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ISHB EVENTS

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.

  • ISHB Public Lecture: Envisioning the Water-Land Dharma Assembly
    ISHB Public Lecture: Envisioning the Water-Land Dharma Assembly
    Fri, Apr 12
    Apr 12, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Apr 12, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    A fascinating lecture by Dr. Phillip E. Bloom, the June and Simon K.C. Li Curator of the Chinese Garden and Director of the Center for East Asian Garden Studies at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens
  • Four Noble Truths- Entrepreneurship
    Four Noble Truths- Entrepreneurship
    Thu, Apr 11
    Apr 11, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Apr 11, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Buddhist wisdom meets entrepreneurial endeavor in this lecture by Roger Frank, entrepreneur and former UWest Board of Trustees member.
  • Fall 2023 ISHB Public Forum: Studying Humanistic Buddhism in the 21st Century
    Fall 2023 ISHB Public Forum: Studying Humanistic Buddhism in the 21st Century
    Nov 28, 2023, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Come support our Religious Studies PhD students at UWest and learn more about the study of Humanistic Buddhism!
  • Dr. Jack Chia--Humanistic Buddhism in Singapore & ISHB Academic Workshop
    Dr. Jack Chia--Humanistic Buddhism in Singapore & ISHB Academic Workshop
    Fri, Jun 16
    Jun 16, 2023, 3:00 PM – Jun 18, 2023, 5:00 PM
    Jun 16, 2023, 3:00 PM – Jun 18, 2023, 5:00 PM
  • Topic: The Establishment and Justification of the thirteen Patriarchs of the Lotus School
    Topic: The Establishment and Justification of the thirteen Patriarchs of the Lotus School
    May 29, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT
    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
    Topic: ISHB Mandarin Language Lecture Series Dr. Kuo
    Fri, Apr 21
    Apr 21, 2023, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT
    Apr 21, 2023, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT
    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
    Topic: ISHB Zoom Lecture Winston Kyan Identity and Religion
    Mon, Apr 17
    Apr 17, 2023, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
    Apr 17, 2023, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
    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
    ISHB Zoom Conversation Series: Dis-orienting the Conversation on Buddhism in the West, by Ven. Juewei
    Feb 21, 2023, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST
    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
    ISHB New Book Conversation: Carolyn Chen, Professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley
    Dec 06, 2022, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    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
    Dr. Chen Chien-Huang, University of Hong Kong
    Tue, Nov 22
    Nov 22, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Nov 22, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    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
    ISHB Mandarin Language Lecture Series: II
    Fri, Nov 18
    Nov 18, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Nov 18, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    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
  • Shou-Jen Kuo, PhD - 美國西來大學宗教學研究導論 Introduction of Religious Studies, University of the West
    Shou-Jen Kuo, PhD - 美國西來大學宗教學研究導論 Introduction of Religious Studies, University of the West
  • Justin R. Ritzinger, PhD. Food, Family, and Philanthropy: Humanistic Buddhism in a Working-Class Taiwanese Community
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Drs. Amy Paris Langenberg & Ann Gleig: Grassroots Responses to Sexual Violation in American Buddhist Communities
    Mar 07, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    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.
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