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How to Heal the World: A Study of the Vimalakirti Sutra

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How to Heal the World: A Study of the Vimalakirti Sutra

with Dr. Annabella Pitkin

Twelve Wednesday afternoons, January 27th, 2021 – April 14th, 2021
from 4:15pm-5:45pm, ET and Zazen from 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Through a close reading of The Holy Teaching of Vimalakīrti, this course will explore the meaning of the bodhisattva’s compassionate vow to liberate all suffering sentient beings. We will investigate the following questions: What is the nature of sickness? What is its origin? How is it cured? What is the role of the bodhisattva? How can a bodhisattva truly effectuate his/her compassionate activity in the world? What is bodhisattva burnout? And what is the remedy?

Open to anyone, this course is also part of the track to becoming a Formal Zen Student. To learn more about becoming a Formal Zen Student, please click here.


About the Teacher:

Annabella Pitkin HeadshotAnnabella Pitkin is Assistant Professor of Buddhism and East Asian Religions at Lehigh. She researches and writes about Tibetan, East Asian, and transnational Buddhism, exploring themes of modernity, community, power, renunciation, and yogic display. Her teaching includes courses on Buddhism and Asian religions; environmental ethics; race, sexuality and gender; life-story writing; and new technologies.


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