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IAR Sends Condolences to Nepal

The Institute of Asian Research at UBC sends its deepest condolences to the people of Nepal in the aftermath of the 7.8 earthquake that struck the country on April 25th, 2015. UBC has many connections with Nepal, and many faculty, students, and alumni have been working hard to support relief efforts through coordination, translation, fundraising, and information sharing. For those who would like to donate to organizations engaged in relief and eventually reconstruction in Nepal, please visit http://bit.ly/1I3BK84.

For further information please see our special double Asia Pacific Memo by UBC faculty members Tsering Shakya, Sara Shneiderman and Mark Turin.

Keynote Address: Pierce Salguero on the Global History of Buddhism & Medicine

Friday, May 29, 2015 | 7:00 to 8:30 pm
UBC | Asian Centre | Auditorium | 1871 West Mall

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society is pleased to welcome C. Pierce Salguero (Assistant Professor Penn State University / Abington College) as this year’s keynote speaker. He will present a lecture entitled, Toward a Global History of Buddhism & Medicine as part of the Buddhism and Wellbeing conference.

Today’s emphasis on the health benefits of mindfulness is the latest incarnation of a longstanding symbiotic relationship between Buddhism and medicine. Pierce Salguero is an interdisciplinary humanities scholar interested in the role of Buddhism in the crosscultural exchange of healing knowledge and practices. Focusing on first millennium CE Asia, his paper is part of his current work on the global history of Buddhist healing “from Sarnath to Silicon Valley.” 

A PDF poster may be downloaded here: C. Pierce Salguero Poster

Lectures are free and open to the public. 

Buddhism and Wellbeing Conference

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society, University of British Columbia, will host the fifth annual Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation Conference at UBC.

Registration is now open. You can send an email to bcsprogram@gmail.com.

For schedule and other details, please visit our events page.

New Publication by Earl Drake

Published by Areca Books, Earl Drake's new book Gayatri Rajapatni: The Women Behind the Glory of Majapahit imaginatively re-creates Gayatri's world, placing her at the centre of Majapahit's great history. This story sheds light on one of Indonesia's forgotten leaders, and one of its most powerful kingdoms.

New Graduate Program: Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs

 

 



 

 

 

The Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program prepares future policy leaders with an informed perspective, critical and creative thinking skills, and professional networks. Graduates will have a deeper understanding of policy-making processes, the interconnectedness of global networks, and a cross-sectoral understanding that will foster a healthier, more sustainable future. Learn more about the program.

                                                  

 

Blogs

           

Asia Pacific Policy Project
This student-run blog focuses on annually rotating graduate projects

Mongolia Today
Information and analysis of contemporary Mongolia

High Peaks Pure Earth
Translations of blogs from Tibet and People's Republic of China

Asia Pacific Memo

Memo #338
Migration Crisis on Southeast Asian Shores: Individual or Regional Responsibility?

Memo #337
How the EITI May Become Mongolian, Part 2 of 2

Memo #336
How the EITI May Become Mongolian, Part 1 of 2

Memo #335
After a Massive Earthquake, Rebuilding It Right in Nepal

Memo #334
Nepal: The Long Road to Recovery

 

Interested in current issues in Asia and across the Pacific? We invite you to look at the Asia Pacific Memo series. It's the Institute of Asian Research's communications initiative to feature accessible scholarly knowledge about contemporary Asia.

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My Father and the Republic" (Video Interview with Novelist, Dramatist, and Historian Pai Hsien-yung)

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Upcoming Events
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Buddhism, Christianity and the Silk Road: A Talk with Dr. Frances Wood
Seminar - UBC Library, Department of Asian Studies

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Buddhism and Wellbeing Conference
Conference - The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society

Friday, May 29, 2015
Keynote Address: Pierce Salguero on the Global History of Buddhism & Medicine
Discussion - The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society

Friday, May 29, 2015
In Conversation: Frances Wood and Tim Brook
Discussion - Centre for Chinese Research, the Institute of Asian Research

Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs

The MPPGA program prepares future policy leaders with an informed perspective, critical and creative thinking skills, and professional networks. Learn more about the program.

The Institute of Asian Research

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