All religions are under scrutiny about how they will respond to the pressing problems facing humanity and how they can point out future paths. With the urgency of pandemic (or should we say post-pandemic?), global warming and imminent dehumanisation, now is a good time to review the wisdom of past Buddhist sages to discern insights for living in today’s world.
Venerable Dr Juewei will unpack the Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch and examine how it can help us to connect with the values of humanity. The theme that we will explore together is what it means to be human.
Buddhism does not place the human above or beneath other sentient beings (divine or otherwise), nor does it turn to other-powers for salvation and answer. If we see the progress of civilisation as a pendulum swinging, each time problems seem insurmountable and people look to the supernatural for answers, a Buddhist sage reminds us to have faith in ourselves.
The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch is invaluable in its insights into this special faith.
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Venerable Dr Juewei Shi is Head of Program for Humanistic Buddhism, Director of the Humanistic Buddhism Centre, and Senior Lecturer at Nan Tien Institute in Australia. She teaches subjects related to Humanistic Buddhism and Chinese Buddhism, supported by her research and development that revolves around acculturation and application of Buddhist teachings in the modern world. She has also authored Parading the Buddha: localising Buddha’s birthday celebrations.
Venerable Dr Juewei began her career as an applied R&D engineer in Artificial Intelligence systems, then moved on to management positions in Singapore’s statutory bodies. She holds a PhD in Religious Studies and an MA in Buddhist Studies, as well as an MBA and an MSc in Computer Science and Engineering. She made her millennial decision to join the Fo Guang Shan order when she realised that she could be of the best service to humanity through promoting humanistic values in an increasingly divided world.
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