T.T. and W.F. Chao Distinguished Buddhist Lecture Series webinar

T.T. and W.F. Chao Distinguished Buddhist Lecture Series webinar

Our theme this year is: Buddhism and Inclusion

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Via Zoom

Venerable Chao-hwei Shih is Director of the Department of Religious and Cultural Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Hsuan Chuang University in Taiwan. Born in Myanmar in 1957, Chao-hwei Shih moved to Taiwan in 1965, where she has since become known for her work promoting animal rights, environmental conservation, climate action, human rights, LGBTQ rights, and gender equity. Venerable Chao-hwei Shih made international headlines in 2012, when she officiated at Taiwan’s first Buddhist same-sex wedding, at a time when same-sex marriage was still illegal throughout Asia. A practitioner of engaged Buddhism, she founded the Research Centre for Applied Ethics in 2004, and serves with the Dalai Lama as a spiritual mentor for the International Network of Engaged Buddhists. A recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Women in Buddhism Award, Chao-hwei Shih lobbied the Dalai Lama for the full ordination of women monastics of the Vajrayana lineage. Her academic expertise includes ethics, Buddhist philosophy, and Tathagata Tibetology, and she has authored 30 books and over 75 essays, including Buddhist Ethics: A Contemporary Interpretation of the Buddha's Monastic Regulations (Vinaya) and Thousand Years of Meditation: Buddhist Women's Thinking in the New Century. Chao-hwei Shih is currently completing a book with the ethicist Peter Singer.
Join us for this talk with open Q&A via webinar.
This event is sponsored by the T.T. and W.F. Chao Distinguished Buddhist Lecture Series with co-sponsorship by the MIT Program in Women’s and Gender Studies:
The T.T. and W.F. Chao Distinguished Buddhist Lecture Series engages the rich history of Buddhist thought and ethical action to advance critical dialogues on ethics, humanity, and MIT’s mission to develop in each member of the MIT community the ability and passion to work wisely, creatively, effectively, and inclusively for the betterment of humankind.


Open to the public. *Registration available in February.