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Wisdom and Compassion: Reflections on the Academic Study of Religion

Date: March 8, 2012

Time: 3:00 - 4:30pm

Language: English
AD208, University of the West
1409 N. Walnut Grove Ave.
Rosemead, CA91770
Tel: 626-571-8811

Organized by the Institue of Chinese Buddhist Studies and University of the West.

Lecture Details:

This lecture will consider the shape of Buddhist Studies globally and in America from three perspectives: the study of Buddhism as an empirical, objective, critical, scientific field of inquiry grounded in the texts, languages, and traditions of a particular historical field of study; Buddhist Studies as an examination of texts and traditions by adherents or scholars who approach the study of Buddhism primarily from the perspective of its normative truth claims; Buddhist Studies as a dynamic, methodologically diverse, context-sensitive field that includes normative, descriptive, analytical, and comparative approaches to a broad range of subjects including texts and rituals with increasing attention to the non-elite lived/living tradition.

About the Lecturer :

Currently Dr. Donald Swearer is the Charles & Harriet Cox McDowell Emeritus Professor of Religion, Swarthmore College, and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR), Harvard Divinity School (HDS).  From 2004 to2010, he served as CSWR director and distinguished professor of Buddhism at HDS. Although he has taught widely in the field of Asian and comparative religions, his research has focused on Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia, especially in Thailand.  His recent monographs in that field include: The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia, 2nd rev. ed., 2010; Becoming the Buddha: The Ritual of Image Consecration in Thailand, 2004; The Sacred Mountains of Northern Thailand and Their Legends, 2004; and The Legend of Queen Cama. Bodhiramsi's Camadevivamsa, a Translation and Commentary, 1998.  


It is free of charge. All are welcome!

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