President’s Report for the Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy 2015

Forty-seven years after its first meeting, the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy continues to play an important role in creating avenues of philosophical dialogue between cultural traditions. In the past six years, during the presidencies of Peimin Ni, Roger T. Ames and myself, the Society has begun to expand to more national and international venues, established sessions at a broader range of professional meetings, introduced our Society to potential new members through social media, structured its conferences so as to put Asian traditions of thought into dialogue with one another as well as comparatively with western traditions, and attempted to integrate wider varieties of traditions into its conferences. In order to flourish, expand the membership and hopefully establish the Society as a truly global one, it is hoped these trends will continue and be strengthened in the coming years.

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CFP: Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy

47th Annual Conference
October 1-4, 2015
Monterey, California


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Institute Dates:  May 25 – June 26, 2015
Application Deadline:  March 2, 2015
Location:  East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
Project Director:  Peter Hershock (East-West Center)

Buddhist Asia: Traditions, Transmissions and Transformations will introduce undergraduate educators to Buddhism as a religion that has both shaped and been shaped by cultures and societies throughout Asia for more than twenty-five hundred years. The program will explore how Buddhism spread as a “total care system” that addressed both personal and social needs in ways that were inseparable from the dynamics of cultural interaction, artistic production, trade and politics. Through context-rich engagement with key traditions, practices, and primary texts (in translation), the institute will enable participants to appreciate how Buddhism served as a powerful cultural bridge in Asia, comparable to Christianity in the West, and to develop curricular materials applicable in a wide range of humanities courses, including courses in religion, philosophy, history, art history and literature, but also courses organized around such themes as globalization and cultural pluralism.

For more information, please contact Audrey Minei at

 Ashok Kumar Malhotra receives University of Hawai’i Distinguished Alumni Award

The University of Hawai’i Alumni Association (UHAA) has named Ashok Kumar Malhotra (PhD *69 Manoa, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy at State University of New York at Oneonta) as a recipient of its 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Ninash Foundation celebrates the ‘gift of literacy’

Dr. Ashok Malhotra, President of Ninash Foundation recently reported:

While visiting the Ninash Foundation’s four Indo-International Schools during December 2008-January 2009, Linda and I received the most heartwarming news that two of our underprivileged children had been accepted into a college of their choice.

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CFP – SUNY: Universality and Particularity

Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy
49th Annual Conference
June 19-22, 2014
SUNY Binghamton, New York


Deadline for Abstracts and Proposals: March 1, 2014

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Winners of 2011 Student Essay Awards

The 2011 SACP Conference Program Committee has completed its review of all the entries for this year’s student essay contest, and is happy to congratulate the following winners:

First Prize: Jake Davis, City University of New York, “‘When You Know for Yourselves': The Establishment of Mindfulness (Satipaṭṭhāna) as a Means of Moral Discovery”

Second Prize: Laura Guerrero, University of New Mexico, “Why a Mādhyamika Cannot Be a Skeptic”

Third Prize: Ryan Melvin, Birmingham-Southern College, “Minimalism and Consciousness in Zhuangzi’s Cook Ding”

Past SACP President edits Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi for the 21st Century

Doug Allen, who served as President of the SACP, 2001-2004, edited The Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi for the 21st Century (Lexington Books, 2008, and Oxford University Press Delhi, 2009).

Five of the 12 contributors to the book have been active in the SACP.

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