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Glenn Wallis

Video: The Case Against Buddhism

March 11, 2019

Presented as a rational, scientific, and practical religion, modern Buddhism appears to have all the answers. Even the secular forms of mindfulness promise ever-increasing practitioners that Buddhist meditation will provide the solutions to all their mental, emotional, and spiritual issues. But is there a problem with all of this?

In his new book, A Critique of Western Buddhism: Ruins of the Buddhist Real, scholar Glenn Wallis argues that there is, and that Buddhism as we know it "must be ruined." On March 11, 2019, Wallis was in conversation with HDS professor...

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Robin Coste Lewis, poet laureate of Los Angeles

Boarding the Voyage: The Archive as Altar, Research as Ritual--An Evening with Robin Coste Lewis

November 20, 2017

Robin Coste Lewis, National Book Award winner and poet laureate of Los Angeles, will give a talk and reading at the inaugural event in the Poetry, Philosophy, and Religion series at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. Her lecture, titled "Boarding the Voyage: The Archive as Altar, Research as Ritual," will explore how research and literary efforts toward social change can transform from scholarly engagement into acts of communal devotion. More particularly, it will explore how excavations of race, gender, and desire—and the writing those findings...

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