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Presented By: Asian Languages and Cultures

Buddhist Perspectives on Grief and Language:

A Book Dialogue with Author Chenxing Han & Dr. Lang Chen

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Join us for an intimate dialogue between Chenxing Han and Buddhist studies scholar Dr. Lang Chen about religious perspectives on grief, culturally attuned care for the dying, and the literary entanglements of translation in Asian and Asian American contexts. The conversation will be grounded in Chenxing’s recent book, one long listening: a memoir of grief, friendship, and spiritual care (North Atlantic Books, 2023), and will also touch on May We Gather, a national Buddhist memorial of resilience, recovery, and repair.

Chenxing Han is the author of Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhists; one long listening: a memoir of grief, friendship, and spiritual care; and numerous articles and book chapters for both academic and mainstream audiences. She is a frequent speaker and workshop leader at schools, universities, and Buddhist communities across the nation, and currently serves as the Khyentse Visitor in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan.

Lang Chen received her Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Yale University in 2015 and her Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School in 2006. Her research focused on Chinese literati’s creative use of Buddhism for literary innovation as well as spiritual liberation from the early modern period (16–17th century) onwards. She also studied the idea of “happiness” from Chinese and Buddhist perspectives. Lang is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at the University of Michigan and working as an intern therapist at the Counseling and Psychological Services of the university. She was a caregiver of her late husband, who fought cancer heroically.

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