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Dhammapada: Verses and Stories

Dhammapada Verse 156 Nostalgia
For Past Glory

Verse 156.
Nostalgia For Past Glory

have not led the holy life
nor riches won while young,
they languish on, worn-out bows,
sighing for the past.

Explanation:  This verse captures a situation that is
universally true. Most people tend to spend their youth squandering the
precious days with no thought
 about the
inevitable old-age that will overtake them. Youth is allowed to slip by without
having garnered either material or spiritual wealth. The Buddha’s admonition to
mankind in this passage, is that they must, in time, become mindful of the
passage of time and the speedy fading of the glamour of youth.

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  • Japan
  • International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies (Tokyo,

    The college is a postgraduate college with one faculty and one area of
    specialization. It provides a five-year programme covering philological
    and cultural studies with instruction in the required methodologies; And
    specialists provide one-to-one supervision in order to enable the student
    to reach the stage of producing a Ph.D. thesis.

  • Shitennoji International Buddhist University (Habikino
    Osaka, Japan)

    Shitennoji International Buddhist University is a private undergraduate
    university offering independent curricula based on a professional level of
    knowledge in each department and major to help students survive in a
    modern society based on internalization and information exchange.

    First, in order to help students develop a high level of humanity, all
    students are required to take basic classes in General Buddhism and
    Theories in Japanese Civilization. Then, students study specialized
    subjects to deepen their knowledge of their professional field, as well as
    comprehensive subjects covering a wide spectrum of subjects outside their
    normal field of study, including subjects in departments and majors other
    than their own. The students have opportunities to study abroad in the
    university’s study abroad programs. The university also welcomes
    international students.

  • Korea
  • Dongguk University -College of Buddhist Studies (Seoul and
    Gyeongju Campuses, Korea)

    The College aims, through profound research and teaching of Buddhism, at
    building up Buddhist personality with wisdom and compassion, at developing
    capabilities and knowledge required for seeing life and the world, and at
    producing talents who can subjectively and positively make contributions
    to the development of mankind over the world at large such as religion,
    education, politics, culture, etc.

  • Thailand
  • The International
    Buddhist College

    (IBC) (Hatyai, Thailand)

    The International Buddhist College is intended to be developed as a seat
    of advanced Buddhist learning with opportunities for Buddhist studies both
    at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It offers students a unique
    opportunity of experiencing a comprehensive and in-depth study of Buddhism
    from a non-sectarian point of view, while promoting knowledge and
    understanding of the different schools and traditions within Buddhism.

    As an academic institution, the IBC strictly adheres to the norms of a
    liberal arts education, adopting an academic approach to religious
    (Buddhist) studies. However, it will seek to combine the rigours of
    academic scholarship with a continuous inculcation of Buddhist spiritual
    values, as in the tradition of ancient Buddhist seat of learning like
    Nalanda and Vikkramasila, where in the process of learning one imbibes
    nearly the whole of its culture.

  • Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya

    (MCU) (Bangkok, Thailand)

    Located at Wat Mahadhatu Bangkok,. Established BE 2430/CE 1887 by His
    Majesty the King Chulalongkorn the Great (King Rama V) For the Higher
    Education of Buddhist Monks, Novices and Laity
    Mahachulalongkornragavidyalaya University is accredited by the Government
    of Thailand.

    MCU has become a major institute of Buddhist Higher Education, Research
    and Community Service, as well as the education of monks, novice and laity
    at campuses throughout Thailand.

    MCU at Bangkok offers the Bachelor’s Master’s and Doctorate degrees with
    faculties in Buddhism, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences.

    The International programme offers Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies and
    Philosophy, Designed to facilitate and support international research in
    Buddhist studies, the medium of instruction, both spoken and written, is

  • Mahamakut
    Buddhist University
    (Bangkok, Thailand)

    Mahamakut Buddhist University is a higher education academy of Thai
    Sangha. It was established by King Rama V on 1st, October B.E. 2436. The
    university consists of five faculties with eleven courses available for
    Bachelor’s Degrees, which are as follows:

  • Mahidol University - PhD Programme in Buddhist Studies (Bangkok,

    The Department of Humanities, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities in
    collaboration with College of Religious Studies, Mahidol University will
    be opening a new PhD programme in Buddhist Studies. The programme focuses
    on South and South-East Asian Buddhism, offering a wide range of courses
    that covers both Theravada and Mahayana traditions. The primary objectives
    of the programme are to train students to acquire and apply research
    skills at the highest level of academic analysis and to produce graduates
    who are able to teach and conduct research in Buddhist Studies at a level
    consistent with international standards.

