Donate to the Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies

The Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies was established in 1987 by Dr. Leslie S. Kawamura, with the kind assistance of first visiting Numata Scholar, Dr. Akira Yuyama. The fund was inaugurated with a sizable donation from the Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai (Society for the Promotion of Buddhism), which was founded in 1965 by Rev. Dr. Yehan Numata (1897-1994). The Lethbridge Honpa Buddhist Church of Alberta/Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta made an additional generous gift, and the two gifts were matched by 2-1 donations from the Government of Alberta, creating an endowment to support teaching and research in Buddhism at the University of Calgary.

The Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies is anchored in the Department of Classics and Religion and is designed to promote the study of Buddhism in both undergraduate and graduate programs, furthering research in this multi-faceted international religion. Additional funds donated to the endowment will help sponsor Buddhist studies research and teaching and the Leslie S. Kawamura Memorial Lecture.

Inaugurated after his passing in 2011, the Leslie S. Kawamura Memorial Lecture honours the memory of our late colleague and friend. Dr. Kawamura was a minister in the Jōdo Shinshū tradition and a scholar of Yogācāra Buddhism. He was a faculty member in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Calgary from 1976 until his death, and was chairholder of the Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies from 2008 onward.

The current Numata chairholder is Dr. Wendi L. Adamek; the profile of the chairholder includes teaching and research in various areas of Buddhist Studies as well as running the Numata speaker series and participating in international academic events as a representative of the University of Calgary and the Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai. Each year, four distinguished lecturers are invited to address the University and Calgary-area communities on topics in Buddhist Studies.

 

 
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