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Out of Town, yet Bound to it: How the Early Buddhists Organized Seclusion and Survival

May 28 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm UTC+0

“Out of Town, yet Bound to it: How the Early Buddhists Organized Seclusion and Survival”

by Professor Jens-Uwe Hartmann, University of Munich

The time of the Buddha and the beginning of Buddhism are associated with the so-called second phase of urbanization in ancient India. In a way, early Buddhism can even be viewed as a reaction to this urbanization. It began as a movement of wandering ascetics who emphazised the need to leave the settlements and abandon social ties, but its ensuing success appears invariably bound to urban centers. There is a tension, if not a contradiction, since this success necessitates more interaction between the Buddhist ascetics and the lay communities who support them. As I will argue, this interaction reaches a new stage when the wandering ascetics finally settle in monasteries.

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by Professor Jens-Uwe Hartmann, University of Munich

The Goodman Lectures

A series of online lectures by leading Buddhist studies scholars

The Goodman Lectures are organized in honor of long-time Khyentse Foundation friend and advisor Professor Steven D. Goodman (1945–2020), whose enduring vision to make academic talks available to people beyond the classroom inspired KF and our friends in academia to share their knowledge and insight with a more general audience.

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May 28
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4:00 pm - 5:30 pm UTC+0
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