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Numata Chair Holders at theUniversityofCalgary

 

July 2008 - March 2011

Leslie Kawamura
Professor, University of Calgary

Please see "In Memoriam"

2006 (Sept-Dec)

John Clifford Holt
Professor of Religion, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, USA

Professor Holt holds an AB (cum lauda) in History from GustavusAdolphusCollege(1970), an AM (with honors) in History and Phenomenology of Religion from Graduate Theological Union (1973), and a PhD in the History of Religion from Universityof Chicago(1977). His research interests are in the areas of Buddhism, Art and Politics in Late Medieval Sri Lanka, historical, philosophical, literary, and anthropological approaches to religious experiences and religious cultural expressions in South and Southeast Asia, and the topical and comparative studies of religion in myth, ritual, and symbolism, cosmogony and eschatology, and many others.
Professor Holt's varied research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright, Asian Cultural Council, Social Science Research Council and Asia Foundation and has resulted in a lengthy list of books, papers, articles, book chapters, encyclopedia articles, and ethnographic videos and documentaries.

2004-2005
(Sept-April)

Eva Neumair, Professor

 

2002 (Sept-Dec)

2003-2004
(Sept-June)

Charles Willemen,
Professor, University of Ghent

Dr. Willimen obtained his PhD in 1971 with a study of the Chinese Udanavarga. Subsequently, he studied inJapanunder H. Nakamura ( University of Tokyo, 1972). In 1974 he was Fullbright-Hays Visiting Scholar (HarvardUniversity, Dept. of East Asian Languages and Civilisations). He has taught at many universities in Europe and in Asia (e.g., Guest Professor: Beijing Language and Culture University, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Banaras Hindu University, Nava Naland Mahavihara, Vishvabharati University in Shantineketan). He has published extensively about Buddhism in South andEast Asiaand about Chinese art. Dr. Willimen is a member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Sciences (since 1997).

 2001 (Sept-Dec)  Y. Karunadasa
Director-Designate, International Buddhist University, Thailand
 Professor Karunadasa holds a BA Honours in Pali from the Universityof Ceylon(1958) and a PhD in Indian Philosophy from the Universityof London, Schoolof Orientaland African Studies (1963). He previously held the Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai Visiting Professorship at the Schoolof Orientaland African Studies (1993).
Professor Karunadasa is a specialist in Theravada Abhidhamma. He has been a guest lecture in many institutions and countries, e.g., the Shin Buddhist Comprehensive Research Institute,OtaniUniversity,Kyoto,Japan (1987),PenangCollege of the Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka,Penang,Malaysia (1996),University ofColombo (1998), andUniversity ofLondon (1993). He has served as the Assistant Editor of the Encyclopedia of Buddhism (1959), Dean of the Faculty of Languages (1973-74) and the Faculty of Arts (1979-81) University of Kelaniya, and as a member of the Editorial Board (1985-94) of the Sri Lankan Journal of Buddhist Studies. Prof. Karunadasa has an impressive list of publications including journal articles, chapters, prefaces to others' books. He has also presented many seminar and conference papers and lectures. He is a recipient of the Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship (1974-75).

2001
(Jan-Apr)

T. Tillemans
Professor, Faculty of Letters, and Chair, Buddhist Studies, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Professor Tillemans holds a BA Honours in Philosophy from the Universityof British Columbiawhere he became interested in Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy. He travelled and studied in Indiabefore receiving a Licence of Letters and Doctor of Letters in Sanskrit, Chinese and Philosophy at the Universityof Lausanne.
Professor Tillemans has previously held positions as research fellow at the University of Hiroshima, Professor at the University of Hamburg. In ???? he was appointed Full Professor and Chair of Buddhist Studies at the University of Lausanne in the section of Oriental Languages. His research projects have been sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and by the Swiss National Research Funds. Prof. Tillemans has has published broadly in book chapters, refereed articles, translations, review articles, articles in reference works and other academic enterprises.

2000 (Sept-Dec)

John Clifford Holt
Professor of Religion, BowdoinCollege, Brunswick, ME, USA

Professor Holt holds an AB (cum lauda) in History from GustavusAdolphusCollege(1970), an AM (with honors) in History and Phenomenology of Religion from Graduate Theological Union (1973), and a PhD in the History of Religion from Universityof Chicago(1977). His research interests are in the areas of Buddhism, Art and Politics in Late Medieval Sri Lanka, historical, philosophical, literary, and anthropological approaches to religious experiences and religious cultural expressions in South and Southeast Asia, and the topical and comparative studies of religion in myth, ritual, and symbolism, cosmogony and eschatology, and many others.
Professor Holt's varied research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright, Asian Cultural Council, Social Science Research Council and Asia Foundation and has resulted in a lengthy list of books, papers, articles, book chapters, encyclopedia articles, and ethnographic videos and documentaries.

