Re: QUERY> Modern Buddhist biographies for the undergraduate classroom?

Dear John,

You might consider Urmila Pawar’s The Weave of My Life: a Dalit Woman’s Memoirs.  Although the narration is focused on her life generally, she writes a good deal about what it meant to her and those around her to follow BR Ambedkar in converting to Buddhism.  

The translation from Marathi is very readable, although students with no prior knowledge of South Asia (esp. caste and untouchability) may feel a bit lost in the cultural references.

Re: QUERY> Modern Buddhist biographies for the undergraduate classroom?

Dear John,

An excellent book designed for just this purpose is:

Todd Lewis (ed.), *Buddhists: Understanding Buddhism Through the Lives of Practitioners * (West Sussex: Wiley Blackwell, 2014).

Many of its 33 short bios are devoted to pre-modern figures, but at the same time there are several treatments of modern figures too.

Brad Clough

First Annual SHEAR Biography Workshop

A biography workshop will be held on Thursday before the annual SHEAR conference begins, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The morning program includes presentations by Tamara Thornton, Sara Georgini, Amy Greenberg, Lorri Glover, and Lucia McMahon on various aspects of historical biography. After lunch, participants will be in breakout groups to discuss their own work. The only cost is for lunch, which will be catered.

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