Sumeru News — Buddhism in the West

AMERICAN SUTRA book review

Buddhism in the West History Japan Jodo Shinshu Pure Land Zen

AMERICAN SUTRA: A story of faith and freedom in the Second World War  by Duncan Ryūken Williams Harvard University Press, 2019 ISBN 9780674986534 7.4 x 10.5 in, 400 pages, illustrated   Buddhist identity in America is a chimerical thing. Many have tried to grasp its image, only to find its nature fragmented into seemingly irreconcilable facets. Many a heated argument has resulted from debates about which interpretation is correct. Without a solid understanding of the history of Buddhism in America, such debates are rather like walking through a hall of mirrors at the carnival – fun but distorted. By the same...

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North American Buddhist Alliance Toronto conference update

Buddhism in the West Conferences Groups Human Rights Interfaith Toronto Visiting Teachers Workshop

Here's a wrap-up of the On Inclusion! intrafaith Buddhist conference held in Toronto on October 31, 2018, sponsored by the North American Buddhist Alliance as a pre-event at the Parliament of World Religions: https://northamericanbuddhistalliance.org/one-step-closer-to-on-inclusion/ In the photo, L to R: Mihaela Andronic from the Ottawa Pagoda Sangha, Ray Nakano from earthholder.org, another participant, and John Negru from The Sumeru Press.

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Robert Ho Family Foundation Buddhist Studies Program grant applications

Buddhism in the West Education

Robert Ho Family Foundation Buddhist Studies Program grant applications are now invited for the 2018-19 competition year. Here are the details, from the American Council of Learned Societies... The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications in the 2018-19 competition year of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies. In cooperation with the Foundation, ACLS offers an integrated set of fellowship and grant competitions supporting work that will expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society, strengthen international networks of Buddhist studies, and increase the visibility of innovative currents in those...

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Toronto Buddhist Intra-faith event adds new free tickets

Buddhism in Canada Buddhism in the West Conferences Toronto

The Toronto Buddhist Intra-faith event, On Inclusion! happening October 31 at the University of Toronto has added more keynote speakers, and a new block of free tickets. FULL DETAILS HERE.

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How Buddhist Chaplains are trained

Buddhism in the West Buddhist Psychology Chaplaincy Hospice Care Interfaith Publishing Sumeru Books

I recently discovered this short piece from National Public Radio in the States on how Buddhist Chaplains are trained: http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2016/05/26/buddhist-chaplains It was particularly interesting because Sumeru is pleased to announce that next year we will be publishing a new textbook for Buddhist chaplains: Kalyāṇamitra: A Buddhist Model for Spiritual Care This book will be only the fourth work ever published in the field of Buddhist spiritual care and the first to provide a comprehensive theory to guide the work of Buddhist chaplains. That theory is the Three Prajñās Framework for Spiritual Care. Prajñā means wisdom (roughly) and the Three Prajñās...

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