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2011.03.01 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Project Interfaith Presents Three-Part Program Exploring Buddhism in America

Omaha - Project Interfaith, an outreach program of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Public Affairs and Community Service, will present a three-part program featuring Sumi Loundon Kim, author and chaplain for the Buddhist Community at Duke University, March 15 through March 16. Kim is the author of two anthologies about the lives of young Buddhists in the West: Blue Jean Buddha and The Buddha’s Apprentices.

Project Interfaith will offer the following programs as part of this series:

Community Conversation on Buddhism in America: Sumi Loundon Kim, will present an evening Community Conversation on Buddhism in America at the UNO Thompson Alumni Center on Tuesday, March 15 at 7 p.m. In her talk, “Blue Jean Buddha: Tracing the Generations of Buddhism in America,” Kim explores the interplay between Buddhism and American culture through the narrative of four generations in her family. She will explore how young Buddhists in America have drawn from and diverge from the Baby-Boom Buddhist generation, as well as what the trends in American Buddhism indicate about its future. This program is open to the public and is sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Nebraska Zen Center, Metropolitan Community College, Tinh Tam and UNO CPACS.

Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners: This 45-minute workshop introduces the practice of connecting to the present-moment experience through silent, seated meditation on the breath. All are welcome to attend this workshop hosted by Sumi Loundon Kim at the UNO Thompson Alumni Center on March 16 at 7:30 a.m. This program is sponsored by Project Interfaith, the Nebraska Zen Center, Tinh Tam and UNO CPACS.

High School Program on Buddhism in America: High school students of world religions classes are invited to join Sumi Loundon Kim for a special presentation of “Blue Jean Buddha: Tracing the Generations of Buddhism in America” at the Joslyn Art Museum’s Witherspoon Concert Hall on March 16, at 10:15 a.m. This presentation is open only to high school groups that register in advance. This program is co-sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Project Interfaith and the Central High School Foundation.

Space is limited and participants are encouraged to pre-register for each event. Visit www.projectinterfaithusa.org for more information and registration opportunities.

This series of programs is part of Project Interfaith’s Community Conversations Annual Speaker Series. Project Interfaith brings in renowned thinkers, leaders and scholars to speak on a variety of topics related to culture, identity, faith, religion and interfaith relations for its annual speaker series.

Founded in December 2005, Project Interfaith grows understanding, respect and relationships among people of all faiths, beliefs and cultures through its diverse community programs and services.

For more information, visit www.projectinterfaithusa.org, email info@projectinterfaithusa.org or call the Project Interfaith office at (402) 933-4647.

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