2000 (Jan-Apr)

K. L. Dhammajoti
Head, Department of Buddhist Literary Sources, Post Graduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya, Colombo, Sri Lanka

From January to April 2000 Bhikkhu Dr. Kuala Lumpur Dhammajoti was the Chairholder for the Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies. He has received an M.A. (1979) with distinction for his Dissertation "Skandhilas Abhidharmvatra" and a PhD (1990) for his Dissertation "The Chinese Version of the Dharmapada." Both degrees are fromKelaniya University,Sri Lanka. Bhikkhu Dhammajoti specializes in the Chinese Buddhist sources, with Abhidharma Studies as his primary field. Other related areas of academic research and teaching/supervision include the comparative studies of the Pali, Sanskrit, Chinese and Tibetan Abhidharma texts and early Mahayana. He is credited with a lengthy list of book chapters, refereed articles, translations, and with having supervised many MA and PhD students. He travels extensively throughoutAsiato share his academic expertise with both the lay followers of Buddhism and other Buddhologists.

1996 (Sept-Dec)

Shoryu Katsura
Professor of Indian Philosophy, Faculty of Letters, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, Japan

Professor Katsura holds a BA (Buddhism, 1968) from KyotoUniversity. He was also a Candidate for the PhD degree at the Graduate school of KyotoUniversity. Subsequently, he studied at the Schoolof Graduate Studies, Universityof Torontowhere he obtained a PhD (Indian Philosophy, 1974). His thesis won a prize from the Canada Council in the Doctoral Prize Competition (1974-75). Granted a British Council scholarship, Professor Katsura went on to study at the Oriental Institute, OxfordUniversity(1968-1974). In 1985 he was conferred as D. Lit. from KyotoUniversity.
Professor Katsura has held appointments as Visiting Lecturer of Buddhism and Tibetan in the Department of Far Eastern Language and Literature, University of Michigan (1977), Visiting Professor of Buddhism in the Department of South and South-East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley (1985), Visiting Professor of Buddhist Philosophy at the Institut für Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde der Universitœt Wien (1992), and Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies at Ballio College, Oxford (1993). He has delivered guest lectures atStanfordUniversity (1985),University ofToronto (1985),University ofPhiladelphia (1985) and at universities throughoutJapan. Although Professor Katsura's research is focused on Buddhist Logic and Epistemology (Philological and Philosophical Studies of Buddhist Logicians, such as Dignaga and Dharmakrti), his expertise extends over a wide range of Buddhist studies such as the study of Mahayana sutras, Mahayana Buddhist Philosophy, Abhidharma Philosophy, and Tibetan Linguistics. Besides Japanese and English, Professor Katsura has expertise in German, French, Sanskrit, Pali, Classical Tibetan, and Classical Buddhist Chinese. He has a lengthy list of books, book chapters, refereed articles, translations, articles in reference works and other academic enterprises in both English and Japanese.

1995 (Sept-Dec)

Tom Tillemans
Professor, Faculty of Letters, and Chair, Buddhist Studies, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Professor Tillemans holds a BA Honours in Philosophy from the Universityof British Columbiawhere he became interested in Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy. He travelled and studied in Indiabefore receiving a Licence of Letters and Doctor of Letters in Sanskrit, Chinese and Philosophy at the Universityof Lausanne.
Professor Tillemans has previously held positions as research fellow at the University of Hiroshima, Professor at the University of Hamburg. In ???? he was appointed Full Professor and Chair of Buddhist Studies at the University of Lausanne in the section of Oriental Languages. His research projects have been sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and by the Swiss National Research Funds. Prof. Tillemans has has published broadly in book chapters, refereed articles, translations, review articles, articles in reference works and other academic enterprises.

1994 (Jan-Apr)

Paul Williams
Bristol, UK

 

1993 (Sept-Dec)

Charles Prebish
Penn. State, USA

 

1991
(Sept-Dec)

James Boyd
Colorado State, USA

 

1991 (Jan-Apr)

Michael Hahn
Marburg, Germany

 

1988
(Sept-Dec)

Akira Yuyama
Tokyo, Japan