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Buddhism and Interdependence

Guest Speaker: Jim Kenney, Executive Director, Common Ground.

Jim Kenney, Co-Founder (with the late Ron Miller) of Common Ground, will speak on the topic, Buddhism and the Interdependent Universe.  The ancient Buddhist philosophical system, which undergirds the Buddhist religion, is based squarely on the concept of an interdependent universe.  In this view, every thought, word, and physical action influences every other.  My path through life is intertwined with the paths of others, even those I’ve never met or known.  My choices resonate somehow with yours.  What makes this teaching even more intriguing is the fact that the idea of complex, interdependent systems in a profoundly “holistic” universe has come to play a very influential role in physics and other sciences.  Join Jim for an exciting glimpse of a very profound and challenging notion.

Jim Kenney did his doctoral work in the History and Literature of Religions, at Northwestern University. He has served as CG's Executive Director since 1986.  He was a Trustee-Founder of the Parliament of the World's Religions and served as the organization's Global Director from 1995-2002.  He is currently the Executive Director of the Interreligious Engagement Project (IEP21).  He also served until 2017 as Project Coordinator for the International Interreligious Peace Council.