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School of Languages and Cultures welcomes visiting UBEF Professor
The Faculty of Arts extended its international liaisons this week with the arrival of Professor Geoffrey Samuel from the School of Religious and Theological Studies at Cardiff University.
The distinguished scholar in religion, mysticism and modernity is visiting the School of Languages and Cultures until October 19.
As the second holder of the University Buddhist Education Foundation (UBEF) Visiting Professorship in Buddhist Studies, Professor Samuel will help shed light on the current trends and research in this field to boost the profile of Buddhist Studies in Australia.
The UBEF Professorship was established at the University of Sydney in 2009 with the generosity of the UBEF, and is administered by the Department of Indian Sub-continental Studies in the School of Languages and Cultures.
Professor Samuel will deliver a series of talks throughout his extended visit, including eight lectures for the Friday Lecture Series Program on aspects of Tibetan Buddhism in its traditional social contexts.
He will also present at a joint Asian Studies, Anthropology and Australasian Associations of Buddhist Studies lecture.
Professor Geoffrey Samuel has researched extensively on religion in Tibetan societies, the history of meditation, yoga and tantra in India and Tibet, and the relationship between consciousness, body and materiality. He also has interests in issues of Buddhism in contemporary society.
Author of four books, including the highly influential Civilized Shamans: Buddhism in Tibetan Societies, Samuel also recently established the Body, Health and Religion (BAHAR) International Research Network.
The topics for Professor Samuelâ€™s Friday Lecture Series Talks include:
Tibetan Buddhism as a System of Knowledge
27 August, 10.30-12 | Eastern Avenue Seminar Room 405
Tibetan Buddhism as an Ethical Tradition
3 September, 10.30-12 | Eastern Avenue Seminar Room 405
Lamas and Lay Practitioners, Monasteries and Temples
10 September, 10.30-12 | Eastern Avenue Seminar Room 405
Tibetan Buddhism as Practical Religion
17 September, 10.30-12 | Eastern Avenue Seminar Room 405
Tibetan Buddhism and the Tibetan Art of Healing
24 September, 1-2.30 | Cumberland Health Sciences Campus, Lidcombe, Lecture Room S102. Introduced by Dr Alex Broom, senior lecturer in Sociology of Health Sciences,
Tibetan Buddhism, Place and Identity
1 October, 10.30-12 | Mills Lecture Room 209
Tibetan Buddhism, Women and Gender
8 October, 10.30-12 | Eastern Avenue Seminar Room 405
Tibetan Buddhism and the Bon Religion
15 October, 10.30-12 | Eastern Avenue Seminar Room 405
For more information on Professor Samuelâ€™s talks this semester, download a flyer or contact Dr Andrew McGarrity, Indian Sub-continental Studies.
Article written by Emily Jones