Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Distinguished University Professor

Lecture to recount birth of Buddha

Donald Lopez, the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, will deliver his Distinguished University Professorship Lecture at 4 p.m. March 17 in the Rackham Auditorium.

Lopez originally gave the lecture Jan. 28 to an overflow audience, and has agreed to deliver the speech a second time to accommodate people who could not attend the first talk because of space limitations.

Lopez is the chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and the Michigan Society of Fellows. As a Distinguished University Professor, he has earned the highest honor accorded to faculty members by the University. He widely is recognized as the leading figure in the fields of Tibetan and Buddhist studies in the world today and has been praised for his innovative approaches to the traditions and scholarship of Buddhism.

His lecture titled "The Birth of the Buddha" will describe the origins of the European fascination with the figure of the Buddha, and his transformation from a stone idol worshipped by pagans to an historical hero teaching a system of reason and ethics without the trappings of religion.