Academics News

Student Reflections On DRBU's Infinite Heart Retreat

Oct 5, 2020

DRBU held its beloved Contemplative Exercise Immersion (CEI) during the week of September 14 focusing on cultivating the brahmavihāras within the realm of sacred space. Students, faculty, and staff...

Planning a Contemplative Exercise Immersion: An Interview with Organizing Faculty

Oct 5, 2020

We spoke with DRBU faculty members Yihuan Shih and Lauren Bausch about the inspiration behind this year’s contemplative exercise immersion (CEI). Where did the idea for this CEI come from? Where...

What are we reading at DRBU? Female Cultivators

Aug 30, 2020

We welcome you to enjoy this selection of books highlighting the spiritual accomplishments of women cultivators across time and place. Writings by women were historically preserved significantly less...

The Way of Higher Learning

Jul 5, 2020

The following is an address to the Class of 2020 given by Dean of Academics, Professor Martin Verhoeven on June 6, 2020. DRBU was established in 1976. It is now 44 years on, and yet, really just...

2020 Senior Essays

May 31, 2020

Undergraduates at DRBU present their senior essay in the spring semester of their final year. This essay is an amassed and sustained intellectual endeavor that epitomizes the culmination of a student...

Professor Doug Powers: What is your vision for our future students' lives?

Jun 1, 2020

We asked Professor Doug Powers, "What is your vision for our future students' lives?" The following is his response.Our goal for both future and current students is relatively simple. The world that...

Dean Martin Verhoeven: Liberal arts education in light of COVID-19

Apr 5, 2020

Dean of Academics Martin Verhoven offered the following remarks at a University-wide town hall on April 2, 2020.In the last few weeks, I have been thinking how the real value of and need for a...

What are we reading at DRBU? The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate

Feb 4, 2020

The following is a brief recommendation from James Roberts, instructor for the Music I, Natural Sciences II, and Western Classics IV courses in the B.A. program this spring.I've been reading The...

What are we reading at DRBU? Yoga Sutra of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita

Jan 7, 2020

The following is a brief recommendation from Professor Franklyn Wu, instructor for the Indian Classics I course in the B.A. program this fall.Actually, I would like to recommend two books to be...

An Introduction to Jainism with Dr. Kristi Wiley of UC Berkeley

Jan 7, 2020

Dr. Kristi Wiley gave a lecture, An Introduction to Jainism, on November 7 at DRBU. The lecture covered basic beliefs of Jainism, including the concept of the 24 Jinas or “Spiritual Victors” in our...