    One of the main emphases of the programme is to read primary texts in
    their original languages, especially Sanskrit and Pali, and to study them
    with critical modes of analysis that incorporate Western scholarship.
    Although there is much modern scholarship on Buddhism, few researchers
    have the ability to utilise the primary sources in their original Pali or
    Sanskrit, which can result in misinterpretation and an over-dependence on
    secondary sources.

  • Myanmar
  • International Theravada Buddhist University (Yangon,

    The University was established in 1998. It is a permanent centre of higher
    learning of Theravada Buddhism. It is located on the beautiful site of the
    sacred Dhammapala hill near the Sacred Tooth Relic Pagoda, Yangon,

    For the first time, those who wish to learn Theravada Buddhist canonical
    texts and insight meditation in Myanmar tradition will have a chance to
    study them at the same institution. Faculty members are renowned Myanmar
    Buddhist scholars of high academic achievements who have profound
    knowledge of the Pali canons. In order to overcome language barriers,
    language teaching is included in the academic programmes. The medium of
    instruction is English.

  • Taiwan
  • Nan Hua University (Taiwan)

    The Institute of Religious Studies was officially set up in 2001 on the
    basis of the formerly established Center for Religious Culture and Center
    for Buddhist Studies. At present, the Institute is divided into two
    sections, the Section of Religious Studies and the Section of Buddhist
    Studies. It offers a two-year MA program that seeks to introduce graduate
    students to the advanced studies of religion and Buddhology. All students
    have to write and submit a thesis for obtaining an MA degree. The
    Institute has now approximately 60 students in enrollment and welcomes
    both local and foreign students to pursue their academic research here.

  • The Chung Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies (Taiwan)

    At the Chung-hwa Institute students attend a three-year intensive course
    in Buddhist studies. The student can choose one of four sections four
    sections in which to pursue his or her studies. The sections are: Chinese
    Buddhism, Indian Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Buddhist Informatics.
    Education at the Chung-hwa Institute emphasizes training in the canonical
    languages of Buddhism: Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan and classical Buddhist
    Chinese. The Buddhist Informatics section too puts an emphasis on
    (digital) textual studies. In seminars students study Buddhism in its
    philological, historical and philosophical aspects. In addition we offer
    courses in modern languages especially English and Japanese.

  • Nepal
  • Nagarjuna
    Institute of Exact Methods

    The institute offers the regular Buddhist studies program on the following
    topics: History of Buddhism in India. Twelve Principal Deeds of Lord
    Buddha, The Four Councils, Life and Works of Nagarjuna, Arya Deva Asanga,
    Vasubandhu, Dingnaga and Dharmakirti. The institute is also giving a
    special intensive class on Tibetan Buddhism and the History of Buddhism in

  • Centre for Buddhist Studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute (Kathmandu
    University, Nepal)

    Kathmandu University - Centre for Buddhist Studies at Rangjung Yeshe
    Institute offers a unique academic education, undergraduate and graduate,
    leading to Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Arts (MA) degrees in
    Buddhist Studies with Himalayan Language.

    The programme, located in Boudhanath, Kathmandu, Nepal, is structured as
    an intensive immersion into Buddhist Philosophy, Tibetan Language and
    other areas relevant to the study of Buddhism and the Himalayan region.

  • Sri
  • Department of Pali & Buddhist Studies, Faculty of
    of Kelaniya (Sri Lanka)

    The department handles three main disciplines. They are Pali, Buddhist
    Philosophy and Buddhist Culture.

    In addition to undergraduate and postgraduate courses, a Diploma in Pali
    and Buddhist Studies, for foreign students is also offered. The medium of
    instruction of the Diploma is English, Graduate and Post Graduate Studies
    can be followed either in Sinhala or English.

