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April 13, 2012

Jeff Wilson, University of Waterloo
“Dixie Buddhism: Regionalism in American Buddhism”

March 30, 2012

Robert Ford Campany, Vanderbilt University
“The Incredible Vanishing Religion: Glimmers of Buddhist Imagination from Early Medieval China”

March 29, 2012

Yasuo Deguchi, Kyoto University
“Last Nishitani on Emotion and Action”

March 2, 2012

Hank Glassman, Haverford College 
“The Cult of Jizō, a Buddhist Deity, in Medieval Japan”

October 24, 2011

Sara McClintock, Emory University
“Aesthetic Shock and Ethical Formation in Buddhist Narrative Literature”

April 7, 2011

Guy Newland, Central Michigan University
“Betraying Emptiness: Translating Tibetan Retextualization of Madhyamaka Philosophy”

April 4, 2011

Karma Lekshe Tsomo, University of San Diego
“Buddhism and Gender Identity”

March 26, 2011

Venerable Amy Miller, Milarepa Center, Barnet, VT
“The Meditator’s Life”

March 21 and 22, 2011

Catherine Anraku Hondorp, Zen Center, Northampton, MA
“An Introduction to Zen Meditation”

November 11, 2010

Tom Tillemans, University of Lausanne
“Madhyamaka Buddhist Ethics”

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October 26 and November 2, 2010

Geshe Lobsang Tsetan, Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center, Washington, NJ
“Dependent Origination”
“Emptiness”

April 23–25, 2010

Smith College hosted a three-day symposium, featuring more than 20 scholars (PDF) from America and Europe, entitled “Madhyamaka and Methodology: A Symposium on Buddhist Theory and Method.”

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April 20, 2010

Smith College hosted a poetry reading by Ko Un, author of more than 135 volumes of poetry, fiction, essays, translations, and drama. Ko Un has twice won the prestigious Korean Literature Prize and is frequently mentioned as a favorite for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

November 4, 2009

Sandy Gentei Stewart, Abbot of North Carolina Zen Center
“Zen Practice and Zen in America”

October 20 and 27, 2009

Geshe Lobsang Tsetan, Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center, Washington, NJ
“Compassion”
“Wisdom”

September 27, 2009

Robert Kennedy, Jesuit priest and Zen teacher
“When God Disappears”

April 22, 2009

Sarah Horton, Macalester College
“Reflections on Living Buddhist Statues in Modern and Medieval Japan

March 27–29, 2009

Smith College, the Five College Buddhist Studies faculty, and the Manjushri Institute of Buddhist Studies hosted more than 20 specialists in history, religion, anthropology and art for a conference called “Buddhism in Mongolia: Rebirth and Transformation.”

November 14, 2008

John Powers, Australian National University
“Representation of Tibetan Identity in the Context of the Olympics”

October 23, 2008

Geshe Damcho Gyaltsen, Director, Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, Dharamsala “Education and Spirituality: A Tibetan Buddhist Perspective”

October 21 and 28, 2008

Geshe Lobsang Tsetan, Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center, Washington, NJ
“Compassion and Selflessness”
“Wisdom and Emptiness”

October 1–18, 2008

Joan Bredin-Price mounted an exhibition of 10 large paintings of the Dhyani Buddhas.

February 29, 2008

Robert E. Buswell, Jr., UCLA
“Reflections on the Commentarial Genre in Korean Buddhist Literature”

October 16, 23, 25, and 30, 2007

Geshe Lobsang Tsetan, Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center, Washington, NJ
“Compassion and Selflessness”
“Lam Rim (Stages of the Path) by Tsong Khapa, part 1”
“Lam Rim (Stages of the Path) by Tsong Khapa, part 2”
“Wisdom and Emptiness”