Our scholar David Wong participated in two workshops on the theme, “THE ENDS OF HUMAN LIFE IN ANCIENT INDIAN AND CHINESE TRADITIONS,” sponsored by the Parekh Institute of Indian Thought, Center for the Study of Developing Societies,, Delhi, India & the Berggruen Institute, LA, USA. There were two workshops, a smaller one that lasted three weeks composed of three scholars working in Chinese Philosophy, Roger Ames, Chenyang Li, and Wong, and scholars on Indian thought: Patrick Olivelle, Donald Davis, and Jens Schlieter, together with Rajeev Bhargava, Shall Mayaram, and Ananya Vajpeyi from the Center for the Study of Developing Societies.
In the smaller workshop, each of the scholars led discussion on a text (for Wong the Mengzi and the Zhuangzi), with the idea of creating a dialogue between Chinese and Indian thought. At the end of the small workshop, a larger conference of 18 scholars in Chinese and Indian thought gave papers. Wong’s paper was “The Great Good of Relationship and Its Troubles,” and it reflected his work not only in Confucian and Daoist thought, but some of materials from the scholars of Indian thought on the Bhagavad Gita and the Mahabharata.
Wong also delivered the Third Annual C.R. Parekh Lecture, “Soup, Harmony, and Disagreement” on August 4th. In this lecture, he related the Confucian conception of harmony with King Ashoka’s religious pluralism in ancient India.