  • Postgraduate
    Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies
    University of Kelaniya Sri Lanka
    The Institute has three Departments of Study representing Buddhist
    Philosophy, Buddhist Culture and Buddhist Literary Sources. Pali Studies
    come under the department of Buddhist Literary Sources. Currently
    Professors Asanga Tilakaratne and Ven. K. Dhammajoti serve as heads of
    departments of Buddhist philosophy and Buddhist Literary Sources

    PGIPBS is also the only place in Sri Lanka - and for that matter one of
    the very few places in the world - where students can undertake guided
    comparative studies of the northern and southern Buddhist sources
    involving all the canonical languages with the exception of Tibetan.

  • Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies University of

    (Sri Lanka)
    The University of Peradeniya from its very inception recognized the role
    it has to play in promoting Pali and Buddhist Studies in the University
    curriculum. Pali and Buddhist Studies have become established over the
    last five decades as the major disciplines in the Humanities field of the

    The study of Buddhism can be approached with the aim and objective of
    providing a philosophical alternative in the search for the meaning of
    life and opting for a more humane mode of living. However, in a University
    academic context this could be done from a non-dogmatic and critical
    standpoint that promotes tolerance of other points of view and dialogue
    with other alternative philosophies of life inculcating a value
    orientation in the learner that could eventually contribute to peaceful
    and harmonious living.

  • Australasia
  • Australasian
    Association of Buddhist Studies
    (AABS) (Australia)
    The aim of the Australasian Association of Buddhist Studies is to promote
    the academic study of Buddhism in the Australasian region. It is
    anticipated this will be achieved:
  • Buddhist Studies WWW Virtual Library (ANU,
    This is the major site which keeps track of leading information facilities
    in the field of Buddhism and Buddhist studies around the world. Edited by
    Dr T.Matthew Ciolek (The Australian National University), Prof. Joe
    Bransford Wilson (U. of North Carolina at Wilmington) and Privat-Dozent
    Jerome Ducor (Ethnographic Museum, Geneva) in association with Janice
    Glowski, Adrian Hale, Barry Kapke, Murray Kessell, and Peter Schlenker.
  • Centre for Buddhist Studies - University of Queensland

    The main objectives of the Centre for Buddhist Studies are to:

  • Postgraduate Coursework
    in Buddhist Studies
    (University of Sydney, Australia)

    The postgraduate coursework program in Buddhist Studies has been offered by
    the Faculty of Arts at the University of Sydney since 2006. This
    innovative program has been developed in response to widespread interest
    in Buddhism among Australians and overseas students.

    The program offers units covering the full spectrum of Buddhist culture
    and practice, as well as language studies. There are units on the
    development of early Buddhist scriptures and the history, art and
    archaeology of this phase of development. There are units that analyse
    meditation and the healing tradition in Buddhism. Particular local
    manifestations such as the Vajrayana tradition in Tibet, East Asian
    Buddhism and the more modern Western Buddhism enrich the picture further.
    Students who are interested in gaining the ability to access the primary
    texts may study Pali and Sanskrit.

  • Buddhist Studies - via
    Open Universities Australia
    La Trobe University (Victoria, Australia)

    Distance Learning Buddhist Studies units are taught via a mix of
    conventional and email based correspondence between staff and students.
    These units overlap in their content with the on-campus units, which offer
    an introduction to Buddhism and Eastern Meditation Traditions.

  • European Websites
  • France
  • Université Bouddhique Européenne/European Buddhist

    (Paris, France)
    A body founded in 1995 by French Buddhists to promote Buddhist studies in
    France and Europe.
  • England
  • Sharpham College for Buddhist Studies and Contemporary

    (Devon, England)

    Offers a broad education in traditional Buddhist values critically applied
    to contemporary needs. The nature of this education is meditative,
    transformative and creative. It is non-religious and non-sectarian in

  • Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol (England)

    The Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol was created
    in 1993 within the Department of Theology and Religious Studies as the
    first Centre for Buddhist Studies in the UK. At undergraduate level the
    Centre’s staff contribute to the undergraduate BA programme in Theology
    and Religious Studies; at graduate level they offer a taught MA in
    Buddhist Studies and supervision of research leading to MPhil and

  • The Oxford Centre for
    Buddhist Studies

    (’OCBS’) (England)

    The OCBS exists to contribute to Oxford University, to Buddhist Studies
    and to the wider understanding of the Buddhist tradition. It will:

    • train scholars and sustain a growing research effort in the field;
    • collaborate with other centres and explore interdisciplinary
    • make the fruits of scholarship widely accessible;

    New structures have developed within the University and a taught course
    specific to Buddhist Studies will be available soon (a UK first).

