[CAMLab] "Exploring the Future of Buddhism through a Historical Perspective: With a Reference to the Tzu Chi School of Buddhism"


Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 9:00am


Virtual by registration

Tuesday, 12 October 2021 @ 9 AM EST

Online via Zoom (Register here)

The lecture, given by Rey-Sheng Her (Deputy CEO of Buddhist Tzu Chi Charity Foundation) with discussants Richard Madsen (University of California San Diego), and Elise Anne DeVido, (Tzu Chi University), is scheduled on Tuesday,12 October 2021 at 9 AM EST.

This lecture is part of the Yin-cheng Distinguished Lecture Series on Buddhist Studies.

About the lecture

The lecture analyzes the reasons underlying the disappearance of Indian Buddhism during and before the 13th century, and the decline of Chinese Buddhism after the Ming Dynasty. The modernization of Buddhism must aim to better the society and apply its philosophy and practices to contribute to the well-being of the secular world. Buddhism could generate larger global impacts through reformulating Buddhist philosophy, reforming organizations, and promoting spiritual practices. The future of Buddhism relies on its continuous adaptation to and influences on our modern society.

About the speaker

Rey-Sheng Her is the Deputy CEO of Buddhist Tzu Chi Charity Foundation and also the Associate Professor at Tzu Chi University and National Chengchi University. He was the Spokesman and Director of the Department of Literature and History of the Tzu Chi Foundation.

Dr. Her received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Peking University, Master of Art on Communication Management, the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism of the University of Southern California. As a veteran media professional, he was a senior news anchor and TV program producer. The documentary he produced “Great Love as Running Water─the History of Bone Marrow Transplantation”, was selected as Best Documentary in Pacific Asia & Africa Regions of the Emmy Award International in 2004. Dr. Her has delivered speeches on Buddhism and NGO Management at Harvard University, University of Oxford, Peking University, Renmin University of China, Beijing Normal University, and the University of Hong Kong, and many international symposiums.

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