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Lansdowne Guest Lecturer

Love it or Leave it? Buddhist Perspectives on the Natural World

Buddhism is widely regarded today as eco-friendly. Amidst the uncertainty and grief of climate change and  cascading ecological crises, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike are looking to Buddhist meditation and philosophy for alternative ways of relating to the natural world. Historically, however, Buddhism has been rather ambivalent toward the natural world, promoting the ideas that freedom is to be found in transcending the world, and in loving the world. By surveying a range of Buddhist perspectives, I will suggest how both ideas might be true.

Karin Meyers is Academic Director at Mangalam Research Center in Berkeley, CA. Over the last several years she has been speaking, teach-ing and organizing in regard to the climate and ecological crisis.

Oct 14th, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Elliot 168