  • SOAS: MA Buddhist Studies University of London (England)

    The MA degree in Buddhist Studies endeavours to provide a coherent but
    flexible range of taught courses on Indian and other forms of Buddhism,
    specialised courses dealing with specific issues, regions or traditions,
    language-based courses in reading and interpreting Buddhist texts in
    Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese, and language courses in
    literary and modern languages relevant to the study of Buddhist texts or
    working with Buddhist communities.

  • Buddhist Studies at the University of Sunderland (England)

    MA, Postgraduate Diploma, and Postgraduate Certificate. Web-based
    interactive Distance-Learning.

  • Course

  • Germany
  • Karmapa International Buddhist Institute
    (Wuppertal, Germany)

    KIBI offers a four-year program of Buddhist. Founded by HH the 16th
    Karmapa and emphazises the teachings of the Karma Kagyü school of Tibetan

  • Hungary
  • Budapest Buddhist University (Budapest,

    The Budapest Buddhist University was founded in 1991. Their aim was to
    provide high-level education in Buddhist theory and practices for the
    Hungarian public. From the outset, the curriculum tended to incorporate
    different strands of Buddhism present in the country, not neglecting
    Hungary’s long-standing tradition of oriental scholarship.

    Following a long process of curriculum development and authentication, our
    four-year Buddhist teachers’ training programme was accredited in 1999. On
    fulfilling a number of additional criteria set by the Hungarian
    Accreditation Committee, this accreditation was finally reconfirmed in
    2001. With the introduction of the new law of tertiary education in 2005,
    the Buddhist College joined the Bologna process and was one of the first
    Hungarian institutions of higher education to be re-accredited in the new tertiary
    educational system. In 2006 we started our new 3-year BA programme, later
    to be followed by a 2 years MA programme. Our training programme was thus
    extended from four to five years, and in effect, we developed into a
    university meeting European standards.

  • North American Websites
  • Canada
  • Buddhism at the University of Toronto (Canada)

    A Buddhist Studies undergraduate major/specialist program is run from the
    Department for the Study of Religion.

    Buddhist Studies courses at the University: Lectures on Tibetan Buddhism
    Series. A series of lectures by prominent Tibetan scholars on various
    topics in Tibetan Buddhism. U of T Buddhist Studies Research Guide. A
    Research Guide containing resources for the academic study of Buddhism
    that are available in the University of Toronto library system. (As such,
    most of these resources are available to the University community only.)
    Study of Buddhist Languages. Language study opportunities for key languages
    in Buddhist Studies.

  • United
    States of America
  • Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley
    (California, USA)

    The Center for Buddhist Studies oversees a variety of research programs,
    scholarly events, and outreach activities, often in collaboration with
    units on and off campus. The Group in Buddhist Studies, which is comprised
    of faculty from the Departments of East Asian Languages and Cultures,
    South and Southeast Asian Studies, History of Art, and Psychology offers
    an interdisciplinary program of study and research leading to a Ph.D.
    degree in Buddhist Studies.

  • UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies (Los
    Angeles, California USA)

    A wide array of undergraduate courses in Buddhism are offered in various
    departments at UCLA, such as Asian Languages and Cultures (including its
    divisions of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South and Southeast Asia, and
    Indic), Art History, and Anthropology. Several hundred students take
    courses on Buddhism every year at UCLA, the largest enrollments of any
    university in the United States.

  • Naropa University (Boulder,
    Colorado USA)

    Naropa University is a private, non-profit liberal arts college
    characterized by its unique Buddhist educational heritage. Naropa offers
    an MA in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, so they have rich course offerings in
    Buddhism in the areas of history, culture, philosophy and basic texts as
    well as meditation intensives offered by masters of major Buddhist
    practice traditions.

    The university also offers a comprehensive one-year program in Buddhist
    Studies for visiting upper-division students from other undergraduate
    institutions with majors in religious studies, anthropology or philosophy.

