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Between Mind and Body

Between Mind and Body
1265 Military Trail Scarborough, IC Building
Time: Apr 12th, 5:30 pm End: Apr 12th, 7:00 pm
Interest Categories: South Asian, Science/Technology, Religion, Study of (FAS), Psychology, Psychiatry, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), History & Philosophy of Science & Technology (FAS), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), East Asian Studies (FAS)
Lecture by Geoffrey Samuel, Cardiff University

Tung Lin Kok Yuen Perspectives on Buddhist Thought & Culture, and the UTSC Department of Historical & Cultural Studies are pleased to present:

Dr. Geoffrey Samuel, Cardiff University and Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough

Between Buddhism and Science, Between Mind and Body

Buddhism is often seen as particularly compatible with Western science. The Buddhist influence on the ecology movement, and the recent explosion of Mindfulness therapies in psychiatry and related areas, have strengthened this perception. Yet in both cases, the 'Buddhism' which is being brought into relation with science has already undergone extensive modernist rewriting, and many of the more critical aspects of Buddhist thought and practice are sidelined. By contrast, in the Dalai Lama's Mind and Life Institute, a largely unmodernized 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?

Geoffrey Samuel is a Professor in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University and Director of the Body, Health and Religion (BAHAR) Research Group, and an Honorary Associate of the Department of Indian Sub-Continental Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. He is currently (2012-13) Tung Lin Kok Yuen Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto, Scarborough, in Canada. His academic background is in physics and social anthropology. His PhD (Cambridge 1976) was on Tibetan religion and society, and based on field research with Tibetans in Nepal and India in 1971-72. Subsequent fieldwork, focussing on religion and on medical and health practices, has included several further research trips to India, Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, and shorter visits to other Asian societies. Recent research projects have included a study of Tibetan yogic health practices funded by the AHRC, a Leverhulme Trust project on Tibetan medicine, and a British Academy-funded project on contemporary versions of Tibetan ritual dance in Bhutan, as well as the Taff Project based in South Wales. He was also a co-investigator on Santi Rozario's ESRC-funded project on young Bangladeshis, Islam, marriage and the family. He is co-editor of the journal Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity.

Free shuttle bus service is available for those travelling from the St. George campus.  The bus departs from Hart House Circle at 4:00 p.m. and will return after the lecture at 7:00 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested.  Should you wish to attend, please RSVP using one of the following methods:

  1. Register online at http://TLKY2013.eventbrite.ca
  2. Email the UTSC Arts & Events Programming office at aep-rsvp@utsc.utoronto.ca (USE THIS METHOD TO CONFIRM YOU WILL TAKE THE BUS)
  3. Call (416) 208-2931

For further information, please call (416) 208-4769.


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