AUDIO: Is Buddhism a Religion, Philosophy, or Cognitive Science? By Dr. Lewis Lancaster.

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This lecture is based on a presentation made by Dr. Lewis Lancaster at Nan Tien University in Unanderra, NSW, Australia. Nan Tien University is part of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist network of schools and colleges throughout the world, of which University of the West is a member.

Dr. Lewis Lancaster, a specialist in the canons of Buddhist texts, was the first student to complete the Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies at the University of Wisconsin. He taught at the University of California, Berkeley, for 33 years, with five years as Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature. He then began to research the problems of converting Buddhist texts from Pali, Chinese, and Sanskrit into digital format. The results of his efforts have helped to make the canons available in CD ROM and internet databases. In another arena, he formed an association of scholars called the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative, which is housed on the Berkeley campus and has a thousand affiliates worldwide. A founding faculty member of the University of the West in 1991, he served as President (2004-06), and is a member of the University’s Board of Trustees.

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