SOAS University of London

Tibetan Studies at SOAS

Between Buddhism and Science, Between Mind and Body

Prof Geoffrey Samuel

Date: 5 December 2013Time: 6:30 PM

Finishes: 5 December 2013Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Vernon Square Room: V211

Type of Event: Special Lecture

Buddhism has been seen, since the Theravada reform movements of the late nineteenth century, as compatible with Western science. The Buddhist influence on the ecology movement has strengthened this perception. Yet in both cases, the 'Buddhism' which is being brought into relation with science has undergone rewriting under modernist influences, and critical aspects of Buddhist thought and practice are dismissed or ignored. The Mind and Life Institute, under the patronage of H.H. the Dalai Lama, presents a different kind of dialogue, in which a Tibetan Buddhism that is only beginning to undergo modernist rewriting confronts Western scientists and scholars on more equal terms.

Organiser: Dr Nathan W. Hill

Sponsor: London Shangshung Institute