News & Announcements

2019 Numata Symposium Webcast - Buddhist Philosophy: The State of the Field

October 24, 2019

2019 Numata Symposium to Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Numata Chair Program at UC Berkeley.

2020 Chao Presidential Chair - Jay Garfield

July 11, 2019

Professor Jay Garfield (Smith College) will be the 2020 Chao Presidential Chair in Buddhist Studies.

2019 Chao Presidential Chair - David Germano (University of Virginia)

April 1, 2019

2019 Chao Presidential Chair
David Germano, University of Virginia

Center for Buddhist Studies joins the new Tianzhu Global Network for the Study of Buddhist Cultures

January 9, 2019

UC Berkeley’s Center for Buddhist Studies is part of a new international network of universities that is receiving $4.9 million to advance the study of Buddhism and East Asian cultures.

2018 Toshihide Numata Book Award Presentation and Symposium ‘Meaning in the World and in Texts’: Thoughts on Buddhist Philosophy of Language

November 9, 2018

The Toshihide Numata Book Award in Buddhism is awarded on an annual basis to an outstanding book or books in the area of Buddhist studies. The selection is made by an external committee that is appointed annually. This year's winner is Professor Roy Tzohar (Tel Aviv University) for his book A Yogācāra Buddhist Theory of Metaphor (Oxford University Press).

CBS Announces the 2018 Toshihide Numata Book Award

October 1, 2018

A Yogācāra Buddhist Theory of Metaphor (Oxford University Press) book coverBERKELEY — The Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2018 Toshihide Numata Book Award in Buddhism is Professor Roy Tzohar (Tel Aviv University) for his book: A Yogācāra Buddhist Theory of Metaphor (Oxford University Pr

2018 Chao Presidential Chair: Evan Thompson, University of British Columbia

March 14, 2018

head shot of Evan Thompson2018 Lecture and Seminar Series

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 5 pm
Annual Lecture by Evan Thompson
Meditation and Nonconceptual Awareness Perspectives from Buddhist Philosophy and Cognitive Science
Toll Room, Alumni House, UC Berkeley

Migrants, Monks, and Monasteries: Toward a History of South China Sea Buddhism

March 8, 2018

Jack Meng-Tat Chia is a Senior Tutor in the Department of History at the National University of Singapore and currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for Buddhist Studies, University of California, Berkeley. Born and raised in Singapore, he received his MA in East Asian Studies from Harvard University, and his PhD in History from Cornell University. He is currently working on his book manuscript, entitled Diaspora's Dharma: Buddhism and Modernity across the South China Sea.

2018 Khyentse Lecture - Brandon Dotson (Georgetown University)

February 28, 2018

Approximately 70 people attended the 2018 Khyentse Lecture by Prof. Brandon Dotson (Georgetown University).

2018 Khyentse Lecture - Buddhism and Divination in Tibet

February 8, 2018

In Tibet, various forms of divination persist both within and alongside the Buddhist and Bon religions. Excavated divination texts from Dunhuang and from other Silk Road sites furnish us with traces of the dynamic processes by which Buddhism absorbed various divination techniques practiced in 8th to 10th centuries.

2017 Toshihide Numata Book Award Presentation and Symposium

December 1, 2017

Professor Jacqueline I. Stone was presented with the Toshihide Numata Book Award on the afternoon of Friday, December 1, 2017. The prize presentation included a keynote by the author and a symposium with talks by Professors James Benn (McMaster University), Gregory Schopen (UCLA), and Mark Blum (UC Berkeley).

2016 Toshihide Numata Book Award Presentation and Symposium

October 28, 2016

During a ceremony at the Alumni House, the Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai (Numata Foundation) presented the 2016 Toshihide Numata Book Award to Professor Janet Gyatso (Harvard Divinity School) for Being Buddhist in a Human World: An Intellectual History of Medicine in Early Modern Tibet (Columbia University Press, 2015)

CBS Announces the 2015 Toshihide Numata Book Award

September 9, 2015

BERKELEY — The Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, is pleased to announce that the winners of the 2015 Toshihide Numata Book Award are Lothar Ledderose and Sun Hua for their edited volume, Buddhist Stone Sutras in China, Sichuan Province, Volume 1 (Wiesbaden/Hangzhou: Harrassowitz Verlag/China Academy of Art Press, 2014).

CBS Announces the 2014 Toshihide Numata Book Award

September 19, 2014

BERKELEY — The Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, is pleased to announce two winners of the 2014 Toshihide Numata Book Award: Erik Braun, Professor of Reli

Buddhism, Mind, and Cognitive Science

April 25, 2014

This conference was made possible by a grant from The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation and is dedicated to the exploration of the methodological underpinnings of the current encounter between Buddhism and cognitive science.

The Center for Buddhist Studies Announces the Winner of the 2013 Toshihide Numata Book Award

August 28, 2013

BERKELEY — The Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, is pleased to announce that the 2013 Toshihide Numata Book Award has been awarded to Daniel Arnold, Associate Professor of the Philosophy of Religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School, for his book Brains, Bu

2012 Khyentse Lecture - Tibet in the Age of Manuscripts: Reflections on Recent Textual Discoveries

February 16, 2012

During the past few decades, the discovery, cataloguing, and partial publication of important Tibetan manuscript collections has substantially transformed our view of the intellectual and religious history of Tibet. Important developments about which we were almost entirely ignorant only a decade ago may now be studied in detail thanks to copious newly available documentation.

The Center for Buddhist Studies Announces the Winner of the 2011 Toshihide Numata Book Award

August 25, 2011

BERKELEY — The Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, is pleased to announce that the 2011 Toshihide Numata Book Award has been awarded to Todd Lewis and Subarna Man Tuladhar for their jointly authored book, Sugata Saurabha: An Epic Poem from Nepal on the Life of the Buddha by Chittadhar Hridaya (Oxford U

The Center for Buddhist Studies Announces the First Winner of the Toshihide Numata Book Award

September 1, 2010

power of place book coverBERKELEY - The Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, is pleased to announce that the 2010 Toshihide Numata Book Award has been awarded to Professor James Robson of Harvard University for his 2009 book Power of Place: The Religious Landscape of the Southern Sacred Peak (Nanyue) in Medieval China (Harvard University Asia Center).