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South Asia Research and Information Institute, Dallas, &

Asian Studies, Southern Methodist University 

will present a one-day conference entitled

The Legacy of Buddhism in South Asia: Disruption, Propagation, and Accommodation

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday, October 1, 2016

McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall, Southern Methodist University



Between Rejection and Integration: Brahmanical Ideas and Practices in Early Buddhist Texts

Oliver Freiberger, Ph.D.

The University of Texas at Austin 


Does Propagation Digress into Degeneration? Insights into the Legacy of Buddhism in Andhra

Sree Padma Holt, Ph.D.

Bowdoin College, Maine

Buddhism among Tamils

Peter Schalk, Ph.D.

University of Uppsala (Emeritus), Sweden

 The Rise of the Oppressed Tamilan: Iyotheethassar, Tamil Buddhism, and the Movement towards a Casteless South Asia

Gajendran Ayyathurai, Ph.D.

University of Göttingen, Germany




Steven Lindquist, Ph.D.

Southern Methodist University 

Conference parking is free in the lot north of Dallas Hall on Daniel Avenue. For Directions to Southern Methodist University, see


Free lunch will be provided only to those who had registered. 


Registration is closed.  


Special thanks for co-sponsorship to Southern Methodist University's

Department of Religious Studies 

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