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Buddhism in a Globalised World

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As part of the Tung Lin Kok Yuen Perspectives on Buddhist Thought and Culture series, the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies will host an informative public lecture and discussion entitled Buddhism in a Globalised World.

Given by Dr. Geoffrey Samuel, the 2012-13 TLKY Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies, the lecture will take place on October 11, 2012 at 6:00pm in AA 160. Admission to the lecture is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Please RSVP online or email to reserve your spot.

Dr. Samuel’s lecture will examine the dramatically different trajectories of Sri Lankan and Tibetan Buddhism in the contemporary world. Sri Lanka was partly or wholly under European colonial rule for nearly 400 years, and an active dialogue with Western thought was already under way by the 1860s. Sinhalese thinkers and their Western colleagues created the widespread Western image of Buddhism as a rational and scientific tradition. By contrast, Tibet was largely spared the direct colonial impact of Western powers, and the refugee lamas who came West in the late 20th century brought a Buddhism that seemed radically incompatible with Western modernity. Dr. Samuel will also discuss how these two streams of Buddhist thought and practice have fared in an increasingly globalised world.

Please note that for those travelling from downtown Toronto, a free shuttle bus will leave downtown from Hart House Circle at 4:30pm and will return downtown following the lecture. To RSVP for the shuttle bus, please email or call 416-208-4769.

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