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Metaphysics and Mahayana Buddhism
Andy Ferguson, author of Zen's Chinese Heritage and Tracking Bodhidharma
Original Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015
Andy Ferguson writes: "Is the true legacy and heritage of Buddha's teachings found in the metaphysics of Mahayana Buddhism? Or is the authentic legacy of Buddha's wisdom actually the Western scientific method itself? Evidence indicates that the Western formulators of scientific inquiry were inspired by the earliest recorded accounts of the Buddha's Dharma. In this light, are the metaphysical constructions of East Asian Buddhism political rather than religious in character?" Andy Ferguson explores these provocative questions in his talk on Metaphysics and Mahayana Buddhism.
Andy Ferguson is a graduate of the Chinese Language and Literature program at the University of Oregon. He has lived in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan, and has traveled extensively in East and Southeast Asia since 1978. He has organized and led numerous tours to visit Chinese Zen history sites. A translator and writer, he is the author of the classic volume Zen's Chinese Heritage and the more recent Tracking Bodhidharma. A member of the San Francisco Zen Center, Andy lives in Petaluma, California, and has been an active member of the Center for Climate Protection.