Buddhist Response to Modern Problems
Over the past 2500 years, Buddhism has constantly evolved to meet the needs of new peoples, places, cultures, and contexts. Classical doctrines still form the foundation of its diverse traditions, and yet their reinterpretation empowers them to remain acutely relevant and potently effective in the present. The Dharma itself is said to be like water, taking on the shape of whichever container is offered to hold it. What form must the buddhadharma take right here, right now?
Buddhist Responses to Modern Problems invites innovative thinking about the array of threats, challenges, and conflicts we presently face in the world. Over the course of six weeks this fall, celebrated Buddhist scholars and practitioners will address some of the most pressing and intractable issues of the present day, including ritual during the pandemic; systemic racism and civil unrest; social media and the rise of fascism; and the necessity of renunciation.
A Series of Thursdays, 4:30 – 6:00 pm (Pacific)
September 17 – Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Dan Hirshberg, Ph.D.
September 24 – Valerie Brown, How to Fight Injustice without Hating: Practices of Engaged Buddhism in the Plum Village Tradition
October 1 – Anne Klein, Ph.D., Divining and Discovery: Ritual Today
October 8 – Ethan Nichtern , Confronting Fascism: Right Speech and Social Media
October 15 – Bhante Jayasara, Drop the World’s Bait’: On the Necessity of Renunciation
October 22 – Donald Lopez, Ph.D., “Buddhism in the Real World”
Saturday, October 24 Panel Discussion, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Register for the whole series or individual sessions. Zoom links will be emailed 3 days before each event. All who register for any of the series are invited to the panel discussion and will receive the Zoom link.