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posterThis prize is awarded annually for the best academic paper written for a class taken at Smith on a subject in the field of Buddhist Studies. Smith undergraduates as well as those in the Five Colleges are eligible.

2013 Recipient

Zoe Zaferiou '13, "The Psychology of Kōan"


A student competing should submit the paper under an assumed name. A required cover sheet with assumed name, real name, email address, phone number and the course for which the paper was originally written must be submitted with paper. Papers should be submitted to Phoebe McKinnell, Green Street Classroom Annex 206, by noon on the last day of classes in the spring semester. One need not be a Buddhist Studies concentrator to submit a paper.

Winners are notified by the Dean of the College in writing and are announced on Commencement weekend at the Ivy Day Awards Convocation and at Opening Convocation in the fall.

Watch the lecture

Venerable Subul Sunim—Abbot of the Beomeosa Temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism and Head Teacher, International Seon Center at Dongguk University, Seoul, Korea—gave a talk entitled “Zen Meditation for Today: A New Approach by a Modern Korean Master” at Smith College on November 5, 2012. Dr. Ryan Bongseok Joo, of Hampshire College, provided translation.