  • University of the West (Rosemead,
    California USA)

    University of the West (formerly known as Hsi Lai University) is a
    private, nonprofit, co-educational university offering undergraduate,
    graduate, certificate and continuing education programs consistent with
    the educational mission of California higher education degree-granting

    The mission of University of the West is to:

    1. Educate students in a context informed by Buddhist wisdom and values.
    2. Facilitate cultural understanding and appreciation between East and

    A highly qualified faculty and a supportive and physically attractive
    learning environment are provided so that students can master a body of
    knowledge, acquire analytical and creative problem-solving and learning
    skills, cultivate moral and cultural discernment and develop personal and
    social responsibility.

  • Dharma Realm Buddhist

    (Talmage, California USA)

    The purpose of Dharma Realm Buddhist University is to bring the principles
    of the Buddha’s teachings to a wide range of people and to inspire
    profound change in higher education and in society at large. At DRBU,
    students and faculty work together to reform the process of teaching and
    learning so that the process is not only intellectual but spiritual and
    moral. Their aim is that the work of scholarship is guided by the
    principles of goodness. DRBU offers education in the areas of Buddhist
    studies, language and Chinese studies. It offers both a B.A. and M.A.

  • The Institute of
    Buddhist Studies

    Buddhist Seminary and Graduate School (Berkeley, California)

    The Institute of Buddhist Studies is a seminary and graduate school
    affiliated with the Graduate Theological Union and associated with the
    Buddhist Churches of America. The IBS offers a systematic educational
    program specializing in Contemporary Shin Buddhist Studies and culminating
    in a fully accredited Master of Arts degree which is jointly administered
    with the GTU.

    The Institute of Buddhist Studies is dedicated to preparing women and men
    for lives of ministry in the tradition of the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha,
    and to fostering the understanding and development of Shin Buddhist
    thought in engagement with the issues and perspectives of contemporary

  • Prajnopaya Institute of
    Buddhist Studies

    (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)

    The Prajnopaya Institute of Buddhist Studies (MIT-Prajnopaya) is devoted
    to a non-sectarian and non-denominational approach to Dharma. Students are
    encouraged to engage in the study of the Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana
    (Triyana) schools. Prajnopaya also brings together all five schools of
    Tibetan Buddhism. The Institute continues to grow under the chief
    patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, along with the heads of the
    other Tibetan Buddhist lineages, and provides a healthy environment for
    spiritual dialogue. The Prajnopaya Institute emphasizes critical study
    combined with serious practice.

  • Manjushri Institute of Buddhist Studies (USA)

    The Manjushri Institute of Buddhist Studies was established to organize
    and host opportunities for serious study and practice of the Buddha Dharma
    in the Indo-Tibetan-Mongolian tradition. It provides access to teachers
    from the great monastic learning centers of India and Asia as well as the
    growing community of western Buddhist scholars and yogis, to benefit
    students at all levels, through short retreats and regular programs of
    study and practice.

  • The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies
    (Massachusetts, USA)

    The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies offers a variety of study and
    research opportunities, lectures, classes, seminars, workshops,
    conferences, retreats, independent study, and, in the future, a
    scholars-in-residence program. The study center offers research and
    publication facilities for Buddhist scholarship and translation. Its
    vision calls for dialogue between different schools of Buddhism and
    discussions with other religious and scientific traditions. The emphasis
    is always on the interrelationship between study and practice, and on
    exploring the relevance of classical teachings to contemporary life.

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    Buddhist studies, also known as Buddhology (although the latter term
    is sometimes reserved for the study of
    Buddhas rather than that of Buddhism as a whole), is the academic study of Buddhism. The term applies
    especially to the modern academic field, which is a subset of
    and is distinct from
    Buddhist philosophy or Buddhist theology. As
    with religious studies in general, scholars of Buddhist studies represent a
    variety of disciplines including
    history, anthropology, and philosophy.

    contrast to the study of
    Judaism or Christianity, the field of Buddhist
    Studies has been dominated by “outsiders” to Buddhist cultures and
    traditions. However,
    Japanese universities have also made
    major contributions, as have Asian immigrants to Western countries, and Western
    converts to Buddhism.


    to contemporary Buddhism

    Charles Prebish, a scholar-practitioner, describes the
    academics who are also Buddhist practitioner as fulfilling a crucial
    traditional role that has gone otherwise unfilled in countries that are not
    traditionally Buddhist:

    Throughout much of Buddhism’s history, Buddhist
    scholarship and practice have been two very distinct vocations in a highly
    polarized tradition. Not surprisingly, stories reflecting the study/practice
    dichotomy in Buddhism are abundant in both the primary and secondary literature
    on the subject. Walpola Rahula’s History of Buddhism in Ceylon provides a good
    summary of the issue. During the first century B.C.E., in response to a concern
    over the possible loss of the Tripitaka during a severe famine, a question
    arose: What is the basis of the Teaching (sasana)—learning or practice?
    A clear difference of opinion resulted in the development of two groups: the Dhammakathikas,
    who claimed that learning was the basis of the Sasana, and the Pamsukulikas,
    who argued for practice as the basis. The Dhammakathikas apparently won out.

