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Strangers to Each Other: Names without faces or stories

April 10, 2009
9:30 amto11:30 am

~ Names without Faces or Stories ~

Panel Presentation on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Community

Please join us in this panel presentation to connect Ministers, Chaplains, and Counselors to the names, faces, stories, and concerns of members of the LGBT Community. Through their voices we hear from all people who have experienced alienation, exclusion or exile from their faith community.

Facilitator: Demetrio Tofaya (Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, GTU)
Commentator: Dr. Daijaku Judith Kinst (Institute of Buddhist Studies)

This event is open to the public.
RSVP requested: (510) 809-1444 /

Compassionate Violence, Torture and Warfare in the Bodhisattva Ideal

April 17, 2009
5:00 pmto7:00 pm

Lecture: “Compassionate Violence, Torture and Warfare in the Bodhisattva Ideal”
by Prof. Steve Jenkins (Religious Studies, Humboldt State University)

Buddhist allowances for compassionate torture, killing, and warfare are dissonant with with the established perception of Buddhist pacifism. While academic studies of Buddhism have accepted that Mahayana and Tantric though allows for such actions, it has been argued that these allowances are rare and narrow allegorical or magical references, not general ethical guidelines. Prof. Steve Jenkins argues that Buddhist allowances for violence are broad and authoritatively attested to in both Yogacara and Madhyamaka treatises of Mahayana sources. Building on previous work, a survey of tantric sadhanas for killing, and references to Buddhist art and folklore, this lecture argues that the exaggeration of Mahayana pacifism has created a false negative space for the evaluation of trantrism.

The lecture will be held at the
Jodo Shinshu Center
2140 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704

Free and open to the public.
RSVP requested: (510) 809-1444 /

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