Speakers

Patricia Berger

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October 28, 2014
Professor, Chinese Art, UC Berkeley

“Multiple Identities: The Many Faces of the Manchu Emperors of China”

Shi Zhiru

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October 20, 2014
Professor, Religious Studies, Pomona College

“For Whom the Bell Tolls: Bells, Hells, and Venerating Dizang in China”

André Laliberté

June 16, 2014
Professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa

“The Growth of Buddhist philanthropy in contemporary China”

Rongdao Lai

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April 9, 2014
Assistant Professor, Religion, University of Southern California

“Becoming Citizens: Student-Monks and the Rise of Social Engagement in Modern Chinese Buddhism”

Masahiro Shimoda

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June 1, 2013
Professor, University of Tokyo

“Early Pure Land Buddhism Manifesting as Written Text in Ancient India: A Background for the Emergence of Buddhism of Otherness and Other Power”

Georgios Halkias

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May 31, 2013
Visiting Associate Researcher, Oxford University

“Three Paths to Amitabha’s Pure Land: “Sutra,” “Tantra” and “Great Perfection””
“Interpretations of Sukhavati in Tibet”

Elisabetta Porcu

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March 7, 2013
Numata Visiting Professor, Religious Studies, University of Hawaii

“Consumerism and Popular Culture in Contemporary Japanese Buddhism”

Robert Buswell

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Distinguished Professor, Buddhist Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
September 29, 2012

“Zen Monastic Life in Korea and the Context of Belief”

Eun-su Cho

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Professor, Buddhist Philosophy, Seoul National University
September 28, 2012

“Surpassing Gender: Korean Buddhist Nuns and Lay Women”

Pori Park

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September 27, 2012
Associate Professor, Religious Studies, Arizona State University

“New Visions for Engaged Buddhism: The Jungto Society and the Indra’s Net”
“Community Movement in Contemporary Korea”

Cynthea Bogel

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July 6, 2012
Professor of Japanese visual culture and thought, Kyushu University

“New Roads to Nirvana: Visual Buddhism, Modern Eyes”

Jan Walls

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February 2, 2012
Professor emeritus, Simon Fraser University

“Corporate Craving and Buddhist Compassion: Is  there a Middle Ground for Buddhism in Business?”

Simon Wickham-Smith

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January 26, 2012
PhD candidate, University of Washington, Seattle

“Spiritual Ecology in Contemporary Mongolian Literature”

Eugene Wang

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November 30, 2011
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art, Harvard University

“What to See in a Buddhist Cave?”

Paul Fleischman

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September 29, 2011
Vipassana Teacher responsible for outreach in Western North America

“Vipassana Meditation: a Practice and a Path”

Thich Naht Hahn

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August 29, 2011
Zen Master, the Unified Buddhist Church and Plum Village Sangha

“Open Mind, Open Heart: Touching the Wonders of Now”

Donald Stadtner

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May 29, 2011
Professor of Art History, University of Texas, Austin

“Sacred Sites of Burma”

Sin Yin Kit

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March 18, 2011
Head nun, Po Lam Buddhist Association, Chilliwack

“Dhamma in Prison: The True Transformation?”

Tim Ward

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February 8, 2011
Author of What the Buddha Never Taught

“A ‘Behind the Robes’ Account of Life in a Thai Monastery”

Raphael Liogier

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October 16, 2010
Director, the Observatoire du religieux (Religious Observatory) and the MA for Religion and Society, University of Aix-Marseille (France)

“Buddhism and the Hypothesis on Individuo-globalism”

Charles Prebish

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October 15, 2010
Professor of Religious Studies, Utah State University

“The Swans Came to Canada Too: Looking Backward and Looking Forward”

Mark Unno

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September 23, 2010
assistant Professor of East Asian Religions, University of Oregon

“Shin Buddhism in Interreligious Dialogue: a World of Teaching and Learning”

Prakchok Rinpoche

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September 18, 2010
Supreme Head of the Taklung Kagyu lineage and Head of Riwocher Monastery, Tibet

“Compassion in Action: Integrating Buddhism and Social Development”

Michael Zimmermann

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April 26 and 27, 2010
Professor of Indian Buddhism, University of Hamburg

“Is Violence Avoidable? On War and Peace in Indian Buddhism”
“Engaged Buddhism: Social Entanglement with Spiritual Gain?”

Sogyal Rinpoche

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December 15 and 16, 2009
Author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

“Finding Peace and Stability in a Troubled World”
“The Heart Essence of Tibetan Buddhism”

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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September 15, 2009
Author, teacher, and monk of the Thai Forest Tradition

“The Buddha’s Questions”

Jeffrey Hopkins

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April 20 and 21, 2009
world-renowned writer, translator, scholar of Tibetan Buddhism

“Gender, Sexuality and Tibetan Buddhism: How Sex Is Used in the Spiritual Path”
“The Dalai Lama’s Blending of “Classical” Tibetan Buddhism with Contemporary Outlooks”

Gustaaf Houtman

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March 2009
scholar of Burmese Buddhism and editor of Anthropology Today, Royal Anthropological Institute in London


Robert Thurman

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April 26 and 27, 2008
America’s leading expert on Tibetan Buddhism

“The Mañjuśrī Connection: Relations between Tibetan and Chinese Buddhisms”
“The Layman Vimalakīrti and the Basic Mahāyana Buddhist Path”
“Buddhism as a Civilization Matrix and the Current Global Crisis”

Ian Harris

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March 2008
scholar of Cambodia Buddhism, Professor of Buddhist Studies, University of Cumbria, Lancaster


Guang Xing

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May 31, 2007
Professor, Centre of Buddhist Studies, the University of Hong Kong

“The Relevance of Buddhism to Modern Society”

Matthieu Ricard

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March 8 to 10, 2007
Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Buddhist monk

“Happiness”

Reginald “Reggie” Ray

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January 24, 2007
Professor, Naropa University

“Asian Buddhism and Western Converts: Conflicts, Assimilations, and Beyond”

Ven. Dhammajoti

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March 15 and March 16, 2006
Professor, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong

“The Sarvāstivāda Theory of Simultaneous Causality”
“Two Buddhist Theories of Knowledge”

Jing Yin

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September 28 and 29, 2005
Director, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong

“Is Mind a Reality?”
“The Art of Happiness: Buddhist Teachings in Daily Life”