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Research Focus Group Talk: Saving the Dead: Conceptions of Agency in Tibetan Buddhist Funerary Rituals

4080 HSSB HSSB UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA

In this talk, Rory Lindsay will share with us insights from his forthcoming book, Saving the Dead: Tibetan Funerary Rituals in the Tradition of the Sarvadurgatipariśodhana Tantra (2022). He will discuss the history of one of the first Buddhist funerary traditions to be adopted in Tibet and the intersecting forms of agency—human, nonhuman, and material—that are described in this tradition's ritual manuals. He will also examine polemical exchanges about these practices and Tibetan innovations concerning ...

Research Focus Group Talk: Buddhismcrip – Queered Variabilities


People performing diverse embodiments of sexualities, gender, and variable physical and neurological patterns, among others, often encounter specific difficulties and sometimes hostility when practicing Buddhism. In this talk, Professor Bee Scherer will look at these experiences of abjection, their grounding in social psychology, and how they relate to positions found in Buddhist philosophy and narratives. How can we negotiate oppressive readings of, for example, key Buddhist notions such as karma, No-Self, and detachment? How can ...

Hamlet’s Big Adventure! (A Prequel)

Isla Vista Community Center 976 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista, CA

Before the tragedy, before the betrayal, there was a performance! Isla Vista Arts and Not Necessarily Shakespeare in the Park present "Hamlet's Big Adventure (A Prequel)," a new play by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor and directed by Grace Kimball. Showtimes are on June 3 and 4 at 4 PM; admission is free. Join us for a night full of laughs!