Beverley Foulks

Beverly Foulks, a student at Harvard Divinity School, focused her research on the interfaith landscape of San Diego in a post-September 11 America. Her work included some general mapping of both specific religious centers as well as interfaith organizations and their activities. Beverly will employ her background in the study of BuddhismBuddhism is a multi-hued tradition of life, thought, and practice that has developed from the teaching and practice of Siddhartha Gautama (6th century BCE) who came to be called the Buddha, the awakened one. The three major streams of the tradition—Ther... to explore some of the various Buddhist centers in the area.

Foulks research in San Diego was threefold. She first updated the list of religious centers in San Diego for the Pluralism Project Directory. Altogether she visited thirty sites. She also identified additional Buddhist, Muslim, and Bahá’í centers to include in the directory. Second, she profiled two Buddhist templesBuddhist temples differ considerably from one another depending upon culture and particular school, but most are associated with the residence of the sangha of monks. Theravada temples focus on one or more images of Sakyamuni Buddha. In Mahayana and Vajra... associated with the Taiwanese Buddhist organization of Fo Guang Shan: Hsi Lai TempleA temple is a house of worship, a sacred space housing the deity or central symbol of the tradition. The Temple in Jerusalem was the holy place of the Jewish people until its destruction by the Romans in 70 CE; now the term “temple” is used by th. Ref... (Los Angeles) and Hsi Fang Temple (San Diego). Thirdly, she did research on inter-religious activity in San Diego following September 11. This included an interview with Rosemary Johnston, the program director of the Interfaith Shelter Network, the coordinator for the Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant’s Rights, and the recipient of the “Peacemaker Award” from the San Diego Mediation Center for her work organizing forums for public education and dialogue after September 11, 2001.

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