Thomas Nelson Community College Faculty to Speak on Popularity of Buddhism in the United States

Published: April 8, 2008

Thomas Nelson Community College faculty member Heath Scott is the featured speaker at the Faculty Colloquium sponsored by the Communication and Humanities Division to be held on Tuesday, April 22 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Espada Conference Center. Scott’s presentation is free and open to the public.

Buddhism made its way to the United States as early as the mid-nineteenth century, but not until fairly recently has the religion seen such an explosion in popularity. Scott will discuss why Americans are so fascinated with this ancient religion, and how they are modifying and adapting it to utilitarian ends. He will look specifically at how Western science is proving the medical benefits of meditation, and how American authors have appropriated Buddhist themes to grapple with cultural problems and social inequities.

For information on the TNCC Faculty Colloquium please contact Dr. Clarence Hundley at 825-2777.

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