The Circled Square Podcast

The Circled Square: Buddhist Studies in Higher Education is a new podcast series produced in Toronto. 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. This series explores the diversity of approaches to teaching and learning with Buddhism taking place right now.

Season One

Episode 1 – Inhabiting the Stories: Buddhism from the Inside, with Vanessa Sasson
Episode 2 – Engaging Students in the Big Picture, with Matt King
Episode 3 – Anti-Colonial Teaching and Buddhism, with Natalie Avalos
Episode 4 – Negotiating the Layers: Material History in our Teaching, with Abishek Amar
Episode 5 – Teaching Buddhist Art Using Museum and Gallery Collections, with Wen-shing Chou
Episode 6 – Buddhism and Contemplative Science, with Norman Farb

Season 1, released in February 2020, features interviews with Natalie Avalos, Matt King, Abhishek Amar, Wen-shing Chou, Vanessa Sasson, and Norman Farb.

Who we are

Sarah Richardson (pictured above) 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: Dr. Frances Garrett
Consulting Producers: Anna-Liza Kozma and Jelena Jurak
Show Notes: Molly Mignault

Betsy Moss


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

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

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