the capital of China since the founding of the Mongolian Yuan Dynasty (1271 AD). It is the very Chinese city in which we can see how China was ruled in its own Medieval Age (roughly from the Tang Dynasty founded in 618 AD to the Qing Dynasty overthrown in 1911 AD). 

In a 2-kilometer radius in the northeast end of the walled historical Beijing, we can find three temples -- representing the three Chinese religions of Confucianism, Buddhism, & Taoism -- located adjacent to one another. The three temples reveal in profound ways the ruling ideologies of Imperial China. 

Led by an expert on city history and urban anthropology, Pengfei Li, this Conversation will explore the predominant thoughts in Imperial China. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the history of Chinese thoughts and religions, especially the relationship between religions and state power in Imperial China.

Pengfei received his Ph.D. in Environmental Psychology from The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). Having been living in China (Wuhan and Beijing), the United States (Chicago and New York City), Hong Kong, and Shanghai sequentially in the last few decades, Pengfei fully integrates his life history and daily experiences with his research on urbanism & urban life. He has been teaching "Social Science Methods," "Urban History," and "Urban Politics" since 2011 in the CUNY system. From 2014 to 2015, Pengfei was a visiting scholar at Beijing City University, where he was teaching "The History of Cities" and "Urban Planning." At present, his research projects focus on urban governance and new urbanism in the United States and East Asia.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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