[Blog] “Did Women Produce Buddhist Texts in Medieval China? And Does it Matter if they did?” Lecture by Stephanie Balkwill

By Sarah Fink Photo courtesy of Carol Lee (UBC Frogbear) On January 30, 2020, Dr. Stephanie Balkwill gave a lecture at the University of British Columbia titled, “Did Women Produce Buddhist Texts in Medieval China? And does it matter if they did?”. Dr. Balkwill is an Assistant Professor of Religion and Culture and East Asian … Continue reading [Blog] “Did Women Produce Buddhist Texts in Medieval China? And Does it Matter if they did?” Lecture by Stephanie Balkwill

[Blog] The Oriental Nun and Representation of Buddhist Female Monastics or Monasticism

By Ngoc Le On June 3, 2019 I had a chance to sit down with Elizabeth Guthrie, PhD Candidate at the University of Waterloo, to chat about her conference paper at Congress at the University of British Columbia. Titled “Jane Iwamura’s Virtual Orientalism and the Oriental “Nun,”” the paper is presented at the Canadian Society … Continue reading [Blog] The Oriental Nun and Representation of Buddhist Female Monastics or Monasticism

[Blog] Lecture Report: “Through Altruism to Ultimate Enlightenment” Lecture by Dr. Rey Sheng Her, Director of Tzu Chi Foundation and Visiting Scholar at Columbia University

Report by Sarah FinkPosted on March 5, 2020Photos by Amy Wu and Sheley Kuo On November 7, 2019, Dr. Rey-Sheng Her gave a lecture at UBC titled, “Through Altruism to Enlightenment.” Dr. Her is currently a visiting scholar at Columbia University and adjunct Associate Professor at National Chengchi University. He has served as the Spokesman … Continue reading [Blog] Lecture Report: “Through Altruism to Ultimate Enlightenment” Lecture by Dr. Rey Sheng Her, Director of Tzu Chi Foundation and Visiting Scholar at Columbia University

[Blog] Lecture Report: A Place for Doubt: The Theory and Practice of “Questioning Meditation” (Kanhwa Sŏn 看話禪 ) in Korean Zen Buddhism

Report by Sarah FinkPosted on December 16, 2019Photos by Yaoyao Pei Re-posted with permission from the Tianzhu Buddhist Network and From the Ground Up: Buddhism and East Asian Religions Program Inaugural Lecture for the UBC Tianzhu-Hurvitz Lecture SeriesA Place for Doubt: The Theory and Practice of “Questioning Meditation” (Kanhwa Sŏn 看話禪) in Korean Zen BuddhismLecture … Continue reading [Blog] Lecture Report: A Place for Doubt: The Theory and Practice of “Questioning Meditation” (Kanhwa Sŏn 看話禪 ) in Korean Zen Buddhism

[Blog] “All Living Beings Have Buddha-Nature”—the Genesis of the Concept of Universal Buddhahood: Report on Lecture by Dr. Michael Zimmermann at UBC

By Sarah Fink Photo courtesy of Carol Lee (UBC FROGBEAR) On October 7, 2019, Dr. Michael Zimmermann delivered a lecture at the University of British Columbia titled, “All Living Beings Have Buddha-Nature”—the Genesis of the Concept of Universal Buddhahood. Dr. Zimmermann is a Professor of Indian Buddhism at the Asien-Afrika-Institut of Hamburg University. He also … Continue reading [Blog] “All Living Beings Have Buddha-Nature”—the Genesis of the Concept of Universal Buddhahood: Report on Lecture by Dr. Michael Zimmermann at UBC

[Blog] Autumn Canadian Conferences

A guest post by Dr. Jeffrey Kotyk This autumn I had the opportunity to attend two major conferences dealing with Buddhist Studies and more broadly Asian Studies, both of which were hosted at Canadian institutions. It is always heartening to see an international community come together at a university in Canada, much like in August … Continue reading [Blog] Autumn Canadian Conferences

[Blog] Religion and Politics in Bhutan: An Interview with Dr. Dagmar Schwerk

By Ngoc Le Dr. Schwerk’s working paper “Drawing Lines in a Maṇḍala: A Sketch of Boundaries Between Religion and Politics in Bhutan” was published in August 2019. I had an opportunity to chat with her about the research, the Kolleg-Forschergruppe “Multiple Secularities - Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities” project, her upcoming monograph and more. Can … Continue reading [Blog] Religion and Politics in Bhutan: An Interview with Dr. Dagmar Schwerk

[Blog] The Politics and Pathways of Return: Trans-regional perspectives on a Buddhist homeland (June 28-29, 2019) – A Conference Report

By Ngoc Le “The Politics and Pathways of Return: Trans-regional perspectives on a Buddhist homeland” workshop/ conference took place at the University of British Columbia from June 28 to 29, 2019. Sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society, … Continue reading [Blog] The Politics and Pathways of Return: Trans-regional perspectives on a Buddhist homeland (June 28-29, 2019) – A Conference Report

[Blog] On Chinese Qin and Chan Buddhism Literature: A Lecture by Dr. Huqun Li

By Maggie Mitchell and Sarah Fink Photo courtesy by Carol Lee (UBC FROGBEAR) On March 14, 2019, Dr. Huqun Li, associate professor at the School of Humanities at China University of Political Science and Law, delivered his lecture and performance, "On Chinese Qin and Chan Buddhism Literature: to learn from the performance of Guqin" at … Continue reading [Blog] On Chinese Qin and Chan Buddhism Literature: A Lecture by Dr. Huqun Li

Tibetan Monastic Education_ Challenges and Reforms

[Blog] Tibetan Monastic Education: Challenges and Reforms

Author: Weiyu Lin Affiliation: Graduate Program at the Asian Studies Department of the University of British Columbia   On February 25th, 2019, the UBC Himalaya Program hosted a lecture by Khenpo Choying Dorjee at the University of British Columbia, with co-sponsorship from the Khyentse Foundation, Siddhartha’s Intent, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program … Continue reading [Blog] Tibetan Monastic Education: Challenges and Reforms