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Upcoming Events

2/25/2019
4-5:30pm
Vegetarianism and Animal Ethics in Tibetan Buddhism

Tibetan Studies Lecture by Geoffrey Barstow, Oregon State University

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2/27/2019
4-5:30pm
Atheism in Buddhism and Nietzsche as Challenges to the Philosophy of Religion

This lecture seeks to clarify the status of Buddhism as a non-atheistic religion, that is, a set of religious concerns that aren't supported by the various structures of theism: the creator God, divine beings, and corresponding practices such as worship, obedience, and supplication. Comparing Buddhist non-theism to atheism in the West we summarize Friedrich Nietzsche's “death of God” proclamation, his critique of both Christianity and Buddhism, and the patterns of cultural nihilism associated with them. These reflections are directed toward a challenge to the contemporary philosophy of religion in its incapacity to understand religion on broader, more historical grounds than theism can provide.

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Recent Events

5/11/2017 - 5/12/2017
10am-5pm
2017 Graduate Conference on Religion

Panels: Physical Artifacts of Religious Performance Crossroads of Ancient and Modern--Adaptation and Subversion Body and Speech in Ritual Performance Keynote Lecture: "Paradisiacal Realms in Ancient Egypt and Early China" by Anthony Barbieri-Low, Professor of Chinese History at UC Santa Barbara

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4/29/2017
10am-5pm
The Indian Roots of Global Buddhism

A one-day conference on the Indian origins of Buddhism.

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