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Pori Park

Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Biography

Pori Park is an associate professor of religious studies at Arizona State University. She teaches Religious traditions of Korea and East Asia, and Buddhism. Her research interests include monastic reforms, Buddhist nuns, urban Buddhist missions, sacred geography, and engaged Buddhism in modern Korea. Her recent publications include Tracts on the Modern Reformation of Korean Buddhism(2016); “Uplifting Spiritual Cultivation for Lay People: Bhikṣuṇī Master Daehaeng (1927-2012) of the Hanmaum Seonwon (One Mind Sŏn Center) in South Korea (2017)”; and “Buddhism in Post-Colonial Korea: Fundamentalism, Politics, and Challenges (2014).”

 

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(480)965-6350
Education

Ph.D., Buddhist Studies, University of California, Los Angeles.

M.A., Chinese Religion, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

B.A., East Asian History, Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul, Korea.

Research Interests

Modern/Contemporary Korean Buddhism.  Buddhism and Gender. Engaged Buddhism.  Buddhist Pilgrimage.

Publications

Books

Trial and Error in Modernist Reforms: Korean Buddhism under Colonial Rule. Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2009.

Tracts on the Modern Reformation of Korean Buddhism (Translation and Introduction). Published by Publication Committee of the Collected Works of Modern Korean Buddhism, Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Dongguk University Press, 2016. 

Journal Article or Book Chapter:

“Uplifting Spiritual Cultivation for Lay People: Bhikṣuṇī Master Daehaeng (1927-2012) of the Hanmaum Seonwon (One Mind Sŏn Center) in South Korea” Contemporary Buddhism, 2017, forthcoming.

“Buddhism in Post-Colonial Korea: Fundamentalism, Politics, and Challenges,” in the Wiley Blackwell Companion to East and Inner Asian Buddhism, edited by Mario Poceski, 466-484. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2014.

“Devotionalism Reclaimed: Re-mapping of Sacred Geography in Contemporary Korean Buddhism.” Journal of Korean Religions 3/2(October 2012), 153-171.

“The Establishment of Buddhist Nunneries in Contemporary Korea,” in More Than Women: Korean Nuns within the Context of East Asian Buddhist Traditions, edited by Eunsu Cho, 165-181. Albany: SUNY Press, 2011.

“New Visions for Engaged Buddhism: The JungTo Society and the Indra’s Net Community Movement in Contemporary Korea,” Contemporary Buddhism 11/1 (May 2010), 27-46.

 

