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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 / events@shin-ibs.edu

As Long As Space Endures

March 20, 2009
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

as long as space endures
Snow Lion Publications is pleased to announce the release of a new collection of essays edited by Edward A. Arnold; As Long As Space Endures: Essays on the Kalacakra Tantra in Honor of H.H. the Dalai Lama.

The Kalacakra Tantra—Kalacakra means “wheel of time”—is a tradition of Buddhist theory and practice whose root text treats a fantastic expanse of knowledge ranging from observations of the cosmos to investigations of meditative states and vital bodily energies. To celebrate the release of this important volume on the Kalacakra Tantra, the Institute of Buddhist Studies will be hosting a talk by Prof. David Gray of Santa Clara University.

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

Free and open to the public.

For more information on As Long As Space Endures, please visit the publisher’s website.

Edward Arnold’s biography can be found here.

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