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March 2010: Buddhism Without Borders at IBS

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The Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, CA, is planning what looks to be a great conference next March. “Buddhism Without Borders: Contemporary Buddhism in the West” will explore questions such as:

  • How has Buddhism outside Asia been shaped by diaspora and immigration?
  • How has the increase in global tourism, communication, and capitalism affected the way Buddhism is understood, taught, and practiced?

Speakers include Charles Prebish, Richard Hughes Seager, Eve Mullen, Duncan Ryūken Williams, Jeff Wilson, Wakoh Shannon Hickey and many others. The keynote address will be given by Prof. Thomas Tweed, author of The American Encounter with Buddhism and Crossing and Dwelling.
You can find out more about the conference and register here.

Engaged Buddhist Festival in Thailand

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The Engaged Buddhist Festival of Peace and Transformation, organized by the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB), is going on right now in ChiangMai, Thailand. This year marks INEB’s 20th anniversary so it should be quite an event. The conference ends on November 17th with a Peace Walk through the city.

Two people I know are attending — Anchalee Kurutach and Hozan Alan Senauke. I’m hoping to be able to share some of their missives from the meeting on this blog…stay tuned.

Save the Date: Socially Engaged Buddhism Symposium

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This looks good —


The Zen Peacemaker Community is organizing a symposium on socially engaged Buddhism in August of 2010.

Featured speakers include Roshi Bernie Glassman, Paula Green, Roshi Joan Halifax, Hozan Alan Senauke, and Jon Kabat-Zinn. Lots more good stuff in the line-up, including a celebration of Robert Aitken Roshi. The dates are Aug 9-15, the location is Montague, MA (in the western corner of MA).

For more information, see

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