The T.T. and W.F. Chao Distinguished Buddhist Lecture Series engages the rich history of Buddhist thought and ethical action to advance critical dialogues on ethics, humanity, and MIT’s mission “to develop in each member of the MIT community the ability and passion to work wisely, creatively, and effectively for the betterment of humankind.”
Registration deadline extended to: May 5, 2022 at 08:00AM EDT
Onsite registrations will be taken at the event on a space available basis; pre-registration is strongly encouraged.
By Willa Blythe Baker
Thursday, May 5, 2022
4:30 – 6:00 PM
Welcome Center Lecture Hall (E38-195)
292 Main St, Cambridge
(Free and open to the public. Pre-registration required.)
A book signing with Willa Blythe Baker will follow the lecture. A limited number of copies of The Wakeful Body: Somatic Mindfulness As a Path to Freedom will be available for free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Led by Willa Blythe Baker
Friday, May 6, 2022
MIT Stratton Student Center (W20),
84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
(Limited seating. Pre-registration required.)
Check-in between 9:00AM and 9:30AM at W20-307 Mezzanine Lounge, on May 6, 2022. Floor cushions will be provided at the meditation session.
Lama Willa Blythe Baker is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship in Boston (MA) and its retreat center Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield (NH). She received her PhD in Religion from Harvard University in 2013, and was a Visiting Lecturer in Buddhist Ministry at Harvard Divinity School from 2013-2017. In the 1990s she completed two three-year retreats, after which she was authorized as a dharma teacher and lineage holder (lama) in the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
Her books include Essence of Ambrosia (2005), Everyday Dharma (2009), The Arts of Contemplative Care (2012) and The Wakeful Body (2021). Her articles have appeared in the Journal of International Buddhist Studies, Lion’s Roar, Buddhadharma, Tricycle Magazine, and other publications. She serves on the Advisory Board for One Earth Sangha, and has worked as Contemplative Faculty for the Mind and Life Institute.