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The UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies trains scholars and educates members of the broader community about Buddhist religion and culture in all of their diversity. Among U.S. universities, only UCLA aspires to cover all of the major traditions in this world religion.

Upcoming Events

6/24/2022 - 6/25/2022
Currents and Countercurrents in Sinitic Buddhism

Currents and Countercurrents in Sinitic Buddhism: Celebrating the Career and Contributions of Professor Robert E. Buswell, Jr. is an international conference to mark the retirement of Dr. Robert E. Buswell Jr., Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies in the UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, and to honor his many contributions to the field.

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Recent Events

Building Temples, Housing Buddha

A Center for Buddhist Studies colloquium with Professor Allison Truitt of Tulane University

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Robert and Christina Buswell to establish first permanent endowed chair in Korean Buddhist studies outside of Korea

Director of the Center for Buddhist Studies Robert Buswell and his wife Christina Buswell have made gift commitments to create both an endowed chair and a graduate research fellowship in Buddhist Studies at UCLA.
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Fellow scholars deliver affectionate tribute to Gregory Schopen

Gregory Schopen, a groundbreaking scholar of early Indian Buddhism, retired from UCLA at the end of June after 20 years at the university.
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