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Between Buddhism and Science, Between Mind and Body

Between Buddhism and Science, Between Mind and Body
Instructional Centre (IC) Building, University of Toronto Scarborough, 1095 Military Trail
Time: Apr 12th, 5:30 pm End: Apr 12th, 7:30 pm
Interest Categories: Sociology (FAS), Science/Technology, Religion, Study of (FAS), Psychology, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Humanities, Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), East Asian Studies (FAS), Anthropology (FAS), 2000-
Lecture with Professor Geoffrey Samuel, 2012-13 TLKY Visiting Professor

The Department of Historical and Cultural Studies at UTSC presents:

Professor Geoffrey Samuel, 2012-13 TLKY Visiting Professor.

Between Buddhism and Science, Between Mind and Body

The Tung Lin Kok Yuen 東 蓮 覺 苑 Perspectives on Buddhist Thought and Culture series and the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough and are pleased to present Between Buddhism and Science, Between Mind and Body, a public lecture given by Dr. Geoffrey Samuel, the 2012-13 TLKY Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies.

The lecture will take place on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 5:30pm in the Instructional Centre (IC) Building at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Admission to the lecture is free and everyone is welcome to attend. For those travelling from downtown Toronto, a free shuttle bus will depart from Hart House Circle at 4pm and will return downtown after the lecture.

In his lecture, Dr. Samuel asks how far Buddhism is really compatible with Western science. The influence on Buddhist on the ecology movement and the recent explosion of Mindfulness therapies in psychiatry and related areas suggests that it might be, but the versions of Buddhism used in these contexts have already undergone extensive modernist rewriting, and many of the more critical aspects of Buddhist thought and practice have been sidelined. By contrast, in the Dalai Lama's Mind and Life Institute, a largely unmodernised Tibetan Buddhism confronts Western scientists and scholars on more equal terms. Is the highly sophisticated yet radically other world of Tantric Buddhist thought really compatible with contemporary science? Can the subtle body and Buddhist understandings of rebirth be reconciled with contemporary neuroscience, with its physicalist approach to consciousness?

 

Due to the popularity of the Tung Lin Kok Yuen 東 蓮 覺 苑 Perspectives on Buddhist Thought and Culture series, guests are kindly asked to RSVP for the lecture and/or shuttle bus by visiting http://tlky2013.eventbrite.ca, by emailing aep-rsvp@utsc.utoronto.ca, or by calling (416) 208-2931.


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