The 2012-13 Tung Lin Kok Yuen Perspectives on Buddhist Thought and Culture series presents
“Between Buddhism and Science, Between Mind and Body”
A lecture by Geoffrey Samuel, the 2012-13 TLKY Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough
April 12, 2013 at 5:30pm in the Instructional Centre Building at the University of Toronto Scarborough located at 1265 Military Trail.
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?
Please note that for those traveling from downtown Toronto, a free shuttle bus will depart from Hart House Circle on the St. George campus at 4pm and will return downtown after the lecture at 7pm.
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