One Teacher, Many Traditions: Buddhisms in Dialogue with Ven. Thubten Chodron and Bhante Seelawimala
Following the release of the Dalai Lama’s Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions, co-author Venerable Thubten Chodron will engage in a weekend of dialogue and meditations with Bhante Seelawimala exploring Buddhism’s diversity and unifying values, hosted by Maitripa College.
Siddhartha’s Enlightenment and teaching of the dharma in India 2,500 years ago originated what has grown into a religion with over 500 million adherents worldwide. For hundreds of years in countries across Asia, people have studied Buddhist philosophy and practiced meditation and rituals that have evolved into distinctive lineages, representatives of which brought Buddhism to the West in the twentieth century. Once fairly isolated from each other’s monastic communities and teachers, contact between various Buddhists is now inevitable in global modernity, and dialogue more critical than ever before. What do these traditions believe about each other? What are their doctrinal commonalities, and how do lineages diverge and offer unique contributions to the Buddhisms that can be encountered today?
In this weekend symposium, join two preeminent Buddhist teachers, Venerable Thubten Chodron and Bhante Seelawimala, for presentations, discussions, and guided meditations exploring fundamental Buddhist topics from the perspectives of two different major traditions. The spread of the Buddha’s teachings from India to Sri Lanka and southeast Asia formed the Theravada branch with a canon based on Pali language sutras, while the later spread of Buddhism north to China, Korea, Japan, and Tibet was based upon Sanskrit language sutras and the Indian and indigenous commentaries upon them, forming the Mahayana branch of Buddhism.
About the Speakers
Venerable Thubten Chodron, representing the Sanskrit (Mahayana) tradition, was ordained in 1977 in the Tibetan tradition and received full bhikshuni ordination vows in Taiwan in 1986. She is the Founder and Abbess of Sravasti Abbey, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, is a prolific author of scholarly and general public books, and teaches Buddhism and leads retreats worldwide. >more
Bhante Seelawimala, representing the Pali (Theravada) traditions, was ordained in Sri Lanka at the age of 10, and was the first youth to be simultaneously educated in monastic and secular schools. Since 1976, Bhante Seelawimala has been a Professor of Theravada Buddhism at the Institute of Buddhist Studies and Graduate Theological Union, affiliated with University of California, Berkeley, and is the Founder and Spiritual Director of the American Buddhist Seminary. >more
Moderator: Kakumyo Lowe-Charde, Co-Abbot Pro Tem, Dharma Rain Zen Center
Kakumyo Lowe-Charde has been practicing at Dharma Rain since 1998, was ordained in 2002 by Gyokuko, and completed transmission in 2012. He has been heavily involved in the operations side of temple function and in residence for most of this time; practice and work at the temple is his full time occupation and avocation. Kakumyo currently serves Dharma Rain as a teacher, the Kanin (Director of Operations and Development), and as Co-Abbot Pro Tem.
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