Category Archives: The global imaginary

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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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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PhD scholarship – Buddhism, Business and Believers

Here is the announcement of a very interesting-sounding PhD scholarship in Copenhagen:   PhD scholarship – Buddhism, Business and Believers The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, invites applications for a … Continue reading

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In the context of the JGB’s just-released issue on Zen and Popular Culture, it’s worth mentioning Buddhism scholar Megan Bryson’s excellent and extensive blog Zensanity, which focuses on the way the “Zen brand” is used in the marketing of various commodities. As … Continue reading

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The lives of transnational tulkus

On the subject of Tibetan Buddhism’s impact in and on the US, here is a story from on “Buddhism’s Lost Lamas”. This long and interesting article details the often unexpected courses taken in the lives of several young members … Continue reading

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Blogging weird Buddha images

I really love this blog. “Dispirited Dave” is collecting images which show the multifarious (and sometimes nefarious) ways the iconic form of the Buddha finds his way into popular culture, and particularly into commodities. It’s a great way to explore … Continue reading

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Closing of World Buddhist Forum

There are many versions of “world Buddhism”. In fact, it would seem that there are a number of attempts to “claim the global” in the Buddhist world. On this subject, here is a report from the China Daily on the … Continue reading

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