In what context of philosophical and religious reflection did Buddhism first develop? How did social and political forces and desires shape the early growth and spread of Buddhism in Eurasia? How was Buddha-dharma localized, repeatedly, in diverse parts of South, Souhteast, and Himalayan Asia? Anne Blackburn, a scholar who has worked extensively with Buddhist texts will discuss these issues from an historical perspective. Anne Blackburn is Associate Professor of South Asian Studies and Buddhist Studies at Cornell University. She received an M.A. in Religious Studies and a Ph.D. in the History of Religions from The University of Chicago Divinity School.