Courtney Bruntz specializes in contemporary rituals and practices of East Asian Buddhist traditions. Her research takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Asian religions, cultures, societies, and beliefs, and her ethnographic work includes studies on pilgrimage in China, Buddhist tourism, transnational movements of Buddhism, integrations of technology into temples and monasteries, and religious healing practices in Buddhist communities.
PhD in Buddhist Studies, Graduate Theological Union
MA in Cultural and Historical Studies of Religion, Graduate Theological Union
BA in Religion and Speech Communications, Augustana College
Research and Teaching Interests
East Asian Religion and Culture
Rituals and Practices of Buddhist Traditions
Buddhist Pilgrimage and Religious Tourism
- “Buddhist Technoscapes: Interrogating ‘Skillful Means’ in East Asian Monasteries,” in Buddhism Under Capitalism. Bloomsbury Press. In progress.
- “Buddhism and Economics,” in Bloomsbury Religion in North America. Bloomsbury Press. 2021.
- “Pilgrimage in China,” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion. May 2021.
- Buddhist Tourism in Asia: Sacred Sites within Global Networks. Hawai’i: University of Hawai’i Press. March 2020.
- “Religion as Financial Asset: State Investments in Chinese Buddhism,” Journal of Human Values. Vol. 27.1 (2020).
- “Buddhism, Consumerism, and the Chinese Millennial,” in Methods in Buddhist Studies. Bloomsbury Press. 2019.
Courses Taught at IBS
Buddhism and Medicine