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Manuel Lopez Zafra

Manuel Lopez Zafra is an assistant professor of religion at the New College of Florida in Sarasota. He is an expert on Buddhism, especially Tibetan Buddhism, and Hinduism. He also has a popular blog that explores his other interest – religion in popular culture, especially in television and films.

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Alka Arora

Alka Arora is an assistant professor in women’s spirituality at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She is an expert on women and spiritual-based activism and Buddhism.

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Karma Lekshe Tsomo

Karma Lekshe Tsomo is a professor of Buddhist Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego. Her research interests include women in Buddhism, death and dying, Buddhist feminist ethics, Buddhism and bioethics, religion and politics, and Buddhist transnationalism.

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Leslie Green

Les Green is professor of the philosophy of law at Balliol College, Oxford. He is working on a book about “right speech” and argues that Buddhist ideas about avoiding divisive, abusive and false speech can help us live together well in free societies.

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Charles D. Orzech

Charles D. Orzech is a professor in the religious studies department at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and serves on the steering committee of the American Academy of Religion’s Buddhism section. His specialties include medieval Buddhism and Taoism.

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Kristin Scheible

Kristin Scheible is assistant professor of religion at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., and serves on the steering committee of the American Academy of Religion’s Buddhism section. She can address questions about Theravāda Buddhism, South and Southeast Asian Buddhist history, Buddhist literature and Buddhism in the West.

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