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Learn about past lectures and talks and read papers given by our distinguished guests.

2016

Date Speaker Lecture title Read

March 16, 2016

Dr. David Hoy
Visiting Scholar, University of Calgary

The Annual Leslie S. Kawamura Memorial Lecture

Awakening from the Illusion of our Separation: A Buddhist Perspective on the Ecological Crisis

2015

Date Speaker Lecture title Read

April 17, 2015

Dr. Frederick M. Smith
Professor of Sanskrit and Classical Indian Literature
Departments of Religious Studies, and Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of Iowa

Possession as Demonic and Oracular, and Possession as Metaphor, in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism

March 24, 2015

Richard K. Payne
Dean and Yehan Numata Professor of Japanese Buddhist Studies
Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley, CA

The Annual Leslie S. Kawamura Memorial Lecture

Strategies in Studying the Homa:  Ritual Studies, History, Syntax  

 

March 23, 2015

Richard K. Payne
Dean and Yehan Numata Professor of Japanese Buddhist Studies
Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley, CA

The Annual Leslie S. Kawamura Memorial Lecture

The Study of Buddhist Tantra: State of the Art 

 

2014

Date Speaker Lecture title Read

Dec. 2, 2014

Professor Bee Scherer
Chair in Comparative Religion, Gender and Sexuality
Canterbury Christ Church University, U.K.

Variant Dharma: Buddhist queers, queered Buddhisms

Sept. 18, 2014

Professor Wendy Swartz
Associate Professor of Chinese Literature, Rutgers University

A Poet’s Repertoire in Early Medieval China 

 

2013

Date Speaker Lecture title Read

Oct. 8, 2013

Anne Carolyn Klein/Rigzin Drolma
Department of Religious Studies
Rice University

The Third Annual Leslie S. Kawamura Memorial Lecture

Vision, Song and Self: Contemplative Practice in Western and Tibetan Landscapes

 

Oct. 7, 2013

Anne Carolyn Klein/Rigzin Drolma
Department of Religious Studies
Rice University

The Third Annual Leslie S. Kawamura Memorial Lecture

Nine Vehicles, One Path: Short Takes from Jigme Lingpa and Longchen Rabjam

 

 

2012

Date Speaker Lecture title Read

Sept. 25, 2012

Dr. Gregory Schopen
University of California, Los Angeles and Brown University

The Leslie S. Kawamura Memorial Lecture

Debt, Slavery, and Monasticism: The Limited Reach of Formal Doctrine in Buddhist and Christian Monastic Settings

 

Sept. 24, 2012

Dr. Gregory Schopen
University of California, Los Angeles and Brown University

On the Fragrance of the Buddha, the Scent of Monuments, and the Odor of Images

 

 

April 3, 2012

Dr. Lara Braitstein
McGill University

Doringpa’s ‘spiritual biography’ (rnam thar) & the 10th Shamarpa: on the Trail of an 18th century Renegade Lama

 

April 2, 2012

Dr. Lara Braitstein McGill University

Composing Awakening: Saraha and his Adamantine Songs

 

2011

Date Speaker Lecture title Read

Oct. 5, 2011

Dr. Chen-kuo Lin National ChengChi University

Epistemology and Meditation in Jingyin Huiyuan’s Essay on “Three Measures of Cognition”

 

Oct. 4, 2011

Dr. Chen-kuo Lin National ChengChi University

Understanding Buddhist Epistemology in Medieval China: A Cross-Cultural Reflection

 

Sept. 20, 2011

Dr. Jonathan Silk Leiden University

The Inaugural Leslie S. Kawamura Memorial Lecture Toward a Meaningful Academic Study of Buddhism

 

Sept. 19, 2011

Dr. Jonathan Silk Leiden University

What Can Students of Indian Buddhist Literature Learn from Biblical Text Criticism?

 

Aug. 25, 2011

Sakya Trizin

The Virtue of Compassion in Difficult Times

 

April 5, 2011

Dr. Collett Cox University of Washington

The Dawn of Dogma: Commentary and Abhidharma Scholasticism in the Ancient Buddhist Texts of Gandhāra

 

April 4, 2011

Dr. Collett Cox University of Washington

Beginning at the Beginning: Research on the Oldest Surviving Buddhist Manuscripts

 

2010

Date Speaker Lecture title Read

Oct. 26, 2010

Dr. Ronald Davidson Fairfield University

Mahayana Buddhist rituals and the method of coded phrases (dhāraṇī)

 

Feb. 5, 2010

Thupten Jinpa Institute of Tibetan Classics, Canada Center for Compassion, and Altruism Research and Education Stanford University, USA

The Role of Compassion in Tibet's Assimilation of Buddhism

 

2009

Date Speaker Lecture title Read
Sept. 24, 2009 Dr. James Apple The Dalai Lamas: A cultural Heritage of Embodied Compassion  
April, 2009   Numata Symposium hosts Buddhism scholars Learn more »

2008

Date Speaker Lecture title Read
Oct. 8, 2008 Dr. Leslie Kawamura Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies Thervada: Now and Then - Rethinking Approaches to the Study of Buddhism in S. and S.E. Asia  

2006

Date Speaker Lecture title Read
Nov. 8, 2006 Dr. John Holt Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies The State of Buddhist Studies in Canadian Universities  

2005

Date Speaker Lecture title Read
April 5, 2005 Dr. Eva Neumaier Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies bSam gtan mig sgron and the rDzog chen Quotations: A Study in the Production of Tibetan Texts  

2004

Date Speaker Lecture title Read

May 14-15, 2004

Past Chairholders: Kuala Lumpur Dhammajoti (Sri Lanka), Michael Hahn (Germany), John Holt (U.S.A.), Yakupitiyage Karunadasa (Sri Lanka), Shoryu Katsura (Japan), Charles Prebish (U.S.A), Tom Tillemans (Switzerland), Charles Willemen (Belgium), Paul Williams (England)

Numata 15th Anniversary Symposium, reuniting past Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies Chairholders

Download the special issue of Pacific World Journal (PDF)

March 4, 2004

Dr. Charles Willemen Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies

The Sutra "School" in Nara Japan

 

2002

Date Speaker Lecture title Read
Nov. 14, 2002 Dr. Charles Willemen Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies From Where Did Zen Come?  

2001

Date Speaker Lecture title Read
Fall 2001 Yakupitiyage Karunadasa International Buddhist University, Thailand The Early Buddhist Teaching On the Practice of the Moral Life Download »
Winter 2001 Thomas Tillemans U. Lausanne, Switzerland Trying to be Fair to Madhyamika Buddhism Download »

2000

Date Speaker Lecture title Read
Fall 2000 John Clifford Holt Bowdoin College The Hindu Buddha and the Buddhist Visnu: Religious Transformations in India and Sri Lanka Download »
Winter 2000 Kuala L. Dhammajot Kelaniya University The Sarvastivada Doctrine of Simultaneous Causality Download »

1996

Date Speaker Lecture title Read
Fall 1996 Shoryu Katsura Hiroshima University How did the Buddhists prove something? The Nature of Buddhist Logic Download »

1995

Date Speaker Lecture title Read
Fall 1995 Thomas Tillemans U. Lausanne, Switzerland What Would it Be Like to Be Selfless? Hinayanist Versions, Mahayanist Versions and Derek Parfit Download »
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