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Tuesday April 26th, 2011

Tibet, America, and the Book of the Dead

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Donald Lopez, Ph.D. – Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan

Tuesday April 26, 2011, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Sponored by the Asian Studies program at the Case Western Reserve University

The Tibetan Book of the Dead, edited by W. Y. Evans Wentz, was published in 1927 and became an instant classic, passing through numerous editions, and subsequent versions by other authors. This lecture will tell the story of how a relatively obscure Tibetan work became the most famous Buddhist text in the western world.

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Professor Donald Lopez specializes in late Indian Mahayana Buddhism and in Tibetan Buddhism. His books include A Study of Svatantrika; Elaborations on Emptiness: Uses of Heart Sutra; Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West; The Story of Buddhism; and The Madman’s Middle Way: Reflections on Reality of the Tibetan Monk Gendun Chopel. His edited volumes include Buddhist Hermeneutics; Buddhism in Practice; Religions of Tibet in Practice; Curators of the Buddha: The Study of Buddhism Under Colonialism; Buddhist Scriptures; and Critical Terms for the Study of Buddhism. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000 and appointed Distinguished University Professor in 2005.