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Expressions of the Inexpressible: A New Dictionary of Buddhism

Thursday, April 3, 2014
12:00 AM
Rackham Amphitheater

Sponsored by LSA

With more than 5,000 entries totaling over a million words, the new Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism is the most comprehensive and authoritative dictionary of Buddhism ever produced in English. It is also the first to cover terms from all of the canonical Buddhist languages and traditions: Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Unlike reference works that focus on a single Buddhist language or school, The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism bridges the major Buddhist traditions to provide encyclopedic coverage of the most important terms, concepts, texts, authors, deities, schools, monasteries, and geographical sites from across the history of Buddhism. In this lecture, co-author Donald Lopez will present a list of misconceptions about Buddhism and discuss how these issues are addressed in the dictionary.

Donald S. Lopez Jr., Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, Chair, ALC