Mon, March 22, 2021

6:00 PM (PST)

Zoom Registration

We are delighted to announce UBC’s Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society will be hosting a public talk by Dr. Scott Mitchell (Institute of Buddhist Studies) entitled:

Mid-Century Modern: Jōdo Shinshū and the Making of American Buddhism

About this event

Jōdo Shinshū Young Buddhist Associations before, during, and long after the illegal war-time incarceration of Japanese Americans actively promoted Buddhism as part of their contribution to American culture. Despite practicing American Buddhism for fifty years before Kerouac’s Dharma Bums, it is the Beat poets and D.T. Suzuki who are regularly credited with popularizing Buddhism in the United States. In this presentation, I explore how the narrative of American Buddhist history is altered when we center the invisiblized labor of marginalized persons who made possible the conditions for Buddhism’s dissemination and popularization in the later half of the twentieth century.

About the presenter

Scott Mitchell

Scott A. Mitchell is the Dean of Students and Faculty Affairs and holds the Yoshitaka Tamai Professorial Chair at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, CA. He teaches and writes about Buddhism in the West, Buddhist modernism, and Pure Land Buddhism.

Please follow the link to register for this event: Zoom Registration Link

This event is sponsored by  The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society.