** NEW LOCATION - JONES HALL 202 - Professors Amy Langenberg & Professor Ann Gleig Lounge Seminar

“Secrecy is Toxic”: Grassroot Responses to Sexual Violations in American Buddhism
Feb 26, 2024, 4:30 pm6:00 pm



Event Description

Ann Gleig is an Associate Professor of Religion and Cultural Studies at the University of Central Florida. She is author of American Dharma; Buddhism Beyond Modernity (Yale University Press, 2019) and co-editor with Scott Mitchell of The Oxford Handbook of American Buddhism (Oxford University Press, 2024).

Amy Paris Langenberg is Professor of Religious Studies at Eckerd College and author of Birth in Buddhism; The Suffering Fetus and Female Freedom (Routledge, 2017).

Drs. Gleig and Langenberg are collaborating on a book on sexual misconduct and abuse in transnational Buddhism under advance contract with Yale University Press.

Since the 1980s, American Buddhist communities have been the site of recurring sexual misconduct and abuse allegations. Efforts to bring about justice have been hampered by denial and deflection from teachers, community leaders, and board members. In the absence of community accountability to a central American Buddhist governing body, efforts to respond to sexual abuse have fallen largely to individual or collective grassroot efforts. In this presentation, we consider grassroots efforts to respond to sexual abuse in American Buddhism. We conclude by reflecting on the relationship between such efforts and the sexual ethics found in the classical Buddhist tradition.

Department of Religion