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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

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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Recent Events

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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Doing Buddhism at Jōdo Shinshū Temples

This talk focuses on the role of the priest's wife (known as the ​bōmori ​or temple guardian) as a lens into Buddhist practice, authority, labor, ethics, and economics at parish temples in Japan's most popular Buddhist sect.

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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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