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BDK America Assists Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (BDK) with Numata Programs in Buddhist Studies

Following the vision of Rev. Dr. Yehan Numata, our late founder, BDK has long supported and fostered advancements in Buddhist Studies as an academic discipline. Over the years programs for this purpose have been estabished in major universities in North America and in Europe.

United States
Seven programs to support Buddhist Studies have been established in the United States as shown.

  • Harvard University
  • The Institute of Buddhist Studies
  • Smith College
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Hawaii
  • Princeton University

Beyond the United States
​Outside of the USA, nine Numata programs to support Buddhist Studies have been established as shown.

  • Hamburg University (Germany.)
  • Leiden University (Netherlands)
  • London University (England)
  • McGill University (Canada)
  • McMaster University (Canada)
  • Oxford University (England)
  • University of Calgary (Canada)
  • University of Toronto (Canada)
  • Vienna University (Austria)

These programs exist to advance Buddhist Studies. BDK also organizes and supports major academic conferences on various Buddhist topics.

Advisory & Coordinating Committee

The following Buddhist scholars currently support and advise BDK on these Numata Programs and other academic programs sponsored by BDK.

  • Prof. Wendy Adamek (Calgary)
  • Prof. Dan Arnold (Chicago)
  • Prof. James Benn (McMaster)
  • Prof. Lara Braitstein (McGill)
  • Prof. Robert Buswell (UCLA)
  • Prof. Dan Arnold(UBC)
  • Prof. Christoph Emmrich (Toronto)
  • Prof. Phyllis Granoff (Yale)
  • Prof. Janet Gyatso (Harvard)
  • Prof. Jamie Hubbard (Smith)
  • Prof. Scott Mitchell (IBS)
  • Prof. Michel Mohr (Hawaii)
  • Prof. Robert Sharf (UC Berkeley)
  • Prof. Koichi Shinohara (Yale)
  • Prof. Stephen Teiser (Princeton)
  • Prof. Christian Wedemeyer (Chicago)

Emeritus Advisors

  • Prof. Emeritus Neil McMullin (Toronto)
  • Prof. Emeritus George Tanabe (Hawaii)

(Last updated Nov. 2020)