1998 - present

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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For a listing of upcoming BSW events, visit the Events page of our website and filter for the Series “Buddhist Studies Workshop.”

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

Buddhist Studies Workshop Events

Bhimrao Ambedkar, John Dewey, and the Evolution of Navayana Buddhism
Mar 29, 2023, 4:30 pm

Bhimrao Ambedkar is well known for his roles in anti-caste activism in India and his work in orchestrating vital parts of India’s democratic constitution. He was also famous at the end of his life for proffering a controversial new vision of Buddhism that was designed to create democratic communities and resist caste oppression. Uniting these…

1879 Hall 137
Emotions and the Composition of Personhood in Early Medieval China
Apr 26, 2023, 4:30 pm

With response by Tao Jiang, Department of Religion, Rutgers University 

Curie Virág is a specialist in the philosophy and intellectual history of early and middle period China, working on ethics, epistemology, and moral psychology, especially in relation to the emotions. She is the author of The…

Jones Hall 202
Ritual and Materiality in Buddhism and Asian Religions
Jun 13, 2023

In-person conference hosted by Princeton University, Buddhist Studies Workshop. Sponsored by the Glorisun Global Buddhist Network. 

Performance, ritualized actions, and praxis are central to Buddhism and the religions of Asia, and recently, scholarship has begun to appreciate the importance of objects and the human body in ritual…