Buddha and the Other

Encounters between Buddhism and Other Cultures, Mindsets and Peoples during the Ages

This Thursday lunch lecture series focuses on the history of the encounters of Buddhism with other cultures, religions, mindsets and peoples, both in the way how Buddhism itself developed throughout history and in the way it encountered with and was transformed by or itself transformed other ways of thinking. The lecture series will bring you to the origin of Buddhism in India and its influence on Hinduism to the possible contacts with Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic world (mystic sects in Judaism?), to its encounter with Daoism and China, and its encounter with the West through the Silk Road (Marco Polo?), to Tibetan, Pure Land and Japanese Buddhism and finally back to the West, where Buddhism became quite popular movement in 20th century California and presently has quite an impact on the health sciences (mindfulness).



Fall 2017


October 5, 2017: Buddhism and Social Work (Fleet Maull, Founder of Prison Mindfulness Institute)

October 19, 2017: Are Hinduism and Buddhism two Different Religions? : Is one the “other” for the other? (Arvind Sharma)

October 26, 2017: Buddhism and the Other, Buddhism as the Other: Negotiating Difference in Tibetan Buddhism (Lara Braitstein)

November 9, 2017: Buddhism and Sovereignty in East Asian Buddhism (Mikael Bauer)


Winter 2018


January 11, 2018: Buddhism and Art History (Jeehee Hong)

January 25, 2018: Buddhism in Indonesia (Phil Buckley)

March 15, 2018: Buddhism and Daoism in China (James Robson)

March 22, 2018: Buddhism and Religious Diversity in Nepal (Chiara Letizia)

March 29, 2018: Buddhism and Islam (Armando Salvatore)

April 05, 2018: Buddhism and Compassion (Julia Stenzel)