Buddhist Ethics 3.0, Sep 29-Oct 2, 2022

Buddhist Ethics 3.0: In Memory of Michael Jerryson (1974-2021)

University of British Columbia • Sep 30 – Oct 2, 2022

About the Conference

Buddhist Ethics 3.0 is the third in a series of conferences originally launched by the editorial team of the Journal of Buddhist Ethics. The first was hosted by Daniel Cozort at Dickinson College in 2016. The second was hosted by Rongdao Lai at the University of Southern California in 2018. The third was scheduled to be hosted by Michael Jerryson at Youngstown State University in 2020, but COVID struck and the conference was postponed. And, while we were separated from one another anxiously waiting for COVID to be over, a terrible disease took Michael from the world. Buddhist Ethics “3.0” was meant to be the fourth conference—not the third—and that missing number reminds us of the time and people that have passed.

Buddhist Ethics 3.0 is an informal, workshop-style gathering of scholars working on Buddhist ethics and related fields. The focus is on discussion sessions rather than panels and papers. Selected readings will be circulated prior to the workshop, and facilitators will lead participants in discussion over the course of three, dedicated sessions. There will be two evening keynote lectures on Friday and Saturday, which will be open to participants and the general public.

Venue: THE NEST | UBC Point Grey Campus, Vancouver
6133 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

We acknowledge that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwmə0–kwəy’əm (Musqueam). The land it is situated on and has always been a place of learning for the Musqueam people, who for millennia have passed on their culture, history, and traditions from one generation to the next on this site.

Keynote Lectures

These keynotes are open to the public and hybrid, and can be attended in person or online via Zoom. In person attendees will be asked to follow all current UBC pandemic health guidelines in response to COVID 19, such as masking indoors.

  • Friday Keynote Lecture by Prof. Jay L. Garfield, “Buddhism and Nonviolence in the Contemporary World”: Please click here for further information.
  • Saturday Keynote Lecture by Prof. Jin Y. Park, “What Is Ethics For? A Minimalist Approach to Buddhist Ethics”: Please click here for further information.


BE3 Workshop Schedule (PDF)

Friday, September 30:

2:00 – 5:00 pm: SESSION 1: “Animals and Buddhist Ethics,” with Reiko Ohnuma (Dartmouth College) and Aaron Gross (University of San Diego)

7:00 – 8:30 pm: KEYNOTE: “Buddhism and Nonviolence in the Contemporary World” by Jay L. Garfield (Smith College and the Harvard Divinity School)

Saturday, October 1:

9:00 – 12:00 am: SESSION 2: “What is Buddhist Ethics?” with Jay Garfield (Smith College) and Jin Y. Park (American University)

1:00 – 4:00 pm: SESSION 3: “Gender and Buddhist Ethics,” with Amy Langenberg (Eckerd College) and Antoinette DeNapoli (Texas Christian University)

4:30 – 5:30 pm: MEMORIAL: “Remembering Michael Jerryson (1974-2021)”

7:00 – 8:30 pm: KEYNOTE: “What Is Ethics For? A Minimalist Approach to Buddhist Ethics” by Jin Y. Park (American University)

Sunday, October 2:


List of Participants (In Person and Online)

In Person: Martin Adam (University of Victoria); Nicolas Bommarito (Simon Fraser University); Alexis Bader Brown (Harvard University); Pow Camecho-Lemus (University of California, Los Angeles); Katherine Cheng (University of British Columbia); Barbra Clayton (Mount Allison University); Melissa Curley (Ohio State University); William Edelglass (Barre Center for Buddhist Studies); Jay Garfield (Smith College); Ann Gleig (University of Central Florida); Stephen Harris (Leiden University); Stephen Jenkins (Humboldt State University); Stephanie Kaza (University of Vermont); Matthew King (University of California, Riverside); Hoi Kong (University of British Columbia); Emily Lawson (University of British Columbia); Amod Lele (Boston); Jessica Main (University of British Columbia); David McMahan (Franklin & Marshall); Reiko Ohnuma (Dartmouth College); Jin Y. Park (American University); Rick Repetti (City University of New York / Kingsborough College); James Mark Shields (Bucknell University); Samuel Shooklyn (University of British Columbia); Brian Victoria (Kyoto); Catherine Prueitt (University of British Columbia); Evan Thompson (University of British Columbia); Davide Zappulli (University of British Columbia);

Online: Michael Barnhart (City University of New York / Kingsborough College); Donna Brown (University of Manitoba); Amber Carpenter (Yale-NUS College); Melanie Coughlin (Carleton University); Daniel Cozort (Dickinson College); Antoinette DeNapoli (Texas Christian University); Holly Gayley (University of Colorado); Kory Goldberg (Champlain Regional College); Aaron Gross (University of San Diego); Victor Hori (McGill University); Hsiao-Lan Hu (University of Detroit Mercy); Christopher Ives (Stonehill College); Rongdao Lai (McGill University); Amy Langenberg (Eckerd College); Jingjing Li (Leiden University); Joseph Markowski (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute); Chris Queen (Harvard University); Julia Stenzel (Rangjung Yeshe Institute);