9:00 – Registration and Welcome

All conference sessions will take place in Room 318, 170 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 2M8 Canada

Please register to attend this event in Toronto at

For those outside Toronto, a limited number of spaces are available for participants to join us remotely via live video conference on Zoom – register for live access at , and you will be sent login details closer to the event date. Please note that the two evening lectures will not be available on Zoom.

Friday morning, Session 1: Listening to Our Students

9:30 – Teaching “Buddhism, Nationalism, and Violence” as a First-Year Writing Course in the American South (Rachel H. Pang, Davidson College)

10:00 – Teaching the Teaching of Vimalakirti: Introducing Buddhist Prose to Students of Literature (Antje Richter, University of Colorado, Boulder)

10:30 – Teaching Buddhism at BYU: Stressing Devotion through Practice (Greg Wilkinson, Brigham Young University)

11: 00 – Digital Upaya in the Buddhist Studies Classroom: Using Technology to Increase Student Engagement (Matthew Mitchell, Allegheny College)

11:30-12 General Discussion

Lunch 12:00-1:30

Friday afternoon, Session 2: Dismantling the Legacy

1:30 – Colonial Legacies: Thai Buddhist Art in the Modern Museum (Melody Rod-ari, Loyola Marymount University)

2:00 – Toppling Max Müller’s Library and Other Strategies for Complicating our Imagined Students (Natasha L. Mikles, Texas State University)

2: 30 – If You Meet Buddhology on the Road, Kill It! – Critique and/as Graduate Training (Matthew King, University of California, Riverside)

3:00 – 3:30 General Discussion

7 pmFriday evening public lecture

#CiteWomen in the Classroom: How Publishing Practices Shape our Teaching (Natasha Heller, University of Virginia)    

Location: Munk School of Global Affairs, N208, 1 Devonshire Place

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Saturday morning, Session 3: Complicating Meditation in the Classroom   

9:00 – Expectations and Disappointments: How to Teach Meditation in a Buddhist Studies Program in Nepal (Philippe Turenne, Kathmandu University, Centre for Buddhist Studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute)

9:30 – Teaching Buddhist Chaplaincy: An Integrated Approach (Jenny Bright, Emmanuel College)

10:00 – Teaching the Buddhism of the Future, Not the Past (John H. Negru, Independent Scholar)

10:30 – Technologies of the Meditative Self (David DiValerio, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

11:00 – General Discussion

Lunch 12:00-1:30

Saturday afternoon, Session 4: Encouraging Reflective and Somatic Awareness    

1:30 – Performativity Techniques and Somatic Experience in the Classroom (Maria Turek, University of Toronto)

2:00 – Teaching Wisdom? (Julia C. Stenzel, Rangjung Yeshe Institute)

2:30 – Curriculum Development for Buddhism and Science: A Critical Introduction to the Encounter (Ana Cristina Lopes and James Gentry, Stanford University)

3:00 – 3:30 General Discussion

7 pmSaturday evening public lecture

Did the Buddha Teach Sexual Consent?: Emergent Ethics after Abuse Allegations in an American Insight Organization (Ann Gleig, University of Central Florida, and Amy Langenberg, Eckerd College)  

Location: Room 208, Main Activity Hall, Multi-Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Ave.

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Sunday morning, Session 5: Multi-Sensory Teaching and Learning  

10:00 – Seeing is More Than Just Seeing: Film as Experiential Pedagogy (Sujung Kim, DePauw University)

10:30 – New Approaches to the Buddhist Art Survey (Winston Kyan, University of Utah)

11:00 – Nepal-Rasa: Out of the Classroom, Into the Field (Vanessa R. Sasson, Marianopolis College)

11:30 – Handling Death: Exploring Buddhist Practices and Beliefs about Death through the Study of Material Culture (Susan Andrews, Mount Allison University)

12:00 – Closing Discussion

12:30 Lunch