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Understanding Buddhism historically, in the contemporary moment.

Latest News

Recent happenings at ISHB, UWest, and the wider Buddhism community. 

Upcoming Feature Events

ISHB events that we are excited about.

  • CONVERSATION - Dr. Jane Iwamura: Revisiting Virtual Orientalism
    Dec 06, 6:00 PM PST
    The Institute for the Study of Humanistic Buddhism ISHB at University of the West is celebrating the tenth anniversary of Dr. Jane Naomi Iwamura’s groundbreaking study on Western media depictions Asian religions.
  • LECTURE - Dr. Lewis Lancaster, Self: Active & Passive Agent
    Dec 14, 7:00 PM PST
    This is the final lecture in Dr. Lewis Lancaster's "Encountering Life" lecture series, titled "Self: Active & Passive Agent."
  • LECTURE - Dr. Rongdao Lai: Tracing the Tiantai Lineage in Southeast Asia
    Nov 30, 6:00 PM PST
    In this talk, Dr. Rongdao Lai offers a survey of Tiantai lineage transmission practice, and examines how these trends shed light on the shifting centers of authority, influence, and legitimacy in modern Chinese Buddhism.

Videos of Recent Events

Videos of recent events and lectures, for your viewing pleasure.

Current Project

Image by Sandy Millar

Mapping Fo Guang Shan

Charting the development of a global Buddhist movement