Mar 2

Pyi Phyo Kyaw: The Infinite Method: Mathematics of the Patthana

11:20AM

Today's lecture by Pyi Phyo Kyaw of King's College is part of our Jun Zhou Lectures in Theravada Buddhism Series. Her lecture is entitled "The Infinite Method: Mathematics of the Paṭṭhāna."

The Paṭṭhāna, the seventh text of the Abhidhamma Piṭaka, deals with the functioning of causality and interdependence in Theravāda thought. It uses the mathematics of enumeration and combinatorics to plumb the depths of causality. The emphasis on the Paṭṭhāna in Burmese Buddhism has been influenced by sociopolitical conceptions, developments and institutions. This paper focuses on a more technical aspect of the Paṭṭhāna – the Saṅkhyā-vāra, ‘Enumeration sections’. I examine the Paṭṭhāna through analysis of its mathematics, demonstrating not only the types of mathematics being used to further understand the nature and depths of causality, but also close parallels between the mathematics of the Paṭṭhāna and the mathematics of ‘combinatorics’.

Dr Pyi Phyo Kyaw is Dean of Graduate Studies and Lecturer in Theravada Studies at Shan State Buddhist University, Taunggyi, Myanmar. She is also a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at King’s College, London, United Kingdom. She studied BA in Economics and Management at Oxford University, before completing MA in Buddhist Studies at SOAS in 2010, and PhD in Buddhist Philosophy at King’s College, London in 2014. She has undertaken meditation practice within different meditation traditions in Myanmar for the past 14 years. She has also undertaken monastic training in Myanmar as a precept-nun in a meditation centre based at Pyay (formerly Prome) in 2007 and 2015.

She specialises in Burmese Buddhism, Abhidhamma (Theravada analytical philosophy), Theravada meditation, Buddhist business practices, and Buddhist ethics. She also teaches Vipassana meditation in Budapest, Hungary.

This series of six lectures on Theravada Buddhism is supported through a generous gift by Mr. Jun Zhou.

Need an accommodation to attend a Divinity School event? Please contact Suzanne Riggle in advance at 773-702-8219.

Date: March 2, 2021
Time: 11:20 AM - 12:50 PM

See: https://voices.uchicago.edu/buddhiststudies/2019/07/08/the-jun-zhou-lectures-in-theravada-buddhism/

Mar 5

Diversifing Curriculum

4:30PM

Presented by the Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion and the Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

The event will be a conversation moderated by Divinity School students Seema Chauhan (doctoral candidate in History of Religions) and Sierra Meszaros (MA program) with faculty in the field and related areas to discuss their strategies and experiences working to diversify the curriculum of Religious Studies courses. Seema and Sierra have been at work since October assembling a database of course syllabi and bibliographies towards these ends.

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The following faculty and guests will be participating:

Anand Venkatkrishnan

Dwight Hopkins

Kris Trujillo (Comp Lit)

Julie Orlemanski (English)

Elizabeth Perez (UCSB)

Date: March 5, 2021
Time: 4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

See: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/diversifying-curriculum-tickets-141191281925

Mar 8

Lecture by Anne Blackburn

4:30PM

The Divinity School is pleased to offer a series of lectures on various topics in Theravada Buddhism. Today's Jun Zhou Lecture in Theravada Buddhism will be given by Anne Blackburn of Cornell University.

This series of lectures on Theravada Buddhism is supported through a generous gift by Mr. Jun Zhou.

Need an accommodation to attend a Divinity School event? Please contact Suzanne Riggle in advance at 773-702-8219.

Date: March 8, 2021
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Mar 15

Kirsten Collins - "Examining the Witness: Race and Judaism in the ...

5:30PM

Kirsten Collins, PhD Student, Divinity School, University of Chicago, will present a paper for the Jewish Studies Workshop. The link for the zoom session and an advance copy of the paper will be available at the workshop website https://voices.uchicago.edu/jst_hb/. For more information, contact the workshop coordinators, Benjamin Arenstein, barenstein@uchicago.edu, or Ido Telem, telem@uchicago.edu.

Date: March 15, 2021
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

See: https://voices.uchicago.edu/jst_hb/