Lecture explores intersection of Buddhist practices and climate issues

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Karin Meyers, visiting assistant professor of Buddhist studies at Smith College, will deliver a talk titled "Buddhist Practice in an Age of Ecological Crisis" at Williams College. In her lecture Meyers will discuss how Buddhist thought and practice help cut through cognitive dissonance in regard to the collective existential threat of our climate and ecological crisis, and how Buddhism is evolving in the face of this crisis. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3.

Before coming to Smith College, Meyers was an associate professor at Kathmandu University's Centre for Buddhist Studies from 2011 to 2018, where she also served as the director of their master's program in Buddhist studies. She now accompanies Smith students in the Tibetan Studies in India Program, providing academic support abroad and facilitates travel arrangements in India. Her areas of specialization include Buddhist psychology, ethics, and contemplative systems; the role of free will in Buddhism; and the intersection of religion and philosophy in Buddhist studies. She is also a retreat support fellow at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass., an affiliate faculty member of the Centre for Buddhist Studies at the Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal, and an organizer with Extinction Rebellion.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Environmental Studies and the Department of Religion.

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