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EVENTS: Fall 2008

Fall, 2008 Events
Speakers for the Fall Events

In celebration of our 15th anniversary this fall, the BRC is pleased to present two public programs that aim to deepen our understanding of death and enrich our appreciation of life.

"Living with Mortality: How Our Experiences with Death Change Us"

Full coverage of this September event here!

What: Fifth Annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, featuring Pam Kircher, Anthony Marsella, Megan Laverty, and Vincent Harding

When: Saturday, September 20, 2008;

9:00AM - 4:30PM

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"Enjoying the Rhythm of Birth and Death: A Buddhist Perspective"

Read an article about this recently completed event!

What: Lecture by Yoichi Kawada (Director, Institute of Oriental Philosophy), with commentary by Mary Catherine Bateson (Author, Willing to Learn and Composing a Life)

When: Saturday, October 18, 2008; 2:00 - 5:00PM

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"Humankind seems finally to be on the verge of realizing the fundamental error of our view of life and death, to understand that death is more than the absence of life, that death, together with an active life, is necessary to the formation of a larger more essential whole. The greater whole to which I refer is the deeper continuity of life and death which we experience as individuals and which we express as culture. A central and fundamental challenge for the coming century will be that of establishing a culture—based on an understanding of life and death and of life’s essential eternity—that does not disown death, but directly confronts and correctly positions death within a larger living context."

We need to "break down the isolation of the modern ‘self,’ opening horizons of new hope for civilization… As individuals, it is the dynamic, vital stirrings of [a] greater self that will enable each of us to experience both life and death with equal delight."

– Daisaku Ikeda, 1993 Lecture at Harvard University, "Mahayana Buddhism and Twenty-first Century Civilization


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