The Russell and Wendy Weiner Prize for Undergraduate Research on Buddhist Practice, given in honor of Gelek Rimpoche, provides funding for summer research for an undergraduate student studying Buddhist practice in an Asian context. This award went to Religious Studies minor, Carolyn Bell '20.
Carolyn's research will take her to Japan this summer where she'll look to answer how textiles, textile-production methods, and textile depictions in other media have incorporated into practices and objects associated with Japanese Buddhism. She plans to visit several museums and archives around Japan to access their textile collections exhibits in an effort to answer the question, "How has the incorporation of textiles into Buddhist practice changed over time, and how does it differ between sects, localities, or even individual temples?" Carolyn is a History and Asian studies major in the College of Arts & Sciences.