The Beauty and Pleasure of Ancient Texts
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Free and open to the public
Exploring Theravada Buddhism:
This lecture series explores the moral psychology of love and happiness in the intellectual tradition of Theravada Buddhism, particularly in Pali canonical texts attributed to the Buddha and in the commentarial work of the monumental figure Buddhaghosa (5th C.E.). We begin with Buddhaghosa’s ideas about how to read texts to appreciate their beauty. From there we explore this tradition’s conceptions of love, and happiness, offering several comparative possibilities with western traditions.
About the Distinguished Tuohy Lecturer:
Maria Heim is an associate professor of Buddhist Studies at Amherst College, where she has taught since 2003. She received her Ph.D. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies at Harvard University in 1999, and holds an undergraduate degree from Reed College. Her most recent book is The Forerunner of All Things: Buddhaghosa on Mind, Intention, and Agency (Oxford, 2014), which was supported by a Guggenheim fellowship. She works on premodern South Asian texts, specializing in Theravada Buddhism. Her current work focuses on moral psychology and the intellectual history of emotions.
The Spring 2014 Tuohy Lecture Series is sponsored by The Walter and Mary Tuohy Chair of Interreligious Studies.