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Jan Willis – Women and Buddhism

October 12 @ 14:00 - 18:00

Join us for a thought-provoking day of delving into the intricate dynamics of women’s place within Buddhism. Led by esteemed Professor Jan Willis, this session will unravel the historical and contemporary complexities surrounding women’s roles in Buddhist literature, doctrine, and practice.

WHEN: Saturday, October 12, 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm CET
WHERE: Teacher onsite at Gablerstrasse and on Zoom – see below for disclaimer
LANGUAGE: English
LEVEL: Everyone is welcome!

The Buddhist community has always consisted of men and women practitioners – of monks and nuns, laymen and laywomen, in that order, largely in deference to the social and cultural structures and conditions of its birth. However, the question of women’s place and standing within Buddhism has remained a problematic and often contentious one. In this short seminar, we investigate why this has been so, and explore the complex and changing status of women – in relationship to Buddhist literature, doctrine, and practice.


ABOUT THE TEACHER

Buddhist Scholar, Teacher, and Practitioner: Jan WillisBuddhist Scholar, Teacher, and Practitioner: Jan Willis grew up in the Jim Crow South, marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Birmingham Civil Rights Campaign, and escaped the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama only to face racism of another kind while enrolled at an Ivy League university. Jan persevered and earned her BA and MA in Philosophy from Cornell University, and her PhD in Indic and Buddhist Studies from Columbia University. When she studied abroad in India and Nepal, she met the Tibetan Lama Thubten Yeshe who became her mentor for fifteen years, and one of the most influential Buddhist teachers in the West. Through his guidance, Jan learned to face down the demons of her past and embrace her whole identity – Black, Baptist, and Buddhist. She has studied and taught Buddhism for fifty years.

In December of 2000, Time magazine named Willis one of six “spiritual innovators for the new millennium.” In 2003, she was a recipient of Wesleyan University’s Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Newsweek magazine’s “Spirituality in America” issue in 2005 included a profile of Willis. In its May 2007 edition, Ebony magazine named Willis one of its “Power 150” most influential African Americans.

Jan is currently Professor of Religion Emerita at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, and Visiting Professor of Religion at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA. She is the author of numerous essays and books, including The Diamond Light: An Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist MeditationOn Knowing Reality: The Tattvartha Chapter of Asanga’s BodhisattvabhumiDreaming Me: Black, Baptist and Buddhist; and Dharma Matters: Women, Race and Tantra.

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Disclaimer: Lhagsam may publish recorded sessions in the public domain (e.g., on YouTube). By joining this event, you are agreeing to give your consent to this process. To protect your privacy, we recommend being conscious about any personal information you share during the sessions. The teacher and staff are always in the spotlight on Zoom and the camera eye when onsite. To further enhance anonymity on Zoom, you may want to consider turning off video or naming yourself using your first name.

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Suggested donation: Please consider supporting us with a donation. Suggested donation per day is 80 CHF. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

    


PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Cost: Suggested donation per day is 80 CHF. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. You can donate online (via Paypal, Twint or E-Banking).

Language: English

Level: Everyone is welcome!

Details

Date:
October 12
Time:
14:00 - 18:00
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Venue

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Lhagsam Tibetan Meditation Gablerstrasse 51
Zurich, 8002, Switzerland
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