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Talk on "Buddhism and Science: Past, Present, and Future" Part of Science and Religion in Modern America Series


On Tuesday, April 22, "Buddhism and Science: Past, Present, and Future," will be presented by Dr. Donald Lopez, Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Michigan. The talk is free and will take place at 7 p.m. in the Panasci Family Chapel on the Le Moyne campus.

The compatibility of Buddhism and science has been claimed, both in Asia and the West, since the 19th century. Those claims persisted through the 20th century and have now extended into the 21st, marked most recently by the mindfulness boom. This lecture will provide a brief history of the relationships between Buddhism and science and offer some reflections on what is at stake as the teachings of an ancient Asian sage are offered as solutions to the problems of the modern world.

Dr. Lopez has written widely on Indian Mahayana Buddhism and on Tibetan Buddhism. He has also explored the European encounter with Buddhism and the formation of the category of Modern Buddhism, including claims for the compatibility of Buddhism and Science. His current projects include the translation (in collaboration with Thupten Jinpa) of a refutation of the Buddhist doctrines of emptiness and rebirth by the Jesuit missionary to Tibet, Ippolito Desideri (1684-1733); a study of the influence of the Lotus Sutra; a study of the medieval tale Barlaam and Josaphat (in collaboration with Peggy McCracken), and a translation of an eighteenth-century Tibetan compendium of Buddhist philosophy. He also advises graduate students working in a range of traditions and periods in the history of Tibetan Buddhism. He holds a doctorate from the University of Virginia.

“Science and Religion in Modern America” is an initiative led by the McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy, George Coyne. S.J., and the McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation at Le Moyne. Its principal aim is to engage members of the campus community, as well as the broader Central New York community, in a candid, respectful conversation about the complex and seemingly disparate subjects of science and religion. The central pillars of this two-year endeavor are nine public lectures by eminent scholars, which will be held over the course of three academic semesters. All of these events will be digitally recorded and made available on the McDevitt Center website.

For more information, contact the McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation at mcdevittcenter@lemoyne.edu.
posted on: 4/8/2014