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The Advanced Buddhist Studies Lecture Series

The classes and lectures in this advanced studies series began in 2014 by reviewing some important aspects of the historical development of Buddhism and Zen as well as the outgrowth of the complex dharma expressions within them. Now in its second year, the series continues to address significant issues in Buddhism, past and current with a faculty made up of scholars who have a committed and deep-rooted practice background. These lectures and classes aim to engage those already familiar with Buddhist practice, although all are welcome to attend.

2015 Lectures

   Friday, February 13
Lopon Rita Gross, PhD

How Clinging to Gender Identity Subverts Enlightenment


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  Thursday, March 19
Taigen Dan Leighton, PhD

Just This Is It: Dongshan and the Practice of Suchness


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  Friday, April 24
Paula K. Arai, PhD

Painting Enlightenment: The Art and Science of the Heart Sutra

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  Friday, June 5
Dharmavidya David Brazier, PhD

Four Perspectives on Dharma: Therapy, Spirituality, Science and Religion


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  Thursday, September 17
Dale Wright, PhD

The Six Perfections: How Meditation Grounds the Cultivation of Character


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Past Lectures (2014)

   January 9, 2014
Ryuge Gil Fronsdal, PhD

The Buddha's Alternative to Religious Views: An Introduction to the Brahmajala Sutta
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  January 16, 2014
Lopon Rita Gross, PhD

The Buddha’s Last Teachings: The Mahaparinibbana Sutta


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  April 17, 2014
Korin Charlie Pokorny

Everyone Has a Light: Exploring Buddha-Nature in Chinese Buddhism and Our Practice

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  April 24, 2014
Myo Denis Lahey

The Platform Sutra: A Guest from Outside Creation

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    August 14, 2014
Carl Bielefeldt

On The Origins of Dogen's Zen


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  August 21, 2014
Shinshu Roberts

Astride the Highest Mountain: Dogen's Being Time

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  September 4, 2014
Daijaku Judith Kinst

Self, Healing, and Liberation: Exploring Buddhist Psychology and Its Interface with Contemporary Western Psychology

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September 11, 2014
John Nelson, PhD

Experimental Buddhism: Innovation and Activism in Global Contexts


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