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Lecture Series
History of Buddhism -
From Early Centuries to 21st Century Globalization

Dr. Lewis R. Lancaster
Professor Emeritus, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley
Adjunct Professor, University of the West
This course will trace the history of Buddhism after its development as an institutional organization in India. The dissemination of the teaching and practice within the south continent is seen as the origin of a movement that spread throughout the south and east of Eurasia. When the Buddhist world was established in East Asia and among the nations of the "South Seas", it was circled by the trade routes through Central Asia and along the maritime ports from India to the East. For some centuries the tradition was fixed within the political states boundaries and taught in the local languages. A major shift occurred from the 19th century when global forces began to interact with the Buddhist communities. Finally in the 20th century, globalization became dominant and Buddhist activities were to be found world-wide. One of the important developments originated in Taiwan, as commercial groups spread out to facilitate a wider market. The Fo Guang Shan movement under the leadership of Master Hsing Yun based on Humanistic Buddhism represents the largest institutional response to globalization. The focus of the course will be on contextualizing Buddhism within cultural, political, and religious history.
Assembly Hall, Hsi Lai Temple
USD $80 (Registered members are required to attend all classes)
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19/22/20176pm – 9pm
29/23/20179am – 12pm
39/23/20172pm – 5pm
49/24/20179am – 12pm
59/24/20172pm – 5pm
69/29/20176pm – 9pm
79/30/20179am – 12pm
89/30/20172pm – 5pm
910/1/20179am – 12pm
1010/1/20172pm – 5pm

For further information, please call (626)961-9697 Ext. 129, 131 or email program@ibps.org