Can Lotuses Bloom in a Sea of Flames? Buddhism and Conflict in the Modern Age

Paul Harrison, Professor, Religious Studies, Buddhist Studies,Stanford University

Despite its serene public image, Buddhism, like other religious traditions, can be both a force for peace and a source of conflict in the world. Two case studies from Asia explore this dual capacity. The first looks at the role of Buddhism in Sri Lanka in the protracted and bitter ethnic violence that has torn that country apart. The second considers the role of religion in the long struggle for self-determination and freedom in Tibet.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 | 7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
Building 260 - Room 113, Main Quad

Department of Religious Studies