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The Third Shinnyo-en Visiting Professor, T. Griffith Foulk’s Lecture on “Nirvana”

On Friday, April 15, the Shinnyo-en Foundation and Shinnyo-en USA Head Temple in Redwood City will co-host Prof. T. Griffith Foulk’s lecture on Nirvana as part of the annual public lecture series of the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford University.

Prof. T. Griffith is a leading scholar of Chinese Buddhism and the third Shinnyo-en Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies at Stanford. He is a professor of Asian religions at Sarah Lawrence College and co-editor-in-chief of the Soto Zen Text Project based in Tokyo. In addition to receiving his Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Michigan in 1987, Prof. Foulk spent several years of his youth at Zen monasteries in Japan, where he still maintains close ties.

In his lecture, Prof. Foulk will address “Nirvana” as an ideal that is universally embraced as an ultimate good, but one that has been interpreted in very different ways by competing parties over the course of history. In addition, he will trace developments in the concept of nirvana from its multiple roots in ancient India to its various meanings in the Mahayana Buddhism of China and Japan.

Honored to be partnering with the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford University for the third year, the Shinnyo-en Visiting Professorship has been an exciting opportunity to support bridge-building between scholars of Buddhism from all over the world and the south bay community.

Established in honor of an endowment gift from the Shinnyo-en Foundation in 2008, Prof. Foulk follows a prestigious line of Shinnyo-en visiting scholars including Prof. Robert Gimello, a specialist in medieval and early modern Chinese Buddhism and the inaugural Prof. John McRae, a specialist in Chinese Chan Buddhism.

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