Buddhism and Social Ethics: Historical Pitfalls & Current Possibilities

Chris Ives Chris Ives, eminent scholar of Buddhist social ethics, will speak at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate on Monday, November 19 at 7:50pm, following zazen at 7:10pm. Contemporary "engaged Buddhism" is an important development in Buddhist history, but in key respects Buddhism has always been engaged, though often in ways that stand in tension with the types of social ethics that are currently being formulated by engaged Buddhists. In this talk Chris Ives will highlight those tensions while also discussing possible avenues for developing and applying Buddhist social ethics in our current historical situation. This event is co-sponsored by Chicago Buddhist Peace Fellowship.

Chris Ives, Professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College in Massachusetts, is a leading scholar of modern Zen social ethics, currently working on Buddhist approaches to nature and environmental issues. His books include Imperial-Way Zen; Zen Awakening and Society; and Divine Emptiness and Historical Fullness.

Ancient Dragon Zen Gate is located at 1922 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, near Damen Avenue and the Irving Park Brown Line station. Free parking is usually available on nearby cross-streets.