Listening to the Buddhists in Our Backyard: Reflections on Buddhism(s) in the Merrimack Valley

Our Project

We are six high school seniors at Phillips Academy (Andover, MA) who have spent the spring term visiting and learning from local Buddhist communities in close collaboration with Chenxing Han, author of Be the Refuge, and Andrew Housiaux, Director of the Tang Institute at Phillips Academy. Through our project, Listening to the Buddhists in Our Backyard, we have visited nine different Buddhist temples in the Merrimack Valley and spoken to monastics and laypeople to learn about Buddhism. We have been deeply moved by the community and kindness we have experienced at these temples and have come to a deeper appreciation of the diversity of American Buddhism today.

Conference (Online event) — May 24th, 1:00–2:30pm ET

Symposium (In-person event) — May 25th 1:30–3:30pm ET