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"Encountering Life"

Fall 2021



Dr. Lewis Lancaster begins a new lecture series, titled "Encountering Life," with a lecture on cause. The schedule for the 5-part lecture series is as follows:


Cause: One of Life's Mysteries

August 31, 2021

Desire: Measure of Motivations

September 28, 2021

Reincarnation: Body and Spirit

October 26, 2021

Compassion: A Natural State of Cognition

November 23, 2021

Self: Active and Passive Agent
December 14, 2021

"Buddhism as a Lived Experience"

Fall 2020 - Spring 2021


Using a vast store of knowledge and experience, as well as drawing from more than six decades of research, Dr. Lewis Lancaster offers a unique lecture series on applying Buddhist values and principles to our fast-changing modern world. How is an ancient religion over 2,600 years old relevant in our techno-centric existence? Dr. Lancaster will convince us that not only is Buddhism still relevant, it is in fact well-equipped to confront our current issues.


Behavior: Acts of Consequence

June 15, 2021 | Video

Enlightenment: A Distant Beacon

May 18, 2021 | Video

Wisdom: Self-knowledge Transformed

April 20, 2021 | Video

Concentration: Strength of Keeping Foucs

March 16, 2021 | Video

Giving: Purity of Purpose

February 16, 2021 | Video

Emptiness: Not Nothing

January 19, 2021 | Video

Change: The Unshakable Process of Vanishing

December 22, 2020 | Video

Detachment: Living in the Present Age

November 24, 2020 | Video

Our 21st Century World: Viewing Through Buddhist Lens

October 15, 2021 | Video

Guest Lecture Series

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Ocean of Milk, Ocean of Blood

American Academy of Religion 2020 Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion: Textual Studies

Matthew W. King, PhD

February 5, 2021 5:00pm PST

Zoom ID: 958 9258 2112  |  Passcode: 020500


Interreligious Ecology 

A Catholic and Humanistic Buddhist Conversation

John Becker

Thursday, September 26, 2019

4:00pm | ED 322 (ISHB)

On the Modern Practice of Maṇḍala Meditation

Gudrun Bühnemann

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
3:00pm | AD 208


American Sutra 

Buddhism & the WWII Japanese American Experience

Duncan Ryuken Williams

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

4:00pm | Ken Locke Hall


With Whose Voice is the Buddha Speaking Mantra-dhāraṇīs?  Heteroglossia in Buddhist Mantras

Ronald M. Davidson

Thursday, November 21, 2019

4:00pm | AD 208


The Dukkha of Racism:

Racial Justice Work in American Convert Buddhism 

Ann Gleig

Thursday, February 13, 2020

4:00pm | AD 208


Identifying Key Words in the Buddhist Canon

Alex Amies & Yashuo Deng

Friday, October 25, 2019
2:00pm | ED 322


Past Events

Image by Rogério S.

October 29, 2020


Join us for the launch of our new information and research tool—interactive maps that provide a comprehensive view of Fo Guang Shan, its development, and history.

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September 23, 2020


A reception honoring the 2020-2021 IBEF Scholarship recipients hosted by the International Buddhist Education Foundation and the Institute for the Study of Humanistic Buddhism.


September 12, 2019

A reception honoring the 2019-2020 IBEF Scholarship recipients hosted by the International Buddhist Education Foundation and the Institute for the Study of Humanistic Buddhism.

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April 4-6, 2019

Exploring the significant ways that art and culture operate in the practice of Buddhism—both historically and in contemporary times.

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