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

  • Justin R. Ritzinger, PhD. Food, Family, and Philanthropy: Humanistic Buddhism in a Working-Class Taiwanese Community
    Sep 28, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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.
  • 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.