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Tibetan Buddhism beyond Tibet

Leading scholars on Tibetan history and Buddhism join in a panel discussion on the meanings and impacts of Tibetan Buddhism in the histories of Asia and the contemporary world.

The UCLA Asia Institute presented a panel presentation and discussion of Tibet's influence and relations with its neighbors in China, South Asia, Central Asia, and the west on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at the UCLA Faculty Center, California Room. Topics included the historical process of Tibetan Buddhism becoming part of Chinese culture, the union of religious and temporal affairs as different from Western divisions between religious and secular affairs, and the early American reception of the Dalai Lama.


David Germano, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia
Co-director of the UVA Tibet Center and Editor of the Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies

Kurtis Schaeffer, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia
Author of The Culture of the Book in Tibet

Tsering Shakya, Canada Research Chair in Religion and Contemporary Society in Asia
Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia
Author of The Dragon in the Land of Snows: A History of Modern Tibet Since 1947

Gray Tuttle, Leila Hadley Luce Assistant Professor of Modern Tibetan Studies, Columbia University
Author of Tibetan Buddhists in the Making of Modern China

Moderated by R. Bin Wong, UCLA Professor of History and Director, UCLA Asia Institute

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