Killing the Buddha: Religion and Suspicion in America TodayKilling the Buddha: Religion and Suspicion in America Todayhttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/161581Stokes Multicultural Center2011-02-09T19:00:002011-02-09T21:00:00
February 9,2011 7:00PM–9:00PM
Stokes Multicultural Center
Haverford community panel discussion facilitated by Nathan Schneider, senior editor of "Killing the Buddha." This event is part of Religion and Spirituality Week
Panel Discussion: This panel discussion, moderated by senior editor, Nathan Schneider, will be framed around the idea of "killing the Buddha." The panelists will include Haverford community members, each of whom will be asked to think about specific Buddhas (or “-isms”) that need to be killed today, and through that frame, to speak to the interwoven relationships between religion and suspicion in America today.
Killing the Buddha (killingthebuddha.com) is an online magazine about religion in American public life today. The site hosts essays, satire, art, video, poetry, and debate from the intersection of the intellectual and the personal approaches to religion in this day and age. The name, Killing the Buddha, comes from a famous Zen line: “if you meet the Buddha, kill him.” You must kill the Buddha, the site’s creators say, because “the Buddha you meet is not the true Buddha, but an expression of your longing. If this Buddha is not killed he will only stand in your way.”
The Killing the Buddha mission statement insists that “if religion matters at all it matters enough to be taken to task,” and that the killing the Buddha metaphor encourages us to move past the complacency of belief and disbelief in order to struggle honestly and deeply with the idea of God in our lives and the world.
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