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Info on lectures, conferences, and other happenings at ISHB.

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VIDEOS for some of the talks below are available at the UWest Religious Studies YouTube channel HERE.

  • Topic: The Establishment and Justification of the thirteen Patriarchs of the Lotus School
    May 29, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT
    Via Zoom
    The patriarchal masters (祖師) of China’s Lotus school were recognized posthumously. It was only by 1940, that the current list of thirteen was established. The notion of thirteen patriarchs has permeated the Chinese Buddhist world since 1940.
  • Topic: ISHB Mandarin Language Lecture Series Dr. Kuo
    Apr 21, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT
    Via Zoom
    Please feel invited to our final installment of the ISHB Mandarin Language Lecture Series with Dr. Shou-Jen Kuo. In this Mandarin only introduction on religious studies research, Dr. Kuo will explain how to collect and analyze data for an academic study.
  • Topic: ISHB Zoom Lecture Winston Kyan Identity and Religion
    Apr 17, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
    Via Zoom
    This lecture situates the architecture of the Hsi Lai Temple of Fo Guang Shan in Hacienda Heights, CA into the context of Asian American Buddhist visual culture.
  • ISHB Zoom Conversation Series: Dis-orienting the Conversation on Buddhism in the West, by Ven. Juewei
    Feb 21, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST
    Via Zoom
    Venerable Dr. Juewei is director of the Humanistic Buddhism Centre and Senior Lecturer in Applied Buddhist Studies and Humanistic Buddhism at the Nan Tien Institute in Australia. She holds a Ph.D. from University of the West.
  • ISHB New Book Conversation: Carolyn Chen, Professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley
    Dec 06, 2022, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Via Zoom
    Work Pray Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley Work Pray Code explores how tech companies are bringing religion into the workplace in ways that are replacing traditional places of worship.
  • Dr. Chen Chien-Huang, University of Hong Kong
    Nov 22, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Via Zoom
    講題:星雲大師〈《阿彌陀經》的管理學〉探析 內容簡介: 本次講座將藉由星雲大師對《阿彌陀經》的睿智解讀,從中了解佛教經典的管理思想與智慧結晶。阿彌陀佛把極樂世界的居民全都「管理」成「諸上善人聚會一處」。不論在自然環境、建築規劃或社會、人際的管理上,可以說阿彌陀佛就是最高明的管理專家,因為他能夠給人安全、給人安樂、給人安心、給人安適。
  • ISHB Mandarin Language Lecture Series: II
    Nov 18, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Via Zoom
    This is the second of a series of lectures taught (in Mandarin Chinese) by Dr. Shou-Jen Kuo, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. No need to register for this lecture. Zoom link provided on flyer. All are welcome. Zoom information: Meeting ID: 959 5121 1631 Passcode: 178935
  • Justin R. Ritzinger, PhD. Food, Family, and Philanthropy: Humanistic Buddhism in a Working-Class Taiwanese Community
    Sep 28, 2022, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Via Zoom
    This talk will focus on a case study of a small, working-class lay group, where food plays an especially central role, to look beyond mere abstention from meat to address larger themes in Taiwanese Buddhism as a lived religion.
  • Dr. Melody Tzu-Lung Chiu - An Overview of Death Rituals in Chinese Buddhist Monasteries of Present-Day Myanmar
    May 10, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Death rituals and Buddhism are mutually interdependent, and this is especially the case in Chinese contexts. In fact, numerous studies have explored Buddhist funeral or Chinese death rituals; however, present-day Chinese Burmese’s Buddhist death rituals have come under much less scrutiny.
  • Dr. Elsa Ngar-sze Lau - Pilgrimage, Traveling Gurus and Transnational Networks: Lay Meditation Movement in China
    Apr 26, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Drawing from ethnographic study of the lay meditation movement, this lecture discusses a new trend of global religious network developed through pilgrimage and travelling gurus.
  • Dr. Wei-Yi Cheng - Migration, Mahayana, and Buddhist Mobility: Vietnamese Buddhism in Taiwan
    Apr 07, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT
    Dr. Cheng introduces the recent development of Vietnamese migration and Buddhist transmission to Taiwan. Utilizing recent fieldwork data, she considers the example of the Yu Lan festival to discuss different renderings and functions of the ritual within the Vietnamese Buddhist community in Taiwan.
  • Ven. Miao Guang - Re-Orienting the Conversation on Western Buddhism
    Apr 05, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Ven. Miao Guang is Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s personal English interpreter. She is deputy chancellor at the Fo Guang Shan Institute of Humanistic Buddhism and adjunct associate professor at the Department of Religious Studies, Nanhua University.
  • Drs. Amy Paris Langenberg & Ann Gleig: Grassroots Responses to Sexual Violation in American Buddhist Communities
    Mar 07, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    UWest Campus (AD 208) and on Zoom
    Drs. Gleig and Langenberg are collaborators on a study of sexual abuse in American Buddhism, titled Abuse, Sex, and the Sangha, which will be published with Yale University Press.
  • Dr. Yu-Chen Li - Journeys to the South: Chan Buddhist Records from the Chinese Diaspora
    Feb 28, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PST
    Dr. Li discusses the movements of Chinese Buddhism in and from Malaysia and the ways in which monks and nuns understand the localization and globalization of Malaysian Chinese Buddhism.
  • Dr. Funie Hsu: Re-Orienting the Conversation on Western Buddhism Series
    Feb 08, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PST
    A conversation with Dr. Hsu about her upbringing as an Asian American Buddhist in So. California, her famous 2016 Lion’s Roar Article on the erasure of Asian American Buddhism, and her most recent engagement as a co-organizer of May We Gather, a nat'l Buddhist memorial for Asian American ancestors.
  • LECTURE - Dr. Ester Bianchi: The Theravāda Model and Early Buddhist Meditation in the Republic of China
    Jan 27, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PST
    The talk will inquire into the rediscovery of early meditation techniques in modern China, in an attempt to evaluate the significance of the Theravāda model within this movement.
  • CONVERSATION - Dr. Jane Iwamura: Revisiting Virtual Orientalism
    Dec 06, 2021, 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.
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