The Asian Studies Department presents Eva Pascal (Boston University) who speaks on this topic: “Christian Friars and Buddhist Monks: Making of Buddhism as a Rival Religion.” Prior to the Iberian exploration, the western religious world was divided into four categories: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and all others under “Superstition.” This lecture explores the encounter between Spanish friars and Buddhist monks in Siam (modern day Thailand) in the 16th century. This encounter led to the rethinking of the then existing religious categorization and the recognition of the existence of a rival religious tradition across Asia that would come to be called “Buddhism.”
I am a student at St. Mary’s College of Maryland currently working on my senior project. My project explores how Christianity can be used as a driving force and/or coping mechanism to resist oppression in the African American community. In conjunction with my project, I will be hosting an event with various religious and community leaders from the St. Mary’s County area.
Please join students in a dialogue about Christianity, the Bible, and the role of the church in relation to racial discrimination and bias in America.