Mission:

As its long-term goal, this Tianzhu Global Network for the Study of Buddhist Cultures promotes innovative study of Buddhism and East Asian Cultures that crosses the boundaries between disciplines, countries, cultures, and religions. This global network significantly complements a $2.5-million grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to support an international and interdisciplinary collaborative project called “From the Ground Up: East Asian Religions through Multi-Media Sources and Interdisciplinary Perspectives.” The project aims to build a public digital collection of religious materials, including texts, artifacts, photographs, and recordings at UBC to enhance public and scholarly understanding of Buddhism and East Asian cultures.

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July 17, 2019

Guest Lecture: The influence of Buddhism on Chinese language

Peng Lu (Wuhan University). Thursday, October 3, 2019. UBC.
July 17, 2019

UBC Tianzhu-Hurvitz Lecture Series: A Place for Doubt: The Theory and Practice of “Questioning Meditation” (Kanhwa Sŏn 看話禪 ) in Korean Zen Buddhism

Robert E. Buswell Jr. (UC Los Angeles). 5 pm. Thursday, September 12, 2019. UBC, Ponderosa Commons Ballroom.
July 17, 2019

Guest Lecture: An Infinity of Stupas: Types of Chinese Buddhist Pagodas – 3

Nan Wang (Tsinghua University, School of Architecture). 1 pm–3 pm, Friday, July 26, 2019. Harvard University, Sackler Building 427.
July 1, 2019

CAMLab at Harvard University

CAMLab at Harvard University explores innovative, interdisciplinary ways of showcasing Chinese art and culture through immersive installations, exhibitions, films, digital publications, and other multimedia forms.
May 27, 2019

Buddhism & Technology: Historical Background and Contemporary Challenges

September 20–22, 2019. UBC, Saint John’s College.
March 13, 2019

Database of Chinese Medieval Texts

The Database of Chinese Medieval Texts (DMCT) is an on-going, open-ended, digitization of Chinese Medieval texts. This collaborative project is a linguistic research tool that shows mark ups and analytics on Late Medieval Chinese syntax and semantics. This database is open to the public.
January 14, 2019

An International and Intensive Program on Buddhism at INALCO (July 6-24, 2019)

July 6-24, 2019. INALCO.