The Circled Square Podcast

The Circled Square: Buddhist Studies in Higher Education is a new podcast series produced at the University of Toronto’s Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies. We interview professors from academic institutions around North America, creating conversations about innovative teaching. Buddhism is now taught in many disciplines beyond religion, including anthropology, art history, and cognitive science. The series explores the diversity of approaches to teaching and learning with Buddhism taking place right now.

Episode 17 – Susie Andrews, Building Others Up

Episode 16 – Janet Gyatso, Teaching Posthumanism and Animal Ethics in Buddhist Studies

Episode 15 – Marcus Evans, Teaching Hip Hop and Buddhist Studies

Episode 14 – Rima Vesely-Flad, Learning about Black Buddhist Dharma Teachers and Healing Justice

Episode 13 – Embodied Learning on Interdependence

Episode 12 – Teaching a Zen Buddhism Course Online with Student Preferences in Mind with Daigengna Duoer

Episode 11 – Teaching Asian Art as Storytelling with Kerry Brown

Episode 10 – Constructing Buddhist Theories of the Body from Ancient Texts with Luther Obrock

Episode 9 – Living Religion in the Classroom with Rongdao Lai

Episode 8 – Teaching Empathy and Collaboration with Frances Garrett

Episode 7 – Embodied Experience: Living from the Heart with Ellen Katz

Episode 6 – Buddhism and Contemplative Science, with Norman Farb

Episode 5 – Teaching Buddhist Art Using Museum and Gallery Collections, with Wen-shing Chou

Episode 4 – Negotiating the Layers: Material History in our Teaching, with Abhishek Amar

Episode 3 – Anti-Colonial Teaching and Buddhism, with Natalie Avalos

Episode 2 – Engaging Students in the Big Picture, with Matt King

Episode 1 – Inhabiting the Stories: Buddhism from the Inside, with Vanessa Sasson

Who We Are

Sarah Richardson (pictured below) hosts the podcast, interviewing guests from institutions around North America. Sarah is a historian of Buddhist visual and material practice, especially Himalayan painting. Betsy Moss (pictured below) is the podcast’s Creative Director and an art historian who teaches at several institutions in the Toronto area; she is also the program coordinator for the Centre for Buddhist Studies.

Host and Interviewer: Dr. Sarah Richardson
Creative Director: Dr. Betsy Moss
Director of the Ho Centre for Buddhist Studies and Consulting Producer: Dr. Frances Garrett
Consulting Producers: Anna-Liza Kozma and Jelena Jurak
Show Notes: Molly Mignault
Transcripts: Sam Keravica


Music: David Gradual Sunrise by David Hilowitz. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license. Accessed through the Free Music Archive

Supported by The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies.

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