To celebrate the establishment of the Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of Arizona in 2017, the official inaugural ceremony was successfully held at the Poetry Center on March 28, 2018. Center Director Jiang Wu, Acting Provost Jeff Goldberg, Vice Dean of the College of Humanities Kim Jones, Department Head of East Asian Studies Albert Welter spoke at the ceremony to celebrate the founding of the center. During the ceremony, a recent graduate working on Chinese Buddhism at UA, Dr. Shyling Glaze was selected to receive the Khyentse Foundation Student Award. After the ceremony, Master Guangquan, Abbot of the world-renowned Lingyin Monastery in Hangzhou, China, delivered a keynote speech “Telling the Story of Chinese Buddhism” as part of the Khyentse Foundation Buddhist Studies Lecture Series. About one hundred UA faculty, students, and community friends joined the event. Among them, about twenty domestic and international scholars participating the international conference “Creating the World of Chan/Son/Zen” organized by Department of East Asian Studies and the Center for Buddhist Studies in the following two days also attended the event. In addition to a vegetarian reception, guests were entertained with traditional Chinese music and martial arts provided by professional musicians from the Center of Chinese Music and members of Shaolin Temple Cultural Center of Arizona.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018