NEH Summer Institute

The Imagination and Imaginal Worlds
in the Mirror of Buddhism

Buddhist Resources for Re-envisioning our World

June 12-24, 2022
Location: Mangalam Research Center, Berkeley, California. Please note: Depending on public-health guidelines related to COVID-19, plans for a residential offering are subject to change.
Application Deadline: March 1, 2022. Selected participants will be notified on March 25, 2022.

Successful applicants must accept or decline their offer(s) by April 8, 2022
Stipend: $2,200

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).

The Imagination and Imaginal Worlds in the Mirror of Buddhism has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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