Please join the Village Zendo for a special lecture by Neil Soten Theise entitled “Non-Material Beings in a Non-Material World”.
Our daily experience tells us that the world and our bodies are material things, made of “stuff.” Our Buddhist traditions however tell us otherwise, that the appearance of materiality is an illusion.
In past talks Dr. Neil Soten Theise has described his views that the universe is not material, but arises from the self-organization of quantum level entities that themselves arise out of pure Fundamental Awareness. Thus, contemporary science and philosophy can also view the world and ourselves as non-material.
But what of the non-material beings that fill Zen study texts and liturgy? Are they merely myths, metaphors, or Jungian archetypes? Or is it possible that gods, demons, angels, spirits are also as “real” as each of us? Can the Fundamental Awareness framework shed light on what is “real” and what is “not real” for us – living, sentient beings – in a non-material world?
Online: members $15 / non-members $20
At the door the evening of the event: members $20 / non-members $25
Neil Theise MD is a diagnostic liver pathologist and adult stem cell researcher in New York City. He is considered a pioneer of multi-organ adult stem cell plasticity and has published on that topic in Science, Nature, and Cell. Most recently, his efforts have focused on the nature of consciousness and the role of sentience to the development and organization of the universe.
artwork by Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat