November 05, 2008

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Dale Wright will give the talk, "Buddhist Wisdom and the Foundations of Zen Humor," on Monday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free to the public, is co-sponsored by the the University Lectureship Committee, the departments of religion, philosophy and East Asian studies, and the Office of the Provost.

"In this lecture, Professor Wright will explore the Buddhist concept of wisdom and the role that humor plays in defining that concept," said Maria Antonaccio, associate professor of religion at Bucknell.

Occidental College professor
Wright is David B. and Mary H. Gamble Professor in Religion and chair of the Asian studies program at Occidental College. He teaches courses on the religious traditions of East and South Asia, focusing on the historical development and philosophies generated in Japan, Korea, China, Tibet, India and the countries of Southeast Asia. He also has been a visiting professor at Waseda University, Japan.

His area of specialization and research is Buddhist philosophy, particularly the types of Buddhism that were developed in China and Japan: Hua-yen Buddhism and Zen or Chan Buddhism.

His recent publications include Philosophical Meditations on Zen Buddhism and two volumes co-edited with Steven Heine: The Koan: Text and Context in Zen Buddhism and The Zen Canon: Textual Foundations of Zen Buddhism. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.

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