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Buddhist Lecture by Prof. L.R. Lancaster - 2 and 9 February 2018
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Buddhist Lecture by
Professor Lewis R. Lancaster
Professor (Emeritus), University of California, Berkeley

The Study of Buddhism

Lecture 1
Glimpses of Buddhism: Unique among Religions

Date: 2 February 2018 (Friday)
Time: 7-9 pm
Venue: LG.18, LG/F, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam

Buddhism has many features which distinguish it from all other religious traditions. When the study of the movement is put into an academic environment, it challenges many of the accepted patterns of the disciplines of Religious or Comparative Religious studies. The search for ways to understand its singular and subtle practices remains a puzzle. No less daunting is the range of tenets that interplays with the imparted teachings. Overtime, shifting visions of the goal of Buddhist study have resulted in uncertainty about relying on any particular methodology.

Lecture 2
Buddhist Story Line: Weaving Multi-strand Strings

Date: 9 February 2018 (Friday)
Time: 7-9 pm
Venue: LG.18, LG/F, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam

Versions of the “story” of Buddhism have been told and retold for more than 2000 years. During that time legend and lore have become an integral part of the process. The histories have been recounted as series of events, many that are detached from all others and stand alone. The events cover many centuries and are located far and wide and in cultures distant from the homeland of India. It is very difficult to provide a narrative, a plot of causally connected incidents motivated by some agency. The presence of the movement with similarities that appear wherever it is found, challenges followers and observers, alike, to deal with the variety of ways in which the “strings” of the “story” interlace into patterns.

About the speaker
Professor Lewis Lancaster is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. Internationally active, he works with Buddhist educational institutions in the United States, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, and Malaysia. His research focuses on cultural aspects including editing of the Atlas of Maritime Buddhism done in collaboration with the Maritime Museum of Hong Kong.

Conducted in English / All are welcome / Free admission
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HKU Centre of Buddhist Studies

Tung Lin Kok Yuen

Date/Time09/02/2018 19:00-21:00
VenueLG.18, LG/F, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam

Registration Instruction

Registration is open from 05/01/2018 15:30(HKT) to 09/02/2018 19:00(HKT) on a first-come-first-served basis. The registration quota for this event is 200.


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