Friday, January 22, 2016

"Perfection of Wisdom" (Lancaster lectures)

CC Liu, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly; Hsi Lai Temple (
UC Berkeley and UWest Buddhist University's Prof. Lancaster will give lecture series.

Perfection of Wisdom (PRAJÑĀ PĀRAMITĀ)
Prof. Lewis Lancaster
This course will consider major aspects of Buddhism through the lens of the Prajnaparamita Sutras

Twelve lecture periods of three hours each will encompass subjects of the nature of the Buddhist canonic texts and how they define and describe:
  • The Buddha
  • Bodhisattvas
  • Mara
  • Meditation
  • Rebirth
  • Merit
  • the Cosmos
  • Enlightenment
  • Nirvana
  • Compassion
The classes will be held for four periods, that is, Friday nights and Saturdays, each ending with an open discussion forum. For those who attend full courses will be presented a certificate of completion by Hsi Lai Temple.
  • Hsi Lai Temple, San Gabriel Valley
  • 3456 Glenmark Dr., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
Via YouTube
Prof. Lancaster lectures at Hsi Lai (Official temple site)

Instructor: Dr. Lewis R. Lancaster, Professor Emeritus, University of the West and UC Berkeley

Dr. Lewis R. Lancaster is professor emeritus of Religious Studies at University of the West and professor emeritus in the Department of East Asian Languages at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served as the Chair of Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley and Editor of the Berkeley Buddhist Studies Series.

Dr. Lancaster has published over 55 articles and reviews and has edited or authored numerous books including Prajñāpāramitā and Related Systems, the Korean Buddhist Canon, Buddhist Scriptures, Early Ch'an in China and Tibet, and Assimilation of Buddhism in Korea.

Lecture One, January 22, 2016, 6:00-9:00
“Roots of the Wisdom Literature of Mahayana Buddhism”
Lecture Two January 23, 2016, 9:00-12:00
“The Bodhisattva Ideal: Social and Spiritual Action”
Lecture Three January 23, 2016, 1:30-4:30
“Buddha: Bodily Manifestations”
Open Discussion Forum, January 23, 2016, 4:30

Lecture Four January 29, 2016, 6:00-9:00
“Mara: Negative Energy”
Lecture Five January 30, 2016, 9:00-12:00
“Endlessness: Spiritual Possibilities of Infinity”
Lecture Six January 30, 2016, 1:30-4:30
“Rebirth: Causal Transmigration”
Open Discussion Forum 4:30

Lecture Seven April 1, 2016, 6:00-9:00
“Nirvana: When, Why”
Lecture Eight April 2, 2016, 9:00-12:00
“Meditation: Embodiment of Endlessness”
Lecture Nine April 2, 2016, 1:30-4:30
“Perfections: Dangers and Rewards”
Open Discussion Forum 4:30

Lecture 10 May 6, 2016, 6:00-9:00
“Enlightenment: A Map: A Surrounding
Lecture 11 May 7, 2016, 9:00-12:00
“Merit: Transfer or Transform”
Lecture 12 May 7, 2016, 1:30-4:30
“Compassion: Indifference Shifted”
Open Discussion Forum 4:30
  • Venue: Hsi Lai Temple (on site)
  • or study at home remotely through broadcast.
  • Fee: $80. (Please make check payable to I.B.P.S.)
  • Address: 3456 Glenmark Dr., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
  • Attn. Venerable Man Kuang
  • Registration: Apply Now
  • Phone: (626) 961 -9697 extension 116

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