Compassion Here and Now: The Buddhist Way in Process Perspective

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A Discussion Group Exploring Buddhism
Through the Lens of Process Thought

WHAT?Learning Circle
WHEN?April 12 thru April 26
Wednesdays at 5:00 PM Pacific / 8:00 PM Eastern
WHERE?Online via Zoom

This 3-week learning circle, facilitated by Jay McDaniel, explores how people might learn from Buddhism with help from process philosophy and theology. The focus is on Mayanana Buddhism in the Zen tradition. The circle is open to anyone who has an interest in Buddhism and process thought; no prior knowledge of either is required. Themes to be explored are momentariness, inter-becoming, mindfulness, breathing meditation, the Bodhisattva vow, the Buddha nature in all things, compassionate living, emptiness, God, ecological civilization, and service to the world.

“This Unthinkable Power [of Amida Buddha] stronger than ourselves, this persistent urge impelling the self to transcend itself, is a call to us of the All feeling Compassionate Heart, the Eternal Spirit of Sympathy, who is in his essence the Light and Life of all, who is World-conscious. To feel all, to be conscious of everything, is the Spirit. . . . [T]his Light and Life, this All-feeling Being is in our hearts.”

About the Facilitator

Jay McDaniel, PhD, is professor emeritus of world religions at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas who has written several books on process-relational thought and its application in religion, spirituality, and ecology. His works include Living from the Center: Spirituality in an Age of Consumerism, What is Process Thought?: Seven Answers to Seven Questions, and Choosing Life: Ecological Civilization as the World’s Best Hope. Jay is editor of the website Open Horizons, serves as an advisor to Process & Faith, and is also chair of the board of the Cobb Institute.

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