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Call for Proposals

This Group welcomes individual paper, papers session, and roundtable proposals on the following topics:

  • Buddhist material culture in the West

  • Humanistic Buddhisms

  • Buddhism and social/electronic media

  • Asian American Buddhists

  • Precepts, renunciation, and/or skillful means in relation to Buddhist “scandals” in the West

  • Metaphysical/Esoteric traditions and Buddhism

  • The Shambhala tradition

  • The Buddha in nineteenth century European thought

  • Buddhism in Australia

  • African American Buddhists

Proposals on other topics will also be considered.


This Group seeks to:

  • Provide a venue for new studies on Buddhism in non-Asian locales

  • Further communication and exchange between scholars working on Buddhism outside of Asia

  • Offer a forum within which to collectively clarify the intellectual and methodological underpinnings of research on Buddhism in the West, and consider new possibilities in methods and approaches

Anonymity of Review Process

Proposer names are anonymous to Chairs and Steering Committee members during review, but visible to Chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection.


David McMahan
Franklin and Marshall College
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Method of Submission


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