For those who were unable to make it to the 116th Annual American Anthropological Association (AAA) in Washington DC this year. I recently co-wrote a piece with Elizabeth Williams Oerberga summarizing and reflecting on our panel, The Dharma and the Dime: Ethics and Economics in the Anthropology of Buddhism.

The central aim of the panel attended to the anthropology of Buddhism and how rich ethnographic studies have done much to bring the entanglements of Buddhist economics, entrepreneurialism and social engagement to the fore. The panel highlighted these entanglements as well as the complexities and ambiguities of Buddhist economic life, including the challenge of supporting monastic and lay communities in an ethical yet economically viable manner.

To read the full report head over to the Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies News Blog:


Photo: “Reflecting” – Jason WM Ellsworth