The highest ideal of Western (now global) civilization is social transformation: the idea that we can restructure our way of living together so that it is more socially just. The traditional goal of Buddhist practice is personal transformation. Freedom for the self and freedom from the self: today we can see that these ideals not only supplement each other, they need each other. This is a free event.
David Loy, Ph.D., is a Zen teacher, professor, and author of “A New Buddhist Path: Enlightenment, Evolution, and Ethics in the Modern World” (Wisdom Publications, 2015). Loy’s essays and books have been translated into many languages. His articles appear regularly in the pages of Buddhist magazines including Tricycle, Turning Wheel, Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma, as well as in a variety of scholarly journals. This event is part of the “Contemplative Traditions and Social Justice” speaker series, co-sponsored by the University of Arizona Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, the Department of East Asian Studies, and the Upaya Sangha of Tucson.