Speculum of Pain: Buddhism on Illness
This workshop investigates the rich spectrum of therapies and healing resources that Buddhism has made available to its devotees in history and today — beyond the headlines and social media buzzwords associated with mindfulness. In virtually all periods and locations, Buddhism has provided individuals with intellectual tools to frame and understand illness, has shaped health-seeking behaviors in conscious and unconscious ways, and has offered a range of popular interventions and institutional structures for delivering healthcare. These approaches to healing have been adapted and elaborated across the centuries, and have often specifically played a major role in the popularization of the religion in new recipient cultures. Placing our contemporary interests in the benefits of meditation in this wider global context helps us to better appreciate the rich diversity of practical tools for mental and physical healing made available by Buddhism, and contextualizes contemporary developments within a historical framework that does not privilege the modern or Western vantage point.
Cost: $65 until May 5th, then $75.