The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

Interfaith Discussion Group

Mon, March 5, 2018 | WAG 403B

5:00 PM

Discussion Title: Does religion have a race? 

Description: Today, did you Nama-slay, or Nama-stay in bed? This discussion will interrogate the ways buddhism and buddhist mindfulness practices have taken shape in western society to ask a central question: Is Western Style Buddhism really buddhism, or a bastardization of older buddhist sects? By extension, what constitutes cultural appropriation of religion? Does religion have a race? And, since some argue that buddhism is actually a philosophy (not a religion) and therefore cannot be appropriated, what makes a religion a religion in the first place? 

The discussion will be led by CTI's Sahara Khan.

Assigned Readings:

About namaste in Buddhism, its meaning, and uses :

About White privilege and buddhism:

White buddhism and corporate mindfulness:

Transformations in Buddhist thought, India to China:


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