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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

On Cāntisirī: Buddhism and Brahmanism amongst the Ikṣvākus

Prof. Alice Collett (University of St. Andrews) will introduce the Ikṣvākus and life in their ancient city, then discuss the seeming interplay of Buddhism and Brahmanism within the life of Cāntisirī, a royal Ikṣvāku woman.

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The Four Foundations of Mindfulness, According to the Early Suttas: A Psychological Perspective

With the increasing number of robust research that continues to disapprove some of the early positive findings of western mindfulness, particularly Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, the need for revisiting the four foundations as presented in the early Suttas, is critical. We will let the step-by-step explanation of the practice of the four foundations from a psychological perspective speak for itself to give the audience the richness, depth and range of the four foundations as presented by the Buddha.

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CANCELLED: The Relevance of Toyok Caves to Meditation Practice

CANCELED - Zoom guest lecture by Prof. Nobuyoshi Yamabe, Professor of Asian Philosophy at Waseda University and Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley

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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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An interview with Robert Buswell, renowned scholar of Korean Buddhism

Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies Robert Buswell reflected on his life and work ahead of a two-day conference in honor of his retirement from UCLA.
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