Buddhism and Taoism in the West

14 november 20:00

Doopgezinde Kerk, Oude Boteringestraat 33

Lao Tse and Gautama Buddha lived in East Asia more than 2000 years ago, but the influence of their lives and their teachings continue in a multitude of ways today. Buddhism and Taoism are practiced by an estimated 1.2 billion in the world, and perhaps between 1 and 3 million in Western-Europe alone. Over the past twenty years, interest in Buddhism, Taoism, and meditation has grown tremendously in Western Europe, especially in the Netherlands – in 2015 the Volkskrant estimated that 5 % to 10% of the Dutch population meditate regularly. Why has Buddhism and Taoism become ‘‘so hip’’ in Western-Europe, and the Netherlands in particular? And what attracts Western-Europeans to Buddhist and Taoist teachings and doctrines? 

On the 14th of November, the GSp organizes a panel discussion exploring the indelible mark that Buddhist and Taoist spirituality has left on Western-European popular culture and how this emergence and appropriation of Buddhist and Taoist thought in modern Western society has to be understood. At this special occasion, we have the honour of receiving several experts, including cultural and religious historian Prof. Dr. Barend Ter Haar (University of Hamburg), religion scientist Dr. Lars Lanke (VU University in Amsterdam and Saxion University of Applied Science in Enschede) and zen teacher Tom van Dijk to shed some light on this fascinating topic.

This activity will be held at the Doopgezinde Kerk, Oude Boteringestraat 33. Entry is 100% free of charge!

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