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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.

Upcoming Events

A Study on Criticism of Mindfulness Based Programs

Kitae Kwon, Lt. Colonel of ROK Army & Buddhist Monk

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From Enchanted to Re-Enchanted: Trajectories of Vietnamese Buddhism in a Post-modern World

Prof. Alexander Soucy of Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Canada, will speak about Buddhist modernity in Vietnam, not as persistence nor resurgence of the pre-modern, but as something that needs to be understood as new – as much owing to the structures and assumptions of modernity as to the power of the enchanted past.

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About the Programmes of the Buddhist Cave Paintings of Kucha

A CBS colloquium talk by Prof. Monika Zin (Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities & Leipzig University).

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Recent Events

6/23/2023 - 6/24/2023
International Perspectives on Buddhism in East Asia

A conference to honor Prof. William Bodiford upon his retirement from UCLA. Free and open to the public but RSVP required.

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Eighth Annual Shinto Lecture

The UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures presents the Eighth Annual Shinto Lecture with speakers Edward Kamens (Emeritus Professor at Yale University) presenting “Screens and Songs For The New Emperor: The Reiwa Daijōe Edition (and its Predecessors)" and Caleb Carter (Associate Professor at Kyushu University) presenting “A Path into The Mountains: Japan's Buddhist Ascetic Practices and its Alpinist.”

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Family love leads donor to create two endowed scholarships at UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies

Kyung Ki (Cindy) Min has created two endowed scholarships at the UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies that provide valuable support to students of Buddhism.
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Robert and Christina Buswell to establish first permanent endowed chair in Korean Buddhist studies outside of Korea

Director of the Center for Buddhist Studies Robert Buswell and his wife Christina Buswell have made gift commitments to create both an endowed chair and a graduate research fellowship in Buddhist Studies at UCLA.
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