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Title: The Changing Field of Buddhist Studies in North Amarica
Author(s): CABEZÓN, José Ignacio
Journal: Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies
Volume: 30 Issue: 1-2 Date: 2007
This paper focuses on some of the changes that have taken place in the field of Buddhist Studies in North America1 during the last three decades. After a brief overview of the past of the field to provide some context for these shifts, the discussion turns to some of the more salient intellectual and institutional changes that have taken place in Buddhist Studies – changes in what we study, and in how we study it, but also the institutional transformations taking place. While generally optimistic about the direction that Buddhist Studies is taking in the United States and Canada, this essay also points to some challenges that lie ahead.