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  • Cartoons and Educational Philosophies: Strategies for Communicating
           Buddhist Values to Thai Buddhist Youth

    • Authors: Brooke Schedneck
      Pages: 273 - 289
      Abstract: With over 90% of Thai citizens identifying as Buddhist, how are Buddhist values communicated to youth' In the past, the temple was the center for learning, where elders taught their grandchildren how to chant and pay respect to monks. But in contemporary Thailand, this system is quickly losing influence. Because of this, a number of strategies have recently developed to communicate Buddhist teachings to Thai youth. This paper investigates two significant strategies: private schools with Buddhist-inspired curricula and media targeted towards Thai youth. The first part of this article focuses on the Buddhist education philosophy of Than Ajahn Jayasaro, who is the spiritual director of two schools in Thailand. The second section highlights the media produced by Phra Maha Wutthichai Vajiramedhi and Phra Maha Sompong Talaphutto, who hope to reach younger generations with relevant topics, which they infuse with Buddhist teachings.
      PubDate: 2021-12-20
      DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4727684
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2021)
  • Be a V-Star!: Dhammakāya Programs to Cultivate Virtue in
           Thailand’s Youth

    • Authors: Rachelle Scott
      Pages: 290 - 305
      Abstract: The Dhammakāya Temple (Wat Phra Thammakai) in Pathum Thani, Thailand has emerged as one of Buddhism’s largest new religious movements over the past fifty years. The Temple’s phenomenal growth has been linked to its leadership’s ability to apply traditional narratives of merit-making and ethical practice to Dhammakāya fundraising and to promote a distinct form of meditation practice perfectly suited to contemporary life for practitioners of all ages. The Temple has promoted youth initiatives since its founding, and the success of these programs may be one factor in the Temple’s growth over the past decades. This article will examine some of these Dhammakāya youth-oriented religious programs, from temporary ordinations, dhamma quizzes, and student retreats to animated television programming and its “V-Star Change the World” events, and suggest that these youth initiatives have remained a popular vehicle for support and recruitment despite numerous criticisms and scandals over the past decades.
      PubDate: 2021-12-20
      DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4727637
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2021)
  • Social Media, Vernacularity, and Pedagogy: Youth and the Reinvention of
           Contemporary Vietnamese Buddhism

    • Authors: Dat Manh Nguyen
      Pages: 306 - 321
      Abstract: Drawing on extensive fieldwork at Buddhist institutions in Ho Chi Minh City, this article explicates the recent proliferation of Buddhist educational programs for urban youth and examines the contours of what I conceive as an emerging youth-oriented Buddhism in contemporary Vietnam. It sheds light on how Vietnamese youth is situated at the center of ongoing projects to craft new forms of urban Buddhist identity and community. In so doing, the article investigates the co-working between urban monastics and lay Buddhist youth to reconfigure Buddhist knowledge and practices to appeal to young people’s dispositions, life experiences, and knowledge. I show how these creative endeavors rely on the revision of Buddhist texts using vernacular Vietnamese, the strategic deployment of new media technologies, and innovation of Buddhist pedagogies.
      PubDate: 2021-12-20
      DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4727655
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2021)
  • Youth Buddhism: The Centrality of “Youth” in Modern Buddhism

    • Authors: Elizabeth Williams-Oerberg
      Pages: 322 - 340
      Abstract: Throughout this article, I propose the term “Youth Buddhism” in order to bring out an underdeveloped field of study—of Buddhism and youth—and to emphasize the instrumental role that youth play as both an imagined problem for religions as well as the central protagonists for Buddhist revitalization projects. Taking the case of Buddhism in Ladakh, India, social and religious leaders often proclaim their concern over the perceived lack of interest in Buddhism among youth. However, in taking a closer look at Ladakhi Buddhist youth engagement, a number of important developments appear. Examining Buddhist “youth,” both the persons who self-identify as youth and the social category of “youth,” I argue, becomes a particularly fruitful analytical optic through which to analyze the various regional, national, and global dynamics which current developments in Buddhism are contingent upon.
      PubDate: 2021-12-20
      DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4727677
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2021)
  • Nationalism and Buddhist Youth Groups in the Japanese, British, and
           American Empires, 1880s–1930s

    • Authors: Justin B. Stein
      Pages: 341 - 359
      Abstract: In the decades around the turn of the twentieth century, Buddhists in imperial Japan, the British Raj, and the American empire developed lay-oriented youth groups. These groups’ members developed intertwined ethnoreligious and national identities informed by Buddhists’ relative status in these three empires. This article describes the trans-imperial development of early Buddhist youth groups, examines how these groups developed nationalist politics that were often intertwined with ethnic identity, and considers how the concept of “Buddhist youth” flattened differences unite lay Buddhists across various divides.
      PubDate: 2021-11-23
      DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4727657
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2021)
  • A Theory of Reciting as Asian American Buddhist Practice: The Young
           Buddhist Editorial as a Discursive Site of Recitation

