The Ateneo Center for Asian Studies (ACAS) in cooperation with the

Office of the Dean School of Social Sciences

cordially invites you to a lecture on


by Fr. Noel Sheth, S.J.

December 8, 2009 Tuesday, 3:00-4:30 pm | Escaler Hall, Science Education Complex (SEC)



3:00-3:02   Welcome remarks by Rev. Fr. Jose M. Cruz, S.J.

3:02-3:05   Introduction of the guest speaker by Rev. Fr. Mario Francisco, S.J.

3:05-4:30   Lecture of Fr. Noel Sheth, S.J., followed by an open forum

4:30            Snacks at the Dean's Conference Room, 4th floor, Ricardo & Dr. Rosita Leong Hall. Faculty members and guests are invited.


Lecture Abstract:

Buddhism has emerged as a major world force, particularly in Asia. It enjoys a majority in some Asian countries, continues to contribute to the cultures of Asia and impacts the world at large. It exercises a strong appeal to people in different parts of the world due to its varied solutions to the problems and tensions of modern life, its contributions to forgiveness, peace and harmony among peoples and to ecological balance, its liberative thrust towards equality and justice, and its extraordinary capacity to inculturate itself in different cultures. At the same time, Buddhism has become violent in some countries and is a faith in flames.


Fr. Noel Sheth, S.J. holds a doctorate in Sanskrit from Harvard University. His publications deal with the exegesis of Sanskrit and Pali texts, on Hinduism, Buddhism and on comparative philosophy and theology. His book, The Divinity of Krishna, is mentioned in the prestigious Encyclopedia of Religion