Professor Sid Brown

Sid Brown

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Professor Sid Brown

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Sid Brown has been studying Buddhism since 1982. During her years earning her B.A. in philosophy and her M.A. and Ph.D. in religious studies, she researched and lived in India, Sri Lanka, Japan, and Thailand.

Her first book, The Journey of One Buddhist Nun explores the life story and meditation experiences of a modern Buddhist nun in Thailand and is used at universities such as Harvard, Amherst, Hampshire, the University of Virginia, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Recounts the struggles of a young Thai woman to become a Buddhist nun and the challenges and rewards of that life.

Her second book, A Buddhist in the Classroom, is now available from SUNY Press and explores ethical quandaries, lived experiences, and the intimacy of teaching. Using Buddhist perspectives, practices, stories, and philosophy, she demonstrates how this centuries-old tradition can inform and enrich everyday classroom life.
Topics include attention, community, rage, wonder, consumerism, and simple kindness.