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Buddhism without Borders: Contemporary Developments of Buddhism in the West

at the Institute of Buddhist Studies
Berkeley, California
March 18 - 21, 2010

Conference Schedule*

Thursday, March 18
Early registration and check-in 11:00 - 2:00

Panel I: Buddhist Experiences: Expressions and Subjectivities, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

  • Daniel Veidlinger, California State University, Chico
    "From Indra's Net to Internet: The Effects of Social Networking Websites on the Acculturation of Buddhism in North America"
    [ abstract ]
  • Ruth Fitzpatrick, University of Western Sydney
    "Transforming Tara, Meanings in Motion"
    [ abstract ]
  • Erik Braun, University of Oklahoma
    "The United States of Jhana"
    [ abstract ]
  • Kimberly Beek, McMaster University
    "Telling Tales Out of School: The Fiction of Buddhism in North America"
    [ abstract ]
  • Respondent/Moderator: Todd Lewis

Friday, March 19
Panel II: Buddhisms in America, 9:30 - 12:30

  • Jeff Wilson, Renison University College, University of Waterloo
    "Regionalism within American Buddhism"
    [ abstract ]
  • Charles S. Prebish, Redd Chair in Religious Studies, Utah State University
    "Buddha in Mormon Land: American Buddhist Challenges in a Dominant Mormon Culture"
    [ abstract ]
  • Duncan Ryuken Williams, University of California, Berkeley
    Onward Buddhist Soldiers: Japanese American Buddhists in the U.S. Military during World War Two
    [ abstract ]
  • Michihiro Ama, University of California, Irvine
    "The First White Buddhist Priestess"
    [ abstract ]
  • Respondent/Moderator: Martin Verhoeven, Graduate Theological Union and Dharma Realm Buddhist University

12:30 - 2:00 Lunch break

Panel III: Transnational Buddhisms, 2:00 - 5:00

  • Richard K. Payne, Institute of Buddhist Studies
    "Syncretism and Syntax: An Examination of Yogi Chen's Christian Homas"
    [ abstract ]
  • Chapla Verma
    "Comparative Study of Zen Buddhism in Japan and North America"
    [ abstract ]
  • Todd Perreira
    "Beyond Americanization: On the Transnational Boundaries of Theravada America"
    [ abstract ]
  • David McMahan, Franklin & Marshall College
    "Buddhism and Multiple Modernities"
    [ abstract ]
  • Respondent/Moderator: Natalie Quli, Institute of Buddhist Studies

Keynote Address and reception, 5:00 - 8:00

  • Following the Flows: Reframing the Study of Buddhism
    Prof. Thomas Tweed, University of Texas at Austin
  • The Keynote Address and reception is open to the public. A catered reception will follow Prof. Tweed's address.

Saturday, March 20
Panel IV: Identifying Buddhists, Buddhist Identity, 9:30 - 12:30

  • Richard Hughes Seager
    "Dharma Images and American Buddhist Identity"
    [ abstract ]
  • Christine Walters, University of South Florida, Tampa
    "Denominationalism in American Buddhism"
    [ abstract ]
  • Mindy McAdams, University of Florida
    "Finding Buddhism in Blogs"
    [ abstract ]
  • Wakoh Shannon Hickey, Assistant Professor of Religion, Alfred University, New York
    "Two Buddhisms, Three Buddhisms, and Racism"
    [ abstract ]
  • Respondent/Moderator: Scott A. Mitchell, Institute of Buddhist Studies

Lunch break, 12:30 - 2:00

Panel V: Living Buddhism: Community and Family, 2:00 - 5:00

  • Helen Baroni, University of Hawaii at Manoa
    "Zen at a Distance: Isolation and the Development of Distant Membership"
    [ abstract ]
  • Jitka Cirklov√°, Faculty of Social Science, Department of Sociology
    "Buddhism as Value Source in the Course of New Identity and Lifestyle Formation in the Czech Republic"
    [ abstract ]
  • Eve Mullen, Emory Univeristy
    "Care for the Dying: Innovative American Buddhist Institutions"
    [ abstract ]
  • Zach Zimmerman, Princeton University
    "Bringing Up Buddhists in America"
    [ abstract ]
  • Respondent/Moderator: Lisa Grumbach, Institute of Buddhist Studies

Dinner (on your own), 5:00 - 6:30

6:30 Special film screening: TBD

Sunday, March 21
Panel VI: Interpreting Buddhism in the West, 9:30 -12:30

  • Franz Aubrey Metcalf, The Forge Institute
    "The Borderless Borders of the White Plum Asanga"
    [ abstract ]
  • Mira Niculescu
    "The Jewish Buddhists: The Upcoming Rise of a New School of Buddhism?"
    [ abstract ]
  • Galen Amstutz, independent scholar
    "Kiyozawa In Concord: Will Shin Buddhism Manage to Make a More Successful Contribution to American Religious Thought in the 21st Century?"
    [ abstract ]
  • Jeannine Chandler, Siena College
    "An Analysis of Western Involvement in the Dorje Shugden Controversy"
    [ abstract ]
  • Respondent/Moderator: Jiden Ewing, Graduate Theological Union

Conference closing remarks, 12:30 p.m.

* This schedule is tentative and subject to change