A Reflection on Dr. James Robson’s Public Lecture on Meditation, Mindfulness and Mental Health at Emmanuel College

After reading the title of Dr. Robson's lecture, "A Crazy History of Buddhism: On Buddhist Mental Institutions and Meditation / Mindfulness," I anticipated a very interesting evening. Indeed, Dr. Robson did not disappoint his audience. Dr. Robson is the James C. Kralik and Yunli Lou Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. His [...]


[Event Announcement] Public Lecture: Prof. Richard Jaffe on Japanese Buddhism’s ‘Western Turn’

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society is delighted to welcome Professor Richard Jaffe, who will present a keynote address for our annual conference, “Buddhism in the Global Eye”: “Japanese Buddhism’s ‘Western Turn’: South/Southeast Asia and the Forging of the Japanese Buddhist Modern” Wednesday, August 10, 2016 | 7:30 to 9:00 pm [...]

[Opportunity] Tianzhu Charitable Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in East Asian Buddhism

DEPARTMENT OF ASIAN STUDIES UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA The Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, invites applications for the Tianzhu Charitable Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in East Asian Buddhism. The Postdoctoral Fellow will have opportunities to interact with UBC colleagues on teaching and research.  The Department of Asian Studies has strengths in a number [...]

A Reflection on McMaster’s Religious Studies Department’s Final Yehan Numata Reading Group with Dr. Levi McLaughlin

The Religious Studies department at McMaster University wrapped up its 2015-2016 Yehan Numata Buddhist Studies Program on Friday, April 8 2016. Our department hosted Dr. Levi McLaughlin from the department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at North Carolina State University. Dr. McLaughlin's research interests include Chinese and Japanese religions, methodologies and theories employed in Religious [...]

[Updated Schedule] Research Roundtable: East Asian Manuscript and Print as Harbingers of the Digital Future (May 26-28th, 2016)

Sponsored by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies together with the Peking University Institute for the Study of Buddhist Texts and Arts, the UBC Department of Asian Studies, Centre for Japanese Research, St. John’s College, Library, and Asian Library. Objectives This roundtable examines ways in which the transition from manuscript to print and the [...]

Buddhist Violence: East Asian Perspectives – A Public Lecture by Dr. Jinhua Chen (UBC, February 3, 2016)

On February 3rd 2016, Professor Jinhua Chen, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia (UBC), held a talk on East Asian Buddhism’s involvement in warfare and other forms of violence. It was part of the Wall Wednesday Afternoon Public Lecture Series of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWAIS), UBC where he is [...]

A Reflection on McMaster’s Religious Studies Department’s Yehan Numata Lecture with Dr. Constantino Moretti

On Friday, February 12th 2016, several members of McMaster's Religious Studies department took a break from our usual work to join Dr. Costantino Moretti in embarking upon a fascinating journey to the Chinese underworld. Dr. Moretti was our second speaker for the 2015-2016 University of Toronto / McMaster University Numata Buddhist Studies Program. He is [...]

[Event Announcement] Wednesday, February 3th, 2016: “Violence and Religion: East Asian Perspectives” by Jinhua Chen, Wall Scholar, UBC

Abstract: The principle of nonviolence occupies a central place in Buddhist tradition. It is perhaps for this reason that individuals both within and outside the academy regularly contrast it with purportedly more “violent” world religions, asserting that Buddhism has had no institutional involvement in conflicts akin to the crusades or jihad. Against this highly romanticized [...]

A Reflection on DDVC’s Second Academic Workshop, by Lisa Su

A Workshop co-sponsored by DDVC and UBC A congregation of Buddhist scholars gathered at the Dharma Drum Vancouver Center on Saturday, October 4th, in the late hours of the afternoon. They come from all over the world to attend the conference on Paper, Print and Cyberspace: The Perspective of a Global Network for the Multimedia and [...]