The Imagination and Imaginal Worlds in Buddhism




Berkeley, CA


June 12-24, 2022


2 weeks


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience




Our world is facing unprecedented ecological and social challenges. In Buddhism, as in other religions, imaginal worlds—worlds deliberately accessed through the imagination—are primary sources for personal healing, inspiration, and insight, as well as for social, cultural, and political transformation. This Institute invites scholars to reflect on the critical roles our imaginations play in creating (and potentially) transforming our world by examining how these worlds are deployed in Buddhist literature, ritual, meditation, and art; Buddhist philosophical theories on the creative dynamic between mind, action, and world; and contemporary theories on the imagination (from philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, anthropology, and religious studies).

Project Director(s)

Karin Meyers; William Waldron

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Benjamin Bogin; Francisca Cho; Jeffrey Durham; Eric Huntington; Leah Kalmanson; Matthew Kapstein; David McMahan; Laurie Patton; Alyson Prude; Elliot Wolfson

Grantee Institution

Mangalam Research Center

Funded through the Division of Education Programs