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811 | Living Deliberately in the 21st Century
811 | Living Deliberately in the 21st Century

Saturday, November 7 | 3:30-4:30 PM
UIC Forum, Meeting Room GHI
725 W Roosevelt Rd | Chicago, IL | 60607
  • Members: $9
  • Public: $12
  • Students and Teachers: $5

Mindfulness. Intentionality. Living deliberately. The past decade has seen Americans embrace the contemplative approaches long practiced by Buddhists. Justin McDaniel, religious studies professor at the University of Pennsylvania and one of our leading scholars on Buddhism, explores how past and present converge in these ancient spiritual practices. As director of the Thai Digital Monastery Project, McDaniel makes these sacred spaces accessible to the world and trains monks to become their cultural caretakers. The author of prizewinning books, including The Lovelorn Ghost and the Magical Monk, McDaniel will discuss how self-reflective practices are changing both our communities and ourselves.

This program is presented in partnership with the Penn Humanities Forum.

This event will feature live open captions for universal access to program content.


Justin McDaniel’s research focuses on Lao, Thai, Pali and Sanskrit literature, art and architecture, and manuscript studies. His books include, Gathering Leaves and Lifting Words and The Lovelorn Ghost and the Magic Monk. He has received grants from the NEH, Mellon, Rockefeller, Fulbright, PACRIM, Luce, SSRC, among others. He is co-editor of the journals: Buddhism Compass, Journal of Lao Studies, and Associate Editor of Journal of Asian Studies. He has won teaching and advising awards at Harvard, Ohio University, the University of California, and the Ludwig Prize for Teaching at Penn, where he is currently at faculty member.

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