Soka University outside of Los Angeles is a good example of this: a private liberal arts school with an explicitly Buddhist charter. I'd like to hear from faculty, students, and staff at Soka U on what has been attempted, what has worked, and what new initiatives are underway.
Soka University, much like Soka Gakkai itself, has not been without its controversies; I live in the general area of Soka University, and can recommend the coverage in the OC Weekly: http://www.ocweekly.com/2011-03-10/news/soka-university-of-america-aliso-viejo-gakkai/
. (The OC Weekly is a southern California paper in the same vein of, and owned by, the Village Voice).
They've also been doing an advertising blitz on local radio stations for their new concert hall, for whatever that's worth.
from the article you cited:
"Who wouldn't want to be at a university with a Buddhist peace movement?" [Christensen] asks from outside a coffee shop in Santa Ana, near Orange County Superior Court. "I thought, 'This is a beautiful campus in Orange County, in America.' How could things be so weird and terrible?"
She makes reference to an e-mail sent in 2002 by Alfred Balitzer, then-dean of Soka University, to a colleague, "SUA will always have two faces and two kinds of faculty," he wrote, "and that is why we as SUA top administrators have to carefully care for the Gakkai members as they are being swamped by non-Gakkai faculty."
This may explain the PR blitz infinitywaltz observes?
FWIW: I'm an academic by trade, soon to be on the job market. This article would not deter me from applying at Soka U, but if I was granted an interview, I'd have some questions.
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