Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

Buddhist studies scholar Jose Cabezon will deliver a Scholars’ Convocation lecture on “Just Rule: What We Can Learn from Ancient Buddhist Political Ethics,” Thurs., Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell College campus.

Cabezon is the Dalai Lama Professor of Tibetan Buddhism and chair of the religious studies department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Through his writing and speaking engagements, Cabezon works to develop an understanding of the rich relationship between ancient Buddhist texts and contemporary life. In his Grinnell lecture, he will discuss Buddhist philosophies about what it means to govern society in a just way.

Cabezon will also deliver Grinnell’s annual Gates Lecture on Wed., Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. in Room 101 of the Rosenfield Center. His topic, “Buddhist Sexual Ethics: Ancient Texts, Modern Negotiations,” will explore the complex relationship between classical sources and contemporary attitudes about sexuality. The Gates Lecture program was established in memory of the college’s second president, George Gates, and annually brings to campus “the very best of modern thought.”

Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Information on parking and accessibility is available on the college website. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or