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Research Unit 1: Buddhist Perspectives and Dwelling in the World

  Unit 1 investigates how Buddhist traditions, particularly in their dimensions of religious thought and practices, inform and inhabit the world of everyday life as perceived, experienced, and actively engaged by Buddhists in their ongoing lives. Part of our research is being conducted collaboratively with Buddhist scholars affiliated with the Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions and is concerned specifically with exploring the possibilities of gaining new insight into Buddhist traditions by viewing them in the light of issues and perspectives formulated by such recent Western thinkers as Heidegger, Ricoeur, Levinas, and Marion. We also seek to explore the resonances among Buddhist traditions and with other religious traditions as well.
  In taking up such questions as the nature and character of self, the experience of temporality, and self-will and the encounter with the Other, Unit 1 considers issues related to the topics of life, death, and transcendence as they are focused in experience of the world in the present.