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Buddhist Pedagogy Seminar

Call for Proposals

Our seminar welcomes papers on any aspect of pedagogy for teaching Buddhism. Based on 2020’s positive experience, we plan to have two 90-minute sessions for roundtable discussions in 2021. The roundtable discussion aims to offer a platform that scholars can use to exchange critical reflections on teaching Buddhism in higher education. Each presenter will have approximately ten minutes to present a specific assignment, assessment method, class activity, or other strategies that help students understand Buddhism. Please send your proposal in 500 words through AAR’s INSPIRE System.
We invite scholars who are currently teaching Buddhism or related subjects to examine these topics, but they are not limited to them:
• technology that works and does not work for online teaching during the Covid era
• the essential/threshold information in your Buddhist studies classroom
• teaching Buddhism and race in the classroom
• specific readings or textbooks integrated into the syllabus
• studying abroad for Buddhist studies
• teaching students who have lived or are living in a place where Buddhism is the indigenous religion
• teaching students who are Buddhist
• experiential and embodied learning in the Buddhist studies classroom
• strategies of teaching contemplation/mindfulness practice to allay the possibility of proselytization
• Buddhism and film

For any inquires related to proposal submission, please contact Gloria Chien at

Gloria Chien; Trung Huynh
Steering Committee
Todd Lewis; Beverley McGuire; Ben Van Overmeire; Jonathan Young

Statement of Purpose

The mission of the Buddhist Pedagogy Seminar is to promote critical reflection on how our teaching and presentation of Buddhism enhances understanding of Buddhist traditions, practices, and values. Our seminar will facilitate discussion and support research about pedagogically effective approaches to teaching Buddhism. We will focus on a variety of pedagogical challenges within the field over the course of five years, including but not limited to, the religious or secularized use of Buddhist meditation practices in everyday life, modern public understanding of Buddhism shaped through current events, hotly debated ethical issues, and scholarship about teaching Buddhism.
This seminar invites discussion about teaching Buddhism in today’s classroom, how Buddhism has been taught historically, how different media about Buddhism can supplement classroom instruction, and how insights from Buddhist traditions can enrich pedagogy in other fields. Although we envision the seminar appealing primarily to those in Buddhist Studies, we believe it will be beneficial for instructors and scholars outside of the field who teach about Buddhism in their courses.
We are committed to supporting important work in the nascent field of Buddhist pedagogy. Our goal is to grow this field and provide it with a robust arena in which scholars engage in dynamic conversations.


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members