The Personal and the Planetary: Cosmological Thought and the Moral Imagination in Everyday Chinese Buddhist Monastic Life

Monday, February 3, 2020 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Doheny Memorial Library (DML), 110c
3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

A Lecture by Lina Verchery, Harvard University

Drawing on years of ethnographic research in Chinese Buddhist monasteries throughout Asia and the West, this talk explores how Buddhist cosmological thought trains the moral imagination in contemporary Chinese Buddhist monastic life. Situating contemporary Chinese Buddhism as a decidedly global phenomenon, it challenges the simplistic rhetorical categories of “modernism” versus “traditionalism” to instead highlight how very ancient Buddhist ideas about cosmology intersect cutting-edge questions of immediate concern, including the intensifying climate crisis and our uncertain planetary future.

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Lecture / Talk / Workshop


Students, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus


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