Professor Sarah McClintock leads a book discussion on “Divine Stories” at the Carlos Museum – WABE

The religion or practice of Buddhism began more than 2,500 years ago in India. She has nearly 500 million followers worldwide, including celebrities like Tina Turner, Alice Walker, Jet Lee, kd lang, and the late David Bowie, to name a few, and continues to grow in the West. the book “Divyavadana‘, or ‘Divine Stories’, draws on classic Buddhist accounts in India and offers practical wisdom on how Buddhist teachings can improve everyday life.

On October 24, as part of “Carlos reads“in Carlos Museum In Emory who provides discussions on literary works related to the museum’s collections and exhibitions, Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at Emory Sarah McClintock He will lead a discussion on the “Divine Stories” literature. McClintock has joined “City Lights” producer Jenin Etter via Zoom to share more about the impact Buddhism has on spiritual seekers today.

Interview highlights:

How Professor McClintock was attracted to Buddhism:

“Honestly, I’ve been searching for an understanding of the human condition, trying to find answers to questions like, ‘Why is life so hard, and what can I do to make the world a better place? “I was inspired to study religion, something I had neither known nor cared about before, and I ended up studying at Harvard Divinity School for my master’s degree,” McClintock said. While I was there, I studied Buddhism with my teacher Professor Masatoshi Nagatomi.”

They continued, “I was particularly drawn to this intriguing blend of ethics rooted deeply in compassion and metaphysics rooted in the unfounded. It seems a bit paradoxical and it kind of is, but the idea in Buddhism is that there is only flow. There is nothing stable that we can understand, but this Flow and this emptiness and this emptiness, to use a Buddhist term, also provides a great deal of freedom. And in this space one can cultivate healthy states of mind, including the boundless empathy that extends to all sentient beings in the universe.”

Origins of the Dharma and Divine Stories:

“Buddhism began in India, probably around the fifth century B.C. in such a form that it became known as the Buddha, the ‘awakened person,’ and it became a very successful religious tradition with a large number of Buddhist monks, men and women who take their vows as forebodings and have no home,” McClintock said. One constant.” “They are wandering all over the continent. They have some monastic centers, but while on the move, they traditionally beg for their food. This is how they survive, and ordinary people, those who are not innocent, give provisions to the monks, and in return, the monks give them teachings – the so-called “dharma” teachings. “

“When monks were traveling, they might go to a pilgrimage site, they might go to a market, they might go to a market, and at these sites, they might set themselves up under a banyan tree, for example…and they could attract a crowd by telling some of these stories Now, what are these stories? Well, the stories, the divine stories focus on karma. A lot of people have heard of the term karma, and there’s kind of a general realization in America these days that karma means, in a sense, “what’s going on around you.” But the word “karma” literally means an act and it refers to all the actions that we do in our lives with our bodies, our words, and our minds.

About the new works of Buddhist art in the Carlos Museum:

Last year, the Carlos Museum in Emory commissioned two new thangka paintings of Tibetan. McClintock said the thangka painting is a scroll painting. One shows the path to calm, a specific type of meditation, shamatha meditation, in which one learns how to calm down The mind, and the mind is tamed. And this particular painting has an elephant led by a monkey, but in the end the monkey is tamed.”

“The other board we got, which we requested… is called the “Wheel of Life”, or “the Wheel of Being…” and the “Wheel of Life” consists of four concentric circles with different levels of explanation in each circle, and everything carried by a monster really represents Time or impermanence. He is in the image of the lord of death, and the idea is that nothing stays the same. Everything is constantly changing and everything that comes into existence will disappear from existence again. But at the same time, there is a continuation of a new life.”

Sarah McClintock will lead a discussion on October 24 at the Carlos Museum of Emory University on Buddhist “Divine Stories” literature. More information is available over here.

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