LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - The Lock Haven University Philosophy Department is pleased to announce a presentation on Hinduism and Buddhism at 7:00 p.m. November 29 in the Hamblin Hall of Flags (Room 115 Robinson Hall). Dr. Gayatri Devi, assistant professor of English, and Dr. Joan Whitman Hoff, professor of Philosophy, will be the featured speakers. The public is invited to this free event. Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
Hinduism and Buddhism are ancient Asian philosophies that stress the interconnectedness of all things in the microcosm and macrocosm. According to these traditions, all things we say and do have an impact on our own futures as well as those of others. Each tradition acknowledges the presence of a non-egoistic "self" that is deeply connected to something greater than what appears to us in this reality.
Dr. Devi will discuss what Hindu metaphysics recommends as the means to nurture “the divine within," a foundational concept in Hinduism. Dr. Hoff will discuss Thich Nhat Hanh’s book “True Love,” and particularly focus on his discussion of mantras as ways of communicating "energetically" through our thoughts.