"Perhaps I'm Not a Global Citizen but a Global Listener Now": The Ethics of Study Abroad in Buddhist Spaces





Buddhist Studies, global citizenship, Lumbini, Bodh Gaya, study abroad


The study of global Buddhism through a study abroad encounter presents invaluable opportunities for teachers and students at liberal arts institutions to contemplate the conundrum of global citizenship, a standard aim of liberal education in North America. When studying abroad, students become viscerally aware of their own positionality, which is reflected back to them constantly as they move through the social and cultural landscapes of Buddhist Asia. This reflection leaves them eager to raise, to the level of critical thinking, what is quite literally an embodied experience of difference and privilege. The essay connects the field of Buddhist studies to a larger conversation in the field of global education, arguing that Buddhist studies travel courses must interrogate concepts of global citizenship, address the legacies of colonialism, and teach the principles of ethical travel, in addition to introducing students to the living traditions of global Buddhism.




How to Cite

Langenberg, Amy Paris. 2024. “‘Perhaps I’m Not a Global Citizen But a Global Listener Now’: The Ethics of Study Abroad in Buddhist Spaces”. Journal of Global Buddhism 25 (1):118-34. https://doi.org/10.26034/lu.jgb.2024.4228.



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