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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 - Friday, 31 March 2017

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Loss, Death and the Preciousness of Life: Buddhist Perspectives

Starts: Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Speaker: Elizabeth Harris

Buddhism asserts that human existence is both incredibly precious and pain filled. Those who follow the Buddhist path are encouraged to meditate on impermanence, loss and death, not in a morbid way, but to gain insight into the nature of reality. The insight that results is intricately linked to the arising of compassion and the eradicating of egotistical greed. This presentation will draw on my experience of Buddhism in practice in Asia and the West. It will ask whether wisdom from Buddhism can help us, whether we are Buddhist or not, on our life’s journey through joy, pain and loss.

Elizabeth Harris, a former Associate Professor at Liverpool Hope University, is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow within the Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion at Birmingham University and President of the European Network of BuddhistChristian Studies. Her research interests include Theravada Buddhism, Religion and Plurality, and Buddhist-Christian Relations. She has published, among others, Theravada Buddhism and the British Encounter: Religious, missionary and colonial experience in nineteenth century Sri Lanka, Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2006.



Category: Foundation Hour
Date: Wednesday, 22 March 2017 - Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Time: 1pm
Venue : FML014
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