The book: the Making of American Buddhism

So I wrote a book. A book about Japanese American Buddhists in the 1950s & their possibility-making labor that helped make American Buddhism a thing. I came up with a title that’s exceedingly clever. And that title’s been nixed by my editor. A thread 🧵 and a plea for help 1/ — scott mitchell (@djbuddha)Continue reading “The book: the Making of American Buddhism”

Kisa Gotami

One of my favorite contributors to the Berkeley Bussei is Hiroshi Kashiwagi. I don’t talk about him nearly enough in The Book, but only because I don’t talk about anyone nearly enough. (Turned out to be not that kind of book, but that’s a different story.) But lucky for us, I can talk about himContinue reading “Kisa Gotami”

The Book: Mid-Century Modern Buddhism

As I’ve hinted at in several posts over the last six months, I wrote a book. (If anyone can find that version of the “this is fine” dog meme but he’s saying “I wrote a book,” please drop a link in the comments.) And I’ve promised more details. So, here they are. I wrote aContinue reading “The Book: Mid-Century Modern Buddhism”

Some thoughts on social media

Over the past several years, I have very intentionally tried to pare down my use of (some) social media and/or use specific platforms in very intentional ways. I’d like to share my thoughts on this both just because I want to (it’s a blog after all) and to give the reader some sense of theContinue reading “Some thoughts on social media”

Dispatch from Hawai’i (Oahu actually)

Some brief reflections on my time so far in Hawai’i as the 48th annual Buddhist Studies Center Summer Session speaker: I am learning so much. Being in another part of the world, talking to real live three-dimensional people, engaging in conversation — this is all good stuff. The most important thing I am learning —Continue reading “Dispatch from Hawai’i (Oahu actually)”