The Buddhist Studies Workshop is an interdisciplinary forum for new scholarly work on Buddhism. Interdisciplinary in design, Workshop participants come from various departments at Princeton, including Anthropology, Art and Archaeology, Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, History, Sociology, and Religion. The Workshop functions as a regional center as well, frequently drawing colleagues and students from the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University, and Columbia University. The Workshop is dedicated to helping participants talk across the usual divides imposed by the disciplines, such as the divergence between text and image, documents and living informants, present and past. It also constitutes a broad forum for the discussion of pan-Asian (and increasingly East-West) issues. Many sessions focus on only one area of the world (e.g., Buddhism in India and South Asia, Southeast Asia, central Asia, Tibet and the Himalayas, Korea, Japan, Europe, or America), but draw participants who focus on other areas.

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In addition to funding from the Center, the Buddhist Studies Workshop is generously supported by the Provost, the Program in East Asian Studies. 
Additional co-sponsors of specific events include:
The Department of Religion
The P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art
The Council on the Humanities
École française d’Extrême-Orient

Upcoming Buddhist Studies Workshop Events

Tangible Knowledge: Japan’s Shōsōin and the Making of Manuscripts, Treasures, and Archives
Mar 1, 2025

Knowledge takes tangible forms. Books and artworks do not simply convey information; they also embody technical knowledge such as papermaking or weaving and manifest the processes of thinking that enable an object’s production. Moreover, materiality shapes the very way someone gains knowledge. A Buddhist scripture copied with ink on unadorned…