David R. Loy, a Buddhist writer and Zen teacher, will be the 2018 Vickery Speaker in Ethics and Leadership at Saint Rose on November 13 at 7 p.m. in the Touhey Forum, Thelma P. Lally School of Education. His latest book,”A Healing Ecology? A Buddhist Perspective on the Environmental Crisis,” addresses our growing environmental predicament and looks at historical Buddhist teachings as a mirror for our own troubled times.
“I am honored and very pleased to be the 2018 Vickery Speaker at Saint Rose,” said Loy. He will talk about how Buddhism, and spirituality in general, can help empower us by providing a special perspective on the ecological problems that we face.
“Buddhism began in Asia many centuries ago, so none of its teachings refer to climate change or the larger ecological challenge that faces us today,” added Loy. “There are, however, intriguing and suggestive parallels between our usual individual predicament, according to Buddhism, and our collective predicament today in relation to the Earth and its other creatures. Can those parallels help us understand and respond to the ecological crisis?”
He holds a B.A. from Carleton College, an M.A. from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, and a Ph.D. from the National University of Singapore, and has authored “A New Buddhist Path,” “Money Sex War Karma,” and “The World Is Made of Stories.” He is a Zen teacher in the Sanbo Zen tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism.
What: The 2018 Vickery Speaker in Ethics and Leadership Who: David R. Loy, Ph.D., author Where: Carl E. Touhey Forum, Lally School of Education, 1009 Madison Avenue, Albany When: November 13, 7 to 9 p.m. Ticket information: Free and open to the public