Breaking New Ground With Our Research
When they aren’t driving UWest’s exemplary academics, our faculty keep themselves busy performing groundbreaking research in a number of important areas.
The Institute for the Study of Humanistic Buddhism (ISHB) at UWest is devoted to the multi-faceted study of Buddhism and its ongoing application within the human realm. Inspired by Master Hsing Yun’s vision of Humanistic Buddhism and its emphasis on education, ethics, art, and culture, the Institute hosts a wide-range of research initiatives, conferences, and events that enhance our understanding of Buddhism historically and in the contemporary moment.
The Digital Sanskrit Buddhist Canon Project gathers, digitizes, and distributes the original Sanskrit scriptures of the Buddhist tradition. The 675 texts (about 50,000 pages) that have been digitized so far are currently being used by scholars around the world. In addition, the Rare Sanskrit Buddhist Manuscripts Preservation Project features digitized 600 Nepalese Buddhist manuscripts of the 17th century onwards kept in different private collections and the Akṣeśvara Mahāvihāra library collections.
UWest is also home to the Center for the Study of Minority and Small Business (CSMSB), which links UWest with the minority and small business community by providing regular seminars, lectures, conferences, business counseling, and an annual publication. The CSMSB educates local minority and small business owners on current business realities and changing governmental regulations. CSMSB also issues an annual journal, The Minority and Small Business Review, which provides relevant information and practical education as well as information about upcoming events and programs.