Lewis Lancaster

1996 Interview by DC

Wikipedia page for Lewis Lancaster

Lewis Lancaster (born 27 October 1932) is Emeritus Professor of the Department of East Asian Languages at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, and has served as President, Adjunct Professor, and Chair of the dissertation committee at University of the West since 1992.

Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative

The Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI) is a digital humanities initiative involving numerous academic professors and institutions around the world with the stated goal of creating a networked digital atlas by creating tools and setting standards for dynamic, digital maps.

ECAI was established in 1997 by Emeritus Prof. Lewis Lancaster of the University of California, Berkeley, and has held two meetings per year most years from 1998 - 2009 (ongoing), one of which is often in conjunction with the Pacific Neighbourhood Consortium. The initiative is based at UC Berkeley.

The ECAI 'clearinghouse' of distributed digital datasets was developed from 1998 by the Archaeological Computing Laboratory at the University of Sydney, and uses the ACL's TimeMap software. - Wikipedia

What is it to be a Buddhist - Final lecture UCB - Buddhism in America - May 2, 2000

Shunryu Suzuki Lecture To Prof. Lewis R. Lancaster's Visiting Class - March 1, 1970

6-09-08 - Buddhism in a Global Age of Technology - Lew Lancaster on YouTube. The intro says: A distinguished scholar of Buddhism, Lewis Lancaster founded the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative to use the latest computer technology to map the spread of various strands of Buddhism from the distant past to the present. Series: "Burke Lectureship on Religion & Society"  Lew writes:

This is a venue that the Zen Center may want to explore. In my case, 250 people came to the lecture but nearly 1000 have viewed it within two weeks on the internet. This is a powerful new tool...even for any of your films of Suzuki Roshi.

Just search for Shunryu Suzuki on YouTube and you'll see film of him there - don't know how it got there. Also there are links from this cuke page.

2-27-08 - Met at a San Rafael coffee shop recently with Dr. Lew Lancaster who for decades was with and head of East Asian Studies (or something like that) at UC Berkeley, who knew Shunryu Suzuki who joined him for some class events, and who has been doing some highly impressive work in Buddhist archiving for quite some time. Check out Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative. That's him in the image to the bottom left. Lew was president of the University of the West for a few years. Here's a bit about him on their website. Here's more.

Read this impressive brief piece on his Buddhist archiving which says "Lewis Lancaster will no doubt go down in history as the leading pioneer in our time in terms of his energy and foresight in encouraging, organizing, and networking a wide range of the first generation of digitized Buddhist Studies textual and cultural resources." (more soon) - like here and now, 2-28. - dc

UCB faculty profile
love his email address moniker - buddhst@(Buddhist without the I)

More from UCB site:
(Buddhism; Tibetan)

Lewis Lancaster, a specialist in the canons of Buddhist texts, was the first student to complete the Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies at the University of Wisconsin. He taught at the University of California, Berkeley, for 33 years, with five years as Chair. By means of a grant from the National Geographic Society, he and a group of students and faculty inventoried texts in monasteries among the Sherpa people in the Himalayas. He then began to research the problems of converting Buddhist texts from Pali and Chinese into computer format, which resulted in major CD ROM databases. That computer experience then led him to form an association of scholars called the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative, which is housed on the Berkeley campus and has a thousand affiliates worldwide. He is now President at Hsilai University in Rosemead.
2-29-08 - The Role and Significance of Korean Son in the Study of East Asian Buddhism by Lew Lancaster

Dr. Lancaster advised and supported Cuke Archives through various phases and before that name was used. Here's one example from the 2008 Shunryu Suzuki Legacy Project:

Thanks for the comprehensive report. You are spelling out the preservation of the heritage of the Zen Center and I salute you for your work and vision. – Lew Lancaster

1999 Letter of Support from Lewis Lancaster for early Cuke Archives project.

I stopped asking people for letters and quotes of support long ago. - dc

tons more on the Internet about Lewis Lancaster. Suggest use his name plus Buddhism to search.