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Local Study Tour

January 26, 2018

Chapel Hill, NC

1.0 CEU / 10 PDCH offered

Co-sponsored by the Ackland Art Museum

This local-to-global study tour introduces K-12 and community college educators to North Carolina’s religious diversity through experiential learning and discussion. Educators will explore aspects of some of North Carolina’s diverse Buddhist communities through site visits and guided discussions with community experts and UNC faculty and staff.


  • Provide an experiential introduction to North Carolina’s religious diversity with a focus on Buddhism
  • Enhance educators’ knowledge of Buddhist traditions
  • Expand educators’ personal religious literacy and pedagogical toolkits
  • Introduce strategies and resources for teaching about contemporary religious life

For more information, please contact Holly Loranger at or 919-843-7793.

Program details

  • Location: The Ackland Art Museum and selected local places of worship near Chapel Hill, NC including the Chapel Hill Zen Center and the Won Buddhist Temple. The tour will begin and end at the Ackland Art Museum on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel hill; transportation for the day will be provided.
  • Cost: $40 (includes lunch)
  • Eligibility: All currently practicing K-12 and community college educators are eligible to register. Please note that space is limited.
  • Credits provided: 1.0 CEUs or 10 PDCH

Advance readings and preparation regarding etiquette will be provided before the study tour. Participants will complete a study guide and observation report after the study tour to receive CEU or PDCH credit.


*subject to change

8:00 a.m. Check-in and Refreshments
Ackland Art Museum lobby
 8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
Ackland Art Museum Gallery 12
8:45 a.m. Buddhist Communities in North Carolina
Ackland Art Museum Gallery 12
Sumi Loundon Kim, Buddhist Chaplain at Duke University
This talk provides an overview of similarities and differences among Buddhist communities in the United States in general and North Carolina in particular, with attention to how this faith tradition is enacted in communities of immigrants from Asia in comparison with communities comprised of Western-acculturated members. We will also look at how meditation has taken an increasingly central role in Buddhist communities, as well as the relationship between Buddhist meditation and secular mindfulness programs.
9:30 a.m. Buddhism Gallery Talk
Ackland Art Museum Gallery 5
Jenny Marvel, Ackland Art Museum
This session will introduce selected objects related to Buddhism currently on display in the Ackland Art Museum. This session will also explore key visual elements related to Buddhism.
10:30 a.m. The Chapel Hill Zen Center
Hosted by Zenki Kathleen Batson
11:45 a.m. Lunch at Min Ga Korean Restaurant
1:30 p.m. NC Buddhist Vihara
Hosted by Venerable Yatiyana Wajirapala Thero and Christopher Thurston
2:45 p.m. The Won Buddhist Temple
Hosted by Reverend WonGong So and Reverend Ginger Lee
4:15 p.m. Closing and Reflection
Ackland Art Museum
Holly Loranger, World View
This session will provide participants with an opportunity to share observations and discuss next steps. Additional resources for the classroom will be shared with participants.