Free lecture: What is Buddhism?

Local people are invited to a public lecture at the University of Bath about Buddhism and its place in modern society (Wednesday 2 June).

The talk will be given by Dr Robert Heath who regularly contributes to BBC Radio Bristol’s Thought for the day, commenting on local and worldwide issues from a Buddhist perspective.

He is a lecturer in the University’s School of Management and a Study Lecturer on the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin, which he has practised for over 25 years.

The lecture will give an overview of Buddhism from its inception in India to the present day and will explain some of its fundamental principles like karma and reincarnation.

Dr Heath said: "Most people these days see Buddhism as an ancient religion that has no real relevance to our modern busy world. However, because of its dedication to the peace and happiness of mankind and its emphasis on personal development, it is more relevant today than it has ever been in the past.

“In this lecture I will trace the extraordinary development of this religion from its roots in India, through China and into Japan, where over ten million people use it actively to transform their lives and their communities.”

The lecture will start at 5.15pm and will be held in Lecture Theatre 8 West 3.22.

The last event in the current series of public lectures is:

  • Poetry in motion pictures – Kevan Manwaring, 16 June

All lectures are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the west car park at the Claverton Campus.

For more information please see the lifelong learning website, or contact Helen Redfern by email or call 01225 386587.

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