Past Lectures

Katherine Young, November 26, 2007
'Non-Brahmin' Srivaisnavas: Religion, Caste, and Politics in Contemporary Tamilnadu.

This year's Birks Lecture will feature Professor John Stratton Hawley, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Religion at Barnard College, Columbia University. Professor Hawley is the author or editor of over fifteen books, most of them having to do with Hinduism and the religions of India. He has served as director of Columbia's Southern Asian Institute; has received multiple awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian, and the American Institute of Indian Studies; and has been a Guggenheim Fellow.

Professor Hawley will present two talks on The Bhakti Movement. October 29 and 30, 2007
October 29: Religious Nationalism and the British Raj
October 30: Memory, Geography, and the Religion of the Heart
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A public talk given for the Vajrayana Buddhism Class by Acharya Lama Gursam Rinpoche. Acharya Lama Gursam Rinpoche, September 20, 2007

Dr. Georges Dreyfus, Professor of Religion at Williams College.
Co-presented by the Faculty of Religious Studies and the Department of Philosophy
Apr 13: "Intentionality in Indian Philosophy"
Apr 14: "Rationality of Tibetan Debates and the Role of Humour".

"Mother Tantra: Bön Tantra Cycles and the Sacred Geography of Tibet"
Lecture by Dr. Marc Des Jardins (Concordia University), professor of East Asian Religions at Concordia University. He will present on his latest research, drawing on textual studies and recent field work in north-eastern Tibet.
March 7, 2007

Two talks by Professor Richard H. Seager
Buddhism in the West: Tradition and Transformation, January 28, 2007
Globalizing Dharma: The Case of Soka Gakkai International, January 29, 2007

A Commentary on the Heart Sutra. A Talk by Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso
September 25, 2006