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THL320 Buddhist Thought & Theology

The work of the academic study of Buddhism by contemporary scholars has offered tremendous insights into the historical and social conditions that grounded, informed, and influenced the formation of Buddhist ideas and institutions. More recently, thinking about the normative implications of these insights for modern Buddhist communities has emerged as the growth of Buddhist “theological” thinking paralleling the kind of theological thinking our monotheistic counterparts have engaged in to address similar issues in their own traditions. Buddhist scholars who are also practitioners have moved beyond simply describing the tradition from a critical distance, and begun to use the critical skills of the academy to think about the tradition and speak from within the tradition about issues of concern to themselves as members of Buddhist communities.

What do Buddhists have to say about the various social and environmental crises we face, long after the Buddha taught? How ought Buddhists think about the tradition’s patriarchal and gendered pasts, for instance? What are the appropriate and effective Buddhist ways of thinking about these and other problems and questions? This course will examine the development of this branch of Buddhist thinking including the very use of the term “theology” for a tradition without a theos (God), its theoretical grounding, and examples of its contemporary application.

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Date:
09/10/2018
Time:
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Organizer

Maitripa College
Phone:
503-235-2477
Website:
maitripa.org

Venue

Maitripa College
1119 SE Market St.
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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Phone:
503-235-2477
Website:
http://maitripa.org/

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