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Varieties of Modern Buddhism

Varieties of Modern Buddhism
AA160 UTSC, 1265 Military Trail Scarborough
Time: Feb 8th, 7:00 pm End: Feb 8th, 9:00 pm
Interest Categories: South Asian, Sociology (FAS), Religion, Study of (FAS), Political Science, Philosophy (UTSC), Information, Faculty of, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), English (UTSC), East Asian Studies (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, before 400 BCE, Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), 400-1200, 400-1 BCE, 2000-, 1950-2000, 1900-1950, 1800-1900, 1500-1800, 1200-1500, 1-400 CE
Lecture by Ian Harris, University of Cumbria

The Tung Lin Kok Perspectives on Buddhist Thought and Culture series presents:

Ian Harris, University of Cumbria

Varieties of Modern Buddhism

This lecture will examine how the practice of Buddhism has profoundly changed in the modern era.  Since the middle of the 19th century, the cultures of Buddhist Asia have experienced major transformation as a result of colonialism, nationalism, communism, the erosion of old political certainties, and new forms of economic production.  By focusing on Burma, China, India, Tibet, and Vietnam, as well as on Buddhist developments in the West, this illustrated lecture will trace the most significant moments in the modernization of Buddhism.  It will also attempt to determine whether, taken as a whole, Buddhism continues to flourish or whether it is in a state of decline.

Ian Harris is Professor Emeritus at the University of Cumbria.  His current research interests focus on the modern and contemporary history of Cambodia, Buddhism, and politics in south-east Asia; Buddhist environmentalism; and landscape aesthetics.  He has held previous visiting professor positions at the University of Oxford, the University of British Columbia, the National University of Singapore, and the Documentary Centre of Cambodia in Phnom Penh.  His most recent books are Cambodian Buddhism: History and Practice and Buddhism Under Pol Pot.

The lecture will take place in room AA160 of the Arts & Administration Building at the University of Toronto Scarborough.  Admission is free and members of the general public are welcome to attend.  A free shuttle bus service will leave downtown Toronto from Hart House Circle at 5:30 p.m. and will return downtown following the lecture.  For more information, or to RSVP for the lecture or the bus, please contact the Arts and Events Programming office at (416) 208-4769 or at aep@utsc.utoronto.ca.

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