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Vanessa Sasson is a professor of Religious Studies in the Liberal Arts Department of Marianopolis College where she has been teaching since 1999. She is also a Research Fellow for the Institute for Studies in Race, Reconciliation, and Social Justice at the University of the Free State, as well as adjunct professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University. She has a strong publication record, with books, edited volumes, and a number of academic journal articles in her name.

Academic Reflections is published occasionally.

The Buddhist Retirement Plan

A financial adviser once told me that most people only really begin saving for retirement in their mid-forties. It would be better to start earlier,

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Touring Buddhist Hell

I stood in front of a life-sized plaster statue of a Chinese administrator. He was examining a scroll at his desk, while fellow administrators hovered

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The Difference Age Makes

Life is pain. That is the first noble truth. Like most practitioners and scholars of Buddhism, I have given that truth a considerable amount of

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A Student Death

One of my students killed himself this year. He was 20 years old. A friend of his came by my office to tell me the

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