Author Archives: Jovan Maud

About Jovan Maud

I'm a lecturer in the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany. Interests include: transnational religious networks, popular religion in Thailand, religious tourism and commodification, and digital anthropology.

Review of ‘Why Buddhism is True’

Here’s a nice review of Robert Wright’s Why Buddhism is True by Adam Frank. I haven’t read the book yet, but judging from the review it seems to take a more self-conscious about the selective appropriation of Buddhist contemplative traditions in ‘the … Continue reading

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Global Ambedkar Buddhism

In a recent article, the Northwest Dharma Association reports on Lama Choyin Rangdrol, a Seattle-based African American lama in the Tibetan tradition, who was talking at the B.R. Ambedkar International Conference in Bangalore, India. In his talk, Rangdrol draws parallels … Continue reading

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Graduate student symposium on mass meditation

From Scott Mitchell: Friends and colleagues, I would like to cordially invite you to the following symposium at the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley, Friday October 6, 1:00-5:00. Mass Meditation: Practices and Discourses in Contemporary Global Buddhisms The fourth annual … Continue reading

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Buddhist Literary Festival in Toronto

Here are the details for another upcoming event aimed at raising awareness about Buddhism in the West. More at: thewordonthestreet.ca

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“Walk with Me”: International Release Today

Here is the press release of an exciting new film being released today. FILM ON MINDFULLNESS & MEDITATION COMING TO OVER 300 MOVIE THEATERS NATIONWIDE ON SEPTEMBER 12 – WALK WITH ME NOTE: Oscar®-Winning Director Alejandro Iñárritu and Other Prominent Hollywood Figures … Continue reading

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Pali online course: enrollments open

The Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies is currently seeking students for their latest online Pali course, with Professor Richard Gombrich. Here are the details: Pali Online School Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies (A Recognised Independent Centre of the University of … Continue reading

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Sydney Buddhist Centre Divests from Fossil Fuels

One way to think about the “global” nature of Buddhism is to consider not just the spread of Buddhist practitioners and institutions across the globe but also how they imagine and address global issues.  The most literally global issue of … Continue reading

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CfP: “Contemplative Sociology”. Gdańsk, Poland

Here is a call for papers for a panel at an upcoming conference in Poland. ‘Contemplative Sociology. Towards the Mindful Sociological Research and Empathic Society’ organized during XVI Polish Sociological Congress (14-17 September 2016 Gdańsk). Panel description: The goal of … Continue reading

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E-learning Course on Asian Buddhist Women

Here’s an announcement about an upcoming E-learning course on Buddhist women in Asia. Sounds like it will be very interesting. The Numata Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of Hamburg, in cooperation with the Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal … Continue reading

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Beyond the City Limits: Rethinking New Religiosities in Asia

Here is a call for applications for an upcoming summer school that we are running in Göttingen later this year. It could be potentially interesting to PhD or research-based Masters students working on urban/rural Buddhism in Asia. Summer School Göttingen SPIRIT … Continue reading

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