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Amy Paris Langenberg
Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, FL 33711-4700)
The Classical Roots of Authority, Secrecy, and Violation in American Buddhism

Writing two chapters of historical context in a book about official misconduct within American Buddhism.

American Buddhists are signaling #MeToo. Numerous American Buddhist communities, including Shambhala and Against the Stream, have recently faced revelations of abuse. Grounded in the humanistic methodologies of Buddhist Studies, and informed by postcolonial feminist theory, this project critically assesses romanticized or selective readings of the Buddhist past that surface as responses to abuse. It does so not for the sake of correction but in order to understand the interpretative processes at work in American Buddhism’s #MeToo moment and to map the generative effects of scandal on American Buddhism.

Project fields:
Gender Studies; Nonwestern Religion; Religion, Other

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 8/14/2020