Forging a New Moral Vision in an Age of Crisis, Lecture and Meditation Session led by The Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi

Global Studies and Languages is launching the T.T. and W.F. Chao Distinguished Buddhist Lecture Series

This distinguished 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.”


Thursday, April 19, 2018

5:00 – 6:30 PM

The Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi of Chuang Yen Monastery will present the inaugural lecture Forging a New Moral Vision in an Age of Crisis, which will be followed by a reception. The Lecture is OPEN and FREE to the public.

Location: Building E14, Room 674 (75 AMHERST ST, Cambridge, MA 02142)

Friday, April 20, 2018

9:30 – 10:30 AM

The Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi will lead a meditation session, which is open to MIT ID HOLDERS ONLY.

Location: Burton Conner Dorm, Porter Room (410 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139)


Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk from New York City. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1944, he obtained a BA in philosophy from Brooklyn College (1966) and a PhD in philosophy from Claremont Graduate School (1972).

Drawn to Buddhism in his early 20s, after completing his university studies he traveled to Sri Lanka, where he received novice ordination in 1972 and full ordination in 1973, both under the late Ven. Ananda Maitreya, the leading Sri Lankan scholar-monk of recent times.

He was appointed editor of the Buddhist Publication Society (in Sri Lanka) in 1984 and its president in 1988. Ven. Bodhi has many important publications to his credit, either as author, translator, or editor, including the Buddha — A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya (co-translated with Ven. Bhikkhu Nanamoli (1995), The Connected Discourses of the Buddha — a New Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya (2000), and In the Buddha’s Words (2005).