The Politics of Mindfulness

Tomorrow - February 26, 2021
Department of Philosophy, Federal University of Minas Gerais

Belo Horizonte


Federal University of Minas Gerais

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Sati, or mindfulness, was a practice taught by the Buddha as part of the noble eightfold path, that was firmly grounded in ethical reflection and morality. The modern, secular mindfulness movement, however, has for the most part ignored the social and political dimensions of mindfulness, turning it into a wholly individualistic and instrumental practice without any grounding in ethical reflection. What happens when we remove mindfulness out of its ethical framework? How do we put the two back together again? What is the role of mindfulness in ethics, politics and social change? These are some of the questions that will be discussed in this webinar, with a team of academic and non-academic buddhists engaged on this topic (in Portuguese and English).

Program (all time slots in US Central Time):

Thursday, Feb. 25th

12:00 - 13:00: Joaquim Monteiro (Instituto Maytreia) - "Budismo, Ética e Política no Mundo Contemporâneo"

13:00 - 13:10: short break

13:10 - 14:10: Ajahn Santikaro Upasaka (Kevala Retreat) - "Mindfulness, Egoism & Letting Go"

Friday, Feb. 26th

12:00 - 13:00: Ricardo Sasaki (Centro Nalanda) - "Dharma, Natureza e a Perda da Humanidade"

13:00 - 13:10: Short break

13:10 - 14:10: Ron Purser (San Francisco State University) - "The Gilded Age of Mindfulness: Greed and Guile Amid Do-Good Discourse"

The webinar will be held on Zoom. Please write to receive the link and password.

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