Teaching Tools

Downloadable materials for faculty to design their own version of the Jivaka Project course. All materials are offered here under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.


Pedagogical Methods

Salguero, C. Pierce. 2021. “Buddhist Healthcare in Philadelphia: An Ethnographic Experiment in Student-Centered, Engaged, and Inclusive Pedagogy.” Religions 12.6; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12060420.



Note on IRB

This project was reviewed by the IRB at Penn State University (STUDY00009047). It was determined that the project does not meet the definition of human subject research as defined in 45 CFR 46.102(d) and/or (f). The rationale for this determination was that “the data being collected is about the temples and not about the individuals.” Our survey questions focus on the activities and features of institutions, and not on the opinions or experiences of specific individuals. This project may be used as the baseline for further research that does involve human subjects. Any such projects will be reviewed by the respective IRBs of the principal investigators separately. The data collected via those subsequent studies are not included on this website; however, publications describing the results of such studies may be posted in the Articles section. Any scholars participating in this project are encouraged to seek IRB approval or exemption from their own institutions. 


Essential Background Reading for Instructors & Advanced Students

  • Borup, J. 2016. “Who are these Buddhists and How Many of Them are There? Theoretical and Methodological Challenges in Counting Immigrant Buddhists: A Danish Case Study.” Journal of Contemporary Religion 31:1, 85-100, doi: 10.1080/13537903.2016.1109876.
  • Cadge, W. 2004. Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Cheah, J. 2011. Race and Religion in American Buddhism: White Supremacy and Immigrant Adaptation. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Hickey, W.S. 2010. “Two Buddhisms, Three Buddhisms, and Racism.” Journal of Global Buddhism 11: 1–25.
  • Numrich, P. D. 2005. “Complementary and Alternative Medicine in America’s ‘Two Buddhisms.’” In Linda L. Barnes and Susan S. Sered (eds.), Religion and Healing in America. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Quli, N. F. 2009. “Western Self, Asian Other: Modernity, Authenticity, and Nostalgia for ‘Tradition’ in Buddhist Studies.” Journal of Buddhist Ethics 16, http://blogs.dickinson.edu/buddhistethics/files/2010/05/quli-article.pdf, last accessed 10 Feb. 2018.
  • Salguero, C. P. 2019. Buddhism and Medicine: An Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Sources. New York: Columbia University Press, esp. chapters on contemporary Buddhist healers in the US and globally.
  • ———. 2019. “Varieties of Buddhist Healing in Multiethnic Philadelphia,” Religions 10.48; doi:10.3390/rel10010048.
  • Wilson, Jeff. 2014. Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Wu, Hongyu. 2002. “Buddhism, Health, and Healing in a Chinese Community.” http://pluralism.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Wu.pdf, last accessed 10 Feb. 2018.