Dharma Dialogue Brought to You by UWest
I’m proud to report that our class blog, Dharma Dialogue: Buddhism in the U.S., is gaining some visibility in the buddhablogosphere. This is a collaborative project from the students of REL 659 Buddhism in the U.S. at University of the West under the direction of Dr. Jane Iwamura, Chair of Religious Studies. The purpose of the blog is “Ongoing discussions in academia and beyond about the history, practice, and future of Buddhism in the U.S.” Each week a different student posts about a topic related to the classroom discussion. The posts easily stand on their own and we encourage comments from the general public. The About This Blog page contains a reading list for the class for anyone who’d like to learn more about the history and current status of Buddhism in the U.S. and some short biographies of the blog authors. The class is a mixture of Religious Studies MA and PhD students, Buddhist Chaplaincy MDIV students, and Psychology MA students. Here’s a roundup of recent posts:
- Buddhism in the U.S. Beyond the Color Lines by Anthuan Vuong
- Forever Young, Forever Invisible Part I: The Forces of Conversion by Drew Baker
- Forever Young, Forever Invisible Part II: Night-Light Buddhists by Drew Baker
- Addicted to Jhana and That’s Okay (Really!) by buddhakaruna
- I Still Don’t Know: Buddhism and God by Akasa Skye
Dharma Dialogue has also been featured by Justin Whitaker on his blog American Buddhist Perspective, by Joshua Eaton on his blog of the same name, and by Rev. Danny Fisher via Facebook (Dr. Fisher is also a professor of Buddhist Chaplaincy at UWest).
My own post is forthcoming. My topic is digital Buddhism or Buddhism on the internet and I can tell you the research is already fascinating. Look for it in November. In the meantime, enjoy the critical insights of my classmates. It is my hope that this blog will continue beyond the end of the semester, perhaps with a new topic (thus the generic name “Dharma Dialgoue”). In the meantime, please feel free to add to the conversation and tell us what Buddhism in the U.S. is like for you.