Black Buddhism is the name for a new and growing area of study, which centers the phenomenon of Black-identified persons engaging with Buddhism practically and/or intellectually.

Attention to this topic has the potential to enrich a number of academic fields including and especially Buddhist Studies, American Religions, African American Studies, and Comparative Literature and Philosophy. The present Black Buddhism Faculty Project (BBFP) has been established to support growth in the academic study of this field, to equip faculty to skillfully incorporate this growing body of knowledge into their course curriculums, and to encourage students to pursue the study of Black Buddhism who might otherwise lack awareness and resources to do so.

Project Leaders

Jonathan Gold
Center Director
Professor of Religion

Jonathan C. Gold is Professor in the Department of Religion and Director of the Center for Culture, Society and Religion. A scholar of Indian and Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, he is especially interested in Buddhist approaches to meaning, ethics, language and learning. He is the author of The Dharma’s Gatekeepers:…

Pamela Ayo Yetunde

Pamela Ayo Yetunde, J.D., M.A., Th.D., is a pastoral counselor and the author of books on being Black and Buddhist including Object Relations, Buddhism, and Relationality in Womanist Practical Theology (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), Buddhist-Christian Dialogue, U.S. Law,…