The University of Toronto/McMaster University Yehan Numata Buddhist Studies Program is pleased to announce a free, public lecture by Professor Gregory Schopen (UCLA): “The Limited Reach of Religious Doctrine: Debt, Slavery, and Who could Become a Buddhist Nun (or Monk) in Early India.”

Time and date: 5 pm, April 15, 2011

Place: Muzzo Family Alumni Hall 100, University of St. Michael’s College, St. Joseph Street, Toronto
Sponsored by the University of Toronto/McMaster University Yehan Numata Buddhist Studies Program

Professor Gregory Schopen (MA McMaster University, 1975; PhD ANU, 1979) has taught at the Universities of Michigan, Washington, Indiana, Texas, Stanford, and California. He was awarded a prestigious MacArthur “genius” fellowship (1985-1990) in recognition of his work in Buddhist Studies, which has been described as “Unquestionably the freshest, most exciting scholarship to have emerged in the field in half a century.” Professor Schopen’s numerous publications include:

• Bones, Stones and Buddhist Monks. University of Hawai’i Press, 1997.
• Buddhist Monks and Business Matters. University of Hawai’i Press, 2004.
• Figments and Fragments of Mahāyāna Buddhism in India. University of Hawai’i Press, 2005.

For more information, contact Shayne Clarke: clarsha@mcmaster.ca