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The UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies trains scholars and educates members of the broader community about Buddhist religion and culture in all of their diversity. Among U.S. universities, only UCLA aspires to cover all of the major traditions in this world religion.

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What is Buddhism When it is Practiced by Non-Buddhists? A lecture by Charles Hallisey

What is this “Buddhism” that we encounter, take up, and practice in our everyday lives, what does it reveal to us about Buddhism as a religious heritage in today's world; and what does it suggest about the future of religion in our world?

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Robert Buswell elected to U.S. Academy of Arts & Sciences

The distinguished professor of Buddhist Studies is the founding director of the Center for Korean Studies and the Center for Buddhist Studies (which he currently directs).
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Medical tradition in Tibet not necessarily Buddhist

Tibetan Buddhist scholar Janet Gyatso argued that the 79-panel illustration of the Tibetan medical classic, The Four Treatises, provides ample evidence that an important sphere of Tibetan life was not primarily Buddhist.
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