Stephen Batchelor in Conversation with Dr Rachael Kohn
The evening will be held in the Mary MacKillop Conference Centre, North Sydney and will commence with a brief introduction and entertainment followed by Rachael and Stephen in conversation with some time for questions at the end.
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STEPHEN BATCHELOR is a contemporary Buddhist teacher and writer, best known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism. Stephen considers Buddhism to be a constantly evolving culture of awakening rather than a religious system based on immutable dogmas and beliefs. In particular, he regards the doctrines of karma and rebirth to be features of ancient Indian civilisation and not intrinsic to what the Buddha taught. Buddhism has survived for the past 2,500 years because of its capacity to reinvent itself in accord with the needs of the different Asian societies with which it has creatively interacted throughout its history. As Buddhism encounters modernity, it enters a vital new phase of its development. Through his writings, translations and teaching, Stephen engages in a critical exploration of Buddhism's role in the modern world, which has earned him both condemnation as a heretic and praise as a reformer.
DR RACHAEL KOHN was awarded a Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of New South Wales in 2005 for 'services to the community ... fostering religious understanding' through her broadcasts, public speaking and book, The New Believers: Re-imagining God, HarperCollins 2003. She has recently publishedCurious Obsessions in the History of Science and Spirituality, ABC Books 2007.
Born in Canada, she graduated with an MA and PhD in Religious Studies from McMaster University and was awarded the prestigious Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellowship, which she took up at the University of Lancaster, England.
Before joining the ABC in 1992, she taught Religious Studies at Sydney University and in universities in England and Canada.
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