Hidden Assumptions in the Buddhism and Science Dialogue: An Interview with David McMahan

Interview with David McMahan at the 2017 Summer Institute on Buddhism and Science, Putting the Buddhism/Science Dialogue on a New Footing, hosted by the Mangalam Research Center from July 17-26, 2017.

David L. McMahan, PhD, is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Religious Studies at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania. He is the co-editor of Buddhism, Meditation and Science (forthcoming, Oxford University Press), editor of Buddhism in the Modern World (Routledge 2012) and author of The Making of Buddhist Modernism (Oxford University Press, 2008), Empty Vision: Metaphor and Visionary Imagery in Mahāyāna Buddhism (Routledge Curzon, 2002), and several articles on Mahāyāna Buddhism in South Asia and Buddhism in the modern world.
He has written on Indian Buddhist literature, visual metaphors and practice, and the early history of the Mahāyāna movement in India. More recently, his work has focused on the interface of Buddhism and modernity, including its interactions with science, psychology, modernist literature, romanticism, and transcendentalism. He is currently researching the various ways that Buddhist and Buddhist-derived meditation is understood and practiced in different cultural and historical contexts, ancient and modern.

In this interview, he discusses Buddhism and the modern world.

This project was made possible through the generous support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed in this video are those of the speaker(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.