Environment, Non-Attachment and Enlightenment - Public Talk by Prof. Frank Hoffman

Public Talk by Frank Johnny Hoffman
Visiting Professor, The Buddha-Dharma Centre of Hong Kong

In this talk three logically related aspects of early Buddhist teaching are discussed. The basic teaching is the impermanence of all things. Entire worlds that contain vast mountains and rivers arise and pass away according to causal conditions related to seven suns. Accordingly it is wise to think that all things (even majestic mountains and expansive rivers) are impermanent, subject to change, and will disappear. Because of impermanence, non-attachment is an appropriate ethical view which is conducive to happiness and less suffering. Only nibbana is the highest bliss and so the Buddha’s complete enlightenment exceeds the limited views of other teachers.

Professor Frank J. Hoffman received the PhD in Philosophy of Religion at Kings College University of London and the MA degree in Philosophy at University of Hawaii. At present he is Associate Editor of the international journal, Asian Philosophy (Routledge), Visiting Professor, Buddha-Dharma Centre of Hong Kong, and Visiting Scholar, South Asia Center, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Frank Hoffman has 119 publications including four books: Rationality and Mind in Early Buddhism (India 1987, 2002); Pali Buddhism with Deegalle Mahinda (England 1996); Breaking Barriers with Godabarisha Mishra (USA 2003); and Introduction to Early Buddhism: Philosophical Texts, Concepts, and Questions (Sri Lanka 2013). He has lectured in USA, China, Hong Kong, India, England, Hawaii, Germany, Japan, and Korea.

Date:                    22 April 2017 (Saturday)
Time:                    3:00 - 4:30 pm
Venue:                  The Buddha-Dharma Centre of Hong Kong
                             28/F Pacific Plaza, 410 Des Voeux Road West, Hong Kong
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