The Slash Between: Going Home as an Insider/ Outsider

Introduction For my thesis, I am looking at the revival of Buddhism in India in the context of modernism and globalization. Specifically, I am interested in the role that India’s government plays in branding, supporting and promoting Buddhist tourist and pilgrimage sites for economic development. Since there are various significant places connected to the Buddha’s … Continue reading The Slash Between: Going Home as an Insider/ Outsider

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A Report on “The Dharma and the Dime” from Washington DC

A Report on “The Dharma and the Dime” from Washington DC

By Jason WM Ellsworth & Elizabeth Williams Oerberg. On Wednesday, November 29 in Washington DC at the 116th Annual American Anthropological Association (AAA) a group of scholars convened on a panel titled The Dharma and the Dime: Ethics and Economics in the Anthropology of Buddhism. Reviewed by the Society for the Anthropology of Religion, the … Continue reading A Report on “The Dharma and the Dime” from Washington DC

An Interview with Crystal Beaudoin (McMaster University)

[Blogger Highlight] An Interview with Crystal Beaudoin (McMaster University)

Crystal Beaudoin is one of the most prolific bloggers at CJBS News. Joining the team in 2015, she has covered numerous workshops, public lectures, conference panels at McMaster University, University of Toronto and other institutions. She recently successfully defended her Master's thesis on female religious practices, agency, and freedom in the novel Jin ping mei … Continue reading [Blogger Highlight] An Interview with Crystal Beaudoin (McMaster University)

Requesting Energy to Realize Emptiness: A Structural Analysis of Losang Chokyi Gyaltsan’s Guru Pūjā

Christopher Emory-Moore, PhD Candidate, Religious Studies, University of Waterloo. This paper is based on a chapter of my M.A. thesis, The Systematic Dynamics of Guru Yoga in Euro-North American Gelug-pa Formations, supervised by Dr. James Apple at the University of Calgary and published in 2012 as Tibetan Guru, Western Disciple (Saarbrucken: LAP Lambert). Introduction: Since … Continue reading Requesting Energy to Realize Emptiness: A Structural Analysis of Losang Chokyi Gyaltsan’s Guru Pūjā

A Report on McMaster’s Religious Studies Department’s 50th Anniversary of Graduate Studies Celebration

McMaster's Religious Studies Department was a hub of activity on the weekend of May 13-14 2016, as we celebrated the 50th anniversary of our graduate program. The weekend commenced with an opening reception and barbecue on Friday evening. Saturday began with a 50th-anniversary luncheon, during which we heard from Professor Eileen Schuller, the Dean of … Continue reading A Report on McMaster’s Religious Studies Department’s 50th Anniversary of Graduate Studies Celebration