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

Upcoming Events

  • LECTURE - Dr. Ester Bianchi: The Theravāda Model and Early Buddhist Meditation in the Republic of China
    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.
  • Dr. Funie Hsu: Re-Orienting the Conversation on Western Buddhism Series
    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.

Past Events

Videos for some of the talks below are available at the UWest Religious Studies YouTube channel here.

  • 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.
  • LECTURE - Dr. Rongdao Lai: Tracing the Tiantai Lineage in Southeast Asia
    Nov 30, 2021, 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.
  • BOOK TALK - Dr. Jack Meng-Tat Chia: Monks in Motion
    Oct 19, 2021, 6:30 PM PDT
    Professor Jack Meng-Tat Chia from National University of Singapore presents a talk on his recent book, Monks in Motion: Buddhism and Modernity across the South China Sea. See Recording Link in the description below.
  • BOOK TALK - Dr. Jens Reinke: Mapping Modern Mahayana
    Sep 09, 2021, 6:00 PM PDT
    The University of the West welcomes Dr. Jens Reinke as the new Director of the ISHB. At this inaugural lecture, Dr. Reinke will present on his recent book, Mapping Modern Mahayana: Chinese Buddhism and Migration in the Age of Global Modernity. See Recording Link in the description below.
  • LECTURE - Dr. Jiang Wu: Pei Xiu & the Fellowship of Dao-learners in Medieval Chan History
    Sep 02, 2021, 2:00 PM PDT
    In this lecture, Dr. Jiang Wu will examine the culture of Dao-learners in the mid- and late Tang society by focusing on Pei Xiu 裴休 (791-864), a literati follower of Buddhist teachers, the two most eminent among whom were Chan figures Zongmi 宗密 (780-841) and Huangbo Xiyun 黃檗希運 (?-850).
  • Iain Sinclair - The Religiosity of Newar Buddhism: Mahāyāna or Tantric Śrāvaka?
    Apr 27, 2021, 2:00 PM PDT
    Dr. Iain Sinclair presents on Newar Buddhism, which is not only the last form of Buddhism existing continuously on the subcontinent, but also the only living Mahāyāna tradition practiced using the original Sanskrit texts.
  • Dr. John Campbell - The Esoteric Community Tantra with The Illuminating Lamp
    Apr 15, 2021, 2:00 PM PDT
    A translation of the first 12 chapters of The Glorious Esoteric Community Great King of Tantras (Sri Guhyasamaja Maha-tantra-raja), along with the commentary called The Illuminating Lamp (Pradipoddyotana-nama-tika), in Sanskrit by Chandrakīrti. See Recording Link in the description below.
  • Dr. Laura Thuy-Loan Nguyen: Trúc Lâm Buddhism in Vietnam
    Apr 13, 2021, 5:00 PM
    UWest alum, Laura Thuy-Loan Nguyen, presents her new book, Trúc Lâm Buddhism in Vietnam, which chronicles the history, revival, and globalization of the popular Vietnamese Buddhist sect. See Recording Link in the description below.
  • NextGen Buddhism: A Conversation with Chenxing Han & Drew Baker
    Apr 08, 2021, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    American Buddhism is a tapestry that is still being woven. New works by Chenxing Han and Drew Baker highlight new threads and emerging narratives. Join us for this important dialog. See Recording Link in the description below.
  • Thanissaro Bhikkhu - The Buddha's Skill in Questions
    Mar 04, 2021, 3:00 PM PST
    Venerable Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu, Abbot of Metta Forest Monastery, offers a special talk on the Buddha's skill in questions.
  • Lewis Lancaster | Change: The Unshakable Process of Vanishing
    Dec 22, 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PST
    Online Zoom Event