The Elusive Self in Life and Death
- 9 August 2018 at 6:30 pm – 14 August 2018 at 8:30 pm
- Monash College
- Monash College, CBD
- Open to:
- Monash alumni, staff, students and the public
- This is a free event
- Register here:
- Alumni; Conferences & Exhibitions; Faculty of Arts; Public lectures
Professor Shaun Nichols and his colleagues spent months exploring attitudes towards death among Hindus and Tibetan Buddhists in India.
Their exploration was prompted by the Buddhist argument that we should not fear the idea of death because there is no enduring self. At most we (ourselves) are a collection of values, convictions, and memories undergoing constant change. From this perspective, the future “you" who dies will not be the same person as “you" today. Because Tibetan Buddhists embrace the view that there is no enduring self, they should be less afraid of death. But are they?
The findings may surprise you.
- Dr Monima Chadha
- Monash Arts