News from 2016

Professor Steven Collins’ First Lecture, “Civilizational History: From Acculturation to Regimens of Truth.”

Premodern modes of power, each with its own elite, existed in a changing dynamic of antagonistic symbiosis. How and where in this can we place askesis, Practices of Self and Regimens of Truth?

Professor Collins’ lecture can be seen embedded below as well as here.

Professor Collins is Chester D. Tripp Professor of the Humanities at the University of Chicago and Distinguished Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies at Arizona State University.

 

Professor Collins’ Third Lecture: “Buddhist Practices of Self: Historical and Philosophical Contexts”

How and Why did Buddhist and other forms of asceticism arise in the Second Urbanization of India (6th to 4th centuries BCE)? One needs to understand Buddhism’s dichotomy between Conventional and Ultimate Truth to be able to make comparative analyses.

Professor Collins’ video can be seen embedded below and here.

Professor Collins is a Distinguished Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies at Arizona State University and the Chester D. Tripp Professor in the Humanities at the University of Chicago.

Professor Collins’ Second Lecture: “The Sociology of Wisdom: Supererogation in Morality and Society”

Wisdom in Buddhism is more than just a word for Enlightenment. We need a wider comparative study of wisdom Literature. Supererogation — going beyond the call of duty — can be used as a sociological as well as moral concept.

Professor Collins’ lecture can be seen embedded below and can be viewed here.

Professor Collins is a Distinguished Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies at Arizona State University and the Chester D. Tripp Professor inHumanities at the University of Chicago.

Professor Collins’ Fourth Lecture: “Buddhist Practices of Self: Spiritual Exercises”

To understand forms of askesis, Practices of Self, we need to look from both internal and external pespectives. That is, there are forms of dress (uniforms) as well as of ‘introspection.’ The lectures will conclude with a brief history of the rise of Insight meditation (vipassana) and Mindfulness (sati), in Buddhism and in contemporary psychotherapy.

Professor Collins’ video can be seen embedded below and here.