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.