Presented as part of a panel on Shin Buddhism in the west at the XIV Biennial meeting of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies, this paper is a more reasoned, researched, and well-articulated version of some themes with which my long-time readers will be familiar: Orientalism, the dumbing-down of Buddhism, and the politics of representation.
As part of the National Council Meeting of the Buddhist Churches of America, the Institute of Buddhist Studies hosts an annual symposium. I was asked to contribute a paper to the 2009 Symposium, and the theme was American Shin Buddhist music or, more extravagantly, “The Great Sound of Enlightenment.”
Presented to the Buddhism in the West Consultation, bright and early at nine o’clock on Saturday, November 1, at the American Academy of Religion national meeting in Chicago (sweet home, Chicago).
This paper, a revised and stripped down version of Chapter 3 of the dissertation, was presented at the XVth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies on June 26, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Here it is! The long awaited Dissertation! Ritual theory! Post-colonialism! American Buddhism! It’s all here!
Much of this paper ends up in my dissertation. It was presented to the Buddhist Studies group of the American Academy of Religion during the 2007 Western Regional meeting in Berkeley.
This paper was originally written for the XII Biennial International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies conference held in Tokyo, September 2005. It was subsequently published in the 2005 issue of The Pure Land.