NEH Summer Institute

The Imagination and Imaginal Worlds
in the Mirror of Buddhism

Buddhist Resources for Re-envisioning our World

Dates: June 13-25, 2021
Location: Mangalam Research Center, Berkeley, California
Application Deadline (tentative): March 1, 2021. Selected participants will be notified on March 27, 2021.

Successful applicants must accept or decline their offer(s) by April 10, 2021 (tentative)
Stipend: $2,100

Our world is facing unprecedented ecological and social challenges. In Buddhism, as in other religions, imaginal worlds—worlds deliberately accessed through the imagination—are primary sources for personal healing, inspiration, and insight, as well as for social, cultural, and political transformation. This Institute invites scholars to reflect on the critical roles our imaginations play in creating (and potentially) transforming our world by examining how these worlds are deployed in Buddhist literature, ritual, meditation, and art; Buddhist philosophical theories on the creative dynamic between mind, action, and world; and contemporary theories on the imagination (from philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, anthropology, and religious studies).

National Endowment for the Humanities