Buddhism

Peter D. Hershock

Video: The Intelligence Revolution and the New Attention Economy: An Ethical Singularity

February 19, 2020

Considerable attention has been directed to the possibility of a technological singularity when artificial intelligences “wake up” and start acting in their own self-interest. Long before then, however, humanity will confront an ethical singularity—a point at which the evaluation of values systems acquires infinite value.

Drawing on Buddhist resources, this talk makes the case that our prospects of realizing more humane global futures depends on changing how we are present and developing both capacities for and commitments to compassionate ethical creativity.

Peter...

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Janet Gyatso, Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies at HDS

Being Human in a Buddhist World: An Intellectual History of Medicine in Early Modern Tibet

March 21, 2016

On Tuesday, March 22, in the CSWR Common Room, Janet Gyatso, Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies at HDS, discussed her latest book Being Human in a Buddhist World: An Intellectual History of Medicine in Early Modern Tibet.

An interview with Professor Gyatso about her new book can be found here.

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Sacramental Presences at the Center

Sacramental Presences at the Center

March 4, 2016

On March 4-5, the Center hosted a small workshop, "Sacramental Presences: Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, and Daoist Perspectives." For two days we took up today's turn in comparative studies to ritual and liturgical practice as an important site for new learning that reaches beyond the study of texts and the exchange of ideas.

Convened by Matthew Potts and myself as members of the HDS faculty and Center, the participants included three other Harvard professors (Diana Eck, Kimberley Patton, Michelle Sanchez) and one Harvard doctoral student (Caley Smith), as well as ten professors from...

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Exploring Theravada Buddhism in Cambodia

Exploring Theravada Buddhism in Cambodia

October 27, 2015

On Wednesday, October 21, Philip Balla led the weekly World Religions Café with his presentation entitled "Exploring Theravada Buddhism in Cambodia." Philip is a MDiv candidate at HDS and is a resident at the Center for the Study of World Religions and this was his first presentation at the Center. Philip began his presentation by discussing the circumstances of his two exciting trips to Cambodia to study Theravada Buddhism which occurred in May of 2014 and May of 2015.  Philip had this opportunity as he was a two year McMaster Scholar of Defiance College's McMaster School for...

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