    The two vocations described above came to be known as gantha-dhura,
    or the “vocation of books,” and vipassana-dhura, or the “vocation of
    meditation,” with the former regarded as the superior training (because surely
    meditation would not be possible if the teachings were lost). Moreover, the
    vipassana-dhura monks began to live in the forest, where they could best pursue
    their vocation undisturbed, while the gantha-dhura monks began to dwell in
    villages and towns. As such, the gantha-dhura monks began to play a significant
    role in Buddhist education.

    It would probably not be going too far to refer to the
    gantha-dhura monks as “scholar-monks.” Why is this distinction so important? It
    is significant because the scholar-monks were responsible for the education of
    the laity and cultivated a Buddhist literacy among the ordinary practitioners
    of the tradition. While this was a normative practice in the ancient Buddhist
    tradition, Buddhism in the Western world has not favored a monastic lifestyle.
    As such, the education of the laity has been left to teachers who are no longer
    trained as scholar-monks. In fact, while many of the leaders and authorized
    teachers in the various Western Buddhist groups have had formal monastic and
    scholarly training at some point, many—if not most—have abandoned the monastic
    and scholarly lifestyle altogether. This has fostered a “scholarship gap,”
    which to a large extent is being rapidly filled by scholar-practitioners who,
    although not living as full-fledged monastics, have solid scholarly and
    academic training grounded in a rigorous personal practice.


    writes that:

    …geographic associations seem to identify at least two
    ’schools’ of Buddhology: the Anglo-German and the Franco-Belgian. The former
    (and older) was led by
    T. W. Rhys Davids and Hermann
    while the latter included primarily
    Louis de La Vallée Poussin, Jean Przyluski, Sylvain
    Paul Demiéville, and Étienne
    To these schools,
    quite reasonably, adds a third: the
    Leningrad school, including Stcherbatsky, Rosenberg, and Obermiller. The Anglo-German school
    almost exclusively emphasized the
    Pali literary tradition, while
    the Franco-Belgian school utilized the
    Sanskritic materials, along with their corresponding translations and
    commentaries in
    Chinese and Tibetan. The Leningrad school is
    clearly closer to the Franco-Belgian school than the Anglo-German. These are
    general classifications, but they nonetheless capture the style of the
    traditions as they have been maintained over the last century.

    goes on to discuss developments in the USA:

    Although some might consider Eugène

    the founding father of Buddhist Studies as a discipline, the beginnings of
    Buddhist Studies in the United States seem inextricably bound to three primary
    Henry Clarke
    Charles Rockwell Lanman. […] Despite the work of
    these early educators, it was not until after 1960 that Buddhist Studies began
    to emerge as a significant discipline in the American university system and
    publishing industry. During the
    Vietnam War years and immediately
    thereafter, Buddhist Studies was to enjoy a boom, largely through the efforts
    of such leading professors as
    Richard Hugh

    of the
    University of Wisconsin–Madison, Masatoshi

    Harvard University, and Alex

    Columbia University. No doubt there were many
    reasons for the increased development of Buddhist Studies, not the least of
    which were the increase in
    area studies programs in American
    universities; growing government interest in things Asian; the immense social
    anomie that permeated American culture in the 1960s; and the growing
    dissatisfation with (and perhaps rejection of) traditional religion.

    Lopez emphasizes the influence of Geshe
    Lhundup Sopa at Wisconsin, and Jeffrey

    at Virginia.

    programs and institutes

    According to Prebish, Buddhist studies in the United
    States prior to 1975 was dominated by the University of Wisconsin, Harvard
    University and the
    University of Chicago.[5] Prebish cites two surveys by Hart in which
    the following university programs were found to have produced the most scholars
    with U.S. university posts: Chicago, Wisconsin, Harvard, Columbia, Yale,
    Virginia, Stanford, Berkeley, Princeton, Temple, Northwestern, Michigan,
    Washington, and Tokyo.

