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Understanding Buddhism

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19:00- 20:00

The Bagri Foundation is delighted to present a series of lectures: Understanding Buddhism, with six renowned scholars.

07-02: Understanding Buddhism Teachings, Practice, Realisation
By Dr Rupert Gethin

This lecture explores some of the foundations of Buddhist thought and practice with reference to the life of the Buddha and his teachings.

14-02: Buddhist Art of Asia In India and Beyond
By Dr Susan Huntington

This lecture explores the art of Buddhism in its birthplace, India, and followed its developments as the religion was adopted in other lands.

17-02: Zen as the Practice of “Ordinary Mind”
By Professor Martin Collcut

This lecture points to the ways in which Zen thought and practice, from Japan with roots in China, urges us to look for our Buddha Nature directly and in our everyday experiences.

21-02: Buddhism meets Hinduism Interaction and Influence in India
By Professor Arvind Sharma

This lecture explores the patterns of interaction between Hinduism and Buddhism during a period of coexistence of almost two millennia.

28-02: Buddhism, Tantra, and the ‘Inner Modern’ Tibetan identity”
By Robert Thurman

This talk focuses on Buddhism’s introduction to Tibet in the 7th century and questions what was introduced, how it interacted with existing Tibetan culture.

14-03: Buddhism Today: A Response to the Modern World
By Stephen Batchelor

This talk considers how Buddhism is encountering and responding to the situation of the modern world.

Dr Rupert Gethin
Senior Lecturer in Indian Religions, University of Bristol and President of the Pali Text Society.


Dr Susan Huntington
Distinguished University Professor, Department of History of Art, The Ohio State University


Professor Martin Collcut
Professor of East Asian Studies and History, Princeton University


Professor Arvind Sharma
Birks Professor of Comparative Religion, McGill University, Montreal Canada


Robert Thurman
Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Columbia University President of Tibet House US, New York.


Stephen Batchelor
Founder of Sharpham College for Buddhist Studies, Devon and teacher at Gaia House, a meditation centre in Devon.

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