Law, Buddhism, and Social Change (public)
"Law, Buddhism, and Social Change," a two-day academic conference at the University at Buffalo, opened with a conversation with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on the morning of Wednesday, September 20, 2006, in the Law Library in O'Brian Hall on UB's North Campus. This important conference represented the path-breaking efforts of the Law and Buddhism project at UB, the only such academic endeavor in the world. Although Law and Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism are established and well-endowed areas of study, the study of Law and Buddhism is new. Renowned scholars from all over the world joined UB professors of law, philosophers and local lawyers, to discuss a set of questions that the Dalai Lama had rarely, or never before, addressed. The conversation was expansive with questions ranging from constitutions as a social order and government regulation of television, to the purpose of criminal punishment and the Karmic consequences of legal decisions. The conference discussions and presentations focused on three central themes:
Each theme was explored through participants’ own research as well as their reflections upon the remarks of the Dalai Lama.
Bringing heart to the practice of law
UB Reporter 2006-09-28