Research Activity
  • Park,Pori*. Buddhist Nun-Leaders in Contemporary Korea: Spiritual Teacher Daehaeng of the One Mind Center. AKS(6/1/2015 - 5/31/2016).
  • Park,Pori*. Korean Buddhism Post Liberation: De-colonization, Politics, and Modernization. CNTR FOR INFO ON KOREAN CULTUR(6/1/2007 - 5/31/2008).
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 100Religions of the World
REL 354Religions of Korea
KOR 354Religions of Korea
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 100Religions of the World
REL 354Religions of Korea
KOR 354Religions of Korea
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 100Religions of the World
REL 354Religious Traditions of Korea
KOR 354Religious Traditions of Korea
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 345Asian Religious Traditions
REL 352Modern Buddhism
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 351Buddhism
REL 354Religious Traditions of Korea
KOR 354Religious Traditions of Korea
Presentations
  • Pori Park. panel on "Buddhist Rituals and Seon/Zen in the Choson Dynasty.". Annual Meeting of Academy of American Religion, Baltimore (Nov 2013).
  • Pori Park. "Buddhism in America.". For Global Empowerment Project by the Organization for Buddhist Women’s Development, Chogye-sa (May 2013).
  • Pori Park. "Socially Engaged Buddhism in Asia.". The One Mind Zen Center, Anyang, Korea, (Apr 2013).
  • Pori PARK. "Engaged Buddhism in Contemporary Korea.". the colloquium of the Institute for International Korean Studies, the Academy of Korean Studies (Apr 2013).
  • Pori Park. "Lay Buddhist women in contemporary Korea: the co-existence of meditation and other power-oriented practices.". the 13th Sakyadhita Conference on Buddhist Women (Jan 2013).
  • Pori Park. "New Visions for Engaged Buddhism: The JungTo Society and the Indra’s Net CommunityMovement in Contemporary Korea.". Public lecture at University of British, funded by the Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation (Sep 2012).
  • Pori Park. The Current State of the Chogye Order. a panel discussion on "the State of Buddhism in Contemporary Korea," University of British Columbia (Sep 2012).
  • Pori Park. Devotionalism Reclaimed: Re-mapping of Sacred Geography in Contemporary Korean Buddhism. the 5oth Colloquium, the Center for Religion, Sogang University, Korea (Sep 2012).
  • Pori Park. "Devotionalism Reclaimed: Re-mapping of Sacred Geography in Modern Korean Buddhism". workshop on "Traditional Korean beliefs and values in contemporary Korea," at University of British (Jul 2011).
  • Pori Park. "New Visions for Engaged Buddhism: The JungTo Society and the Indra’s Net Community Movement in Contemporary Korea" and "Korean Buddhist Nuns in Contemporary Korea.". invited lecture, sponsored by East Asian Studies Program, Emory University, February 14, 2011 (Feb 2011).
  • Pori Park. Meditation Practices among Lay Buddhists in Contemporary Korea. the Sixth Bi-Annual International Conference on "Buddhist Meditation: Texts, Tradition and Practice (Sep 2010).
  • Pori Park. Buddhism and the Politics of Power in Medieval Korea. Annual Meeting of the Association of Asian Studies (Mar 2010).
  • Pori Park. Uplifting Spiritual Cultivation for Lay People: Bhiksuni Master Daehaeng of the One Mind Zen Center (Hanmaum Seonwon) in South Korea. Sakyadhita Conference on Eminent Buddhist Women," Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Dec 2009).
Service
  • Center for Asian Research: Curriculum Committee, member (2011 - Present)
  • Committee for Undergraduate Education (CUE), member (2011 - Present)
  • Council of East Asian Studies, member (2011 - Present)
  • Council of East Asian Studies, member (2011 - Present)
  • public lecture, organizer (2011 - Present)
  • Council of Korean Studies, member (2010 - Present)
  • Council of Korean Studies, member (2010 - Present)
  • Council on Korean Studies, member (2010 - Present)
  • CLAS Senate, member (2009 - Present)
  • College Senator, member (2009 - Present)
  • the Korean Religions Group for the American Academy of Religion, steering committee member (2013 - 2018)
  • Steering Committee for Korean Religions Group for the American Academy of Religion, member (2012 - 2016)
  • Journal of Korean Religions, Associate Editor (2013 - 2015)
  • Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies, peer reviews (2014 - 2014)
  • Cross-Currents, peer reviews (2014 - 2014)
  • SHPRS, Co-director of Undergraduate Education, Religious Studies (2013 - 2013)
  • Buddhist Studies Review, peer reviews (2013 - 2013)
  • Korean Language Search Committee, member (2012 - 2012)
  • Center for Asian Research: Curriculum Committee, member (2011 - 2012)
  • Committee for Undergraduate Education (CUE), member (2011 - 2012)
  • CLAS Senate, member (2009 - 2012)
  • Korean Language Fair Committee, member (2012 - 2012)
  • Center for Asian Research: Grant Application Review Committee, member (2011 - 2011)
  • public lecture, organizer (2011 - 2011)
  • CLAS Senate, member (2009 - 2011)
  • Selection Committee for Humanities Undergraduate Research Scholarships, member (2011 - 2011)
  • Panel on "Religion in Many Places", panelist (2011 - 2011)
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