EVENTS> Online Buddhist Studies Events (May 23 - June 21)

Guttorm Norberg Gundersen Discussion

Dear Colleagues,

Please see the below list of upcoming online Buddhist Studies events, compiled together with Mariia Lepneva.

The below list only includes events taking place the next month. The entire list is available on this Google doc. We encourage everyone to help keep this list up to date by adding events we have overlooked. 

Guttorm Gundersen,

PhD Candidate, Harvard University


23 May 2023, 18.00-19.30 CEST (16:00pm GMT)


Speaker: Tristan Brown (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)




May 24, 1:00pm-2:30pm PST (8:00pm GMT)

BOOK TALK > Race, Place and Religious Labor: A Book Launch Event for “The Making of American Buddhism”

Speaker: Scott Mitchell and Chenxing Han

Host: Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley


Event page:


May 24, 2023, from 4:15 to 5:45 pm (CEsT)

LECTURE > Nandapañño’s Bicāraṇā Ālambanasaṅgaha (1638 CE):Toward an Intellectual History of Northern Thai Exegesis

Speaker: Trent Walker  (Postdoctoral Fellow, Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford University) 


24 May 2023, 6:15pm CEST (4:15pm GMT)

LECTURE > The Underparted: Plastics and Undead Waste in Mongolian Buddhism

Speaker: Saskia Abrahms-Kavunenko, University of Copenhagen

Host: Humboldt University’s Tibet and Himalaya Lecture Series



25 May 15-00-16.30

LECTURE > Get rid of ‘you-self.’ Self, Selfhood, selfseeking, selfishness and the persona iconic disease

Federico Squarcini


25 May 2023, 6:15 to 7:45 pm CEST (4:15pm GMT)

LECTURE > Flowers in the Mirror - A Reexamination of Gunavarman's Biography

Speaker: Xuan Fang (Institute for the Study of Buddhism and Religious Theory, Renmin University of China)

Host: Hamburg University

Event page:



25 May 2023 at 9-10am BST (10-11am CEST; 6-7pm AEST).

To Save or Pitch. Reuse and Waste in Buddhist Materialities

An Edinburgh Buddhist Studies "In-Conversation" Roundtable

Paulina Kolata, co-chair, Social Anthropology, University of Copenhagen; Halle O’Neal, co-chair, History of Art, University of Edinburgh; Hannah Gould, Cultural Anthropology, University of Melbourne: Benedetta Lomi, East Asian Religions, University of Bristol 

For Zoom link, please contact 


25 May

Seminar “New Research on Old Javanese Texts and Manuscript Culture” 


25 May 2023, 19:00-21:00pm Taiwan time (11:00am GMT)

LECTURE > 越南《法華經》歷史與思想

Speakers: 范文俊 (越南漢喃研究院研究員)

Host: 佛光大學佛教研究中心

Zoom link: 

會議 ID: 856 6498 2930

密碼: 20230525


25-28 May

VARELA INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: Worldmaking/Sensemaking: Precariousness, Connectedness, Cooperation (Online 2023) 


26 May, 18:00 – 19:30 (JST)

The Search for the Real: Buddhism and Neuroscience

Bernard Faure (Columbia University)

The Eastern Buddhist Society Lecture Series 


26 May 2023, 18:30-20:00 JST (09:30am GMT)

LECTURE > 性と法系統:韓国禪宗仏教の尼僧

Speaker: Jin Y. PARK

Host: 龍谷大学世界仏教文化研究センター



28 May 2023, 10:00-12:00am Taiwan time (02:00am GMT)

WORKSHOP > 僧伽的學術與信仰

Speakers: 本性法師, 依法法師, 周貴華教授, 林建德教授, 濟群法師


International numbers available:

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Meeting ID: 579 365 9241


29 May 2023, 6pm PST (30 May, 1:00am GMT)

LECTURE > The Establishment and Justification of the thirteen Patriarchs of the Lotus School

Speaker: Chen Chien-Huang (CUHK)

Host: Institute for the Study of Humanistic Buddhism


31 May 2023, 6:15pm CEST (4:15pm GMT)

LECTURE > Mobility and Power along the Upper Yangtze between 1800s and 1950s

Speaker: Monia Chies, Ca’Foscari University of Venice

Host: Humboldt University’s Tibet and Himalaya Lecture Series



1 June, 17.10 GMT

LECTURE> How “Public” was Buddhism’s engagement with medicine? Sketches from pre-1400s Asia

Francesco Bianchini (Cambridge U)

Dunhuang and Silk Road Seminar, Cambridge University

Contact Junfu Wong: 


1 June 2023, 7:30pm Taiwan time (11:30 GMT)

LECTURE > 人間佛教視角的法華經解讀

Speakers: 永本法師、郭朝順教授

Host: 懷念星雲大師——2023人間佛教學十堂課

Original post: 

Zoom ID: 852 2740 1773



7 June 2023, 6:15pm CEST (4:15pm GMT)

LECTURE > The Collection of the Namgyal Unstitute of Tibetology: Local Inintiatives for Preserving an Art Collection

Speaker: Katia Thomas, Sorbonne University, CREOPS, Paris

Host: Humboldt University’s Tibet and Himalaya Lecture Series



9 June 2023, 19:00pm Hong Kong time (11:00am GMT)

LECTURE > 禪法東盛:《宗鏡錄》的思想及其影響

Speaker: 柳幹康教授(東京大學東洋文化研究所)

Host: 「緬懷 星雲大師」講座系列之漢傳佛教在世界的研究與弘傳(香港中文大學人間佛教研究中心)

Event page:

Direct link (no registration required):

ZOOM ID: 910 6024 1050;微信視頻號:香港中大人間佛研中心


10 June 2023, 1:30pm Taiwan time (5:30am GMT)

LECTURE > 晚明文字禪領袖紫柏大師的入世情懷

Speaker: 廖肇亨

Host: 禪師.禪詩.禪思經典講座

Registration (starts from May 1):


12 June, 5pm

LECTURE > ‘Treasures’ (gter ma) and treasure-finders in Yungdrung Bön: a Tibetan tradition spanning a thousand years

Per Kværne


14 June 2023, 5:00pm (15pm GMT)

LECTURE > The Archaeology of Perso-Iranian Entanglements in the Tarim Basin, Central Asian Religions, and the Afro-Eurasian World

Speaker: Matthew Canepa (Irvine)

Host: BuddhistRoad Guest Lecture Series (Ruhr

Universität Bochum)

Please pre-register until 13 June 2023, 10am


Event page:


15 June, 17.10 GMT

LECTURE> The Encounter of Hellenism and Buddhism: A Tale of Conversion and Cultural Diffusion

Georgios Halkias (Hong Kong U)

Dunhuang and Silk Road Seminar, Cambridge University

Contact Junfu Wong: 


17 June 2023, 7:00pm Taiwan time (11:00am GMT)

LECTURE > 人文佛教暨“台湾佛教通史”导读线上演讲活动(四)



21 June 2023, 6:15pm CEST (4:15pm GMT)

LECTURE > Sowa Rigpa Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Speaker: Barbara Gerke & Jan van der Valk, University of Vienna

Host: Humboldt University’s Tibet and Himalaya Lecture Series




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This is simply a word of thanks to Guttorm Norberg Gundersen (and anyone else who may be assisting) for compiling the list of Online Buddhist Studies Events. This is an invaluable service to the field. I have learned about many events I otherwise would not have become aware of, and even the events in which I am not specifically interested provide a fascinating snapshot of things going on in the field. Thank you!


John Newman
New College of Florida