    Other regionally-accredited U.S. institutions with
    programs in Buddhism include the
    University of the West, Institute of Buddhist
    , Naropa
    , and the California Institute of
    Integral Studies
    . (A number
    of dharma centers offer semi-academic, unaccredited study; some of these seem
    likely eventually to win accreditation.)

    Prominent European programs include Oxford and Cambridge, SOAS, the universities of Humbolt and Bonn, and
    the Sorbonne. In Asia, Tokyo University has long been a major center for
    Buddhist research.


    International Association of
    Buddhist Studies

    Studies at the University of Chicago


    specializing in Buddhist Studies (in alphabetical order):

    Studies Review

    Chung-Hwa Buddhist Journal


    The Eastern

    Journal of
    Buddhist Ethics

    Journal of Global Buddhism

    Journal of Indian and Buddhist Studies / Indogaku
    Bunkkyogaku Kenkyu

    Journal of the International
    Association of Buddhist Studies

    World: Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies

    The Pure
    Land: Journal of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies

    Universal Gate Buddhist Journal / 普門學報

    addition, many scholars publish in journals devoted to area studies (such as
    Japan, China, etc.), general Religious Studies, or disciplines such as history,
    anthropology, or language studies. Some examples would be:

    Indo-Iranian Journal

    Journal of Chinese Religions

    Journal of Contemporary Religion

    Journal of
    Indian Philosophy

    Journal of the Pali Text

    East and West


    university presses that have published in the field include those of Oxford,
    Cambridge, Indiana, Princeton, SUNY, and the Universities of California,
    Michigan, Chicago, Hawaii, and Virginia. Non-university presses include Curzon
    Press, E.J. Brill, Asian Humanities Press, and Motilal Banarsidass. A number of
    scholars have published through “dharma presses” such as Snow Lion
    Publications, Wisdom Publications, or Shambhala.


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    to the UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies

    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.

    The BDK
    TV Series “The Buddhist Way of Life”

    Three part video series featuring Professor Robert
    Buswell, director of the UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies.
    more »

    Neuroscientists Come to a Meeting of the Minds

    The symposium, originally set to feature the Dalai Lama,
    brought researchers from UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human
    Behavior together with eminent Buddhist scholars for a two-hour conversation
    about their distinctive yet complementary understandings of compassion,
    creativity, mental flexibility and attention, as well as the role mindfulness
    meditation may play in cultivating these qualities.
    more »

    on Connection Between Neuroscience and Buddhism Proceeds Without Dalai Lama

    Two guest scholars agreed to fill in for His Holiness at
    the last minute. The panel also featured three UCLA neuroscientists, who
    presented on major findings in their field, reports The Daily Bruin.
    more »

    Lama’s UCLA Appearances Canceled

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama is unable to travel due to ill
    health. His scheduled appearances at UCLA on Monday, May 2 have been canceled.
    The 1:30 symposium will go ahead without the Dalai Lama’s participation.
    more »

    Neuroscientist Helps Pave Way for Dalai Lama’s Visit

    The Dalai Lama will come to campus on May 2, 2011, for two
    public events sponsored by the UCLA International Insitute and the UCLA Center
    for Buddhist Studies. One of them, a dialogue between His Holiness and UCLA
    neuroscientists, will in many ways fulfill the journey that a UCLA expert in
    Tibetan Buddhism, meditation and medicine began half a century ago.
    more »

    Agreement with Korean University

    Officials from Seoul-based Dongguk University and UCLA
    sign a new memorandum of understanding that is expected to result in
    collaboration and exchange in fields beyond Buddhist studies.
    more »

    Gift to Library

    A Tibetan monk and two Americans dedicated to the Bon
    tradition of Tibet, an ancient religion that influenced Tibetan Buddhism,
    deliver a digitized copy of canonical Bon texts to the UCLA Library and Center
    for Buddhist Studies.
    more »

    Support for UCLA Buddhist Studies

    Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai America establishes the Yehan Numata
    Endowment at the UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies and pledges 10 years of
    additional support. The new funds will bring distinguished visitors and enhance
    graduate education.
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    Classics for a Wider Audience

    Thirteen Korean historical, religious, and philosophical
    classics will be introduced to English readers under a translation project
    coordinated by the UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies.
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    Buddhist Studies in

    semester of study and meditation while living in a Buddhist monastery near the
    site of Buddha Shakyamuni’s Enlightenment.

