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The American Blue Jean Buddhist to speak at Drury

For Immediate Release: February 26

Peter Browning, Ph. D.
Theme Year Director
Professor & Chaplain
Philosophy & Religion
Office: (417) 873-7231

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 26, 2010 —Sumi Loundon Kim will present “Blue Jean Buddha” on Thursday, March 4 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Later in the afternoon, Kim will lead an informal class called Meditation 101 in the Hoblit Suite of Freeman Hall from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Sumi Loundon Kim (Soo-mee Lun-dun Kim) traces the role of Buddhism in four generations of her family as it reflects the broader history of Buddhism in America. Born and raised in a Zen community, Sumi shares her own path as a young Buddhist, from learning meditation as a kid to studying Buddhism at Harvard to marrying a Korean Zen monk.

She gives attention to how one’s relationship to religion and spiritual practice can change during the college years. Sumi has published two anthologies about the lives of young Buddhists in the West: Blue Jean Buddha and The Buddha’s Apprentices.

Drury University’s 2009-2010 convocation series Spirituality and Justice that honors the connection between spirituality and intellectual pursuit and values interfaith dialogue.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information please visit or contact Theme Year Director Peter Browning, Ph. D. at (417) 873-7231 or


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