DR. LEWIS LANCASTER
Dr. Lewis Lancaster is Emeritus Professor of the Department of East Asian Languages at the University of California, Berkeley, and has served as President, Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies, and Chair of the dissertation committee at University of the West since 1992. He graduated from Roanoke College (B.A.) in 1954 and received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Roanoke in 2007. He is also a 1958 graduate of USC-ST (M.Th.) and a 1968 graduate of the University of Wisconsin (Ph.D.). He received an Honorary Doctorate of Buddhist Studies from Vietnam Buddhist University in 2011.
Dr. Lancaster has published over 75 articles and reviews and has edited or authored numerous books including Prajnaparamita and Related Systems, The Korean Buddhist Canon, Buddhist Scriptures, Early Ch’an in China and Tibet, and Assimilation of Buddhism in Korea. He also founded the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative to use the computer-based technology to map the spread of Buddhism from the remote past to the present. Dr. Lancaster was a key figure in the creation of descriptive catalogue and digitization of the Korean Buddhist Canon. He was awarded the 2014 Grand Award from the Korean Buddhist Order for his contribution to Buddhism.
September 28, 2021
Measure of Motivations
The second lecture in the "Encountering Life" series will see Dr. Lancaster tackle the topic of desire.
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