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Buddhist Pedagogy Seminar

Call for Proposals

Our seminar welcomes papers on any aspect of pedagogy for teaching Buddhism. In our second year, we plan to have one session for regular paper presentations and one session for roundtable discussion.

The paper session will focus on investigating how our choice of textbooks influences the way we present historical complexity and contemporary diversity to our students. We invite scholars who are currently teaching Buddhism or related subjects to share their current research and teaching insights about the offering of textbooks on Buddhism. In addition, we also welcome paper proposals that examine but are not limited to these topics: syllabus design, Buddhism and film or popular culture, decolonizing pedagogies based on non-Western voices, teaching Buddhism along with other religions in a survey course in higher education, application of pedagogies in a Buddhist studies classroom, pedagogy in contemporary Buddhist monasteries, and teaching Buddhism in K-12. Please send your paper proposal through AAR’s PAPERS System.

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 350 words to Gloria Chien at Label your file as RoundtableFirstnameLastname, such as RoundtableGloriaChien.

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


E-mail with Attachment (proposal is in attachment, not in body of e-mail)

Review Process

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