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Buddhism

Mystical Traditions in Comparative Perspective: Session Two - Buddhist Meditation

Full Name (inc. titles): 
Dr Sarah Shaw
Date: 
Friday, February 5, 2010 - 14:00
Location: 
OCHS Library

Mysticism is a term that has fallen out of use in recent years, partly due to the critique of essentialism in the history of religions, partly due to the recognition that mysticism is particular to tradition and culture and partly due to the orientation to understand religion in terms of a politics of culture that sees religion purely in constructivist terms.

First name (inc. titles): 
Dr Sarah

“Which wise man would worship beings who are tormented by sorrow and fear?” Powers and Weaknesses of Gods in Buddhist Literature

Full Name (inc. titles): 
Dr Ulrike Roesler
Date: 
Monday, November 21, 2011 -
14:00 to 15:00
Location: 
OCHS Library

Buddhists do not deny the existence of gods, but they regard them as beings who are subject to karma and sa?sara and are therefore not free from the fetters of cyclic existence. Their life is extremely pleasant, but when they die they experience horrible agonies, and Buddhists say that there is no greater suffering in the world than that of a god who is dying. In early legends, gods like Indra and Brahma appear as supporters of Buddha Shakyamuni.

First name (inc. titles): 
Dr Ulrike

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