Chicago Humanities Festival: Belief on the Path to Enlightenment: A Buddhist Perspective



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>There is an absence of belief in God in Buddhism, but not an absence of belief itself. University of Michigan's Donald Lopez is a leading scholar of Buddhism, particularly how the western world encountered, explored, and in some cases embraced it. Lopez comes to the Chicago Humanities Festival to remind us of the varieties of belief required by the Buddhist path, including rebirth and the infinite perfectibility of the human mind.

>A book signing will follow this program.

>This program is presented in partnership with the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan and the Chicago Humanities Festival.

>*Ticketholders for this event may enter the museum with their event ticket beginning at 12:30. To enter earlier, please purchase a separate museum admission ticket.

>Find more Chicago Humanities Festival programs hosted at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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>Donald Lopez is the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan, where he currently serves as chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and as chair of the Michigan Society of Fellows. His recent books include The Scientific Buddha, From Stone to Flesh: A Short History of the Buddha, The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, The Lotus Sutra: A Biography, and Hyecho’s Journey: The World of Buddhism. In 2000 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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