IE 228 Buddhism, Race, and Sexuality (Spring 2023)

Central themes within the lived experience of Buddhism in racially diverse communities in the United States are examined. Students investigate the textual and social history of Buddhism alongside contemporary testimonies of Buddhist practitioners of color, many of whom self-identify as queer. This course finally explores critical perspectives of whiteness in American Buddhism.

Note: Recommended for Buddhism and Interreligious Engagement students. Fulfills MASJ gender/sexuality justice, interreligious engagement justice, and racial/ethnic justice requirements.

Professor: Rima Vesely-Flad