Architects of Buddhist Leisure: Socially Disengaged Buddhism in Asia's Museum, Monuments, and Amusement Parks

Expansive and comparative, Justin McDaniel’s Architects of Buddhist Leisure theorizes the notion of “Buddhist leisure” by examining specific public Buddhist sites to show how and why the people who create and visit these places consider them to be spaces in between the secular and religious, as well as how such sites reflect a growing Buddhist ecumenism that is partially the result of global communication and construction technologies. This panel begins with discussants' formal comments followed by a response from the author to address what sites of religious leisure can tell us about the study of religion more broadly and to ask scholars who work on different religions in different parts of the world to comment on it as a way of theorizing the field. What, for example, are the book’s most innovative theoretical claims, and what ideas could they see extending to the study of other religious cases or situations?

Professor McDaniel's book will be featured in a panel at the AAR in San Antonio Texas this weekend.  Information as follows:

Thomas Patton, City University of Hong Kong, Presiding
Saturday - 1:00 PM-3:30 PM




David Morgan, Duke University
Lawrence Chua, Syracuse University
Anne R. Hansen, University of Wisconsin

Richard Fox, Heidelberg University