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Panel Discussion: Nepal’s Earthquake 2015

As Nepal struggles with the aftermath of twin earthquakes and landslides, just a month before seasonal monsoon rains hit, the UBC Nepali Students Association and the Institute of Asian Research would like to invite you to engage in a closer examination of the humanitarian disaster’s impact and efforts to rebuild.

The event is open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. To RSVP and for more information, please visit our events page

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. 

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.

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