Buddhism in a Secular World

New course begins March 20th!

Description: Buddhism in a Secular World: Where Are We Headed?

Buddhism has always found ways to adapt to each new culture it enters. But modernity is a special case. We live in a secular, disenchanted age, where science rules and religion—if not rejected completely—is mostly viewed through the lens of personal experience.

This 8-week course looks at the encounter between Buddhism and modernity and how well it is working. Are we losing touch with the heart of what the Buddha had to teach? As we try to find common ground between Buddhism and science or Buddhism and psychology, are we giving up what makes it distinct? Has meditation become just another form of self-help?

The primary text for this course is David McMahan’s The Making of Buddhist Modernism. The class will explore and question together, drawing on our own encounters with the Buddhist tradition and on reflections by practitioners and scholars. The course is open to all. Instructor: Jack Petranker

Jack Petranker is the Director of the Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages. He has taught both meditation and Buddhist philosophy for over 30 years, and has participated actively in the contemporary dialogue between the Dharma and Western ways of understanding the world. He holds degrees from Stanford, Yale, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Cost: $140

Schedule: Mondays, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Start Date: March 20, 2017

Duration: 8 weeks

Location: 2018 Allston Way, Berkeley, California



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