MaMa Charitable Foundation

Visiting Professorship in Buddhist Studies



MaMa Charitable Foundation

Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies Lecture Series 2013/14

Buddhism and Today’s Technology Charitable Foundation Visiting Professor 2013-14

Professor (Emeritus) Lewis R. Lancaster

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley

University of the West, US


Professor Lancaster is a well-respected scholar in the field of Buddhist studies.  He had directed the Buddhist Studies Ph.D. program at the University of California, Berkeley for more than three decades.  Following his retirement from UC Berkeley, he served as the President of the University of the West in Los Angeles and is currently a Research Professor there.  One of his research interests is to incorporate digital technology into Buddhist Studies.  He has been constructing an electronic Atlas of Chinese Religions over the past decades.  He is now the Director of the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI) at UC Berkeley.



CPD 3.28, 3/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, HK


Lecture 1

Buddhism: Bio-ethics and the Concept of Body

3-5 pm on Oct 19, 2013 (Saturday)


With the new advances in genetics, it is now possible to have intervention in the natural process. Creating a new body of ethics for these new procedures have both social and religious implications.


Lecture 2

Buddhism: Higgs Boson and the Search for Cause

3-5 pm on Oct 26, 2013 (Saturday)


Psychics has taken a major step forward in determining the causal chain of matter and antimatter. Causality remains difficult to determine and especially the definition of “First Cause”. Buddhism has taught that such an event cannot be discovered.


Lecture 3

Buddhism: What and Where is Consciousness

3-5 pm on Nov 2, 2013 (Saturday)


Consciousness studies have come to the fore with the advent of remote sensing of brain activity. Locating consciousness and defining it are still tasks to be explored. Can consciousness exist outside the Sensorium?


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MaMa Charitable Foundation

Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies Lecture Series 2012/13


Video of the lectures

- Lecture 1 The Relevance of Morality: How Buddhism Sees it (Presentation slides:



- Lecture 2 Pursuit of Happiness: The Buddhist Way (Presentation slides:



- Lecture 3 Buddhism and the Issue of Religious Fundamentalism (Presentation slides:







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