The Queen and the Monk: How Colonialism Sparked the Global Insight Meditation Movement

These days, insight meditation (vipassana) has a global reach in both religious and secular settings, but the precise circumstances and reasons for its transformation into a mass movement have remained unexplained. This talk will examine the Burmese colonial context of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries—where the queen and the monk met—to trace the rise of modern insight practice and the logic of its development up to the present day.

Friday, February 07, 2014
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
243 Royce Hall

Erik Braun received his PhD from the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University.  He recently published the book The Birth of Insight: Meditation, Modern Buddhism, and the Burmese Monk Ledi Sayadaw and now teaches at the University of Oklahoma. 


Special Instructions
Pay parking available on Lot 5 Level 6

Cost : Free and open to the public

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