Profs & Pints: Horror in the East
Profs and Pints presents: Horror in the East, a look at truly frightening Buddhist beliefs and rituals, with Justin McDaniel, professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania, founder of the Penn Ghost Project, and former Buddhist monk.
Westerners often regard Buddhism as a religion of peace, meditation, and compassion. While this is often true, it ignores the horrific and phantasmagoric side of many Buddhist rituals and beliefs. Those include practices such as meditating on corpses, strolling through giant Hell Gardens filled with terrifying images, and telling stories about haunting and highly sexualized ghosts. Its no wonder that Buddhist countries produce some of the most violent horror films in the world.
Join Professor McDaniel for an entertaining and visual talk looking at the ways in which Buddhists in Japan, Thailand, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Singapore, and other places embrace the macabre. Youll leave with a much richer understanding of Buddhism and the cultures and worldviews that gave rise to horror movies that can scare the wits out of you.
Dr. McDaniel has lived a life that gives him distinct expertise on this subject matter. He has published award-winning books on meditation, ghosts, and Buddhist literature, studies Buddhist art, and translates Buddhist manuscripts. He lived for many years in Southeast Asia, where he conducted research as a Fulbright Fellow, taught and translated, and became a Buddhist monk. He also regularly gives cemetery tours and founded the Penn Ghost Project, an interdisciplinary effort to study beliefs in spirits from the beyond. At Penn he has long waiting lists for his courses such as "Living Deliberately" and "Existential Despair," and he recently launched the on-line course "Gods, Ghosts, and Monsters." Hearing him speak will be a Halloween-season treat.
The talk will be staged at the Cambria Hotel Philadelphia Downtown Center City, part of the national Cambria Hotels group, as part of a collaboration with Profs and Pints intended to expand access to higher learning in Philadelphia and other American cities. (Tickets are $12 and must be purchased in advance. Listed time is for doors and talk starts 30 minutes. Please give yourself sufficient time to place any orders and get seated and settled in.)
Cambria Hotel Philadelphia Downtown Center City (View)
219 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|