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Two Upcoming Events! w/ Yale Buddhist Life & Frans de Waal

“Is Morality Possible Without God or Karma?”

Join us next week, Tuesday February 11th, at 7pm in William Harkness Hall Rm 006.  Seon Joon Sunim of Yale and David Yaden of Rutgers and UPenn will be discussing the possibility and shape of morality without some of the supernatural elements we often rely on to explain them.

Make sure to bring lots of questions!  A discussion will follow their short talks.

Seon Joon Sunim was born in Littleton, Colorado in 1980. She graduated from Yale University in 2002, and moved to Korea the following year to pursue monastic ordination in the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. She entered monastic training in 2005 and, following preliminary training, matriculated to Un Mun Monastic College in 2008 as its first non-Korean monastic to enter the regular training program and curriculum. She graduated in 2012, received full (bhikkuni) precepts, and returned to the U.S. Currently, Seon Joon Sunim serves as an advisor for Student Buddhist Life at Yale.

David Bryce Yaden is a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania in the Positive Psychology Center under the direction of Dr. Martin Seligman, works in collaboration with UPenn’s Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and studies the neuroscience of self-transcendent experiences with Dr. Andrew Newberg. He provides healthcare business consulting services as well as public health education with a focus on end-of-life care and stress management with Lourdes Health System. He serves as an Assistant Humanist Chaplain for Rutgers University.

This event is open to Yale students and faculty.  If you have any questions, let us know.

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“The Bonobo & the Atheist: Finding Humanism Among the Primates”

Do we have anything to learn from our closest relatives, the bonobos and chimps?  Does evolution’s “survival of the fittest” mean that human nature is at its core red in tooth and claw?

This March, Primatologist Frans De Waal of Emory University will be speaking on how empathy actually comes naturally to a variety of animals, including homo sapiens.  The bleak picture that many theologians and other intellectuals have painted is coming under increasing scrutiny.  From understanding this more accurate view of human nature as also moral at its core, de Waal argues that we can build a more just society.  After the lecture Prof. de Waal will be joined in discussion with Yale Professor of Psychology Paul Bloom.

On Wednesday March 5th at 7pm please join us at Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall (SSS) on 1 Prospect Street New Haven.  This event is open to the public.

Frans de Waal - Atheist & Bonobo

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