    Program Highlights

    “I don’t think one can receive this experience anywhere else.” -Conan Cheong, Wesleyan University


    This program weaves together the diverse resources of Bodh
    Gaya into a fall semester of study emphasizing a comparative approach to both
    theory and practice. At the heart of the Buddhist Studies in India program is
    the desire to allow students to explore this subject from as many different
    points of view as possible. Western academic models are systematically used in
    the core courses, while Buddhist philosophies are tested in the Meditation
    Traditions course.

    Since the Buddhist Studies Program began in 1979, students
    from a wide range of schools have participated. Since 2008, a sampling of
    colleges and universities that students have come from are: Amherst College,
    Barnard College, Bates College, Boston University, Brown University,
    CSU-Northridge, Carleton College, Colby College, Columbia University, Dartmouth
    College, DePauw University, Drake University, Goucher College, Hamline
    University, Harvard University, Johnson State College, Kenyon College, Knox
    College, Macalester Colleges, Mercyhurst College, Northwestern University, Penn
    State University, Princeton University, Rutgers University, Saint Michael’s
    College, Smith College, Stanford University, Stony Brook University (SUNY),
    Swarthmore College, The College of Wooster, UNC-Chapel Hill, Tufts University,
    Tulane University, University of Hawaii-Hilo, University of Illinois at
    Chicago, UMass-Amherst, Vassar College, Wake Forest University, Wellesley
    College, Wesleyan University, Willamette University and Williams College.




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    Buddhism without borders

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    The conference, organised by the home ministry and the centre for
    Bhutan studies (CBS), is
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    Buddhism expert wants science to
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    Sydney Morning Herald - 9 Apr 2012

    Bernard Faure, a visiting professor of Buddhist studies at the University of Sydney, said in a
    recent Sydney Ideas talk that little was known about the …


    Sydney Morning Herald



    to Courtauld will make London a world centre of Buddhist art …

    The Guardian - 7 Apr 2012

    London is set to seal its status as one of the leading western
    centres for the study and
    conservation of Buddhist
    art, following a remarkable private …


    The Guardian



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    Patheos (blog) - 23 Apr 2012

    Mrs. CAF Rhys Davids took the view that “The Buddhist . . . was a hedonist, and
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    A little Buddha statue decorate by flower. This will only seen once a year in Vesak day ceremony.




    India Today

    250 people being murdered a day
    in Akhilesh Yadav-ruled Uttar Pradesh, claims BSP

    The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP ) launched a frontal and scathing attack on the
    Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP) government and
    claimed that every day more than 250 people were being murdered in Uttar
    Pradesh ever since the new government took over.

    Addressing a press conference here, Leader of Opposition and state BSP
    president Swami Prasad Maurya said that law and order has hit a new low in the
    state and accused the state government of making officials’ transfers a
    “mini industry in the state”.

    “Even as crime is spiralling, the government has made transfers an
    industry,” Maurya said. He added that on an average, four murders were
    taking place in every district every day and by this rate, 250 murders were
    taking place in the state every day.

    Warning that the Samajwadi Party ’s patronising of criminal elements
    had begun to tarnish the image of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, the BSP leader
    said the people of Uttar Pradesh would soon realise their mistake and would
    repent voting for the SP.



    BSP alleges spurt in crime rate
    in UP


    Lucknow: The
    Bahujan Samaj Party Friday alleged that there was a spurt in crime in Uttar
    Pradesh ever since the Samajwadi Party came to power and asked Chief Minister
    Akhilesh Yadav to seriously work towards providing justice and security to all.

    Citing cases of murders which have been reported from different parts of the
    state in the recent days, leader of opposition in UP Assembly and senior BSP
    leader Swami Prasad Maurya said that they indicated as to how the state has
    become a hunting ground for criminals and mafia elements in the present

    “In merely 40
    to 42 days of the SP government, people have started remembering the good days
    of BSP’s rule of law”, Maurya told reporters here.

    The BSP leader advised the chief minister to desist from tall claims and
    instead seriously work for providing justice and security to all.


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