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Published on Nov 10, 2013
Topic: "Why Buddhism and the West Need Each Other"
Place: Woo Ju Memorial Library
Program: 11/10/2013 (Sunday) 2-4pm
Speaker: Professor David R. Loy
Over 50 years ago, Gary Snyder, the Zen poet, wrote: "The mercy of the West has been social revolution. The mercy of the East has been individual insight into the basic self/void. We need both." Another way to say it: the highest ideal of the Western tradition has been to restructure our societies so that they are more socially just. The most important goal for Buddhism is to awaken and (to use the Zen phrase) realize one's true nature, which puts an end to dukkha "suffering" due to the delusion of a separate self. Today it has become more obvious that we need both: not just because these ideals complement each other, but because each project needs the other.
David R. Loy writes about the encounter between Buddhism and modernity. He lectures nationally and internationally, as a professor of Buddhist and comparative philosophy and an authorized teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan lineage of Japanese Zen Buddhism.