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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

5/14/2021
4-5pm
Buddhist Terrorism: Killing Compassionately?

Prof. Brian Victoria (Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies), asks: Is it possible for a Buddhist, acting in accordance with Buddhist teachings, to take the lives of others out of compassion?

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5/19/2021
12-1pm
Bodily Sacrifice for a Single True Verse

Prof. Naomi Appleton (University of Edinburgh) examines stories of how the Buddha in a past life (as Bodhisattva) made a great sacrifice in exchange for a single verse of true teaching, and explores the implications of this cluster of stories for our understandings of the relationship between the dharma and buddhahood.

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Recent Events

5/19/2021
12-1pm
Bodily Sacrifice for a Single True Verse

Prof. Naomi Appleton (University of Edinburgh) examines stories of how the Buddha in a past life (as Bodhisattva) made a great sacrifice in exchange for a single verse of true teaching, and explores the implications of this cluster of stories for our understandings of the relationship between the dharma and buddhahood.

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5/14/2021
4-5pm
Buddhist Terrorism: Killing Compassionately?

Prof. Brian Victoria (Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies), asks: Is it possible for a Buddhist, acting in accordance with Buddhist teachings, to take the lives of others out of compassion?

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Fellow scholars deliver affectionate tribute to Gregory Schopen

Gregory Schopen, a groundbreaking scholar of early Indian Buddhism, retired from UCLA at the end of June after 20 years at the university.
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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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