    • Authors: Funie Hsu
      Pages: 360 - 379
      Abstract: This article contributes a theory of reciting as Asian American Buddhist practice. I argue that when Asian American Buddhists share their stories and experiences, they perform a critical form of religious reciting. This reciting articulates the reality of Asian American Buddhist existence amidst ongoing legacies of exclusion. It displaces the predominance of narratives about Asian American Buddhists told by others. Moreover, reciting forges networks of knowledge, recognition, and sangha amongst Asian American Buddhists. This article then investigates the recently established web platform, The Young Buddhist Editorial (YBE), as an example of the layered reciting practices amongst young Asian American Buddhists. I examine YBE as a discursive space, both in regard to the platform itself as a publisher of Asian American Buddhist stories, and in regard to its broader impact in reciting these narratives to the public. I further argue that YBE serves as a discursive site of recitation that exemplifies and amplifies Asian American Buddhist existence beyond injury and grievance.
      PubDate: 2021-12-20
      DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4727679
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2021)
  • Young Buddhists Navigating Sexuality: Embodied Reflexivity and the
           Construction of Ethics for Life

    • Authors: Sarah-Jane Page, Kam-Tuck Yip
      Pages: 380 - 398
      Abstract: This article focuses on how young Buddhists (aged between 18 and 25, living in the UK, who typically had not been raised Buddhist) utilised reflexivity as a strategy to navigate youth transitions. Participants’ decision-making was premised on Buddhist ethics of avoiding harm, cultivating compassion, and embracing diversity. They scrutinised their actions to ensure they positioned themselves ethically in their everyday lives, particularly regarding sexuality. This reflexivity had a positive impact at the individual level, enabling them to construct a coherent biographical narrative. Yet, analysing this through the sociological lens of advantage and disadvantage, we posit that these accomplishments were facilitated by certain classed privileges. Their Buddhist identity was cultivated because of, rather than in spite of, their existing privileged location in the social strata, resulting in a consolidation of their already-privileged biographies. Our arguments are based on an in-depth mixed-method project which encompassed questionnaires, semi-structured interviews, and video diaries.
      PubDate: 2021-12-20
      DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4727652
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2021)
  • The Buddhism and Psychology Discourse: A Hermeneutic

    • Authors: Richard K. Payne
      Pages: 399 - 420
      Abstract: A primary conceptual framework for Buddhism in contemporary popular religious culture is as a kind of psychology. This representation dates from the nineteenth century, when apologists took advantage of the new cultural discourse of psychology to explain Buddhism in ways that made it accessible, familiar, acceptable, and more easily incorporated into modern, religious consumerism. This essay is a hermeneutic examination of this psychologizing discourse. It describes three forms of that discourse, identified here as “interpretation of,” where Buddhism is seen in psychological terms, “interpretation as,” where Buddhism becomes a form of psychology, and "interpretation," where the interpretive act is erased and Buddhism and psychology become unproblematically identical.
      PubDate: 2021-12-20
      DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4727688
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2021)
  • Tinker, Tailor, Scholar, Spy: Holmes Welch, Buddhism, and the Cold War

    • Authors: Justin Ritzinger
      Pages: 421 - 441
      Abstract: Drawing on archival research and oral history, this article examines the career of Holmes Welch (1921–1981). Welch is a towering figure in the study of Buddhism whose trilogy on modern Chinese Buddhism stood as the definitive work on the topic for decades and remains a touchstone today. In many ways, Welch appears ahead of its time. Yet an investigation of Welch’s papers makes clear that his work can only be fully understood in the context of the Cold War, for it was not only shaped by but also served the American struggle against Communism. Welch’s formation as a scholar took place less at Harvard, where he earned a master’s, than Hong Kong, where he served as a political officer in the Foreign Service. Afterward, he continued to write and consult in the service of Cold War objectives into the early 1970s. This intertwining of the academic and the political in his work and career suggests the existence of a “hidden transcript” of Buddhist Studies and the Cold War that merits further investigation.
      PubDate: 2021-12-20
      DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5764599
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2021)
  • From Indra’s Net to Internet: Communication, Technology, and the
           Evolution of Buddhist Ideas, by Daniel Veidlinger

    • Authors: Louise Connelly
      Pages: 442 - 446
      PubDate: 2021-12-20
      DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5764604
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2021)
  • The Irish Buddhist: : The Forgotten Monk Who Faced Down the British
           Empire, by Alicia Turner, Laurence Cox, and Brian Bocking

    • Authors: Douglas Ober
      Pages: 447 - 453
      PubDate: 2021-12-20
      DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5764606
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2021)
  • Monks, Money, and Morality, edited by Christoph Brumann, Saskia
           Abrahms-Kavunenko, and Beata Świtek

    • Authors: Kin Cheung
      Pages: 454 - 459
      PubDate: 2021-12-20
      DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5764608
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2021)
  • Introduction: The New “Defenders”: Youthful Articulations of Buddhism
           in a Contemporary Age

    • Authors: Kim Lam
      Pages: 263 - 272
      Abstract: Introduction to the special focus: "Buddhism and Young People."
      DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5764601
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2
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