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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

12/8/2023 - 12/9/2023
Reed, Brush, Chisel: Script, Literacy, and Writing Across Central and East Asia (400–1800)

This symposium brings together leading scholars across a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences to discuss Central and East Asia's diverse, multiethnic, multiscriptal experience to challenge conventional ideas on writing and its relationship to culture.

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Recent Events

About the Programs 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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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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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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