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November 21, 2010
MORNING SESSION 1
9:00am – 11:00am
Overview and Framework
Philosophical Perspectives from Hinduism and Buddhism
Numerous contemplative traditions originated in India, and they continue to be practiced through various forms of yoga, meditation and other contemplative techniques. A clear understanding of these traditions and their practices involves an inquiry into their rich philosophical heritage. HH the Dalai Lama will open this session with his reflections on the role that philosophy plays in contemplative practice. Next, two distinguished scholars—one from Hinduism and one from Buddhism—will discuss the ways that their traditions articulate the wider understanding of reality that is the context for contemplative practice. Emphasizing common roots as well as important points of divergence, they will address such questions as the nature of the mind and body, the ways that contemplative practices lead to personal transformation, the role that philosophy plays in guiding practice, and the centrality of ethics.
Presenters and Panelists