Els Grups de Recerca en Creativitat, Innovació i Transformació Urbana -CRIT- i Estudis de Poder i Privilegi -PPE- us convidan a la conferència

Professor David Loy

Healing Ecology: A Buddhist Perspective on the Eco-crisis

2 de desembre de 2014
Aula Magna
Facultat d´ Economia i Empresa
Avinguda Diagonal, 696
 

The lecture argues that there is an important parallel between what Buddhism says about our personal predicament and our collective predicament today in relation to the rest of the biosphere. Does Buddhism offer any special perspective on the ecological crisis? Do its teachings imply a different way of understanding the biosphere, and our relationship to it, which can really help us at this critical time in history when we are doing so much to destroy it? There are reasons to doubt it: after all, Śākyamuni Buddha lived in a very different time and place, Iron Age India. But the Buddha did know about dukkha, the term usually translated as “suffering” yet to be understood in the broadest sense: dissatisfaction, discontent, anxiety— basically, our manifest inability to be happy, which does not mean that life is always miserable but that even those who are wealthy and healthy experience a disease that keeps gnawing. That we find life frustrating, one damn problem after another, is not accidental, because it is the nature of an unawakened mind to be bothered about something.

 Healing Ecology