Lecture by Kate Crosby: Esoteric Theravada Meditation: Corruption or Abhidhamma?

WhenNovember 09, 2020 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
WhereSwift Hall, Common Room
Contact InformationDivinity School
DescriptionThe Divinity School is pleased to offer a series of six lectures on various topics in Theravada Buddhism during the 2019-2020 academic year. Kate Crosby, Professor of Buddhist Studies in the department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College, London, will deliver today's Jun Zhou Lecture in Theravada Buddhism: "Esoteric Theravada Meditation: Corruption or Abhidhamma?"

Monday, November 9, 2020 at 4:30pm, Swift Common Room.

This talk will examine the esoteric meditation that dominated much of the Theravada world before the modern period. It will examine features that have seemed heterodox, and gained it a reputation as a corrupt form of Theravada and then counter this by considering how it enacts the path of transformation expounded in commentarial Abhidhamma.

Kate Crosby works on Sanskrit, Pali and Pali-vernacular literature, and on Theravada practice in the pre-modern and modern periods. She is interested in meditation, the history of the relationship between Buddhism and other technologies, and how varying responses to modernity influenced the shape, rhetoric and practice of Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. Her publications include The Bodhicaryavatara; The Dead of Night & the Women; Theravada Buddhism: Continuity, Diversity, Identity and Traditional Theravada Meditation and its Modern Era Suppression.

This series of six lectures on Theravada Buddhism is supported through a generous gift by Mr. Jun Zhou.

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